Inspired settings for office parties or holiday gathering
Hosting the company or family holiday party does not need to be daunting. Think a bit outside the box, and you’ll find a number of venues can easily fill the bill. You can have a joyous experience with your friends and family while letting someone else do the prep and serving. All you need to get started is a venue that reflects the ambiance you desire. Consider these unique spots, and you might find you can still book a reservation.
Table X has a semi-private dining space located in the back of the restaurant that overlooks their magnificent culinary garden area. There is no fee and no minimum charge to use this space that seats 14-16 comfortably. Food offerings can be ordered off of the tasting menu or à la carte, and wine can be provided or brought in for a corkage fee. Table X also has a full liquor license.
Flowers and herbs from the garden are hung outside the kitchen and above dining areas for winter drying—adding an earthy element to the décor. In addition, hosts can bring in their own decorations beforehand if desired.
“Our garden provides a unique feature, and with the large windows, people can enjoy it all year,” said chef/co-owner Nick Fahs.
1457 E. 3350 South, SLC
Sugar Space Arts Warehouse
With three buildings to choose from, the Sugar Space can be customized for any party type and guest-list size up to 350. Spaces can be rented by the hour, and ample parking is available on site. The staff can provide a full-service experience, offering the services of design consultants, caterers, DJs and more.
Or you can simply rent the space if you have your own event planner or if you prefer to DIY. A commissary kitchen is available and perfect for a formal or informal pop-up dinner. Amenities in the warehouse space include a stage, theatrical lighting grid, projector and professional sound system should you wish to feature entertainment. Prices vary per event, but there is no minimum charge to use one of the spaces. Sugar Space has a reception center liquor license. Nonprofit rates are available. “This is a local, woman-owned business on the west side of Salt Lake, which is a growing and cool cultural area—just a mile from downtown,” says owner Brittany Reese.
132 S. 800 West, SLC
What better way to get your guests into their happy place than to have them play golf? Topgolf has three levels with various size spaces to host a holiday gathering. Small groups with up to 12 people—or larger groups with more than 13—can enjoy a flexible menu and three hours of game play. Specific holiday packages are available for groups of 12 or more, and Topgolf provides everything needed to have a great experience. Choose menu options, beverage selections and event space, complete with festive décor. All your guests need to do is show up. Tyler Beauchamp, Topgolf marketing manager, notes that Topgolf provides bonding activities along with dinner. “There is an interactive element that makes it so unique,” he says. “Your group stays together, playing shoulder to shoulder.”
920 Jordan River Blvd., Midvale
Thistle & Thyme
Like most hotels, Thistle & Thyme, located in the University Marriott, is sure to dress up for the holidays. This hidden gem serves not only great food, but a warm and inviting atmosphere. The newly remodeled space now has a private dining area that can accommodate a party of 45 seated guests or 80 standing, with floor to ceiling windows that overlook a patio complete with firepits. Depending on how intimate you want your gathering to be, this modern but flexible space provides a customized menu—anything from an all-American mac ’n cheese bar to a sit-down multi-course meal—the possibilities are endless. They have a private club liquor license, but you are free to bring in your own for a corkage fee. Prices range from $15 a person to $150 a person, including alcohol. “Because we do banquets and catering here as well, our culinary tool box is very big, we are very flexible in what we can do, the sky is the limit,” says chef Jason Talcott.
Salt Lake City Marriott University Park
480 S. Wakara Way, SLC
Park City Culinary Institute
Located on State Street in 1929 building that once housed a roller-skating rink, the Park City Culinary Institute is actually in Salt Lake City. This open, interactive space is perfect for hosting all manner of holiday events. The space can accommodate 12-50 guests for a hands-on cooking event, up to 80 people for a dinner and more than 100 for a cocktail party. Basic holiday decorations (tree and twinkle lights) are provided, and you can bring in your own décor for added ambiance. Private events are charged at a per-person rate where guests can prepare their own foods or can have one of PCCI’s culinary professionals whip it up in the commercial teaching kitchen located in the center of the 4,000 square foot open space. Guests will be fully engaged as they become part of the process. To rent the venue by itself, there is a six-hour minimum charge of $1,600. “The space is really different than any other space in town,” says Laurie Moldawer, director and owner. “We use cooking as a tool to build skills such as time management, leadership and communication.”
Salt Lake Campus
1484 S. State, SLC
Take advantage of this contemporary Mexican cantina for your next gathering—it’s possible to have the entire space to yourself for daytime events. Alamexo Cantina is no longer open for lunch and is opening their days to private events. The capacity is 100 guests, with a table of 10 as the required minimum. You will have access to the full menu and can decide on a price-per-guest (for larger groups) or minimum charge of $750 for the space. Feel free to bring in your own décor and/or live music. The space needs to be vacated by 3 p.m. The cantina has a restaurant liquor license, but the bar space is outside the Zion curtain and a fun place to gather. “Mexican food is very approachable,” says Susan Bouldin, director of operations for Alamexo. “It has the ability to bring people out of their shells and the bright space allows people to relax and have fun.”
1059 E. 900 South, SLC