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Healdsburg’s SingleThread Pops-Up in Park City

Dec 11, 2021 08:02AM ● By Fran Miller
Chef Kyle and Katina Connaughton of Healdsburg’s three Michelin starred SingleThread are unveiling Usu-Zan by SingleThread, presented by Chase Sapphire®a singular wintertime hot pot dining experience inspired by their many years living in Hokkaido, Japan. The 10-day run takes place at the Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection. The limited engagement is inspired by the name of the small, active volcano overlooking the remote village where the Connaughton’s lived and honed their education in farming, cooking, and warm hospitality.

Kyle and Katina Connaughton. Photo courtesy of SingleThread

The 3,500 acre Lodge at Blue Sky will become home to the entire SingleThread staff during their winter sojourn in Utah. Guests will be welcomed into the Arena, the Lodge’s beautifully appointed and expansive barn, reimagined by the premiere production company Shelter Co. Upon arrival, they will be greeted with SingleThread’s signature first course that best captures the essence and moment of the daya collection of seafood from the California Coast and Hokkaido along with vegetables from the SingleThread Farm and Gracie’s Farm at Blue Sky.

First course. Photo by John Troxell

The 7-course dinner’s main event will be a special donabe hot pot to be shared amongst guests at the table. Cooked in special handmade donabes from the Nagatani Family in Iga, Japan, the choice will include a Hokkaido King Crab Seafood Miso Hot Pot, an A-5 Wagyu Shabu-Shabu Hot Pot, a Roasted Duclair Duck Hot Pot, or a Shojin Style Vegetarian Hot Pot. Each reservation will include wine pairings, featuring Dom Pérignon Champagne along with some of the best producers from Sonoma, CA and around the world. Post dinner, guests will be led to a whiskey bar lounge for dessert bites and digestifs. 

“To be able to recreate this experience at The Lodge at Blue Sky is incredible,” said Kyle. “Our winters in Hokkaido were some of the most formative in our lives. Katina and I would sit for hours fortifying the broth, sharing sake and talking. It was a way of cooking and a way of life that changed us forever. The experience of gathering around the table with friends and family while enjoying rich, soulful donabe hot pots inspired many of the ideas of what SingleThread would one day become. We had this amazing opportunity to create the Usu-Zan at SingleThread in early 2021  and are now excited to bring it to Park City for this limited engagement.” 

“Through our collaboration with SingleThread, guests will explore curiosity, discover community, and find a much needed respite from the hustle of Park City in the winter,” added Joe Ogdie, general manager, The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are thrilled to welcome Chef Kyle and Katina to The Lodge at Blue Sky for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary journey guided by local ingredients and the philosophy of heart-warming alpine cooking.”

Photo by Joseph Weaver

Photo by Eric Wolfinger

SingleThread Farms will release limited nightly bookings to Usu-Zan exclusively for Chase Sapphire Reserve®cardmembers within Chase DiningSM Additionally, Sapphire will be hosting two Reserved by Sapphire℠ special private dining events during opening weekend of the limited engagement run. Sapphire Reserve cardmembers can purchase reservations using their card and points, and can access these exclusives by logging in to dining.chase.com within Ultimate Rewards starting on  December 14, 2021. 

Additional bookings will be available through Tock starting on December 16th at 9am PST. Only 25 tables are available per evening with seatings starting at 5:00pm. Dinner packages are $800/person or $900/person (depending on main course selection) and inclusive of beverage pairings. Exclusive of gratuity and taxes. 

In October 2020, The Michelin Guide honored SingleThread with a Green Star, its first year of awarding restaurants in the United States for their efforts on sustainability. In June 2021, its wine program received the Grand Award from the Wine Spectator. And last October, SingleThread was named #37 at the Worlds 50 Best Restaurant Awards. SingleThread is a member of Relais & Chateaux.

Main photo by Peck Cole

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