Plan Your Christmas Dinner at Temple Square

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Planning a dinner party for the family or the office is a lot of work, especially a party revolving around one of the biggest holidays of the year – Christmas! You probably already know the guest list, but what are you going to feed everyone? And where on earth are you going to host them? Well have no fear, Temple Square has two beautiful venues available for hosting private events for 12 to 430 people, and we just happen to have a NEW Christmas Menu that is hot out of the oven!

 

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Whether you prefer the elegant grandeur of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, or the vintage, charming feel of the Lion House, the Christmas dinners available in both of these historic buildings will have your guests begging to come again next year. Let’s take a look at what’s NEW on the Christmas menu: Read more »

100 Years of History: The Beginnings of the Roof and the Garden Restaurants

The legacy of The Garden Restaurant and The Roof Restaurant dates back to 1914, four years after the completion of the prestigious Hotel Utah. The two restaurants were then known as The Roof Gardens restaurant, located in the magnificent rooftop garden that the hotel’s general manager spared no expense in building. Corinthian columns and the rose garden pergola were signature features of the ambiance, as well as the entertainment stage placed next to the lily pond at the north end of the garden.

Today, 100 years later, the current restaurants have distinct resemblances to the grandeur of The Roof Gardens. In the spirit of celebration, we’ve put together a collection of iconic historic pictures that tell the story of the beginnings of The Roof Restaurant and The Garden Restaurant.

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The Hotel Utah opened in 1911 with full hotel capability, but The Roof Gardens did not open as a restaurant until 1914. The 1911 original hotel food service staff poses here for a publicity photo. Read more »

Why You Should Look Forward to the New Church History Museum

The Church History Museum, located just across from the Temple Square West Gates, will close for one year to go through extensive renovations. Over 7.5 million people have visited in the 30 years the museum has been open with about 250,000 visitors per year in the last several years. When the museum reopens in fall 2015, it will look completely different inside – all the interior walls we’ll be changed, two new exhibitions will take up most of the museum’s space and the lobby and museum store will have a completely new look! (See before and after renderings below.)

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Top 5 Things to Do at Temple Square this General Conference

  1. Watch General Conference

Didn’t get tickets for General Conference? Come watch it in the Tabernacle and make it a day at Temple Square! For more information about watching General Conference, click here.

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  1. Visit the Church History Museum (it will close soon!)

Looking for something fun and kid-friendly to do between the sessions? Visit the Church History Museum, located just across from the Temple Square West Gates. Delve into the history of the Church through historic artifacts and inspiring exhibits. The museum will close on Monday, October 6 for a year-long renovation so this is the last weekend to check it out as it is! For more information about the Church History Museum, click here. Read more »

Inside the Relief Society Building

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March 29, 2014 was an exciting day for the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – it was the first time that a combined General Women’s Meeting was held. In November 2013, the First Presidency of the Church announced the new semiannual General Women’s Meeting, replacing the Young Women and Relief Society general meetings, which since 1993 were held once a year. All girls and women 8 years and older are invited to participate in the meeting.

In preparation for the second semiannual General Women’s Meeting this Saturday, September 27, we’re featuring the Relief Society Building on Temple Square, where Relief Society, Young Women and Primary general presidencies have their offices. Visitors are welcome and free tours are offered Monday – Friday between 9:00am – 4:00pm. Read more »

Top 10: Why Have Your Meeting in SLC

Are you in the process of planning your next business conference, and have no idea where you want to host it? Come have your next company event in Salt Lake City and make this business trip not only memorable for your employees, but your family too! There are plenty of reasons why Salt Lake would be the perfect city to host your next business conference, we named just a few of the highlights below!

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8 Facts about the Salt Lake Temple Angel Moroni

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  1. Cyrus Edwin Dallin was the sculptor of the Salt Lake Temple Angel Moroni statue. He also designed the Brigham Young Monument on Main Street near the temple. Other great works of Dallin include: Paul Revere and Appeal to the Great Spirit, both featured in Boston.

  2. Dallin’s Angel Moroni statue is neoclassical in design, molded in hammered copper and covered in 22-karat gold leaf.

  3. The statue stands 12 feet 5 inches tall and most likely weighs a few thousand pounds – the actual weight is not known, but based on Angel Moroni statues made soon after that weigh between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds, it is estimated  this statue weighs similarly. Read more »

Guacamole and Salsa

Happy National Guacamole Day! To celebrate this delicious date, we’re sharing with you the “Guacamole and Salsa” recipe from our “Recipes from The Roof” cookbook.

 

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Dine O’Round – The Garden Restaurant

The Downtown Alliance’s annual Dine O’Round is back and The Garden Restaurant is excited to be part of it once again! Between September 12 and September 28, over 50 restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City will be featuring a special menu to make it easier for people to experience the variety dining downtown has to offer. Menu options can include 2-course $5 or $10 lunch and 3-course $15 or $30 dinner. Check out Dine O’Round‘s website for a complete list of restaurants and specials. Come dine with us after 4pm to enjoy a specially crafted $15 3-course dinner prepared by our talented chefs! Read more »

David O. McKay’s Baked Apples

In honor of President David O. McKay’s birthday (September 8th) we want to share one his favorite recipes, now published in the brand new “Dining with the Prophets – Historic Recipes from the Lion House” cookbook! Available at Deseret Book.

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David O. McKay’s Baked Apples

Although he appreciated a simple meal of bread and milk, President David O. McKay also enjoyed the best of homemade cooking. According to Suzanne McKay Adams, the prophet’s granddaughter, President McKay’s wife, Emma Ray Riggs McKay, was widely known for her homemade pies and cakes. Read more »