Disney and Utah Tourism threw a bash for travel writers at the Sofitel Los Angeles to celebrate a new collaboration aimed at promoting both the film, The Lone Ranger, opening on July 3 nationwide, and the Mighty 5, five iconic national parks in Utah that provided the spectacular backdrop for the film.
Utah has been a favorite location for Westerns since the days of John Ford and John Wayne. Now, however, the film is being tied to a travel itinerary so that families and film buffs can follow in the Lone Ranger’s footsteps. The home base is set in Moab, Utah. From there, families can step out into the timeless landscape and marvels of such iconic and spectacular natural wonders as Dead Horse Point in Canyonlands National Park and the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Spend a day in Monument Valley where so many Westerns, along with The Lone Ranger, have been shot over the years and imagine yourself the star of your own Hollywood adventure.
The event at the Sofitel not only reminded the travel writers of the physical wonders of Utah, but also introduced us to some of Utah’s savory foods. Chef de cuisine at the Sofitel, Marius Blin, concocted a sumptuous array of Western-inspired dishes, and serving them with delightful touches. The hand-made tortillas had pansies pressed in the center and then filled simply with seared carne asada. The “creamless” cream of corn soup was served in individual jam pots. Tiny quesadillas with cactus chutney made the rounds. And for dessert, there were s’mores where the marshmallow came in basic, peach, and bacon. Yes bacon, and you could add more bacon strips to that.
Representatives from a number of Utah products also came to the event to share samples of their goods. Castle Creek Winery, which only sells to subscribers, was sharing its Outlaw Red with guests. For those who prefer beer, the Ghostrider White I.P.A. is one of Utah’s many marvelous micro-brews. The Beehive Cheese samplers disappeared quickly, especially the Barely Buzzed cheese which is rubbed with chocolate and lavender pods. Everyone got sent home with a bottle of Slide Ridge Honey Wine Vinegar made by a Utah family-owned company using sustainable agriculture.
For more information and for a Lone Ranger travel itinerary, contact the Utah Office of Tourism by calling 800-200-1160, 801-538-1900, or sending an email to [email protected]
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