In addition to the movies, the Sundance Film Festival includes a host of private dining events and food offerings for actors, directors and their entourages. While the general public may not be able to get into all the events, you could catch a glimpse of your favorite star or celebrity chef.
Pop-up parties » Justin Kinnaird, owner of By Invitation Only — Salt Lake City’s favorite pop-up dining business — has planned nightly Sundance dinner parties at various locations in Park City. Several still have tickets available for $200 per person.
One of the highlights will be Saturday, Jan. 18, when Charles Phan, chef of The Slanted Door in San Francisco, cooks for the Kennedy clan as they celebrate the premiere of Rory Kennedy’s film "Last Days of Vietnam."
On Monday, Jan. 20, join Salt Lake City restaurant owner Valter Nassi at a late-night dinner and movie premiere of "The Trip to Italy."
And celebrity watch on Tuesday, Jan. 21, during the charity poker night at Deer Valley.
Going gluten-free » Udi’s, which makes gluten-free bread, bagels and other baked goods, will have a pop-up eatery where "artists, media, and influencers" can enjoy gluten-free meals. Udi’s will take over the 501 Main restaurant Friday through Sunday, Jan.17-19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Avocado love » The exclusive Avocados from Mexico suite takes over the Blue Iguana, 255 Main, Friday through Sunday, Jan. 17-19. Open from noon to 5 p.m., it will offer invited guests sweet and savory avocado bites curated by Chef Marcela Valladolid, star of "The Kitchen" and "Mexican Made Easy" on The Food Network. Valladolid will be there on Saturday greeting guests.
Chef dancing » This is the 11th year of Chefdance, a private dining event that coincides with the Sundance Film Festival. It takes place in the basement of Park City Live, 625 Main St., Park City. The 2014 lineup is filled with winners, all-stars and finalists from the Bravo reality television show "Top Chef."
On Friday, Jan. 17, Chef Brooke Williamson, the runner-up from Season 10, kicks off the five-day series. Williamson will be joined in the kitchen by Tiffany Derry, who placed fifth in Season 7 and competed among the All-Star chefs in Season 8.
On Saturday, Jan. 18, it will be déjà vu from Season 7, with the winner, Kevin Sbraga, and runner-up, Angelo Sosa, in the Chefdance kitchen. Both competed on All-Stars as well.
The finale on Tuesday, Jan. 21, features celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, who launched his career on Season 3 of "Top Chef" and who — up until last season — had been a mentor on the ABC chef competition reality show "The Taste" with Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. The San Diego chef has lately been working to open a second Herringbone restaurant in the Los Angeles area.
Chefdance includes two nights that are reality-TV-free.
On Sunday, Jan. 19, Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, of Miami’s Eating House, drops in.
He’ll be followed on Monday, Jan. 20, by Pascal Lorange, the owner of Los Angeles’ famed Fig & Olive restaurant.
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