Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dinner and family photos at Ghidotti's

One of our favorite traditions when we are all together during the holidays is dinner at Ghidotti's in Park City.
 The food is simply amazing! 
 A couple of our favorite items on the menu is the aged provolone "Frico" and the grape and gorgonzola salad, 
but we were most excited about the delicious dipping sauce.
 It's the first time they have served the sauce with the bread 
and we all agreed that it tastes just like Grappa's dipping sauce, 
which has been a Holt family favorite for years! 
Not only is the food scrumptious at Ghidotti's but the Christmas decor is spectacular and festive! 
 The grand fireplace in the back room with the lush garland and candlesticks
 makes for the perfect backdrop for our traditional family portrait.
The evening seemed to be going very well until it was time to take the family photo.
Our goal was to not bring any attention to ourselves and
to not make too much of a commotion.  
Pretty sure that as soon as we all stood up and started organizing ourselves for the picture, 
everyone in the restaurant stopped and stared.  
Even the waiters and waitresses were completely enthralled 
and entertained watching our family attempt to get a family photo. 
All we needed to do was snap one good picture, that is one picture that everyone was good with.  
That sounds easy enough, but what our poor waiter found after taking a number of photos, 
at a couple of different's much harder than you think to please this tough crowd!
All I can say is that Andrew definitely earned his tip that night!
He was not only a good waiter and a great skier, but a very patient photographer! 
I included some of our "bloopers" because they really tell the whole story.
Sorry girls, I hope you aren't mad but the more I look at them the more they make me giggle.
Maybe Dad is right.  Maybe we are going a little overboard with the photos:)!!
Our first attempt at taking the family photo.
We all seem a little stressed except Tyler, who isn't taking this too serious,
Brett, who is so good natured that he is happy to just go with the flow,
and Justin, who really has no idea what he is getting himself into.
The first family photo.
I thought it was quite lovely of everyone until Ashley pointed out that
Brooke looks rather large and laughed hysterically.
Brooke was horrified because we all know that she is anything but large.
Unfortunately, because of the angle Lil' Brooke looks like Big Brooke so...
we lined up and organized ourselves again for photo shoot #2,
which involved fixing Ashley's bangs with some input by Dad,
straightening skirts and tucking in shirts.
I love how Brett, Tyler and Justin are a little bit confused by all the fuss.
And I'm not quite sure what going on here...
I look like a deer with the headlights on and Ash is still working on those bangs.  Ha! Ha!
Okay, now we are all ready, lined up just right, bangs in place,
hair curled just right, everyone smiling and looking at the camera, but OOPS...
the flash doesn't go off!  It was just one of those nights!
Finally, a family photo that everyone likes,
 with a funny story about the ordeal that it took to get "the perfect" picture!

Below is the secret recipe for the Famous Grappa's Dipping Sauce.
I decided to share it with everyone because it is just that good.  Really, it is! 

Grappa's Bread Dipping Sauce
1 cup roasted garlic
1 cup chopped fresh rosemary
2 cups Balsamic vinegar
2 T. salt
2 T. honey
3 cups canola oil
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Puree garlic, rosemary, vinegar, salt and honey together.
With blender or food processor running slowly add canola oil followed by olive oil.
Serve with sourdough bread. Yum!


Erica said...

You guys are the just cutest ever. I love how the boys look a little confused by the fuss, and all the girls are tucking and primping. It was worth it, though, because you got a great photo!

Allie said...

You forgot to write about all the drama of just getting us all dressed and out the door. The Ghidotti's picture is always an adventure. Love you mom!

Sonya and Tyler said...

Mmmm, can't wait to try the dipping sauce!