Today was a free day for the most part, and since it rained most of the day, it consisted of lounging around the hotel and checking in for the Alt Design Summit. Around 2pm, we headed over to the amazing Grand America Hotel and picked up our goodie bags and registration badges.
The goodie bags were actually giant black boxes tied with a satin yellow ribbon and packed with tons of samples from American Apparel, Blurb Books, Minted, Umba Box, Squarespace, Method, Pinhole Press, Sherwin Williams and tons of other Alt sponsors.
After we were checked in, we decided to have a coffee in the Grand America lounge and do a little people watching. It was fantastic to see all the different people coming into the hotel. There are three other events happening in Utah this week, Alt, Sundance, and the Outdoor Garden Show, therefore we spotted three very distinct personalities and “looks” walking through the hotel.
Next up was the kick-off event called “Dinner with…”. When we first registered for Alt, we selected a local restaurant to meet other attendees and have dinner with one of the Alt sponsors. Without knowing who the Alt sponsor was, we chose Tin Angel Cafe, who are all about sourcing local food and preparing a unique menu with fresh ingredients. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
To make dinner even sweeter, our host was the lovely Samantha from Blurb Books. She was an excellent hostess and chatted with us about Blurb, her family, and the great shopping and restaurants in San Francisco.
Since there were about 10 of us for dinner, we went around the table and introduced ourselves and shared a few facts about our blogs, jobs, and where we lived. Then we did a giant card exchange. My Moo cards were a hit.
For dinner I ordered a house salad with asparagus dressing, a plate of three tapas: an artichoke risotto cake, spinach fontina soup, and a sweet potato trimble with mushrooms. Everything was amazing, especially the soup.For dessert, I ordered a creme brulee pear tart. Amazing!
We laughed, we shared stories, we learned a bit about each other and we ate great food. All-in-all, it was a great way to kick-off the event. Instead of a huge dinner at the hotel with 500 people, this intimate dinner at a local restaurant was the perfect way to set the vibe. I’m really looking forward to seeing what tomorrow holds.