The Hotel Utah structure, which was once one of the world’s grandest hotels, is 100 years old this year. To celebrate, Deseret Book has published Recipes from the Roof. The Roof being the restaurant atop the hotel. According to the publisher’s flyer:
Now known as the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the Hotel Utah operated from 1911 to 1987 before undergoing a complete renovation. In celebration, this unique cookbook features 100 recipes to celebrate 100 years. Historic photographs complete the book telling the fascinating story of the Hotel Utah.
I wonder if this Hotel Utah incident is related as historical background in the recipe book (quote from the David O. McKay’s biography)?
McKay’s first civil rights challenge as church leader came only days after he was sustained to that position in 1951. Nobel Laureate Ralph J. Bunche visited SLC to speak at the UofU and was booked at the church-owned Hotel Utah, then the grandest hotel in town. Upon arriving, however, he was refused accommodation by the hotel, whose policy was to exclude blacks. Only after obtaining McKay’s consent did the hotel management make a one-time exception to its policy and allow Bunche to stay–on condition that he take all his meals in his room.
I guess Bunche didn’t get to enjoy the wonderful ambiance at the Roof. I wonder if he enjoyed the food . . . in his room?