SHAWNEE RUIZ
Executive Chef

Shawnee comes to Oak Hills after being chef at a top-rated Bed and Breakfast in Salt Lake City. Her creativity and passion for excellent food has received warm praise from countless guests over the years. To her, food is at the soul of all great memories. Together with the entire Oak Hills kitchen team, she is honored to be there to help you celebrate your special occasion.

Shawnee graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and Dance from Southern Illinois University. Thereafter, she traveled to Europe to study with Budapest National Dance Theatre and spent a year indulging in every kind of cuisine she could find. She also cooked and has many fond memories of introducing such exotic foods as Thanksgiving dinner and tacos to troupes of Hungarian Ballerinas. 

Besides being in the kitchen, Shawnee enjoys being outdoors, reading, playing with puppies, and spending time with her husband and beautiful baby boy. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Hospitality Management and hopes to one day open a restaurant with her husband. 

IN-HOUSE
EVENT CATERING

Oak Hills proudly offers In-House Catering to all events at our fabulous venue.  During your private consultation, our Chef will help you customize your menu to perfection.  We strive for the highest standards of quality and presentation.  From rustic-chic receptions, intimate dinners, or a grand celebration worthy of the Roaring 20's, we are confident you will love your dining experience with Oak Hills.  Our excellent staff will ensure you can stay focused on what really matters, enjoying your celebration!

CATERING POLICIES

With the exception of ceremonies, when booking with Oak Hills you are required to have catering at all events.  With the exception of the wedding cake or favors, all catering must be done by our amazing Oak Hills in-house caterer.

A final headcount will need to be provided to your Event Coordinator 3 weeks prior to your event. There is an 80 person minimum for all receptions.  Please note that you will be charged for the number of guests specified, even if the guest count is lower than anticipated.  Any changes to the guest count must be made 2 weeks in advance.

 

Sales tax and an 18% service fee will be added to all catering costs.  Buffet attendants, delivery, serving dishes, set-up, and plates, cups, utensils, napkins, etc, are included in this charge. You are also welcome to add an additional tip for the staff and your Event Coordinator if you would like.

Absolutely no guests or members of the wedding party are allowed in the kitchen or other “staff only” areas.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SERVICES

Bar Packages range from $399-$699, depending on the Bar Menu selected. This service fee includes: Licensed Bartenders, On-Site Security, ID Checks, Wristbands, Tokens, Use of Oak Hills Bar Equipment and Glassware, and use of both bar locations as needed. 

 

Bar Service will begin either immediately after the ceremony, or at the start time of your event. “Last Call” will be 45 minutes before the end of your event. An announcement will be made to allow guests 15 minutes to get a final drink. The bar will close at 30 minutes before the end of your event. 

 

Additionally, you will select the Bar Type; Cash Bar, Token Bar, or Open Bar. 

  • Cash Bar allows your guests to purchase their own drinks for the duration of the event. 

  • Token Bar allows a Responsible Party to predetermine how many drinks per guest they choose to pay for. A tab will be calculated throughout the event and must be paid in full by the Responsible Party at the end of the event. A guest may pay cash for drinks after they use their allotted tokens. 

  • Open Bar will assume all drinks on the Responsible Party’s tab, and must be paid in full at the end of the event. A Debit/Credit Card will be required to open the tab before the bar opens. 

 

Policies 

 

Absolutely no alcohol may be brought onto the premises (including the parking lot.) 

If any outside alcohol is discovered, it will be immediately confiscated and guests may be asked to leave. An $800 Fine may be imposed to the responsible party if the issue is not immediately resolved. 

 

No persons under the age of 21 or without a valid ID will be served. A wristband must be acquired by all guests wishing to be served alcohol. Any guest providing alcohol to a minor will be required to leave the grounds immediately. 

 

No guests or members of the wedding party are permitted behind the bar or in the “Staff Only” areas, including storage rooms and kitchens. 

 

Our Bartenders, Security, and Event Management reserve the right to refuse service on the following grounds: 

  • Underage or no proof of ID

  • Signs of over-consumption or intoxication 

  • Excessively rowdy or belligerent behavior 

  • Harassment of staff or other guests

 

If alcohol use becomes problematic, we reserve the right, at our discretion, to terminate the bar service or the event due to breach of contract. Damage to the venue will result in additional charges for repairs or extensive cleaning as deemed necessary by venue management. 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

The venue was gorgeous and hosted one of the best weddings I've seen. The bridal room is gorgeous! The staff was amazing. From keeping all the bridesmaids and groomsmen in check (sorry we were a rowdy bunch!) To making sure everything was always clean and the guests were always served. The staff also wore masks (and gloves when necessary). Absolutely beautiful venue and great staff!

- Laura 

Google Review