The New Chef in Town



I'm just going to cut to the chase... We are beyond excited to announce that Oak Hills Reception and Event Center now has their very own in-house chef!! Shawnee Ruiz impressed us all from the beginning with her divine menu choices and that added touch of class and elegance to her cuisine.


She now has two wedding events under her belt with us, and our guests were beyond pleased!! There wasn't a morsel left on anyone's plates and I swear one of the groom's eyes just about bugged out of his head when he saw the mouth watering steak presented to him at his wedding dinner. To say that people like her food is an understatement!


Here's just a few things about her...


1. 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.


2. 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. 

3. 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. 


4. 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!


Want to meet Shawnee in person or get a chance to taste test some of her mouth watering menu items for FREE?!... Come to our Open House, next Saturday, August 17th from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. You'll also get to sample treats from our candy & soda bar, meet our amazing staff, enter for some prize giveaways, and be able to tour our newly renovated wedding facility here in Layton, Utah! We hope to see you there!


xo Aleesha

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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 

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