Mother's Day is popularly conceived as a high-pressure Hallmark holiday, ostensibly meaningless except to the superficially sainted mothers involved.

As a mother of two and child of a mother, I resent that image - it may be stupid commercial sentimentality that engendered this holiday, but if we're going to have it at all, let's just do it without the snark and make it real.

So, once you outgrow the childish notion that the best presents have to be unwrapped, and stop joking that all mothers want is "for everyone to get along," you can face the fact that, in fact, that IS what all mothers want.

TIME is what we want.

With you, our offspring.

Hence, though I hate to admit it, brunch.

And it's brunch mainly because M-Day is on Sunday, which is something else I have always resented, being more of a tequila-swilling than tea-sipping mama. Why can't we have Mother's Day on Saturday night and do it up right?

Oh well. I'm not so much the Hallmark type of Mom. Here is where you can take yours for a maternal celebration. I've added some pix of famous moms, for inspiration...








Both Café Trio locations offer Mothers Day options: The downtown location will be serving the new a la carte brunch menu and Cottonwood will have a special Mother's Day Buffet. Both locations will be serving our dinner menu and Mother's Day specials in the evening.












Fresco Italian Cafe will be open for both brunch and dinner on Mother's Day - a special a la carte brunch menu from 10am-3pm, and the new spring menu from 3pm-9pm.

And patios are open at both Café Trios and at Fresco.








For moms in high heels, Silver in Park City will serve Mothers Day dinner. (JK about the shoes.)

Zucca's Trattoria is offering a 1:00 PM 4-course brunch celebrating Mom, and the thoughtful Chef Scanu has created a fun menu just for kids too.




The St. Regis Deer Valley has invited twenty-seven Hill Air Force Base families who have family members currently deployed overseas to a complimentary Mother's Day Brunch. You can come, too, for $58 per person; $18 for children 7-12. Brunch is buffet with all the trimmings, including live jazz.


Mom is celebrated several ways at the Bird:

Brunch in the Aerie in the Cliff Lodge from 9 to 3 is $37.95 per person, kids (6-12), $19.95 and 5 and under free






Brunch in the Atrium in the Cliff Lodge from 10:30 to 3 is $32.95 per person, kids (6-12), $15.95 and 5 and under free And, better, treat the mother in your life with a gift certificate for any 80-minute treatment in the Cliff Spa and receive a $50 discount. Call 801-933-2225 for more information.


Lovely Log Haven is serving spring favorites like asparagus soup, leg of lamb and steelhead trout from noon to 5 for $39.95 per person, kids 12 and under, $21.95.