We, Tona Sushi Bar and Grill were a proud supporter of the Indie Ogden Awards, held this past December in Ogden’s Historic Union Station. This event was a way for Indie Ogden to recognize all the great businesses and individuals that make Ogden what it is. Attendees ranged from business owners to Roller Derby girls to your next door neighbor, and all for one reason – to celebrate Ogden. Nominations were 100% community given, as were the votes. So the winners knew – they were the very best according to the people of Ogden.
The event was emceed by Ben Winslow from Fox 13 News, with music provided by local DJ and resident of 25th Street, Linus Stubbs, with the awards given out to the recipients by Ogden’s own roller derby team, the Junction City Roller Dolls. Around 300 guests were in attendance, not including all of the businesses who came to provide food and had booths to promote their businesses. Tona’s booth was one of the most visited of the evening, naturally. Who can resist sushi? Not many people at the Indie Ogden Awards, that’s for sure!
Guests mingled around the Browning Theater in the Union Station, visiting various booths from Ogden organizations and businesses, such as the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah (complete with a couple of birds!) The Front Climbing Club, Nurture the Creative Mind and many more. Tona was among many sponsors there to feed the many hungry, such as Slackwater Pub and Pizzeria, Beehive Cheeses… so many great businesses came together to celebrate Ogden.
Not only did Tona sponsor the event – providing delicious sushi, gyoza (pot stickers) and chicken teriyaki – but was also nominated for multiple awards, Best Sushi and Best Date Night. And walked away with BOTH! This was a great honor, to receive recognition from so many people of Ogden. If you come into the restaurant, you can see the plaques at the very front! With 31 categories and hundreds of nominations, it was really exciting to see how many people participated in this event.
In addition to getting two awards for Tona, Tony & Tina were also recognized by the people of Ogden for being such a valuable part of the community at large, with their fun events, fundraisers for important causes like the tsunami relief in 2011, or their ongoing support of the Red Cross Gala each year.
All in all, the night was fantastic, full of happiness and laughter. We here at Tona can’t wait for next year!