Dreams, passions and goals vary – but we all benefit from contributions 

By Jeanette W. Bennett

Over a tasty fresh Mexican spread, I interviewed Dave Tuomisto, owner of Bajio, when he first opened Rosa’s in Provo a couple of years ago. One of my first questions for him was why he decided to open a restaurant.

“I think everyone wishes they could run a restaurant,” he replied.

I thought to myself, “No they don’t. Everyone wishes they could run a magazine.”

Our exchange reminded me that we all see things from our own perspective. We face life with specific passions and sometimes assume others have the same dreams and priorities.

Fortunately in our society, we benefit from the life’s goals of those such as Bajio Dave (as we affectionately call him) who attack their dreams with unrelenting hard work and dedication.

Others like him have filled Utah Valley with varied, well-priced and delicious options. From the new Riverwoods location of Magleby’s, to the elegant Chef’s Table, to the family-friendly Fat Cats — there are plenty of places to head when you can’t face your own kitchen on Friday night. Fortunately for us, these restaurant owners can’t imagine a life without menus, hungry customers and tasty new appetizers.

Similarly, medical professionals gave up the prime of their lives to study their areas of medicine that they can now share with us as we face specific questions and needs during our hopefully healthy lives.

The local home building industry gave of their skills and passion to remodel a home for a Mapleton family in need. This was our own Utah Valley extreme home makeover with all the drama and generosity we see on the ABC hit show.

We asked our readers to share their passions in our annual Readers Choice contest. Find out what got voted the best local restaurant, best kept secret in Utah Valley, best waterski spot and more.

Although these 108 pages are packed with stories and photos of people’s favorites, dreams and ideas, my favorite part of the issue is where we share the love stories of three couples facing different stages of life. They share their tips for making decisions, raising children and handling family finances. It’s refreshing to see marriages that work when the statistics — even in Utah — show a dismal picture of the longevity of relationships.

All in all, this issue reflects the best of Utah Valley, which I happen to believe is the best kept secret in the United States.


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