Amour is the French word for love, and that’s the perfect way to describe how the local jam company Amour Spreads began. It was in 2011 that John and Casee Francis were looking to start a new chapter in life. They felt they were in a rut with their careers and needed a change, or as they say in the episode… they wanted a sign: something that would signal to them what their next life chapter had in store for them.
Vertical Diner and Sage’s Cafe are two leading restaurants in Utah that promote plant-based foods on their menu, with large offerings of exclusively vegetarian and vegan dishes. Today, vegan and vegetarian menu options aren’t uncommon — but 17 years ago, in 1998, it was rare… and the thought of opening a vegetarian-only restaurant in Salt Lake City seemed impossible.
Scott was comfortable in his career as an air traffic controller and DeAnn was a sales manager at a local Utah business. But their kids were growing up and leaving the house, and behind the scenes Scott and DeAnn’s homemade chocolate was becoming much more than a hit among friends and family, and was turning into an obsession.
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This week we sat down with Colton Soelberg, the founder of Communal Restaurant, located in Provo, Utah. When a busboy job in high school turned into a job as a line cook, Colton quickly realized that cooking and the restaurant industry was more than a stepping block, it was a passion. After working at various restaurants throughout Utah, Colton ended up at the Tree Room in Sundance, where he quickly learned that his cooking skills and knowledge were only at the beginning stages.
Carl Rubadue has spent over 40 years in the food business, so you can say he’s been around the block here in Utah and around the food scene. He got his start at the Mariposa restaurant at Deer Valley resort in 1981. He’s since worked for a variety of resorts and catering services, cutting his teeth in kitchens all across the Western US.
Welcome to The Utah Foodie! On today’s episode we sit down with some movers and shakers in Utah who know a thing or two about the best breakfast and brunch spots throughout the state! This episode is the second installment of our monthly series, “Food Tips From Foodies,” where we bring in some of Utah’s best food critics, chefs, podcasters, and food enthusiasts to talk about everything and anything in the Utah food scene.