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Episode #38: Rawtopia – A Food-Inspired Spiritual Awakening


Omar Abou-Ismail doesn’t have your typical restaurant owner story. Originally born in Lebanon, Omar and his family traveled and lived throughout West Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Middle East, and eventually settled in Utah. After studying geophysics and mechanical engineering at the University of Utah, he began working with the U.S. Navy as a geophysicist. And then, in 2005, he opened Rawtopia. You could say it was a bit of a leap in career.

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Episode 36: Amour Spreads – “And so we said, let’s make jam!”


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.

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Episode 33: Sage’s Cafe & Vertical Diner – Vegan and Vegetarian Before it Was Cool.


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.   

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Episode 25: Allgood Provisions – Responsible Snacking


Jake Boyd has always been passionate about organic food and environmental sustainability, but didn’t know the best way to make an impact. After working full-time and moving to Park City to explore the famous Utah ski slopes, his childhood roots came full circle and he ventured into the food world. Having been raised by parents that grew up farming, the passion and drive to start a company from scratch that focused on non-GMO, sustainable, organic snack foods.

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Episode 4: Squatters – Doug Hofeling, A history of Utah’s purveyor in craft brewing & eco-friendly food.


Today on The Utah Foodie, our host Chase Murdock talks with the man behind Squatters: COO and General Manager, Doug Hofeling.

Since quietly opening their doors on Broadway in 1989, Squatters has become a Utah staple in the restaurant and brewing scene. But when co-founders Peter Cole and Jeff Polychronis were getting started, their intentions were simple: they just wanted great beer, a friendly atmosphere, and a culture focused on quality, their community, and the environment.

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