Black Sheep Cafe

#23: Fine Dining in Utah - Food Tips From Foodies


Join us on today's program as we sit down with some of Utah's finest foodies to talk about the fine dining scene here in Utah. This episode is the first installment of a new monthly series called "Food Tips From Foodies," where we bring in a few of Utah's best food critics, chefs, podcasters, and general food enthusiasts to talk about a topic related to our food scene.

Today we're joined by food writer Amanda Rock and Jeffrey Steadman, the Community Director of Yelp Salt Lake City:

Amanda Rock is a local food writer. You can find her articles in SLUG Magazine, Devour Utah, Utah Stories and City Weekly. Sometimes she interviews people for SLUG Magazine's podcast, SLUG Soundwaves. She loves cats and anything pumpkin spice. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram. @amanda_eats_slc

Jeffrey Steadman is the Community Director for Yelp Salt Lake City and coordinator of the Yelp Elite Squad, which is kind of like being the president of SLC's biggest fan club. In addition to planning insider events with local businesses, he helps Yelp support great local organizations, posts copious amounts of food pics on Instagram at @yelpslc and is always on the lookout for a great burger. Outside of Yelp, he's a backpacker, camper, hiker, flyfisherman, bread baker and outdoors author. @YelpUtah


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#10: Black Sheep Cafe - Mark Mason talks Native American cuisine and the Provo food scene


Today we're on the mic with Mark Mason -- the chef behind Black Sheep Cafe in Provo and the new, 6-month old restaurant in SLC, the Blue Poblano. Mark hails from Scottsdale AZ, where he found his love for the kitchen and spent his time after work watching and recording famous chefs on VHS. And the more he started dabbling with cooking, and even throwing private food events for his friends, the more Mark realized he wanted to enter the food business.

So when his sister Bleu Adams approached him in 2010 about a new concept for a restaurant in Provo, Mark came up to Utah from Arizona to help her launch what would soon be Black Sheep Cafe. His time with Black Sheep and Utah in general was intended to be temporary, but now almost four years later they're still hard at work and already on their second restaurant.

Mark Mason and Bleu Adams are half Navajo and half Mandan Hidatsa, and much of Mark's passion and inspiration for his food is drawn from his memories of his great grandmother cooking early in the morning in their Navajo Hogan on a reservation, and creating dishes like blue corn mush, a fine grind of a blue corn meal boiled like porridge and garnished with cedar or juniper ash to give a small smokey taste.

Today, Mark strives to incorporate Native American cooking tradition and food with an American take, in hopes that we see a resurgence of indigenous food in our food scene.

Join us for a great conversation that takes us through all of this and more with Mark Mason of Black Sheep Cafe and our host Chase Murdock.

Black Sheep Cafe (801) 607 2485 19 N University Ave. Provo, Utah 84601

Blue Poblano (801) 883-9078 473 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102


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