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Welcome to The Utah Foodie! On today's show, we sit down with Dolcetti Gelato, one of the cornerstones of the 9th and 9th neighborhood. Founded by Elizabeth and Mark England over ten years ago, this neighborhood staple specializes in home made, locally flavored Italian delicacies that will take your mouth on a scenic tour of the Italian countryside.
When Elizabeth and Mark began their endeavor into the food scene, Mark wanted an excuse to spend more time with Elizabeth. What better way to spend time with someone than through launching a gelato business together?
After evolving from Italian Ice, they began to explore the world of gelato. From gelato making classes to traveling through Italy to learn the local secrets, Mark and Elizabeth began a small gelato cart at Rico's Mexican Market. Selling wholesale to groups throughout the state, Dolcetti Gelato grew to the point where their own store front was a necessity.
With their beautiful and artsy location at 902 E 900 S, Elizabeth and Mark have crafted over 75 seasonal, artisan flavors of gelato that sample from local flavors such as peach, honey, and lavender, to exotic flavors such as their popular coconut sticky rice.
Today we interview Michael Ferguson and Seth Anderson, the two behind The Queens' Tea -- a tea blending and sourcing company they started in Utah in late 2012 when they realized they wanted to share their passion for tea with a larger audience than just their family and friends. After scouring Asia for great tea farms and suppliers, they launched The Queens' Tea at the Sundance Film Festival, and if you've been to Publik, Zest Restaurant, 3 Cups Coffee, Delcetti Gelato, or La Barba you've probably seen their tea on display, as their brand is now a staple at quality coffee shops and restaurants in Utah.
But as Seth and Michael explain, The Queens' Tea is more than a tea company. Their nonprofit arm DigniTea, for example, helps raise money for homeless youth in Utah by sending a percent of their profits to the cause. An estimated 40% of these homeless teens identify as LGBT, which is an issue that hits close to home for Seth and Michael, who were the very first legally married gay couple in the state.
We also go into The Queens' Tea's recent lawsuit, where they were sued by a Seattle-based tea room for allegedly infringing on their name. After a lot of press and outcry from people all around both Utah and Washington, they were able to settle. We go into the details on the podcast.
The Queens' Tea
Derek Belnap had been a barista at the Coffee Garden on 9th and 9th for almost a decade when he was approached about starting his own coffee shop. And just six short months later, he unveiled 3 Cups in Holladay with his pastry chef Amber Billingsley.
3 Cups represents everything great in a coffee shop: A beautiful atmosphere with lots of natural light. Great seating, like a long, wooden communal table, private booths, and an outdoor patio. Friendly and chipper baristas. And perhaps most importantly, great baked goods and outstanding coffee (largely coming from our friends and previous guests, Blue Copper Roasting Co).
In today's episode we chat with Derek and Amber about how they started 3 Cups, what went into their beautiful Scandinavian-inspired design, how they always hire such great baristas, how to talk a Starbucks-drinker into a pour-over, and why they put so much emphasis on their baked goods.