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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.
Check out our last Food Tips From Foodies where we talk fine dining in Utah.
Today we're joined by Chelsea Nelson and Chris Holifield:
Chelsea Nelson is the founder of food and craft cocktail blog, HeartbeatNosh.com and also heads a local Cocktail Club. Chelsea has always been a writer first and foremost, and after putting herself through college waiting tables in the SLC area, her love for the food and beverage community grew. In 2009, she launched her first food website, Nosh Maven - which later morphed into Heartbeat Nosh. She has loved writing about food and cocktails as the SLC food scene has blown up over the past 5 years, and has found SLC to be a wonderfully collaborative and supportive community for food writers and bloggers. She is a Digital Marketing Director for a local nonprofit by day, and loves spending time with her husband, Russ, and 1 1/2 year old, Clementine.
Chris Holifield is the host and producer of the I am Salt Lake podcast. After helping organize a handful of the very first local instawalks (Instagram meetups) in the summer of 2012 and spending countless hours wandering the streets of SLC trying to showcase the city through photography, he decided to take things up a notch by interviewing people from the Salt Lake City area. With over 3 years of doing the podcast he has interviewed over 200 people from local businesses, art, music, film, and anything else he finds intriguing. The podcast has struck a chord with the locals and has slowly risen to the top of one of the most listened to podcasts along the Wasatch Front. You can find the podcast in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or at www.iamsaltlake.com.
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.