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Welcome to The Utah Foodie! On today’s episode we bring in two of our state's top food writers and critics to help us craft a perfect night out on the town exploring Salt Lake City's food scene.
This is our third installment in our monthly "Food Tips With Foodies" series where we bring in local food experts and talk food for an hour on a pre-selected topic. Last month, we explored Breakfast & Brunch in Utah with Chris Holified of I Am Salt Lake and Chelsea Nelson of Heartbeat Nosh. In October, we brought in Amanda Rock of Amanda Eats SLC and Jeffrey Steadman from Yelp.com to talk Fine Dining options around the state.
Today we’re on with Kathy Stephenson and Heather King:
Kathy Stephenson has been The Tribune food writer since 2000, covering all aspects of eating including dining, alcohol and agriculture. A Utah native, she began working at The Tribune in 1982 while a student at the University of Utah. She honed her journalism skills covering various topics including communities, education and (fun fact) Figure Skating during the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Heather King is a food writer and restaurant critic for The Salt Lake Tribune, Devour Utah, Downtown SLC magazine and Examiner.com. She is the co-founder of The Utah Review where she writes about arts, culture, food and travel. She is the founder of Utah's Ladies Who Lunch groups, a member of the Association of Food Journalists and a proud Great Dane owner.
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