Food With A Cause

#33: Sage's Cafe & Vertical Diner - Vegan and Vegetarian Before it Was Cool.

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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.   

It was then that Ian Brandt, owner of Vertical Diner and Sage's Cafe, set out to popularize a non-meat diet (beyond tasteless leafy salads!) and provide better dining options for vegetarians and vegans in Salt Lake City. Brandt started with a small vegetarian, gluten-free food truck --thought to be the state's second-ever food truck to hit the streets-- and peddled his approachable vegetarian food at music venues and popular business locations.

After encouragement from loyal customers, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike, Ian Brandt opened his first permanent location. In the late 1990's, and named after Ian's firstborn son, Sage's Cafe was born.

Now today, 17 years later, Brandt runs two successful vegetarian restaurants in Salt Lake City at the center of a significant movement in the veganism movement. Tune in to today's interview with Vertical Diner and Sage's Cafe owner and chef, Ian Brandt, as we discuss why people choose a vegetarian and vegan diet, and talk about the horrors of modern day factory farming and animal cruelty. Join us.

Vertical Diner

801-484-VERT

http://verticaldiner.com/

2280 South West Temple, SLC

 

Sage's Cafe

801-322-3790

http://www.sagescafe.com/

234 West 900 South, SLC

 

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#25: Allgood Provisions - Responsible Snacking

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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.

Hence began All Good Provisions, a local Utah company that has expanded to over 400 stores throughout the country. With products in Whole Foods, Caputos, and Liberty Heights, All Good Provisions has exploded throughout the organic food scene. With a focus on highlighting and working with environmentally conscious farmers, Jake and his small team have taken this idea and grown it into a company that is focused on providing delicious, healthy snacks that all are focused on a cause. With one percent of every sale going towards environmental organizations throughout the world, their products have a further reaching impact than the immediate nutritional benefits.

Jake has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new product, The Oven Stoked Series, and are planning on rolling out more products throughout the state, and throughout the country.

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#7: The Queens' Tea - Michael Ferguson & Seth Anderson talk tea, their lawsuit, and how they help LGBT teens

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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

www.thequeenstea.com

www.facebook.com/TheQueensTea

 

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#6: Even Stevens Sandwiches - Talking food with a cause, local, and growth with Jamie Coates & Sara Day

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Today we talk sandwiches with Even Stevens' creative director Jamie Coates and director of community engagement Sara Day. But not just any old sandwiches... sandwiches with a cause. For each sandwich Even Stevens makes, they donate one to a local nonprofit partner here in Utah. And after just one year of crazy growth, Even Stevens now has two locations --and a third on the way-- and have donated a whopping 75,000 sandwiches. Awesome.

In this episode our host Chase Murdock sits down with Sara and Jamie to learn about what drives Even Stevens and how they got started. Their founder Steve Down is intriguing. He's not your stereotypical restaurant guy. As their blog puts it:

Steve Down dons a suit daily, quotes Goethe, orates words like compassionate capitalism, and carries Steve Job’s biography in his back pocket. And he lays it out on the table: he isn’t a “restaurant guy”. Blue eyes don’t lie has perhaps been his creed since birth. He isn’t a 20-something hipster with tousled hair jetting off to developing countries. He doesn’t use Instagram. (The rest of the team does plenty of that)

We applaud the vagabond millennial, but Even Stevens is a tale of it’s own. Think of your parents’ wisdom mixed with the progressive spirit of youth. A New York Stock-exchange meets Woodstock kind of romance. Steve has forever been a champion for the next generation.

 

And like their founder Steve, Even Stevens isn't stereotypical either: they're making a large splash in the Utah food scene and showing all of us what it means for a business to be authentically engaged in their community and focus on local, while simultaneously creating a large, multi-location restaurant brand.

We also go into Even Stevens' food menu, their beer pairings, and talk about how they use local ingredients in at each location. You can hear Sara and Jamie's passion for what they do and in this episode it's clear that Even Stevens isn't just building a restaurant -- they're building a movement.

Listen in.

 

EVEN STEVENS DOWNTOWN SLC

200 S 414 E  |  385-355-9105

EVEN STEVENS SUGARHOUSE

2030 S 900 E  |  801-953-0357

EVEN STEVENS DRAPER

COMING SOON!

 

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