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#70: Chelsea Nelson and the Craft Cocktail Takeover

#70: Chelsea Nelson and the Craft Cocktail Takeover

To say we're fans of craft cocktails would be an understatement. Their emergence throughout the Utah food scene has been meteoritic, and when good craft cocktails arrive on the scene you better expect good things to follow. We've often talked about the craft cocktail scene in Utah, especially on episodes with Bar XHandle + HSLZest, and Beehive Distilling. The last 10 years has been a craft cocktail renaissance (of sorts), and the emerging popularity of these beverages has taken a firm hold of our quickly growing state.

#69: Argentina's Best Empanadas - Shaping Salt Lake City One Empanada At A Time

#69: Argentina's Best Empanadas - Shaping Salt Lake City One Empanada At A Time

Ana Valdemoros grew up surrounded by food. Whether it was a family meal, a get-together with friends, or a neighborhood gathering, food was a staple. Ana was raised in Argentina, a country that blends Italian and regional Argentinian cuisines to create simple, hearty, flavorful meals that always draw from local ingredients. When Ana moved to Salt Lake City for college in 2000, it quickly became apparent that Utah was in dire need of an authentic Argentina experience.

#68: Tin Angel Cafe – Where Art And Food Create Community

#68: Tin Angel Cafe – Where Art And Food Create Community

There are many motivations to enter the restaurant business. Maybe you love to cook and are looking for a culinary challenge. Or possibly you are a competitive person who is looking for a creative entrepreneurial challenge. But some people just want to create a community. For Kestrel and Jerry K Leidtke Jr., community was the most important part of all. The Tin Angel name comes from very fun, but humble, beginnings.

#66: Amanda Rock and The Vegan Takeover

#66: Amanda Rock and The Vegan Takeover

There’s been a re-veganing. Our podcast serves many purposes, but our biggest priority is to educate and surprise Utahns with our growing and diverse food scene. And nowhere is that more apparent than this episode where we not only surprise you with the bountiful vegan and vegetarian options in our community, but also surprise you with super special guest host, Amanda Rock!

#65: Epic Brewing Company – Packaging Experiences In A Bottle

#65: Epic Brewing Company – Packaging Experiences In A Bottle

When Epic Brewing Company opened their doors in 2010 they offered a unique craft beer that was a little hard to find in other areas in the state. They sold a high alcohol content beer in 220z bottles, and were empowered by new liquor laws that allowed them to sell product directly from the brewery. Their goal then, and still today, was to turn craft brewing on its head. And indeed they have.

#62: Penny Ann's Cafe – From New York With Love... and Pancakes

#62: Penny Ann's Cafe – From New York With Love... and Pancakes

The three most important things in life are Family, Friends, and Food. You can determine what order those come in for you. We think our priority is pretty obvious (I still love you mom). But for the owners of Penny Ann's Cafe the love of food and family became more than just a list of priorities. It became their entire life.

#60: R&R BBQ – Competitive Fire To Smoke Your Brisket

#60: R&R BBQ – Competitive Fire To Smoke Your Brisket

When you think about BBQ, the South immediately comes to mind. It’s the birthplace of BBQ, and opinions are strong. But for Rod and Roger Livingston, the founders of R&R BBQ, BBQ was a fond memory from their childhood family reunions, and a fun hobby in their adulthood. 

#58: PJK's Creamery – A Flavorful, Fresh Take On Ice Cream Rolls Into Town

#58: PJK's Creamery – A Flavorful, Fresh Take On Ice Cream Rolls Into Town

Here are some fun facts about ice cream.

  1. It is delicious
  2. Utah is one of the top 10 ice cream consuming states in the country
  3. No matter the time of year, ice cream is always the right decision

With these strong supporting arguments for ice cream, it was only a matter of time before someone changed the ice cream game in Utah. That time has arrived.

The Utah Foodie Reheated: The Future Of Chocolate Is In... Utah?

The Utah Foodie Reheated: The Future Of Chocolate Is In... Utah?

If we were to ask you what the artisan chocolate capital of the United States was, what would you guess? New York? Los Angeles? Well, since this is called The Utah Foodie, you would be correct in guessing that Utah is the craft chocolate hotspot of the country. The folks at Saveur seem to think so, and we’re very much inclined to agree.

The Utah Foodie Reheated: Utah's Coffee Journey

The Utah Foodie Reheated: Utah's Coffee Journey

Birds chirping. The sun shining warm and bright. People outside, enjoying these summer months in the great Utah outdoors. Playing Pokemon Go to their hearts content. Summer is a magical time. Which is why we’re spending our “Summer Vacation” in the studio, putting together an exciting series that we think you’ll enjoy. While we’ll always stick with our Utah Foodie format of sitting down with incredible entrepreneurs for interviews and stories, we wanted to introduce a new series called “Utah Foodie Reheated.” These topic focused, produced episodes are an opportunity to focus in on a subject in Utah that deserves a spotlight.

#57: Mollie & Ollie – Healthy Eating... On The Fly

#57: Mollie & Ollie – Healthy Eating... On The Fly

We’re incredibly proud of the growing food scene in Utah, and are constantly amazed by the innovators, dreamers, and eaters who are shaping the future of our state’s culinary landscape. We’re always excited to invite brand new restaurants onto the show to help you discover the hidden gems around the state.

#56 – Project Pineapple: Vacation In A Pineapple

#56 – Project Pineapple: Vacation In A Pineapple

While Utah is known for its premier snow, many people don’t quite realize is that the majority of the state is a desert. Which means it gets hot. Really hot. And while we find ways to enjoy the warm and sunny days, the need for a cold treat is frequent. And as the saying goes, when you stumble upon a lemonade stand, put shaved ice in a pineapple.

#55: Mama Africa – Smell It, Taste It, Love It

#55: Mama Africa – Smell It, Taste It, Love It

The world is full of beautiful locations, delicious food, and histories that shapes entire cultures. While we can all dream of visiting exotic locations, money and time are very real restraints. Which is a bummer. How do we experience new places and different lifestyles if we can’t afford to do so? That’s where food comes in.

#54: Handle + HSL – Appreciate Tradition

#54: Handle + HSL – Appreciate Tradition

When you interview over 50 different food, coffee, and beverage entrepreneurs over a year, you begin to notice certain trends. They’re all passionate about their craft, feel a calling to create, and want to contribute to a growing community. The aspiration to put Utah on the foodie map can be found in ways big and small. For Briar Handly, the co-owner of Handle and HSL, developing a hyper-local, hyper-seasonal restaurant was one way to help Utah take one giant step forward.

#53: Butcher's Bunches – It's All About Family

#53: Butcher's Bunches – It's All About Family

When the recession arrived in 2008 the pain was felt everywhere. Fortune 500 companies, local mom and pop shops, and governments around the world all slowed down and the cost of living made margins thinner and thinner. For Liz Butcher and the Butcher family, their farmer’s market side business felt a massive crunch. As more people joined the markets to sell produce, Liz began brainstorming alternatives. And what she dreamed up was even bigger than the family's produce business.

#51: Taqueria 27 – It's Not Mexican, It's Mexicanish

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Many people spend their entire professional careers attempting to find their calling. Dreams are dreamt, but never realized. For Todd and Kristin Gardiner, the founders and owners of Taqueria 27, finding their calling was as simple as waking up in the morning.

Todd has been working in the food industry for over 30 years.While he initially began his career as an ambitious 12-year-old busboy, working to afford to go bird hunting with his grandfather, Todd quickly was drawn in by the fast-paced, creative environment of the kitchen. For years, Todd worked his way up through various restaurants, and at a very young age found himself as the sous chef of Log Haven.

It was at Log Haven that Todd and Kristin met, and their true journey began. After years of working at Log Haven, Snowbird, and Z’Tejas, Todd’s dream of opening a restaurant was finally within reach. Taqueria 27 was born. Their original location on Foothill Drive opened in 2012, and in four short years, two more locations have followed suit.

Todd and Kristin had no interest in opening a traditional Mexican restaurant. They saw tacos as the perfect platform to play with creative and inventive combinations, and they wanted to challenge Utahns’ expectations of what a taco could be. It wasn’t Mexican food, it was “Mexicanish.” Several locations, tequilas, and awards later, Taqueria 27 is a flourishing local establishment that has become a favorite to eaters in the Salt Lake Valley. Join us as we sit down with Todd and Kristin and explore the winding, yet focused path they took to bring Taqueria 27 to the world.

 

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

Vive Juicery — A Utah-based cold-pressed juicery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Blue Copper Coffee — Specialty coffee hand-roasted in Salt Lake City, with a coffee room at 179 W 900 S.

The Yelp Elite Squad — Utah’s five-star fan club of all things local.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

#50: Chedda Burger – Give It Your All, Or Don't Even Try

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One week we're celebrating our one year anniversary, the next, we air our 50th episode! When we launched The Utah Foodie our goal was to create a podcast that dove headfirst into the stories of the creators and innovators in Utah's food scene. Every week we've walked away from our interviews full of inspiration and appreciation. This episode, however, truly highlights how important it is to share these emotional and authentic stories.

When Nick Watts founded Chedda Truck, it was more of an online concept than a real company. Working multiple jobs and needing a creative outlet, Nick would stop by the farmers market during his free time to find the perfect ingredients for his homemade grilled cheese creations. His Chedda Truck Twitter account began to grow, and in a moment of generosity, a friend who owned a tattoo parlor offered him an evening to bring his grilled cheese out into the world for some of his customers.

What began as a low-key offer blew up into a frenzy as news of this grilled cheese launch began to spread through popular food blogs and Twitter accounts. Nick originally anticipated a small crowd, but over 250 customers and grilled cheese sandwiches later, it was apparent that this was more than just a casual evening.

And yet, Nick didn't open his food truck for another six months after his initial launch. After soul searching and working a mind numbing job, Nick knew a drastic change was needed. Hence, Chedda Truck became officially official.

What followed his launch was years of lessons learned, generous friends and strangers, and a full-time investment into Chedda Truck and Chedda Burger that was purely driven out of passion and an unwillingness to give up. With a physical location at 26 E 600 S and two food trucks, Nick's ambition and creativity are inspiring, and he offers wisdom and passion that is infectious.

 

This episode was sponsored by...

90.9FM KRCL -- Community Connection and Music Discovery

Vive Juicery -- A Utah-based cold-pressed juicery 

The Chocolate Conspiracy -- A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Blue Copper Coffee -- Specialty coffee hand-roasted in Salt Lake City, with a coffee room at 179 W 900 S.

The Yelp Elite Squad, Utah's five-star fan club of all things local.

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This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week! 

#49: Beehive Distilling – Gin As The Medium, Utah As The Canvas

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The Utah Foodie has reached our one year anniversary, and to be honest, we’re a little blown away. It feels like yesterday when we sat down with our first guests from Whiskey Street and Forage, and we dove headfirst into the thriving and inspiring Utah food scene.

While we often focus on the entrepreneurial spirit and passion that these small business owners have, something that is not always obvious is their overflowing creativity. Whether it’s a unique take on a traditional dish, finding local partners that have the same vision, or even deciding on the look and color of a jam, a lot of energy is put into creating art in the form of food or beverages.

This creativity is especially apparent at Beehive Distilling, one of the first four distilleries in Utah. Founded by Chris Barlow, Erik Ostling, and Matt Aller, Beehive Distilling originally began as a fun idea that was discussed amongst these three friends. But once the idea was in Erik’s mind, he couldn’t let it go. What followed was research, research, and more research, and the realization that their idea could very much become a reality.

And a reality it became. Beehive Distilling opened their doors in January 2014, and quickly established themselves as a craft distillery that had two primary focuses: Make good gin, and make it look good. After 35-40 test batches, Jackrabbit Gin was created, and their popularity spread. Join us on The Utah Foodie as we sit down with Erik and Chris to discuss the history of distilling in Utah, and how gin uniquely stands out from other liquors. We’ll also dive into how their work as marketers, photographers and creatives influenced their approach to launching Beehive Distilling.

We also would like to say a special "thank you" to all of our listeners! This podcast has been a labor of love, and we're so thankful to have a community that is as excited about the Utah food scene as we are.

For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

 

This episode was brought to you by: 

KRCL 90.9fm Community Radio

Vive Juicery, a Utah-based cold-pressed juicery with three locations along the Wasatch Front.

#48: Mountain West Cider – Let There Be Cider!

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: the craft scene in Salt Lake City is growing at an impressive rate. With craft breweries and distilleries innovating and influencing the quality of beverage we enjoy in Utah, it’s apparent that Utahans are eager to support and enjoy locally made products. 

Despite the popularity of craft brewing and distilleries, Utah has a very obvious lack of cideries. Cider is the fastest growing beverage market in the country. While a lot of chatter revolves around craft brewing, the amount of cider being consumed in the US has increased by 95% in the last year alone. With the United States Association of Cider Makers established five years ago, the popularity and artisan approach of cider making has grown leaps and bounds.

Jennifer and Jeff Carleton, the owners of Mountain West Cider, are cider lovers who were unimpressed by the available mass market options . They saw the lack of cideries in Utah as a problem, and knew they had the perfect solution. While Jennifer and Jeff had toyed with the idea of potentially opening a bar or restaurant, it was always a dream that they kept on the top shelf for a later date.

But one fateful day an article about cider sparked an idea, and Jennifer and Jeff quickly realized that their dream of owning a business of their own was more possible than they realized. After years of research, planning, and searching, Jennifer and Jeff opened Mountain West Cider in November 2015 at 425 N 400 W.

Join us on this episode of The Utah Foodie as we chat with Jennifer and Jeff about their journey from cider lovers to cidery owners, and learn more about the fascinating history of cider in the US.

For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

#47: The Big O Doughnuts - 100% Vegan, and Slightly Naughty

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In early 2015 Ally Curzon and her mom Jessica Curzon were driving through Salt Lake City when they were hit with a craving: they wanted a doughnut. While Utah has some fine doughnut options, none would work for the Curzon family because they are vegan -- and vegan doughnuts can be hard to come by.

It was then that a craving turned into a business idea. Ally and her mom drove home to share their new idea with Ally's 15-year-old sister, Leah, but were met with skepticism. Leah had seen her mom's last food project, a small chocolate truffle business, start with high hopes... but never get off the ground. So Leah Curzon issued her mom a challenge: "Mom, this can't be one of those things you don't follow through on."

So Jessica hit the kitchen with her daughters, working toward a perfect vegan doughnut. And when they felt they had the recipe dialed in, they rented a booth at a local farmer's market in town. They were received well, which led their doughnuts into Sugar House Coffee and a few other local coffee shops in town. With momentum, lots of passion, some newfound fans from their Farmer's Market presence, and their unique vegan doughnuts, Jessica Curzon put a new commercial kitchen on a credit card and went all in, rising to meet her daughter's challenge.

Today we're joined by Jessica Curzon, her 15-year-old daughter Leah Curzon, and Jessica's boyfriend and business partner Zak Farrington, to talk about their journey starting an all-vegan doughnut shop and their upcoming new location at 171 E Broadway in downtown Salt Lake City, where they'll open in just a few weeks.

For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week!