Salt Lake Magazine HomeContestDan Nailen's Lounge ActDealsGetawayGlen Warchol's CrawlerIn The HiveIn The MagazineKid FriendlyMary's RecipeOn the TableOutdoorsPC LifeShop TalkUncategorizedSat, 29 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000Preview: Yes and Toto<p><span>Prog-rock and pop-rock come together for the double-billing of your dreams (if you had dreams in 1983, that is) when Yes and Toto hit the stage on Monday at Red Butte Garden.</span></p> <p>Aside from the nostalgia component, which is high value for booking agents and venues these days, these bands probably don't have much of a fan overlap. </p> <p><img alt="" height="540" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/yes_2.07.02_pm.jpg" width="960"></p> <p>Yes has been called the British Rush because of their lengthy songs, cosmic (and sometimes nonsensical) lyrics and complex arrangements.</p> <p>Despite a cult-like fan following that has allowed them to tour nearly nonstop for four and a half decades, the group has had only one song reach the Billboard charts: 1983's “Owner of a Lonely Heart”.</p> <p>Toto, on the other hand, dominated the top 40 stations for a while in the late seventies and early eighties. You surely know their hits, “Hold the Line”, “Rosanna” and “Africa”.</p> <p><img alt="" height="477" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/toto.jpg" width="720"></p> <p>Both bands have had members come and go over the years. Yes has been such a revolving door of musicians that that the band's Wikipedia page has a handy graphic to help readers keep track of the comings and goings (and coming-backs) of each member. Toto, while not quite as back-and-forth has lost a few members and they officially (temporarily) broke-up from 2008-2010.</p> <p>Also of note: Both groups had their fair share of tragedy this year, when they each buried bass players. Toto's bassist, Mike Pocaro died in March due to complications from ALS while Yes' Chris Squire lost his battle with Leukemia in June.</p> <p>Reviews of earlier shows in the tour suggest that fans should expect a tribute to both men during the show.</p> <p>Doors are at 6:00 and the music will start at 7.</p> <p>The show is sold out, but as always, you may find someone looking to unload their tickets outside the venue before the show.</p>Christie GehrkeSat, 29 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 The HiveCaffe d&#39;Bolla&#39;s Day in Court<p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/cafefamily.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>What started out as a routine inspection of a lowly coffee shop last year, turned into something very different for the Salt Lake County Health Department.</p> <p>That, at least, became very clear at a three-hour hearing held yesterday to resolve what the owners of Caffe d'Bolla had turned into an emotional debate over maintaining public health standards versus destroying the sanctity of a family-owned business—not to mention sullying the reputation of the best cup of java in Utah.</p> <p>The county, of course, had no idea what they were walking into in November 2014 when an inspector made a routine inspection of Caffe d'Bolla in downtown SLC. Owners John and Yiching Piquet are, some might say, insanely passionate about the coffee John brews using a mysterious siphon contraption.</p> <p>The only thing the couple is more passionate about is their toddler Alex, the center of the Piquet world.</p> <p>Therein lies the problem.</p> <p>The health inspector found evidence of a play area for one-year-old Alex in a storage and food-preparation area of the cafe. That is a violation of health code.</p> <p>You can read Piquet's allegations of harassment and intimidation and the subsequent breakdown in communication between the department and the Piquets <a href="/blog/2015/04/14/caffe-dbolla-battle-continues/" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="/blog/2015/06/05/caffe-vs-health-department-solution-in-sight/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>The department, of course, is trying to hold the line on babes, aka "unnecessary personnel" who could carry pathogens, roaming in food-prep areas.</p> <p>The Piquets argue that in the world of small, family-owned businesses, people like Alex, even in diapers, are essential personnel. And the Piquets say they meet all the necessary precautions to protect public health, including with Alex.</p> <p>To be fair, the department has gone to unheard of lengths to work out a resolution with the Piquets, even face-to-face meetings with top officials, including Executive Director Gary Edwards. When that didn't produce an agreement acceptable to the coffee couple, they lawyered up to continue negotiations through spring and summer. The Piquets rejected the department's final settlement offer, which remains confidential.</p> <p>We do know from the hearing record what the Piquets want. Besides the fines being waived, they ask for money for their "emotional distress and suffering" and loss of business reputation as a result of the inspection. And they want an apology from the department. They also want state health scientists and bureaucrats to write clearer guidelines on inspections.</p> <p>All this was rehashed in great detail, under oath, at the hearing Thursday at the Health Department. Three lawyers (one for the Piquet's), several supervisors—including Edwards, a two county public-relations specialists and Alex (who maintained his cool) were present. The only member of the public or media there was me and I was nearly ejected before the Piquet's lawyer Julia Kyte pointed out that the department's rules allow the public to be present. Score one for open meetings.</p> <p>I won't bore you with the intricacies of inspections, follow-up inspections, emails sent or not and playpens observed or merely inferred. The hearing officer will issue a decision, probably in about two weeks.</p> <p>But here's some entertaining stuff that likely won't factor into the ruling:</p> <p>--Kyte entered into the record the Piquet's love for their child, their fame as coffee roasters and brewers (including their <em>SLMag</em> Best of the Beehive awards), diaper-changing tips and the importance of family businesses. That drove the Deputy District Attorney Mitch Park to distraction because, he argued to no avail, it had nothing to do with the inspection in question or regulations covering kids in a food-preparation area.</p> <p>--Piquet, who scrutinized health department records, found that, by his count, Caffe d'Bolla is the only restaurant with only one critical violation to have a follow-up inspection in the last seven years.</p> <p>--Iceberg restaurants, owned by Kelly Christensen, who happens to also be chairman of the County Board of Health, have never received a follow-up inspection during that time, despite having worse inspection scores than d'Bolla and "10 instances of three or more critical violations," again according to Piquet's report.</p>Glen WarcholFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:43:00 +0000 The HiveOn the TableHi-Mountain&#39;s Famous Burger<p>As the world moves faster, it's nice to count on some things to stay the same. Your iPhone will always be a step behind the newest one, your pleather pants and the leather ones are stored until PETA disbands, but the burgers and shakes at Hi-Mountain Drug taste the same as they did when you were 12 and pedal-pushers weren't capri pants yet.</p> <p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/himtn.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>This is not a chef-conceived, overloaded burger. It's not an artisanal burger made from the cow you used to call by name. It's not a super cheap fast food travesty. It's a well-proportioned beef patty on a toasted bun with a manageable ratio of meat to bread, and it comes with all the traditional fixings. That does not include foie gras or Sriracha.</p> <p>This burger doesn't even have a name.</p> <p>You have to wait for it to be cooked.</p> <p>The milkshake you should order to accompany the burger is not extruded and could never warrant the nickname "concrete." The servers are friendly, but they won't introduce themselves by name or write upsidedown on the countertop. Enjoy this moment of small-town American timelessness brought to you by Hi-Mountain Drug.</p> <p><em>40 N. Main Street, Kamas</em></p> <p><em>435-783-4466</em></p>Mary Brown MaloufThu, 27 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 The HiveIn The MagazineOn the TablePC LifePlanned Parenthood Protests<p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/rally2.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>The Capitol grounds turned into a sea of bright pink Tuesday night as thousands of citizens turned up to protest Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision to end the state's role in providing federal funding to the embattled organization.</p> <p>As protesters gathered on the lawn with homemade signs, volunteers and staff from Planned Parenthood provided even more pink signs and stickers declaring “We stand with Planned Parenthood.”</p> <p>“No woman is free if she cannot make her own reproductive choices,” said a protester's homemade sign.</p> <p>“I do not regret my abortion,” said another.</p> <p><img alt="" height="338" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/rally4.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>While some messages were nuanced, “I respect and cherish all life and I support Planned Parenthood," others went straight to harsh, “No more coat hangers.”</p> <p>A man with long hair dressed in a Christ-like red robe silently held a sign that proclaimed, “This guy stands with Planned Parenthood.”</p> <p>As the crowd grew on the Capitol steps, on the lawn just below the counter protest grew as well, and arguments, though respectful, erupted throughout the crowd.</p> <p><img alt="" height="637" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/rally3.jpg" width="450"></p> <p>One counter-protest sign read “Babies Are Murdered Here” and on the flip-side of the same sign, “We will adopt your baby.”  The counter protesters sent tween-age children around to politely pass out literature that graphically described a late-term abortion.</p> <p>Keep in mind: The impetus of this rally was not even about abortion. </p> <p>For counter protesters, of course, everything about Planned Parenthood is about abortion. But federal money never funds abortions, explained speakers at the rally—the so-called pass-through money Herbert stripped from the nonprofit is used for chylamidia research and treatment and teenage pregnancy prevention programs. </p> <p>Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, the always bombastic Sen. Jim Dabakis, Rep. Angela Romero, Salt Lake City Councilman (and Utah AIDS Foundation Executive Director) Stan Penfold took turns revving the crowd up with impassioned pleas to Herbert to rethink what they said was a purely political decision.</p> <p> “We are here because the Governor chose politics over healthcare” said Planned Parenthood of Utah Executive Director Karrie Galloway, suggesting it was no coincidence that the Governor’s order came the day before the Utah Republican Party Convention.</p> <p>“Planned Parenthood does not renege on it’s promises” Galloway told the crowd. “No matter what happens, Planned Parenthood is here for you.” <br></p>Christie GehrkeWed, 26 Aug 2015 16:38:00 +0000 The HiveTo do: Ogden Nature Center&#39;s Wildwoods Bash<p class="p1">Who loves nature? The Ogden Nature  Center, that’s who!</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="259" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/bash_photo.jpg" width="400"></p> <p class="p2">Next month the nonprofit will host the 30th annual Wildwoods Bash featuring a catered dinner from Ogden Restaurants including Slackwater Pub and Pizzeria, Union Grill and Roosters Brewing, live music from the Ogden-based bluegrass-americana band Facing West and an art auction.</p> <p class="p2">Proceeds from the event are slated to benefit the center’s two nature preserves which are a combined 175 acres of open space and community education efforts. </p> <p class="p2">The invite also notes that “The original Buffalo BASH recipe book will be for sale!” — so, it that’s a selling point for you, there you go.</p> <p class="p2">The event will be held on Friday, September 11th at 5:00 p.m. and will be held at the Ogden Nature Center (966 W. 12th Street, Ogden), tickets are $70 per person.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p2"> </p>Christie GehrkeWed, 26 Aug 2015 15:43:00 +0000 The HiveKid FriendlyFull Moon Harvest Dinner at Copper Moose Farm<p class="p1">Stargazers, foodies, and oenophiles alike will enjoy Copper Moose Farm’s upcoming dinner featuring summer cocktails by Just Organic Juices and appetizers by Copper Moose, Red Bicycle Breadworks, Beehive Cheese and Laziz Middle Eastern Spreads.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="366" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/website-header.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Five chefs and five wines come together under a full moon for one amazing culinary night under the stars this <strong>Saturday, August 29</strong> from <strong>6 to 11 p.m</strong>. The three-acre farm, home to some of the best organically and bio-dynamically grown vegetables and cut flowers in the state, invites guests to wander the gardens before heading under the tent, where chefs and wine experts will present their harvest-inspired creations.  </p> <p class="p3">“This is a true celebration of everything local here in Park City,” Daisy Fair. “Park City is home to some of the best chefs and best food in the world — it’s high time we showcased the ingredients we can grow locally, responsibly and sustainably here, too.”</p> <p class="p3">Copper Moose is committed to reconnecting people with food that can be grown in the Park City area. The farm harvests seasonal produce, herbs and flowers, cover crops, compost, organic soil amendments, and biodynamic methods, getting a boost on spring with a 2,400-square-foot passive solar greenhouse. Cooper Moose hosts events through the summer and fall, including a Tasty Tuesday series featuring local purveyors the last Tuesday of every month from 5 to 6 p.m.</p> <p class="p3">The Farm also provides locals with fresh produce via a farm stand at 1285 Old Ranch Road and CSA, for locals to take full advantage of the farm’s harvests.</p> <p class="p5"><em>Tickets to the full moon dinner are $180 and are available online via the Copper Moose <a href="" target="_blank">events page</a>.</em></p> <p class="p5"> </p>Vanessa ConabeeWed, 26 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 the TablePC LifeHome Cooking<p>One of the country's most lauded restaurant critics "came out" last year—Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Gold, who made his name with <em>L.A. Weekly</em> and is now at the <em>L.A. Times</em>, declared he was no longer reviewing incognito. Just in time for the documentary film about him, "City of Gold" to be released at Sundance. Good timing. </p> <p>Anyway, there are lots of topics to discuss about this film—the importance of location to a dining critic, the pros and cons of anonymity, the phenomenon of reverse food snobbery—but I'm not going to get into all that here. Watch the movie and talk amongst yourselves. </p> <p>What I wanted to talk about was the special outdoor screening of "<a href="">City of Gold</a>" presented by the <a href="">Utah Film Center</a> and hosted by Curtis and Melody Linton in their home. </p> <p>This was a fundraiser and the guest list—about 50 or 60 people—was elite and well-heeled (except for the foodies who were graciously invited).</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/ufcscreenlr.jpg"><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/ufcscreenlr.jpg" width="375"></p> <p>The movie screen was set up in the back yard by the swimming pool and the huge windows/doors of the Linton's living room were open so indoors and outdoors became one big space. Guests brought their own portable chairs or sat on the steps or on blankets, the weather was perfect and the whole affair epitomized that oxymoronic description "casual elegance." </p> <p>But here's what was truly remarkable about the evening: the food. </p> <p><img alt="" height="375" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/ufcgrilledpeaches.jpg" width="500"></p> <p>A skewer of cheese and watermelon was ready to eat as guests arrived. A saute of corn and summer vegetables topped with a cut of Utah red trout was next, then a plate of sliced, herbed pork and finally, grilled peaches topped with lavender creme fraiche. This was a menu based on locally sourced ingredients, thoughtfully seasonal, well planned, well prepared and beautifully plated.</p> <p>And Curtis and Melody Linton prepared the whole four-course dinner themselves.</p> <p><img alt="" height="500" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/ufccouple_serving.jpg" width="375"></p> <p>Their large, very contemporary house has a state-of-the-art kitchen—but most kitchens like this are used primarily by caterers. The kind of personal hospitality the Linton's offered is rare. Cooking for others is the original act of hospitality, of course, but these days so much ego is involved in entertaining that for a fund-raiser event (the evening had a price tag of $100) the meal prep is left to professionals. </p> <p>How much more special for gifted amateurs to share their joy of cooking. Sharing, not showing off, is what food should be about. Thank you, Curtis and Melody. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>Mary Brown MaloufTue, 25 Aug 2015 21:27:30 +0000 the TableReview: Buena Vista Social Club<p><img alt="" height="247" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/buena2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Confession time: I barely speak enough Spanish to order a margarita. Or dos.</p> <p>So, I knew walking into the Red Butte Garden Monday night to review the "Adios Tour" of the Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club that I was in over my head.</p> <p>On the screen behind the band flashed slides of the multitude of band members in their native Cuba, during their years as musicians after the revolution and later, bursting onto the world stage as part of the acclaimed Ry Cooder-designed project 20 years ago. And there were cigars and vintage cars and mention of the year the musician died (when applicable).</p> <p>The master of ceremonies, of sorts, trombonist Aguaje Ramos decked out in a bright teal tuxedo with a bowtie, rattled off something I didn’t understand in Spanish before the band launched into a string of songs with a rhumba beat, strumming guitars lively percussion and blaring, lively horns.</p> <p>I can’t tell you the names of the songs and I can’t tell you any of the banter that continued in Spanish throughout the night. And maybe it doesn't matter. I can tell you is that this accomplished group of musicians were having a hell of a fiesta up there and the energy was infectious.</p> <p>That pleasure seemed to only increase when, halfway through the set, the legendary vocalist Omara Portuondo took to the stage and began to hike up her skirt. Girlfriend has still got it and she still flaunts it. If you thought an 85-year-old woman couldn’t be sexy, you’ve never seen Portuondo move.</p> <p>The band played off of each other well, with nearly everyone getting a chance to solo. They were jovial and joking with each other—at one point Barbarito Torres played the laúd with his backside as part of a duel with a younger bandmate.</p> <p>The crowd was the most diverse I’ve ever seen at Red Butte—it was multicultural and multigenerational and they waved Cuban flags and were on their feet dancing right through the encore.</p> <p>In that encore, the band went over the allotted time for their set, violating the arcane Salt Lake City noise ordinance. But after years of living in Fidel’s Cuba I bet the rule breaking was as exhilarating for the band as the show was for the crowd, even though most of us didn’t understand a single word that was spoken.</p> <p>Muchas gracias.</p>Christie GehrkeTue, 25 Aug 2015 15:52:00 +0000 The HiveMovie Review: “American Ultra”<p class="p1">Treading old earth while trying to break new ground, “American Ultra” combines the stoner flick with an action pic, with dubious but entertaining results.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/au2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mike Howell, a stoner with a job at a gas station convenience store in the middle of Nowheresville, USA. Probably the only thing he really has going for him is his devoted, nearly equally-stoned girlfriend Phoebe Larson (Kristen Stewart), who not only puts up with his going-nowhere lifestyle, but his panic attacks that keep him grounded in their small town. Whenever he tries to leave, as he does to finally take her someplace nice, he is so overcome with anxiety that they end up on a staycation instead of a romantic trip to tropical Hawaii.</p> <p class="p1">And life might have continued down that path except for a visitor to Howell’s little gas and sip. CIA Special Agent Victoria Lasseter (Connie Britton) mutters a few cryptic words to him while attempting to buy some noodles in a cup, and Howell’s life is turned upside down. His small town is soon besieged by specialized agents who are trying to kill him, but to no avail; somehow, he is not only able to thwart their plans but take out some of the best of the worst the CIA has to offer, all through a purple haze of hemp.</p> <p class="p1">It seems that Howell is the ultimate sleeper agent, the product of largely failed experiments meant to turn ordinary people into super agent moles. Adrian Yates (Topher Grace, once again playing weenie), an ambitious but clueless ladder-climbing yuppie of a CIA exec, is looking to make a name for himself by dismantling that program permanently, by executing all of the remaining moles. But Britton’s Lasseter is burdened with a conscience, and so she activates Howell in the hopes that his newly reborn skills will help keep him alive against a wave of ever more crazed agents like Laugher (Walton Goggins), convicted felons trained in similar ways of death dealing, no doubt the product of yet another CIA experiment destined to fail, possibly headed by Yates himself.</p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="275" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/maxresdefault.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Peppered with pot-fueled conspiracy theories and philosophies, “American Ultra” sometimes recalls “Pineapple Express” as much its tone is similar to “Grosse Pointe Blank”, although it’s not quite as funny as either of them; possibly because although the action sequences are well done, they do tend to take up a lot of screen time.</p> <p class="p1">On the plus side, Stewart drops much of her icy exterior to shine even as a bit of a straight man to Eisenberg’s much higher stoner-cum-assassin.  Britton and Tony Hale are refreshing opposite Grace’s one-note Yates, and it’s always good to see Bill Pullman do something decent, even if only as a cleaner who is largely behind the scenes. John Leguizamo does familiar work as Rose, Howell’s scheming drug dealer buddy, but at least what he does is funny. Eisenberg delivers a fair share of good lines too, while also showing us shades of what might be to come with his unlikely turn as Lex Luthor in “Superman VS Batman”.</p> <p class="p1">A decent cast with a familiar premise in a mashup movie is going to be dependent on a great script, and this one is only good; a mixed bag with equally mixed results. The individual pieces are fine – where it’s funny, it’s funny, and where it’s exciting it’s filled with action – but it doesn’t necessarily all fit together very well. “American Ultra” actually seems to find its footing in the last few minutes, playing up to its assorted genres and poking fun at sequel-itis at the same time. But between the two assassin flicks available at the movies simultaneously, I’d pick “American Ultra” over the Hitman. It’s not amazing filmmaking, but it is, at least, not as predictable and certainly more enjoyable.</p> <p class="p1"><em>---</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>95 minutes </em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Director: Nima Nourizadeh</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Writer: Max Landis</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale</em></p> <p class="p1"><em><em>---</em></em></p> <p class="p1"><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em><em>Rich Bonaduce is Vice President of the Utah Film Critics Association, co-host of "Critical Mass," a Salt Lake-based movie-review show, and a contributor to <a href="/" target="_blank"></a>. Read more of his reviews at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></em></p>Richard BonaduceTue, 25 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Pop-up Dinner with Culinary Crafts–on the Farm<p align="CENTER"> </p> <p>Salt Lake restaurants get a lot of love locally for their inventiveness, creativity, perseverance and overall deliciousness.</p> <p>But Salt Lake caterers, like caterers in most cities, operate in the shadow of their more glamorous bricks &amp; mortar counterparts.</p> <p>Except in the '80s, when Glorious Food and Martha Stewart made their catering businesses famous (and when that age of brief prosperity made caterers more affordable to the general public), caterers get less attention because they work privately and most publications prefer to focus on institutions open to the public. </p> <p>Full disclosure: I got into this whole food business via catering in the '80s. I have a tremendous amount of respect for good caterers. After all, they have to conceive, build and execute what is essentially a portable restaurant several times a week. That's <em>hard</em>. </p> <p>So the news of a caterer presenting a pop-up restaurant is tempting—it's like being invited to one of the most exclusive parties in town.</p> <p><img alt="" height="301" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/snucklettuce.jpg" width="450"></p> <p><a href="">Culinary Crafts</a>–named Utah’s best caterer for 12 years running–is partnering with Snuck Farm in Pleasant Grove to present a very special “pop up” restaurant featuring a farm-to-fork menu based on ingredients grown 30 yards from the dinner table plus other Utah foods. Think Utah trout smoked over cherry wood with corn pudding, New York strip steak with tarragon mushroom béarnaise, chicken roulade with a peach and cashew stuffing, a flight of local cheeses from four different local cheese makers, and a roasted strawberry chocolate-chip shortcake with chocolate whipped cream. </p> <p>Live music and a backdrop of the Wasatch provide ambiance for this exclusive dinner party (there is only room at the table for 50 guests.)</p> <p>Tour the farm and meet the growers, Page and Brian Westover, as well as Mary Crafts, the dynamic president of Culinary Crafts.</p> <p>Friday, August 28<sup>th</sup> 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Snuck Farm, 504 West 1100 North, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062.</p> <p>For more information and to purchase tickets, go <a href="">here</a> or call 801-225-6567.</p> <p><img alt="" height="334" src="/site_media/uploads/August%202015/culinarycrafts.jpg" width="500"></p>Mary Brown MaloufMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:44:00 +0000 the Table