Monday, March 8, 2021

Amour Cafe  The jammin’ duo John and Casee Francis have found a new home for their Amouro Spreads business and are sharing the new space with a light-filled cafe with pastry cases filled by gifted chef Amber Billingsley. Plus, gelato. 1329 S. 500 East, SLC, 801-467-2947. $

Bake 360  This family-owned Swedish bakery cafe specializes in scrumptious breakfasts, but the star of the show is the bakery. Cases are packed with pastries you may not have heard of. Yet. 725 E. 123000 S, Draper, 801-571-1500. $

Bagel Project  “Real” bagels are the whole story here, made by a homesick East Coaster. Of course, there’s no New York water to make them with, but other than that, these are authentic. 779 S. 500 East, SLC, 801-906-0698  $

Bubble and Brown Morning Shop  Downstairs in the business incubator called Church & State, Andrew Scott has a pastry shop worth finding. Relying on the goodness of butter and local fruit, Scott turns out roast peach tarts, scones, quick breads and other baked delights, according to the season. Closes at 2 p.m. 370 S. 300 East, SLC, 385-212-4998. $

Caffe d’Bolla  John Piquet is a coffee wizard—a cup of his specially roasted siphon brews is like no other cup of coffee in the state. His wife, Yiching, is an excellent baker. 249 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-355-1398. $

Carlucci’s Bakery  Pastries and a few hot dishes make this a fave morning stop. For lunch, try the herbed goat cheese on a chewy baguette. 314 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-366-4484. $

Elizabeth’s English Bakery  Serving oh-so-British pasties, scones, sausage rolls and tea, along with a selection of imported shelf goods for those in exile from the Isles. 439 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-422-1170. $

Eva’s Boulangerie A smart French-style cafe and bakery in the heart of downtown. Different bakers are behind the patisserie and the boulangerie, meaning sweet and daily breads get the attention they deserve. Go for classics like onion soup and croque monsieur, but don’t ignore other specials and always leave with at least one loaf of bread. 155 S. Main St., SLC, 801-359-8447. $

Gourmandise  This downtown mainstay has cheesecakes, cannoli, napoleons, pies, cookies, muffins and flaky croissants. And don’t forget breads and rolls to take home. 250 S. 300 East, SLC, 801-328-3330. $

La Barba Owned by local coffee roaster La Barba coffee—a favorite with many local restaurants, this little cafe off of Finca serves coffee, tea, chocolate, churros and other pastries. 327 W. 200 South, SLC, 801-457-0699.  $

La Bonne Vie  Cuter than a cupcake, Grand America’s pastry shop has all the charm of Paris. The pretty windows alone are worth a visit. 555 S. Main St., SLC, 800-621-4505. $

Les Madeleines  The kouing aman still reigns supreme among Salt Lake City pastries, but with a hot breakfast menu and lunch options, Les Mad is more than a great bakery. 216 E. 500 South, SLC, 801-355-2294. $

Mini’s  Leslie Fiet has added 7-inch pies to her bakery’s repertoire of cupcakes. (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has Tiffany-blue icing.) Don’t forget the box lunches. 14 E. 800 South, SLC, 801-363-0608 $

Publik A super cool coffeehouse serving the latest in great coffee; an old-school java joint made for long conversations; a neo-cafe where you can park with your laptop and get some solo work done. Publik serves a multitude of coffee-fueled purposes. Plus, they have a great toast menu and cold-brewed iced coffee. 975 S. Temple, SLC, 801-355-3161; 638 Park Ave., Park City, 435-200-8693. $

Publik Kitchen  See Publik above, only the Kitchen has a more extensive menu. Don’t miss the BLT, made with tomato jam. 931 E. 900 South, SLC, 385-229-4205. $

Salt Lake Roasting Company  At SLC’s original coffee shop, owner John Bolton buys and roasts the better-than-fair-trade beans. Baker Dave Wheeler turns out terrific baked goods, and lunch here is your secret weapon. 320 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-748-4887. $

So Cupcake  Choose a mini or a full cake, mix and match cakes and icings, or try a house creation, like Hanky Panky Red Velvet. 3939 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-274-8300. $

The Rose Establishment  The Rose is a place for conversation as much as coffee–especially on Sunday mornings. Coffee is from Four Barrel Coffee Roasters. 235 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-990-6270. $

Tulie Bakery  You can get a little spiritual about pastries this good on a Sunday morning, but at Tulie you can be just as uplifted by a Wednesday lunch. 863 E. 700 South, SLC, 801-883-9741. $

Why is the Pleasant Grove theme park Evermore suing one of the most powerful women in music? Long story short: a playground for those who would choose lore over folklore is taking on Taylor Swift over the name of her most recent album. Both parties have their reputation on the line in a battle of undercover Swifties and novelty mug disputes. Will Evermore hit the gold rush? Or did they cross the wrong mad woman? The full story is at the link in our bio. ...

Even in the exploration boom of the 1800s, nobody dared to explore the terrain flowing through the Green and the Colorado Rivers.⁠

That is, nobody until Major John W. Powell said the 19th Century equivalent of “Hey man, hold my beer while I try this.”⁠

Read more about his dangerous expedition at the link in our bio!⁠

Photo of Powell’s expedition courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division⁠
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A brand new issue of Salt Lake magazine is coming your way! ⁠

We can't wait to share these stories with you. This issue includes our annual Blue Plate Awards celebrating those surviving and thriving in the restaurant biz. Plus, we take a road trip to Wyoming and ask why the only Utah passenger on the Titanic didn’t survive her journey.⁠

A note from our editor Jeremy Pugh, including beautiful tributes to Mary Brown Malouf from our friends in the community, is online now. Read more at the link in our bio ❤️⁠

Subscribers: Look for this issue in your mailbox soon. The magazine will be on newsstands March 1! 📬
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Today, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Blue Plate Awards! ⁠🎉⁠

These prizes honor the growers, food evangelists, grocers, servers, bakers, chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs who do more than put good food on the table—they make our community a better place to live. This year, just surviving as a local business deserves an award, but each of our Blue Plate winners did more than that. They made us grateful for every person involved in the essential act of feeding us.⁠ 🍽⁠

At the link in our bio, we have the full list of winners, a celebration of feats of COVID creativity and a tribute to restaurants we lost this year. If you’re hungry for more, pick up a copy on newsstands March 1! Plus, check out our Instagram for spotlights on some of the Blue Plate winners. ⁠

This year’s Blue Plate Awards are the first without our beloved Executive Editor Mary Brown Malouf. We dedicate them to her, our town’s biggest food fan, critic and champion. xoxomm⁠ 💙
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @ricobrandut for Staying in Beansness⁠

Last summer, it seemed that Rico would be another victim of rapid gentrification in Salt Lake. Luckily, Rico was able to find a new home in Poplar Grove and now plans to add even more employees. It’s a last-minute happy ending for a community leader who literally wears his mission on his sleeve, courtesy a tattoo in bright red block letters: “pay it forward.” 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award Winner: @spicekitchenincubator for Keeping the Spice Flowing⁠

This year Spice Kitchen Incubator, already an essential resource for refugees, became, well, even more essential. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @thestore_utah for Special Deliveries ⁠

As grocery delivery becomes the new norm, The Store offers a personal touch that only an independent grocer can provide. Last March, high-risk and elderly customers began calling in their grocery lists over the phone, and The Store’s general managers personally delivered food to their homes. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @cucinaslc for Preserving Neighborhood Connection⁠

Cucina’s outdoor spaces became a place where the neighborhood could gather safely. Owner Dean Pierose offered free coffee in the mornings and encouraged his regulars to linger and commiserate together, preserving a semblance of society during a socially distanced time. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @oquirrhslc for Betting the Bottom Dollar⁠

When COVID-19 hit Salt Lake City, Oquirrh co-owners Andrew and Angelena Fullers' dream was seriously damaged. But the Fullers keep trying to follow the rules. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @hearth_and_hill for Opening Doors⁠

As the pandemic ravages independent restaurants, Hearth and Hill has reaffirmed its commitment to small businesses in Park City and used its large dining room as an informal gathering space for the city. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @fisherbrewing for Creative Canning⁠

This year, Fisher found ways to utilize their beer, taproom space and canning capabilities for good. They created special lines of limited edition beers in custom cans to help raise funds for local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. 💙⁠
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A wind storm #tbt for your feed today. 🌬️🛹⁠

2020 was a long, long, loooong year, so we asked local photographers to share what the new normal looked like through their eyes. The link is in our bio!
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Just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for a review of the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The monuments—designated by Barack Obama in 2016 and Bill Clinton in 1996—were reduced by roughly 2 million acres by former president Donald Trump, and the executive order is seen as move towards restoring the original boundaries.⁠

Read the full story through the link in bio.⁠


📸Bears Ears National Monument: Courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism
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