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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Pig & A Jelly Jar, a popular Salt Lake City restaurant, opened its second location in Ogden two years ago. New restaurants add to the dynamic dining scene in Ogden
    When it came time to open a second Pig & A Jelly Jar restaurant, Amy Britt waffled between putting her casual diner in Ogden or Provo. A kayaking trip...
    Updated May 25 2017 01:32 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   People mingle and eat on the lawn outside, as well as take their food inside at the Reverstaurant, Friday, May 19, 2017. Salt Lake City food truck reverses course with new Reverstaurant
    Dining does an about-face at Salt Lake City’s Reverstaurant. Guests at the shop order outside at various food trucks and then go inside the small bric...
    Updated May 26 2017 12:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Lamb’s Grill Cafe in downtown Salt Lake City, which shut its doors last month after years of financial struggle, was one of Utah’s oldest restaurants. Here’s what could happen to Salt Lake City’s Lamb’s Grill
    The fate of Lamb’s Grill, which shut its doors last month after years of financial struggle, should be decided within the next few weeks, the building...
    Updated May 22 2017 10:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Cathy Tshilombo, owner of Mama Africa Kitoko, seen here in 2015, will serve foods from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during the 2017 Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City. Even more food diversity on menu for Salt Lake City’s Living Traditions Festival
    Stuffed cabbage from Serbia, dumplings from Bhutan and meat skewers with the flavors of Peru are some of the new foods guests can try during the 32nd ...
    Updated May 19 2017 08:48 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Bartender Emily Park pours a Three Deep American Ale in the tap room at RoHa Brewing Project, 30 E. Kensington Ave., in Salt Lake City. Discover Salt Lake’s ‘Brewers Byway’ with our interactive guide
    Utah is known for its scenic byways that encourage adventurous folks to get off the beaten path and enjoy alpine lakes, mountain meadows and redrock w...

    Updated May 19 2017 04:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Eklektik, Salt Lake City, Wednesday May 17, 2017. Three eclectic new restaurants to try in Salt Lake City
    From fusion and comfort food to small plates and wine, Salt Lake City has three new restaurants to try. The Eklektik • As the name suggests, the m...
    Updated May 19 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share

  • In March 2014, Pat Crowley, owner of Utah-based Chapul Bars, presented his cricket bar concept on the hit television show ’Shark Tank.’ Billionaire Mark Cuban gave the company $50,000 for a 15 percent share in the company. Courtesy Chapul Utah-made cricket bars no longer creepy after ‘Shark Tank’ showcase
    After five years in business — and two appearances on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank” — the idea of eating a protein bar made with crickets is no longer ...
    Updated May 18 2017 02:40 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)     Jeremiah Tower in a scene from the documentary “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.’ Director introduces new generation of foodies to Jeremiah Tower, the country’s first celebrity chef
    Charming yet brash, genius yet vulnerable. These are the complex characteristics that attracted director Lydia Tenaglia — and most everyone in the cul...
    Updated May 12 2017 11:19 am   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Ikigai sign seen through the window at the front of the downtown Salt Lake City Japanese pub. Ikigai, housed in the space once occupied by Mikado and Naked Fish in downtown Salt Lake City, debuted in December but will close after dinner service on Thursday, May 11. Downtown restaurant Ikigai — formerly Mikado and Naked Fish — to close just 5 months after opening
    Salt Lake City’s Ikigai restaurant, barely open five months, will close for good after dinner service on Thursday, owner Johnny Kwon told The Tribune ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:35 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association  Utah now requires all bars and restaurant that serve alcohol to post signs explaining what type of establishment they are. The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association worked with a local advertising agency to create aesthetically pleasing signs. Utah bars and restaurants must now have signs telling patrons whether they’re in a bar or a restaurant
    New signs, telling Utah consumers whether they are entering a bar or a restaurant that serves alcohol, became part of Utah law Tuesday. The signs — wh...
    Updated May 09 2017 11:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)   Server Kerry Harding pours glasses of white wine for customers behind the ’Zion Curtain’ at Lamb’s Grill in Salt Lake City Wednesday Jan. 11. A new state law will allow restaurants to use alternatives to the 7-foot barrier to block the view of alcohol-dispensing areas from minor patrons. Utah’s new liquor laws — some of them, anyway — go into effect Tuesday
    Among 401 new laws taking effect Tuesday is one revamping Utah’s liquor statutes — allowing restaurants to avoid the infamous “Zion Curtain,” forcing ...
    Updated May 08 2017 11:18 pm   |     |   Share

  • For those who want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style, there is the luxurious $100 margarita being sold May 4-6 at all Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bars across the country, including Salt Lake City. Courtesy Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bars Toast Cinco de Mayo with Salt Lake City's $100 margarita
    For those who want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style, there is the luxurious $100 margarita being sold through Saturday at all Fleming’s steakhouse ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:18 pm   |     |   Share

  • The newest spirit from Ogden’s Own Distillery,  Madam Pattirini Gin, is named for B. Morris Young who broke Mormon gender barriersin the 1800s by performing in drag as an Italian opera diva.Courtesy Ogden’s Own Distillery Utah distiller introduces Madam Pattirini Gin, named for a little-known Mormon drag diva
    Utah liquor distillers often enjoy poking fun at Utah’s conservative Mormon culture, and the newest product from Ogden’s Own Distillery — Madam Pattir...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:18 pm   |     |   Share

  •    Vini Joseph, owner of Cafe India, is one of 13 Utah chefs competing in ’Taste for the Space’ on Saturday, May 6. The grand prize is $50,000 and six-months free rent at the The Shops at South Town, in Sandy. Courtesy of The Shops at South Town 13 Utah chefs compete for $50,000 and free rent during ‘Taste for the Space’ in Sandy
    Utah diners can help select the next restaurant to open at The Shops at South Town during “Taste for the Space” on Saturday. During this free event, 1...
    Updated May 04 2017 04:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy of Hugh Galdones  Denise Cerreta received the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation on Monday. In 2003, she founded the first One World Cafe in Salt Lake City. Nourished in Utah, One World Everybody Eats movement earns top culinary honor for founder
    Chicago • Denise Cerreta calls it her “Field of Dreams” moment, when she closed her established acupuncture clinic in downtown Salt Lake City in 2003 ...
    Updated May 02 2017 11:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Lamb’s Grill in Salt Lake City has closed, Thursday April 27, 2017. Lamb’s Grill closes — but not forever, owner hopes
    Lamb’s Grill, one of Utah’s oldest and best-known restaurants, shut its doors Wednesday after several years of financial struggle. “We don’t want to s...
    Updated May 22 2017 05:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper hosts a yoga class for 88 people in front of the 300,000-gallon shark tank in January.  Yoga With the Sharks is held the first Monday of each month. The aquarium also offers yoga in the rainforest is the third Saturday of alternating months. Here are 4 out-of-the-studio yoga experiences to try in Utah
    Sun salutations on an urban rooftop, downward-facing dog around a water fountain or lunges near a shark tank: Out-of-the-studio yoga experiences are f...
    Updated May 02 2017 10:49 am   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)    The Hello Kitty Cafe will be at Fashion Place Mall, 6191 S. State St., on Saturday, April 29, between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hello Kitty to pop up in Utah this week with cookies and cake and more
    Hello Kitty — that pop-culture icon with a red bow — brings her mobile vehicle of cuteness to Murray on Saturday, April 29. Fans can find the mobile ...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:53 pm   |     |   Share

  •    The Park City Culinary Institute has opened a new branch in Salt Lake City. with 4,000 square feet of teaching space and state-of-the-art equipment. Courtesy of Park City Culinary Institute Park City Culinary Institute expands to Salt Lake City
    The Park City Culinary Institute has opened a second school in Salt Lake City, offering day and evening classes for those interested in working in a p...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • New signs like these are designed to help diners in Utah differentiate between bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Mixed up about whether you’re in a bar or restaurant with alcohol? There’s now a sign for that in Utah
    Most businesses that serve alcohol already are required to have warning signs regarding cancer risk and birth defects. Bars also must have a sign that...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 11:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The 10 state-inspected slaughterhouses in Utah handled more than 21,000 animals between July 2012 and December 2014. Most were cattle, but pigs, goats, lamb, elk, deer and occasionally bison are processed. A new report questions the effectiveness of the state’s slaughterhouse inspections. Why Utah slaughterhouse inspections received a failing grade in animal welfare report
    There were six times between 2010 and 2015 that animals in a state-inspected slaughterhouse in Utah suffered inhumane treatment, requiring a “noncompl...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 10:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service  The brownie mix dessert included in breaded chicken nugget meal trays produced by Conagra Brands, Inc. may be contaminated with Salmonella the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported Thursday. Check the freezer! Chicken-nugget meals may contain salmonella
    The brownie mix dessert included in some breaded chicken-nugget meals shipped nationwide may be contaminated with salmonella, according to a public-he...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 04:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The living room of  the B.B. Grey House, built in 1912, at 1430 E. Yale Ave. The home is one of seven in the Yalecrest neighborhood that will be featured Saturday during Preservation Utah’s 46th Annual Historic Home Tour. The Grey house was designed by Taylor Woolley, an understudy and friend of Frank Lloyd Wright. Woolley embraced Wright’s philosophy in his design for the Grey House that joins the house and its surroundings in perfect harmony. Annual Utah historic home tour offers peek into SLC’s Yalecrest neighborhood
    The Yalecrest neighborhood, one of Salt Lake City’s most iconic residential areas, will be featured Saturday during Preservation Utah’s 46th Annual Hi...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 09:51 am   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Chris Haas, the former brewmaster at Desert Edge Brewery at the Pub, along with two partners, launches The Roha Brewing Project this week in Salt Lake City. Utah beer news: Roha Brewing Project opens Friday, prickly pear hard cider benefits Utah wilderness
    Utah’s dynamic brewing scene is always changing and adding brewers and products. Here’s what’s on tap in April: Roha opens • Salt Lake City’s newest ...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 02:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Alex Schenck of Komrades food truck takes orders for  European-style street food. It’s one of nearly 100 mobile food vendors in Utah that can be found through the new Food Truck League Finder app. Finding your favorite Utah food truck just got easier with new app
    More than 100 food trucks operate every day in Utah, yet potential customers may not know where the trucks might be parked and what’s on the menu. The...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 02:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Darlene McDonald listens as Rep. Sandra Hollins delivers her keynote address. McDonald is considering a run for U.S. Congress. The University of Utah’s College of Social Work hosted the first State of Utah Black Affairs Summit. The summit centered on the theme of Shaping Our Presence, Voice, Leadership & Activism,  designed to provide a full day of capacity building and learning for researchers, community activists, politicians, educators, policymakers, and students across the State of Utah, Saturday, April 15, 2017. Summit speakers encourage blacks to run for office, participate in policymaking
    Blacks in Utah have a right to be outraged by cases of police brutality, the high school dropout rate, and the over-representation of blacks in jails ...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 10:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • Purgatory in Salt Lake City is a new bar that also includes Asian-inspired small plates, several french fry variations and hamburgers. Courtesy of Purgatory Bar. Say cheers to these three new Salt Lake City bars
    Raise a glass — or bottle — to three newcomers to the Salt Lake City bar scene. One offers craft cocktails and a wine tower in an industrial setting. ...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:13 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Other Side Food Truck sells sweet and savory gourmet funnel cakes. The Truck is a part of the Other Side Academy, a non-profit that helps disadvantaged adults get their lives back on track through hard work and discipline, Thursday, April 6, 2017. Funnel cakes and second chances, both on menu of this Salt Lake food truck
    The Other Side Food Truck serves sweet and savory funnel cakes with a generous side of hope and second chances. The mobile food business, based in Sal...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 09:13 pm   |     |   Share

  •   TV personality, chef and author Andrew Zimmern will speak at Kingsbury Hall on Tuesday, April 11, as part of the Natural History Museum of Utah’s annual lecture series. Steve Henke  |  Courtesy Andrew Zimmern goes local in Salt Lake City with global perspective on food
    Chef, author and TV personality Andrew Zimmern meets people all the time who are disgusted by the strange vegetables, insects and fermented foods he s...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 12:12 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Harmons Cooking School chef Evan Francois checks up on his students during a Chinese 101 cooking class at the City Creek store in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Harmons is the first grocery store in Utah to get a full-service restaurant liquor license. The new license will allow students in the grocer’s City Creek cooking school to buy a glass of wine or bottle of beer to enjoy during any class they attend. Harmons bags restaurant liquor license for downtown Salt Lake City cooking school
    Harmons City Creek is Utah’s first grocery store to get a restaurant liquor license. That doesn’t mean customers are allowed to pop open a can of Budw...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 11:44 pm   |     |   Share