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Kathy Stephenson

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The new West Valley City state liquor store is one of three on the Wasatch Front testing out a new retail tracking system to improve product selection and availability. Three Utah liquor stores are test driving new retail technology that could improve selection
    Three Wasatch Front liquor stores are trying out new retail technology that tracks customer buying patterns. It is data that could be used to customiz...
    Updated Jul 25 2017 09:11 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Tuesday Harvest Market returns to Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park on Aug. 1. This smaller, mid-week market — which had a one-year stint at the Gallivan Center in 2016 — runs through Oct. 17. Tuesday Farmers Market returns to Pioneer Park
    The Tuesday Harvest Market returns to Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park on Aug. 1. This smaller, midweek market — which had a one-year stint at the Galliv...
    Updated Jul 26 2017 05:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Bottles of HooDoo Golden Ale travel down Uinta Brewing Co.’s packaging line, on Thursday, July 20, 2017. It’s one of several beers — 3.2 percent alcohol by weight — produced for the Utah market.. One of these three things could happen when Utah’s 3.2 beer selection dwindles
    Two large national brewing companies have answered the most pressing question in Utah’s beer drinking culture: Yes, the 3.2 beer selection will dwindl...
    Updated Jul 25 2017 11:30 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Bottoms up: Voting now underway for Park City cocktail contest
    The Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) Summer Cocktail Contest is now underway. Guests who visit one of the 26 participating restaurants ca...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 11:36 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Happy Pie & Beer Day! Photo illustration by Francisco Kjolseth ‘Pie and Beer Day’ celebration an alternative to Utah’s traditional Mormon holiday
    On July 24, many Utahns will observe Pioneer Day at a parade or pancake breakfast that honors the Mormons who rode or walked into the Salt Lake Valley...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 11:36 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Macy’s City Creek visual manager Chad Young works on elaborate Christmas ornament made of thousands of individual pieces of candy, In this archive photo from 2014. The spinning ornament weighed about 150 pounds. City Creek Macy’s taking applications for Christmastime candy window displays
    It’s time to start thinking about Christmas in July. Artists who want to participate in the annual candy window display at Macy’s in City Creek Center...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 11:33 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Bill Espinoza, owner of Navajo Hogan, serves sweet fry bread and traditional Navajo tacos at his restaurant in Salt Lake City, July 19, 2017. Deep-fried history celebrated at South Salt Lake’s Navajo Hogan restaurant
    Deep-fried dough sprinkled with salt. That’s how Bill Espinoza, owner of the Navajo Hogan restaurant in South Salt Lake, ate fry bread as a child. And...
    Updated Jul 25 2017 03:16 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Photos by Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Spencerís For Steaks & Chops has expanded its wine selection in recent years under the nose and knowledge of general manager and sommelier Jeremy Gow. Utah restaurants earn high award for wine selection, including six restaurants winning ‘Best of’
    Wine Spectator magazine released its 2017 Restaurant Wine List Awards recently, and six Utah restaurants earned the “Best of Award of Excellence.” Thi...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 11:34 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes, R-Draper, in the Utah House of Representatives, Wednesday, January 28, 2015. On anti-DUI-law ad, Hughes says 'Bullying like that doesn't work in our state.' But it wasn't meant for Utah anyway.
    Sure, the ad attacked a Utah law. It pictured the Utah governor and 10 Utah lawmakers. And, not surprisingly, it offended Utah politicians. But that a...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 11:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The new Salt Lake Roasting Company location, 820 E. 400 South. Friday, June 23, 2017. Relocated, smaller Salt Lake Roasting Company is a blend of new and nostalgia
    Jon Bolton certainly has grounds to retire. As the founder and owner of The Salt Lake Roasting Company, he has spent 36 years selling coffee in a stat...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 11:55 am   |     |   Share
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  • National booze group targets Utah governor and other ‘impaired’ older drivers to show ‘how silly’ Utah’s strict DUI law is
    A national alcohol lobbying group continues its assault on Utah’s strict, new drunken-driving law, this time with a full-page newspaper advertisement...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 05:54 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Community gardening plots available in Salt Lake City
    Eight parcels are available through Salt Lake City for individuals and groups interested in launching a community garden. All plots have access to wat...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Enjoy a glass of Berliner Weiss during July  and Uinta Brewing will donate a portion of sales to Craft for Causes. Courtesy Uinta Brewing Co. Try these new Uinta beers and help young musicians
    Uinta Brewing Co. has three new and experimental beers on tap to celebrate the second anniversary of its Brewhouse Pub, 1722 S. Fremont Drive. The new...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 08:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Shauna Havey, of Roy, and her Mardi Gras sandwich, took third place in the Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown, sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Utah cook makes a festive grilled cheese and wins $3,000 in national recipe contest
    Shauna Havey of Roy took home third place and $3,000 in the 2017 Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown. Havey’s sandwich, called The Mardi Gras, is ...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Cattle graze near Scofield Reservoir in Carbon County in August 2016. Utah rancher has a beef with state’s mandatory fees for marketing
    A Utah rancher is challenging the state’s “Beef Checkoff” marketing effort, alleging in a lawsuit that the program, with its mandatory assessments, la...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 10:04 pm   |     |   Share
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  •    Shoppers in Utah and Alaska buy more buckets of Cookies & Cream, according to a state-by-state look at the most popular ice creams flavor sold at Walmart. Courtesy Walmart Utah may have vanilla reputation, but cookies & cream is our favorite ice cream flavor
    Utah has been called a vanilla state, but according to the folks at Walmart, that’s not our favorite ice-cream flavor. Utah shoppers buy more buckets ...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 08:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   CafÈ Guanaco, a Salvadoran restaurant, was closed recently by the Salt Lake County Health Department. Flies, ants and ‘fish from an unknown origin’ force closure of South Salt Lake restaurant
    Cafe Guanaco Mix in South Salt Lake has been shut down for the second time in two years for “presenting an imminent health hazard” to the public. Acco...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt LakeTribune  Lamb’s Grill, the historic downtown Salt Lake City restaurant that closed in April after years of financial struggle, is being gutted. But pieces of its 100-year-old history will be saved and refurbished for a new restaurant to open next year in Orem. On Friday, July 7, 2017, carpenters started dismantling the red oak tables and booths. SLC’s Lamb’s Grill won’t reopen, but antique bar and booths will live on in Orem
    There will be no revival for Salt Lake City’s Lamb’s Grill. The iconic downtown restaurant is being gutted, although pieces of its 100-year-old histor...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 10:23 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Andres Gorman, Hillary Merrill and Mark Silvester tear down the Zion Curtain around the restaurant bar at Current Fish & Oyster in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 1, 2017. A new law goes into effect Saturday,  allowing restaurants options other than the 7-foot opaque barrier intended to block children from seeing drinks being mixed. Restaurants can choose to keep the ’Zion Curtain’; create a 10-foot buffer from the bar where minors are not allowed; or build a half-wall or railing, at least 42 inches high, that creates a delineation between the dining and liquor-dispensing areas. ‘Zion Curtain,’ begone ­— Utah restaurants waste no time ripping down booze barriers
    More than two dozen restaurants across the state rushed to tear down their much-maligned “Zion Curtain” barriers Saturday, the same day a new law took...
    Updated Jul 01 2017 11:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Tribune file photo)   The inaugural Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest runs July 6-13 and includes classes and dining events for veterans as well as those new to the food scene. Salt Lake food scene in spotlight with new food and wine festival
    The inaugural Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest will celebrate the noteworthy dining options in Utah’s capital city. This weeklong promotion runs July 6-13 a...
    Updated Jun 29 2017 04:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Patrons of the Utah Shakespeare Festival will be able to buy wine before shows and at intermission at the new Engelstand Theatre in Cedar City. Wine’s time hath come at the 2017 Utah Shakespeare Festival
    The Utah Shakespeare Festival has a new cast member in 2017: wine. Guests attending shows at the outdoor Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre will be able to...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 03:38 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    IG wine in the tasting room at Cedar City’s IG Winery, which after five years has moved to a new location on Center Street. Cedar City winery moves closer to SUU campus to take advantage of Shakespeare Festival traffic
    The IG Winery, Cedar City’s only winemaking facility, has moved to a new location, with double the production space, a larger tasting room for custome...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 03:38 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy St. Regis Deer Valley   The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City has launched a line of spice blends inspired by Utah lakes and mountains. New Deer Valley spice blends inspired by Utah lakes, mountains
    The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City has launched a line of spice blends inspired by Utah lakes and mountains. The blends were developed in partners...
    Updated Jun 29 2017 04:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Employee James Brinkerhoff and  Assistant Manger Stephanie Gittins price beer before the opening of the new West Valley City liquor store earlier this month. The markup on alcohol in Utah will incrase two percent  on Juy 1. Wine, liquor and high-point beer will be more expensive in Utah starting Saturday
    Thrifty drinkers will want to shop Utah state liquor stores Friday because booze prices will go up come Saturday. Blame the price hike on a new law th...
    Updated Jun 29 2017 10:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Tribune file photo)   Stocked shelves at a state liquor store. State investigating $37,000 in missing public funds at closed liquor outlet
    The state is investigating $37,000 in public funds missing from a state-contract liquor-package agency in Payson. The store, 26 W. Utah Ave., was shut...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has asked the state to relocate the liquor store in downtown Salt Lake City at 205 W. 400 South to help reduce criminal activity among the homeless. Salt Lake County mayor asks DABC to move downtown liquor store to help reduce crime near the Rio Grande homeless shelter
    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has asked the state to relocate the liquor store in downtown Salt Lake City to help reduce criminal activity among ...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 09:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Buck investigates the scene of a DUI where a near empty bottle of vodka was found in the vehicle, October 31, 2014. Utah Legislature may make adjustments to controversial new DUI law
    The Utah Legislature isn’t going to repeal its new toughest-in-the-nation DUI law. But it’s open to tweaking it. In March, Utah became the first state...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:40 am   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - This combination of Associated Press undated file photos shows Budweiser beer in the aisles of Elite Beverages in Indianapolis, and Constellation Brands Corona beers displayed at a liquor store in Palo Alto, Calif.  (AP Photos/File) If 3.2 beer disappears from grocery stores, Utah liquor stores couldn't carry lost brands
    Grocery and convenience stores in Utah sell the majority of the beer in the state — more than 94 percent, about 32.4 million gallons, annually — stati...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • St. George restaurant makes list of top tacos in America
    Irmita’s Mexican Grill in St. George serves one of the 25 best tacos in the country, according to a recent listing in Travel & Leisure. Yelp compiled...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Blues guitarist, Bill ’Sauce Boss’ Wharton, will perform Saturday, June 24 at the Utah Arts Festival. Courtesy Bill ’Sauce Boss’ Walton Blues guitarist will be playin’ and swayin’ with gumbo at the Utah Arts Festival
    A blues guitarist, dressed in a chef coat, who uses a simmering pot of gumbo to spread a message of sharing and community, may sound like a shtick to ...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
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