It has been more than a year since my last blog post so I think that my massive fan base and readership is owed an explanation.
This blog is changing a bit in form. It started out as a project based on my perception that nobody was calling the Utah food scene to a place of competence. I think after reading my fourth or fifth review of an amazing dining experience at Market Street Grill, I felt that someone who had existed outside of Utah needed to throw the bullshit flag. Interestingly, I discovered about as many people doing great things as I found restaurants serving warmed up Sysco garbage. By February of 2014 I found myself having to travel to Park City to find new restaurants that were doing things in the miserable style that had motivated me to write in the first place. So the first reason for my hiatus was that I had written about most of the places I wanted to write about and I had found many of them to be better than expected. Seeking out the bad ones didn’t sound like much fun.
Secondly, I felt like I was contributing to the food writing junk show in SLC. We do have people who are writing and documenting food in this city in a way that is valuable and accretive to the growth of our scene. We also have - and we mostly have - uneducated bloggers whose work is not more thoughtful than the yelp page for a given establishment. Looking back, I wrote some of those yelp-ish blogs, and that made me feel like it was time to take a break and think about why I was writing a blog.
So that’s what I don’t want to do any more of - but what do I want to write about? I would like to document some of the interesting food-related things that are happening in the city whether they happen inside of a restaurant or not. My hope is that the blog would have more stories than straight meal documentation. This is a bit of a risk but I promise to steer clear of mommy blog territory and keep us in the space that people outside of my family might actually care about.
To give some form to this new direction - I met a guy who had been homeless for a while and who had some culinary training. When he came out of homelessness and thought about what he could do to contribute to that journey in others, food seemed to be a natural thing and he’s now regularly hosting dinners in his home with large groups of homeless individuals. That’s the kind of story that seems worth telling, if it can be told in a way that confers the same dignity that is intended in the meal.
There are lots of really cool food businesses being started in Utah that deserve more coverage than they get. I want to talk about people who are roasting coffee, shaking drinks and incubating startups in the food space in SLC.
There are still good and bad restaurants opening in Salt Lake City and I’m not promising that I won’t write a flamefest review once in a while for old time’s sake. I AM saying that right now I feel more inclined to tell you about the amazing space at a Current than the (potentially disastrous) shrimp and grits.
So who knows what is next, but I hope you’ll check in from time to time!