Penny Ann’s Cafe: From New York With Love… and Pancakes

September 2, 2016

The three most important things in life are Family, Friends, and Food. You can determine what order those come in for you. We think our priority is pretty obvious (I still love you mom). But for the owners of Penny Ann's Cafe the love of food and family became more than just a list of priorities. It became their entire life. 

Paul, Warren, Penny Ann and Cindy are all members of the close-knit Willey family, and moved to Utah by way of New York. They grew up around food and were more than familiar with the important role a family-style, comfortable, relaxing restaurant has in a community. After re-locating to Utah and gaining experience in the Utah food scene, the Willey team knew that a family establishment serving delicious, consistent, mouth-watering food was desperately needed. From there, Penny Ann's Cafe was born.

Opening their doors in June 2011 the original location at 1810 Main St., the owners instantly became a popular breakfast and lunch destination. While their entire menu is delicious, they quickly made a statement with their heavenly hot cakes. Before they knew it, demand was so high that they had to expand. And expand they have, all throughout Salt Lake County.

Join us on this episode as we chat with Paul, Warren, Cindy and the namesake herself Penny Ann about their restaurant journey, and their secret to how they work together as a family and as business partners.

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

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#61: Scott Evans - Pago, Finca, East Liberty Tap House, Hub & Spoke, and Trestle Tavern… whew!

August 25, 2016

Let us make a bold statement: Scott Evans is the personification of what we stand for as a podcast. In 2009, Scott saw the potential of Utah’s food scene, the cuisine and concept gaps in the area, and decided he was ready to do something about it. 

After his father’s death and before his first restaurant, Scott Evan’s love and passion for sustainable food and progressive ideas led to an exploratory life path where food became the guiding light. He spent years in restaurants and elite five diamond hotels before setting off on his own path, opening Pago in 2009 in the 9th and 9th neighborhood in Salt Lake City. 

It was one of the first farm to table concepts in SLC, and at Pago he created a small army of chefs, baristas, servers, and bartenders who bring quality and energy to the flourishing Salt Lake community. Over the coming seven years, Scott Evans introduced four additional top restaurants in Utah’s food scene. 

On this week of The Utah Foodie we sat down with Scott Evans, the founder of Pago, Finca, East Liberty Tap House, Hub and Spoke, and the newly opened Trestle Tavern. You could say he’s a busy guy. But with these restaurants comes a fascinating story of growth, opportunity, passion, and a commitment to people, that truly shows just how valuable these small businesses are to the community. 

Join us as we get to know local restaurateur Scott Evans, and learn more about how these restaurants have shaped Salt Lake City. 


This episode was sponsored by…
90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery
The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.
Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.
Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S
GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebook, Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!
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R&R BBQ: Competitive Fire To Smoke Your Brisket

August 11, 2016

When you think about BBQ, the South immediately comes to mind. It’s the birthplace of BBQ, and opinions are strong. But for Rod and Roger Livingston, the founders of R&R BBQ, BBQ was a fond memory from their childhood family reunions, and a fun hobby in their adulthood. After prompting from a friend, Rod and Roger entered a backyard BBQ competition, and before they knew it, they were on the competitive BBQ circuit. And they were good. Really good.

After years of competing and winning accolade upon accolade, Rod and Roger began to entertain the idea of actually starting a full-time barbeque joint. They began dabbling in catering, and after three years of growth and lessons learned, their first restaurant was born. And it’s only gone up and up since.

On this episode of The Utah Foodie we learn about R&R BBQ, the restaurant that’s bringing competition-level BBQ combined with simple, family approved sides to Utah. Oh, and Rod and Roger throw in some home barbecue and smoking tips along the way too. Enjoy.


This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

GREENbike — Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. See you next week! 



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Alamexo Mexican Kitchen: Acclaimed Chef Shows Victory is Spicy

August 4, 2016
Some people spend their whole lives chasing their dreams. For Matt Lake, his life path became clear at the young age of 11. His parents took over a general store and began a small deli catering business, and Matt quickly dove into the family business. Whether helping run an event, putting together deli trays, or interacting with customers, Matt fell in love with the food industry. And he fell hard. So hard, in fact, that at the ripe age of 18 he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America. 

And he’s been on the food path ever since. Named “Best Young Chef” by Food & Wine Magazine, and working in some of the top restaurants in the country with decorated chefs and mentors, Matt Lake and his family ventured to Utah, where Matt saw the local food scene and our incredible produce as an untapped opportunity. After many trials, lessons, and even some failures, Matt successfully launched Alamexo in 2014. And he’s been winning awards and impressing customers ever since.

Join us as we sit down with Matt Lake, the co-owner/executive Chef of Alamexo, and hear the incredible story of a man who has gained national attention for his work, and who keeps his talents, and his cuisine, all local. 

This episode was sponsored by…
90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery
The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.
Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.
Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S
GREENbike — Salt Lake City's non-profit bike share. Their bikes are ready to ride, one-size-fits-all, and located at popular downtown hot spots. Take as many 1-hour rides as you want for an entire year for only $75. 

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on Facebook,Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!
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#58: PJK’s Creamery - A Flavorful, Fresh Take On Ice Cream Rolls Into Town

July 28, 2016
This week on The Utah Foodie we sit down with Peter Korth, the founder of PJK Creamery, your new favorite ice cream supplier. With 16 playful flavors and seasonal flavors appearing monthly, Peter has accomplished something that many in Utah have not: he’s made ice cream an experience. 

Peter is an acclaimed Pastry Chef with over 10 years of experience in the Utah and LA food scene. Known for his award-winning work at Frida Bistro, Peter dreamed of bringing his unique ice cream stylings to his beloved home state. And this summer he made his grand debut. And if the lines at the Downtown Farmer’s Market are any indication, he’s hit the nail on the head. 

Join us as we hear Peter’s incredible story, and dive into the impressive and creative pastry scene that is truly under appreciated throughout Utah. 


Our sponsors today include...

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on Facebook,Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!



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The Utah Foodie Reheated: The Future Of Chocolate Is In… Utah?

July 21, 2016

If we were to ask you what the artisan chocolate capital of the United States was, what would you guess? New York? Los Angeles? Well, since this is called The Utah Foodie, you would be correct in guessing that Utah is the craft chocolate hotspot of the country. The folks at Saveur seem to think so, and we’re very much inclined to agree. 

This week on The Utah Foodie Reheated we dive into the blossoming craft chocolate scene that can be found in Utah. We’ll explore why chocolate in Utah is gaining such popularity, the process of how a simple cacao bean can turn into delicious chocolate, and what artisan chocolatiers have learned through their wild and delicious chocolate journey. With insight from the founders of The Chocolate Conspiracy, Millcreek Cacao, Solstice Chocolate, and Caputo’s Market, we receive a Master Class on what chocolate means for Utah.

All these experts were previous guests on The Utah Foodie.

  • The Chocolate Conspiracy was featured on Episode #15 of The Utah Foodie, and was founded by AJ Wentworth, who was looking for a radical way to make the chocolate we love a little more healthy.
  • Millcreek Cacao Roasters was featured on Episode #35 of The Utah Foodie. Millcreek Cacao Roasters was born out of an experience in Ethiopia that changed Mark DelVecchio and Dana Brewster’s world.
  • Solstice Chocolate was featured on Episode #32, and was founded by DeAnn and Scott Querry as a solution to their passion project. They loved to make chocolate and give it to friends, but a person can only eat so much.
  • Tony Caputo and Caputo’s Market were featured on Episode #18 of The Utah Foodie. Caputo’s has made a name for itself as the go-to location for local, artisan, high-quality food and beverages. There’s a reason they’re helping guide our developing craft chocolate scene.  

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us onFacebook,Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

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The Utah Foodie Reheated: Utah’s Coffee Journey

July 14, 2016

Birds chirping. The sun shining warm and bright. People outside, enjoying these summer months in the great Utah outdoors. Playing Pokemon Go to their hearts content. Summer is a magical time. Which is why we’re spending our “Summer Vacation” in the studio, putting together an exciting series that we think you’ll enjoy.While we’ll always stick with our Utah Foodie format of sitting down with incredible entrepreneurs for interviews and stories, we wanted to introduce a new series called “Utah Foodie Reheated.” These topic focused, produced episodes are an opportunity to focus in on a subject in Utah that deserves a spotlight.

Even though this series is an occasional treat, it’s a great opportunity for us to reflect on the Utah food scene and dive into the Who’s, What’s, When’s, Where’s, Why’s, and How’s of the passionate and creative foodies who are changing the Utah landscape.

This week we’re going all in on coffee. The great nectar of the gods. Coffee and Utah have a very unique relationship, which makes its rising popularity all the more impressive. As local, high-quality shops open, the standard of what a good cup of coffee is has also undergone a revolution. This all boils down to the philosophy of third wave coffee, the next level to the ever refined and perfected coffee process.

Join us as we hear from the experts at Blue Copper, Publik Coffee, 3 Cups Coffee, Three Pines Coffee, and Watchtower Cafe. While all of these businesses are connected by a common thread, they all offer their own unique and personalized touch, philosophy, and feel to a coffee experience.

All these experts were previous guests on The Utah Foodie.

  • Blue Copper was one of the first guests of The Utah Foodie, and Patrick Andrews has established himself as a coffee roasting expert in our community.
  • Publik Coffee now has three locations within Salt Lake City, and joined us on episode #52 of The Utah Foodie.
  • 3 Cups Coffee joined us right after they opened their doors in Holladay, UT, and were on episode #5.
  • Three Pines Coffee is located in the revitalized Gallivan Plaza, and were our guests on episode  #34.
  • Featured on episode #45, Watchtower Cafe has brought a fun and funky feel to the rapidly growing area along State Street.

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Maddox Restaurant — Featuring completely from scratch recipes in Perry, UT. since 1949, sourced and crafted from the finest ingredients available.

Beltex Meats — A small butcher shop utilizing local meats and sustainable practices. Specializing in the craft of whole animal butchery at 511E 900S

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on Facebook,Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

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Mollie & Ollie: Healthy Eating… On The Fly

June 30, 2016

We’re incredibly proud of the growing food scene in Utah, and are constantly amazed by the innovators, dreamers, and eaters who are shaping the future of our state’s culinary landscape. We’re always excited to invite brand new restaurants onto the show to help you discover the hidden gems around the state.

This week we sit down with Julie Paine and TJ Gingell, two of the people who have put blood, sweat, and tears into opening Mollie & Ollie in Salt Lake City.


Mollie & Ollie is located at 159 S. Main Street in Salt Lake City, and brings to the area a much needed fast casual option that won’t make you feel full of regret. With locally sourced products at the core of what they do, Mollie & Ollie provides a fully customized experience. Who ever thought you would see “fast casual” and “local and healthy” in the same sentence?

Join us as we explore the exciting story of how Mollie & Ollie came to be, and what they have in store for the future.

A big spoonful of "thanks" to our sponsors...

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

Vive Juicery — A Utah-based cold-pressed juicery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Blue Copper Coffee — Specialty coffee hand-roasted in Salt Lake City, with a coffee room at 179 W 900 S.

The Yelp Elite Squad — Utah’s five-star fan club of all things local.


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Project Pineapple: Vacation In A Pineapple

June 23, 2016

While Utah is known for its premier snow, many people don’t quite realize is that the majority of the state is a desert. Which means it gets hot. Really hot. And while we find ways to enjoy the warm and sunny days, the need for a cold treat is frequent. And as the saying goes, when you stumble upon a lemonade stand, put shaved ice in a pineapple.

Adam Malmborg was destined to be an entrepreneur. His mind was always running with ideas, and his creativity and problem solving needed to be free from the confines of the 9-5 grind. One day while wandering at a market he stumbled upon a lemonade stand that had a long, winding line. Adam was blown away by people’s commitment to buy a $7 lemonade in the summer sun, and his mind began to race. What other cold, delicious treats could be provided?

After brainstorming, joking, and some divine fruit intervention, the Pineapple Project was born.Pineapple Project was launched in 2013, and is known for uniquely serving shaved ice in a whole pineapple. Found at the Beer Festival, Park Silly, the Twilight Concert Series, and more, this unique food stand has slowly but surely made an impression. It even won a City Weekly Best of Utah award in 2014!

What followed their initial launch in 2013 became years of exploration, lessons learned, and thousands of pineapples served. With an exciting future ahead, Adam and Project Pineapple are the perfect example that the entrepreneurial spirit in Utah is flourishing. Join us on this episode of The Utah Foodie!

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

Vive Juicery — A Utah-based cold-pressed juicery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Blue Copper Coffee — Specialty coffee hand-roasted in Salt Lake City, with a coffee room at 179 W 900 S.

The Yelp Elite Squad — Utah’s five-star fan club of all things local.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on Facebook,Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

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Mama Africa: Smell It, Taste It, Love It

June 16, 2016

The world is full of beautiful locations, delicious food, and histories that shapes entire cultures. While we can all dream of visiting exotic locations, money and time are very real restraints. Which is a bummer. How do we experience new places and different lifestyles if we can’t afford to do so? That’s where food comes in. 

Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and was surrounded by the spices and flavors of the country. But her path was a winding one, and she ended up traveling and living all over the world. With stops in Europe, New York City, Dallas, Phoenix, Cathy, known to many as Mama Africa, planted roots in Toole, Utah. While many wouldn’t consider Utah a mecca of diversity, Mama Africa only saw opportunity. A chance to bring Africa to Utahns, and help share her culture and her food.

What started out as a goal to make her mother proud evolved into a mission: to show people how real, delicious African food tasted. Like many food entrepreneurs in Utah, Mama Africa first began sharing her cooking at the local farmers markets, where the smell of her food caught many a nose’s attention. Mama Africa’s food caught on like wildfire, and her hot and savory spices became a constant source of mouth watering.

Join us as we sit down with Mama Africa and walk through her amazing and inspiring story. Full of laughter, wit, and talent, Mama Africa’s food and story truly make for a one-of-a-kind experience. And with her new restaurant and market located at 3460 S Redwood Road Ste. 5A, Africa is closer than ever.

This episode was sponsored by…

90.9FM KRCL — Community Connection and Music Discovery

Vive Juicery — A Utah-based cold-pressed juicery

The Chocolate Conspiracy — A project in pure, raw, honey-sweetened chocolate.

Blue Copper Coffee — Specialty coffee hand-roasted in Salt Lake City, with a coffee room at 179 W 900 S.

The Yelp Elite Squad — Utah’s five-star fan club of all things local.

This episode was hosted by Chase Murdock and produced by Ryan Samanka. For more information or to browse our episode archive, visit theutahfoodie.com or follow us on Facebook,Instagram, or Twitter. See you next week!

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