Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico and in Texas, respectively, the husband and wife team of Giselle and Jason McClure were no strangers to hot sauces .
When they moved to Utah, they couldn’t find chili oil anywhere, so they started making their own
Epic Brewing Goes International
Originally from Serbia, Dalibor Blazic emigrated to Utah in 2011. However, he missed the crêpes that his mother made twice per week saying, “I want to eat crêpes every day!” So he decided to make his own crêpes, eventually leading to his Dali Crêpes catering business. With an education in hotel and restaurant management and a culinary focus, he was well-suited to creating his own food business.
Beehive Distilling: Hard Work Pays Off
Epic Brewing Company has had an epic rise to success over the past decade. What started as Utah’s first modern-era strong beer microbrewery has grown into an award-winning artisanal enterprise.
Care, intention, and Intuition
When it comes to gin in the Beehive State, Beehive Distilling has been leading the way since 2013 with its much-beloved, hand-crafted Jack Rabbit Gin.
Caroline Patterson became interested in natural living and herbal medicine many years ago. In her formidable years, she was living in a community that was very focused on self sustainability, natural self healing, and the use of products containing what the earth provides. As a result, she started making her own products for both, household cleaning, and beauty care.
Job Creation Drives a Passionate Grass Fed Beef Rancher
Joni is the creator/owner of a unique Utah-based business called Boho Chic Skulls. She takes dead animal skulls that she acquires from livestock dealers, pawn shops, slaughter houses, hunters, and from people selling their trophy skulls online, and then she carves them, transforming the skulls into intricate and delicate-looking pieces of art.
“Agriculture has always been a passion for us,” says Stutman. “However, we wanted to be able to create a viable business that would, not only allow us to be profitable, but to also create year-round jobs in our small community. For many of the youth that grow up here are forced to leave home because of luck of the employment opportunities. We wanted to be a driving force in changing that.”
Back in 1995, valuable calcite deposits were discovered in Northern Utah and Shamrock Mining Associates would gain the exclusive mining rights to Utah’s beautiful Amber Onyx, also called Honey Onyx or Honeycomb Calcite.
The “explorer” who made the discovery was Floyd Anderson, now a vibrant 95-years-old.
How to Escape Corporate World and Start a Highly Successful Wood Shop
Backstube is the German word for bakery or bakehouse. And for authentic, German-style pastries in Utah, look no further than Petra Vigil’s Old Country baked goods at Petra’s Backstubchen. Developed from her mother’s recipes and those from cookbooks she brought with her from her native Germany, Petra Vigil bakes and sells strudels, pretzels, cookies, cakes and seasonal pastries from her home-based business.
Intermountain Songwriter’s Showcase
“I always wanted a business where my dog was running around the shop and that was okay, and if we wanted to crack a beer at 4 o’clock we could do that, and it was okay. I started a business to do what I wanted to do without having to follow others directions. We don’t fit the typical mold. We aren’t super stuffy like every other woodworking shop in Utah. We’re just a little bit different and we’re proud of that.”
She Talks to the Animals
“Non-musicians don’t often seek out open mic events because let’s face it…you get marginal performers sometimes,” says Feldman, “But when you go to as many open mics as we do, you discover a lot of amazing musicians.”
Cafe India SLC
Have you ever wanted to be better understood by your pet, or for your pet to better understand you?
Patty Rayman says, “People always want to know if their animals are happy and healthy, whether they are in pain, what their relationships are like with other people and animals. Animals think in pictures and emotions and I am able to translate those into words for their people.
Waterpocket’s Wanderlust: West Valley’s Craft Distillery
Formerly an IT business analyst, Vini Joseph was motivated to introduce Utahns to home-style fresh Indian foods.
She believes “When food is prepared with dedication and love, it can’t go unnoticed for too long.”
Art for the Soul
“Our wanderlust brought us to Utah,” say Julia and Alan Scott, explaining the origins of their craft distillery’s name: Waterpocket Distillery. Avid outdoor adventurers, “We realized a lifetime of exploration can be had in the mountains, canyons, deserts and wildernesses of this beautiful state. The Waterpocket Fold gives form to the Capitol Reef and the national park that bears this name, and now gives its name to Waterpocket Distillery.”
“I became a physician to care for others, but creating art cares for my soul,” says doctor/artist Emily Cook. With credentials that include BYU Art Major, GIA Jeweler, Doctor of Osteopathy Family Medicine and American Certified Obesity Medicine, Emily Cook is well-suited to caring for others.
Glass Fusion: Dana Worley Artworks
Instant Karma creates artisan-prepared Indian and Persian foods.
According to the owner Houman Gohary, “Our products are fresh, all-natural, health-conscious, vegan, and gluten-free. Quality ingredients, attention to recipes, care in services, and creating value for the customer are the foundation for Instant Karma. Promoting local and ‘Cooking with Passion and Integrity’ is our goal.”
Aleta Boyce Art
Beauty and function. Those are two words I would use to describe Dana Worley’s fused glass artwork. Although she creates non-functional pieces as well, as a cook, I appreciate the functionality of Dana’s sushi plates, bowls and other vessels made for kitchen and dining use. As someone who appreciates beauty, I love that the art she makes is also drop-dead gorgeous. And, they are typically one-of-a-kind. Worley says she doesn’t do “production” work and doesn’t often duplicated pieces.
Mountain West Cider
“After a few years of decompression I realized that I needed to create again,” says Aleta Boyce, founder of Aleta Boyce Art. Until about 10 years ago, she’d be teaching fine art, ceramics and computer graphics at the secondary and college levels, as well as working in commercial art and computer graphics.
Tonguespank Spice Company
Jennifer Carleton and her husband, Jeff, “have never been big beer drinkers and generally gravitate to wines and mixed drinks.” But after a visit to Ireland, they became “hooked on ciders.” They especially loved the hand-crafted ciders available at the pubs they visited. “The dry, gluten free, crisp refreshing taste was a perfect fit for my palate and system,” Jennifer says, and she and Jeff believed they could turn their passion into a business.
James Lindsey has always been a cook who enjoys food with an extra kick.
While some cooks add wine or herbs for more flavor, more often than not today both chefs and consumers are gravitating to the increasing array of hot spices to achieve not only a “kick” but sometimes a kick in the ass, so hard you might find yourself laying on the ground chugging whole milk and eating saltines for relief. No, this is not the level of pain Mr. Lindsey is attempting to concoct, rather, he’s going for something with more nuance and subtlety.