Utah Stories

Eat Local, Eat Well

Read how Utah farmers and chefs blend talents.


There’s a lot of exceptional food here in Utah. From burgers to eclairs, we’ve got it going on. Here’s the proof.

1. Local Cheese Plate from Bambara

Chef Nathan Powers has assembled a celebration of local food for this cheese plate. One of Utah’s most impressive exports, Creminelli artisan salami is made from humanely raised heritage pork. Beehive Cheese is also featured on the plate. Beehive’s cows hang out on the 550 acres property enjoying the caring, stress free environment and comfy beds. The other cheese options come from Caputo’s Market, where Powers chats with the friendly cheesemongers to discover new and delicious options. Accoutrements to the cheese plate are warmed olives and perfectly toasted baguette from Eva’s Bakery, which is just down the street. Bambara is located 202 South Main Street in Salt Lake City.

2. The Farmer Marty Pizza from OAK Wood Fired Kitchen

Located in Draper, OAK Wood Fired Pizza Kitchen offers a pizza named after their favorite farmer, Marty Allston. They specialize in authentic wood fired pizza with a thin, chewy crust. Topped with fresh veggies from Maryann and Marty’s farm, The Farmer Marty is ever changing depending on what’s in season. This week’s version included fresh corn and jalapeno along with bacon. The Allston’s are the hardworking duo behind the Wasatch Front Farmers Market as well as Urban Farm and Feed, a store located in Murray offering local goods. You can find OAK Wood Fired Kitchen in at 715 East 12300 South in Draper.

3. Zucchini Noodles from Zest Kitchen & Bar

Zest’s doused zucchini noodles Photo courtesy of Zest Kitchen and Bar

Casey Staker, owner of Zest Kitchen & Bar deserves an award for this dish featuring only local veggies. Noodles made from zucchini are doused in a vibrant tomato sauce with a dollop of fresh pesto and sprinkled with pine nuts. All raw, all good for you downright delectable. Zest is one of the best places to find innovative and healthy fare along with fun cocktails. Located downtown at 275 South  and 200 West, stop by for lunch or late night partying.


4. Local Utah Elk Chimi Burger from Caffe Niche

Caffe Niche is best known for their commitment to using local food. Everything on their menu is a shining testament to eating locally, something that is of utmost importance to Chef Ethan Lappe. One dish that exemplifies this is the Chimi Burger using local elk. Dressed with chimichurri, an onion and herb relish, and housemade aioli this burger is one of the best in the state. Try it with the butternut squash soup. Explore the menu at Caffè Niche located at 779 East 300 South in Salt Lake.


5. Stinger Bee Eclair from La Bonne Vie Patisserie at the Grand America

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
Stinger Bee Eclair

Utah inspired French pastries incorporate the best of both worlds! Chef Ishraht Mackie was inspired by honey from Vernal and lovingly incorporated it into his Stinger Bee Eclair. There will be more on the horizon including a Bear Lake Raspberry Eclair and a Black Cherry Jell-O-Eclair (although I’m not sure if we want to claim Jell-O as local food!)  Indulge in a celebration of the Beehive State at La Bonne Vie Patisserie at the Grand American at 555 South Main Street in Salt Lake.



Talented chefs and food artisans with a passion for sustainable fare have given us excellent options of farm to table fare. It’s delicious to eat local! 

Join our newsletter.
Stay informed.

Related Articles