Posted by Peggie
Before I leave town, I wanted to share some of my favorite things – restaurants, kitchen suppliers, ingredients, mail order suppliers, etc. Many of these are in the Salt Lake valley and a few are either mail order or national chains. I’ll add more as I think of them. So, let’s get started.
- Food for Thought – This restaurant in Draper features all homemade items. Great soups, salads and bakery items.
- Piñon Market – Victoria recently sold this restaurant but the new owners plan to continue her traditions. The tarragon chicken is excellent. Don’t miss the scone and muffin of the day, using whatever fruit is in season.
- Petite Feast – Victoria’s new endeavor with plans to offer cooking classes
- Fratelli Ristorante – Homemade Italian food using Grandma’s marinara recipe. ‘Nuf said.
- Les Madeleines – French café with great pastry
- Gourmandise – a bakery and café.
- Pierre Country Bakery – bakery and café with great pain au chocolate
- Rebecca’s Chocolates – not a restaurant but definitely a store to visit. Try the dark chocolate lemon cream.
- Moochie’s Meatballs – specializing in Philly Cheese Steak. The owner is from Philly, so she knows. A second location just opened in Midvale.
- Baker’s Cash and Carry – a bakers paradise with unusual supplies – candy molds, bulk chocolate, candy melts, sprinkles in colors you didn’t know existed, unique food gift packaging and everything you would need to make a grand wedding cake.
- Spoons ‘n Spice – a pricey but good kitchen store.
- Orson Gygi – kitchen items and baking supplies
- Downtown Farmer’s Market – wonderful local food – not to be missed.
- Liberty Heights Fresh – the only source for Valrhona cocoa in the valley. Also lots of cheese, chocolate, and olives.
- Trader Joe’s – Valrhona chocolate bars – for eating and cooking
- Pirate O’s – interesting food items (many imported) including Scharffen Berger 9 oz. baking chocolate bars.
- Caputo’s – two locations with a third scheduled to open soon. A deli, imported chocolates and Italian food items.
- Whole Foods – go for the bulk spices, especially cinnamon.
- Mill Creek Olive Oil - flavored and plain olive oils and balsamic vinegars. They sell $3.00 sample bottles – a nice gift or easy way to try them out.
- Salt Lake Roasting Company - coffee beans!
- Urban Farm & Feed – run by the same people who organize the Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market. Open year round – local items including eggs and cheese making kits.
- Honeyville Farms – my source for bread and pastry flour, yeast and Mexican vanilla (before I started making my own)
- Penzey’s Spices – mail order spices including whole nutmeg and vanilla beans
- The Spice House – mail order spices and salts