Stuart Melling

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Hi, I'm Stuart, nice to meet you!  I'm the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I'm also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune.  I've worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake. I'm a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade.   I'm largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don't understand.  I ate all the pies.
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New restaurants – December 2018

With Christmas just around the corner you'll no doubt soon be gazing across a small departments store's worth of unwanted presents from...
Soup at Stratford Proper, opening any day soon now (Stratford Proper)

It’s A Wrap – November 2018

DABC licenses The following is the round up from November's DABC meeting, a relatively brisk meeting all said and done, but one with a few...
BGR - Thanksgiving burger special (BGR)

Menu watch – November 2018

BGR Amidst the continuing revamp of Sugar House, this relative newcomer is becoming part of the new fixture and fittings of the trendy area. ...
Meditrina: shrimp with cheddar grits

Events: Meditrina, Caffe Niche, Oasis Cafe, Stanza, Avenues Proper

Meditrina An extra special congratulations to Meditrina today; one of our favorite restaurants in Utah and now celebrating 10 years in the biz. ...
Thanksgiving day dining 2016

Thanksgiving Dining 2018

Turkey day is almost upon us once again. As ever, if the thought of cooking up a storm in the kitchen sends shivers down...
The Daily - grilled cheese and tomato soup (The Daily)

It’s A Wrap – October 2018

DABC licenses The following is the round up from October's DABC meeting - one of my favorite moments of the month. The outcome of...
Bok Bok Chicken - boneless chicken and fries (Bok Bok Chicken)

The Roundup – October 2018

Get the scoop on what's hot and what's not. Food trucks, cafe, restaurants. bars and more, if someone wrote about it in the...
Alibi SLC wall art

New Restaurants – October 2018

Alibi - one of Salt Lake's newest bars Alibi SLC wall art Alibi...
Porch - fabulous desserts

Events: Harvest Dinner, Wagner Wine Diner, Under Current

Avenues Proper Join the AP team this Sunday evening (November 18th @ 6pm) for the second annual harvest dinner. Cost is $65 for...
Various vegetables (Lou Liebau | Unsplash)

Eat your veggies

What vegetable do you hate the most? That was a question posed to me this week at the Downtown Alliance's Chef Showdown....
Feast Of The Five Senses 2016 - passed appetizers

Events: Chef Showdown, Peculiar Pours, Feast Of Five Senses

Dine O'Round Chef Showdown Come join me at Squatters in downtown SLC tomorrow night (Wednesday October 10th) where I'll be doing my best Gordon Ramsay...
Grocery shopping (Jenna Day)

Groceries made glorious

Spend more than 90 seconds amid the grubby comment board of any major news website on a story like this, and you'll...
Saffron Valley - biryani (Saffron Valley)

It’s A Wrap – September 2018

Saffron Valley Starting this Tuesday (October 2nd) and running through to Sunday (October 7th), the Sugar House location of Saffron Valley celebrates its annual ...
Doki Doki - crepe cakes (Salt Lake Magazine)

The Roundup – September 2018

If you've got a case of the Monday blues, we've got more than 30+ reasons to power through the rest of your day; more...
Bourbon House - deviled eggs (Bourbon House)

Events: Dine O Round, 4th West Oktoberfest, Hog And Beer

2018 Dine O' Round Want to save a dining dollar? Want to check out somewhere new? Want a reason to eat out even more than...
Avenues Proper - stout cake (Avenues Proper)

Menu watch – September 2018

Avenues Proper As Fall beckons, so menus start to take on a little heartier form and function. The above shots are just a sampling of...
Feast Of The Five Senses - Vietnamese salad from Tom Grant

Feast Of The Five Senses 2018

Marking it's 14th year in 2018 is Slow Food Utah's big bash of all things local. On October 21st the culinary smorgasbord returns,...
Caffe Molise - inside the new Eagle building

Events: Stanza, Celebrate The Bounty

Stanza We highlight a lot of wine dinners through the year, but this upcoming special from Stanza promises to be something very special indeed. ...
Hash House A Go Go - coming to Utah (Hash House A Go Go)

It’s A Wrap – August 2018

Alamexo & Alamexo Cantina Mexico’s revolt against Spanish rule began on the early morning of September 16 in 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo rang the...
Bambara - Wasatch Summer beer dinner - radish salad

Events: Avenues Proper, Bambara, Meet Your Maker

Bambara Those delicious looking pictures you ask? They're from Bambara's first beer pairing dinner of the year, just over a month ago now. Devised and...