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.
The Rising Bun - comrade fries (Rising Bun)

New Restaurants – August 2018

Arancini (Arancini Snack) Arancini Snack You might remember this name from the Taste For...
Manoli's - cherry sorbet topped with luxardo syrup and Solstice chocolate (Maonlis)

Menu watch – August 2018

Cafe Niche Café Niche’s chef Andy Morrison’s Summer specials are a great way to beat the heat. These rotating three-course dinner menus are served nightly,...
Feast Of The Five Senses 2016 - passed appetizers

Events: Spencer’s, SLC Food And Wine, Red Rock Brewing

Spencer's For Steaks And Chops If you're looking for something a little different this weekend, check out this fun event this Friday evening (August 17th)....
The Eklektik - citrus tiramisu (Talyn Sherer | Slug Mag)

The Roundup – August 2018

Reviews and write ups While the sun's shining, people aren't writing about food apparently; so after a July hiatus then, please welcome back The Roundup,...
Thali at Saffron Bistro (Saffron Bistro)

It’s A Wrap – July 2018

This month saw the rebranding of Lavanya Mahate's local group of Saffron Valley businesses. With each location striving to offer a unique dining...
Sliders and beer at BGR Sugar House

Events: Stanza, Avenues Proper, BGR, Celebrate The Bounty

Stanza Wednesday August 1st is the date for this downtown Italian eateries next wine dinner. The four course menu by Jonathan LeBlanc will be...
Taste Of The Wasatch 2017 - Park City Culinary Institute desserts

Menu watch – July 2018

Taste Of The Wasatch As promised last week, I'm excited to unveil the full and final menu for this years Taste Of The Wasatch. In...
Bambara - Yellowfin tuna poke off regular menu

Events: Proper Brewing Co, Meditrina, Bambara

Proper Brewing / We Olive We Olive welcomes one of Utah's few certified cicerones - Jack Kern of Proper Brewing - on July 16th. ...
Taste Of The Wasatch 2017 - Solitude Mountain Resort dish

Taste Of The Wasatch 2018

Update: download the full menu for Taste Of The Wasatch 2018. Go grab your wallets. Don't pause, don't hesitate, just get ready to signup...
kathmandu slc buffet plate

It’s A Wrap – June 2018

DABC licenses Ready for the winners and losers at June's DABC meeting? Here's the recap of the pertinent items from last months meeting. Full service licenses...
Fatboy Phillies - Philly cheesesteak (Redneck Food Rambles)

The Roundup – June 2018

This month, a little more than twenty or so reviews of restaurants, food trucks, cafes and more that you need to know about around...
Windy Ridge breakfast

Menu watch – June 2018

Windy Ridge Cafe / Bill White Farms Breakfast is coming to the menu this weekend at Park City's Windy Ridge Cafe. Starting at 8...
Meditrina

Events: Meditrina, Red Rock, Eat Drink SLC

Meditrina The next tasting event at Meditrina focuses on local craft cider maker - Mountain West. Held on June 27th (6.30 p.m. onwards) the...
Eat Drink SLC - HSL summer fruit in 2016

Events: Eat Drink SLC 2018

Scribble July 12th into your calendar right now - that's the date for the return of the ever popular Eat Drink SLC event; now...
Taqueria 27 - Argentine Shrimp over T27 Slaw topped with Cucumber-Mango Salsa & Cilantro Lime Crema on Flour (T27)

It’s A Wrap – May 2018

DABC licenses With the recent purging of staff complete at the Salt Lake Tribune, John T Nielsen kicked off May's DABC get together with a...
Rob Sauce with ribs

Products: Summer sippers for the grill

Tending the grill is thirsty work, so following on from our gearing up for the grill story, we wanted to ensure you had the...
Spencer's - millionaire's bacon (Spencer's)

Menu watch – May 2018

Spencer's For Steaks And Chops A new menu has rolled out at the classic American steak house in downtown SLC. Both lunch and dinner...
Tastemakers 2017 - crowd, sun setting

Events: Tastemakers 2018

In less than a month's time, Salt Lake Magazine’s annual Tastemakers bash returns to downtown SLC. Now into its eighth year running, this...
Utah sauces for the BBQ season

Products: gear up for the grill

Utah sauces for the BBQ season If your neighborhood hasn't already come alive with the smell of searing...
Spencer's For Steak And Chops - charred octopus

Events: Spencer’s, We Olive, Red Rock

Spencer's For Steak And Chops This Friday night (May 18th) head downtown for a six course luxury wine dinner replete with lobster, wagyu beef, seabass...