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Utah’s Black-owned meals companies vary from eating places to bakeries, markets to caterers.

From barbecue to bakeries to brews, these retailers provide quite a lot of enjoyable, meals and even Faygo.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Marcus Jones, proprietor and founding father of Miss Essie’s BBQ, in Murray on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

Marcus Jones mentioned his Utah barbecue sauce and catering firm launched in 2003, however it actually started greater than a century in the past in Arkansas.

The Southern recipe originated with Jones’ great-grandfather, who handed it on to his grandmother — Miss Essie. She handed it to her son, Manuel, who then launched the enterprise with Jones — a former College of Utah soccer participant.

Miss Essie’s is considered one of dozens of Black-owned eating places, meals vans, markets, caterers and producers in Utah.

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A heightened push to again these companies started final summer time, when many customers determined one method to struggle racial inequity was to frequent Black-owned companies. Since then, although, the main focus has waned.
However the work by no means stops, mentioned Lex Scott, chief of Black Lives Matter Utah. These companies present jobs and assist different efforts throughout the neighborhood all 12 months lengthy.

“The easiest way to have a good time Black Historical past Month is to assist Black-owned companies year-round,” she mentioned. “Elevate them up along with your eating {dollars}.”

For Utahns who want to revive or redouble their efforts in February — for Black Historical past Month — and all year long, here’s a hefty serving to of Black-owned meals enterprises:

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Diversion: A Social Eatery is a positioned in Salt Lake Metropolis’s Marmalade District, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Diversion: A Social Eatery • Positioned within the Salt Lake Metropolis’s Marmalade neighborhood, house owners Ryan Peterson and Jennifer Stone serve wholesome all-American fare reminiscent of hamburgers, tacos and pizzas which are baked, not fried, 535 N. 300 West, Salt Lake Metropolis; (801) 657-7326 or diversioneatery.com.
11 Hauz • This family-owned and operated Jamaican restaurant serves recipes handed down from chef/proprietor Sheron Grant’s grandmother, 1241 Middle Drive, Park Metropolis; 435-200-8972 or 11hauz.com.
Horn of Africa • Somali and East African meals in a west Salt Lake Metropolis strip mall, 1320 S. Swaner Street, Salt Lake Metropolis; 801-908-5498 or somali-restaurant-slc.enterprise.web site.
Joe’s Cafe • Southern breakfasts, together with biscuits, gravy and grits, in addition to sandwiches and burgers for lunch, 1126 S. State, Orem; 801-607-5377 or joescafeorem.com.
Mahider Ethiopian • The mixture platter is a perfect method to pattern Ethiopian stews, greens and flatbread, 1465 S. State St., Suite 7, Salt Lake Metropolis; 801-975-1111 or mahiderethiopian.com.
Sauce Boss Southern Kitchen • Chef Julius Thompson serves catfish, blackened pork chops, shrimp, grits and different soul-food favorites with collard greens, mac ‘n’ cheese and different widespread sides, 877 E. 12300 South, Draper; 385-434-2433 or saucebosssouthernkitchen.com.
Yoko Ramen • This small noodle store was bought about 18 months in the past by Jameel Gaskins (previously of Pago). It serves a number of kinds of ramen, sandwiches, wings and gyoza, 473 E. 300 South, Salt Lake Metropolis; 801-876-5267 or https://www.yokoslc.com.

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photograph) James Edwards, proprietor of James Gourmand Pies, who makes a speciality of candy potato pies, units up on the Park Metropolis farmers market on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Edwards sells each mini and full-size pies at farmers markets alongside the Wasatch Entrance.

James’ Gourmand Pies • Pineapple is the not-so-secret ingredient in James Edwards’ widespread candy potato pies. They’re offered in full and mini sizes at farmers markets, occasions and on-line at jamesgourmet.com.
Lovee’s Muffins • Muffins, cookies and desserts for birthdays, weddings and different particular events, 1706 E. 5600 South, South Ogden; 801-390-6114 or loveescakes.com.
Sheer Ambrosia • Whereas rising up in North Carolina, proprietor Sherrita “Rita” Magalde labored in a Greek restaurant, babysat the proprietor’s youngsters and discovered to make connoisseur baklava from their “yiayia” or grandmother. Orders by cellphone or on-line at 801-891-6242 or sheerambrosiabakery.com.
Balabe • This orange truck takes Utah diners on a visit to Senegal, a rustic in West Africa the place probably the most widespread dishes is mafe, a wealthy tomato and peanut butter stew with hen, fish or lamb. The truck serves it two methods: over rice or on french fries, the latter is a twist on Canadian poutine. Go to fb.com/balabeslc.
Dawgz-N-Leenks • Proprietor Pete Richards sells beef sizzling canine, sausages and conventional Southern sizzling hyperlinks, together with his Da Bay, wrapped in bacon, topped with grilled onions and peppers and his housemade barbecue sauce. Go to fb.com/DawgznLeenks.
Jamaica’s Kitchen • From spicy-sweet jerk hen to tender goat curry with rice and beans, this truck delivers Caribbean flavors and vibes. Go to fb.com/jamaicaskitchenslc.
Makaya Catering • Proprietor Roody Salvator sells Haitian road meals from this meals truck, together with marinated hen, pulled pork, plantains and pikliz, a spicy cabbage, carrot and vinegar slaw. Name or textual content 801-493-5873 for pickup at 1051 S. 300 West on Friday and Saturday from midday to eight p.m. Supply out there by means of Chefpanzee. Particulars at fb.com/makaya.caters.
Style of Louisiana • Menu consists of Southern favorites like seafood gumbo, toasted po’ boy sandwiches and peach cobbler. Pickup and supply out there at 801-864-6203 or tasteoflouisianautah.com.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cordero Curtis in his market, Nook Cease, in Salt Lake Metropolis on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.

African Low cost Market • Positioned in a Salt Lake Metropolis space strip mall, this market sells elements for favourite African and Caribbean meals, from recent yam tubers and bitter leaves to dehydrated cod and smoked shrimp,. There are also dried items like noodles and peeled black-eyed peas for steamed moi-moi truffles. Utahns additionally go to this retailer for its magnificence provides, 3232 S. 400 East, 801-467-3100 or fb.com/Africandiscountmarket/.

Nook Cease • The drinks and snacks on the Nook Cease in Salt Lake Metropolis have names and flavors you received’t discover in massive grocery and comfort shops — sodas like Faygo, normally discovered within the Midwest, and munchies like sizzling chili squid potato chips widespread in Asia, mentioned Cordero Curtis, who owns the comfort retailer specializing in “exotics” and “smokes” at 203 E. Hampton Ave. Particulars 385-528-0781.

Native Meals Strolling Excursions • Founder and proprietor Maurice “Moe” Egan guides friends on a tasting tour of both downtown Salt Lake Metropolis or Major Avenue in Park Metropolis. The 2-hour journeys are generously seasoned with historic details and samples from 4 eating places. Name 801-597-1157 or localfoodwalkingtours.com.

Mama Africa Pili-Pili Sizzling Sauce • Cathy Tshilombo-Lokemba — higher often called “Mama Africa” — was a trend and inside designer turned restaurant proprietor. There, she started bottles of her spicy, African sizzling sauce. It’s out there at Caputo’s Market and Deli, in Salt Lake Metropolis.

Miss Essie’s Barbecue Sauce • Along with the unique sweet-smoky barbecue sauce, the corporate makes three different flavors — honey, honey mustard and apple cider vinegar. They’re offered in Harmons, Entire Meals, Related Meals Shops and shortly in Smith’s Meals & Drug shops. Miss Essie’s Catering has smoked meats and sides that may be ordered on-line for pickup at its business kitchen, 6064 S. 300 West, Murray. Particulars at 801-262-3616 or missessiesbbq.com.
Rob Sauce • This bottled glaze is “higher than barbecue sauce,” in response to proprietor Rob Clark, who says it offers that umami style to wings, beef, greens and even tofu. Accessible on-line and choose grocery shops. Particulars at: https://www.therobsauce.com/.
Van Kwartel Taste Science • Caribbean drink mixes, sauces, marinades and spice blends are made utilizing chiles grown in Utah. Merchandise could be bought on-line or in individual at The Retailer in Salt Lake Metropolis and Holladay. From June by means of October, they’re out there on the Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park. The house owners additionally not too long ago opened Van Kwartel’s Cecret Mercantile, a winter pop up at Alta Ski Space with breakfast burritos, pastries and drinks.
Coverage Kings Brewery • This nano-brewery/bar makes small-batch beers and is called for the historic Chicago playing empire that offered monetary assist for Black companies within the Nineteen Thirties and ’40s, 223 N. 100 West, Cedar Metropolis; policykingsbrewery.com.

(Photograph courtesy of Park Metropolis Culinary Institute) Grasp mixologist Alexi Johnson Fisher launched her cellular bartending service — The Hammered Copper — in 2018. Since then she has taught cocktail and mocktail courses on the Park Metropolis Culinary Institute and made Utah Enterprise Journal’s checklist of “20 of their 20s,” as a younger entrepreneur to observe.

Benji’s Bar-B-Que Shack • Proprietor Benji Stalling went from sitting behind a desk to standing over a sizzling smoker. And the previous banker turned pit grasp couldn’t be happier in regards to the change. He opened a 24-hour barbecue restaurant in 2019, however the location has closed. Now Stalling — who spent a lot of his youth in Georgia — is within the catering enterprise. His menu consists of smoked meats (tri tip, brisket, pulled pork, ribs and prime rib), aspect dishes and desserts. benjisbbqshack.com
Informal Delicacies • After a 32-year profession as a flight attendant, Melinda Anderson turned her ardour for cooking right into a enterprise. She graduated from culinary faculty and hung out working within the trade earlier than launching Informal Delicacies Caterers in 2006. Whereas Anderson is aware of barbecue and Southern meals, her family-run enterprise, which operates out of a business kitchen in Taylorsville, has created menus for all sorts of household and company occasions from Jewish bar mitzvahs to Indian weddings. 801-554-6581 or casualcuisinecaterers.com.
Eddy’s Magic Spoon • Proprietor Eddy Aklasso says her specialty is “Afro-fusion,” which mixes French and West African cuisines. Her menu is obtainable for personal events and enterprise occasions and consists of marinated and grilled meats — reminiscent of beef and hen kabobs, complete fish and roasts — in addition to flavorful fried rices. 801-938-9949 or fb.com/eddysmagicspoon.
The Hammered Copper • Grasp mixologist Alexi Johnson Fisher launched her cellular bartending service in 2018 at age 28. Since then, she has taught cocktail and mocktail courses on the Park Metropolis Culinary Institute and made Utah Enterprise Journal’s checklist of “20 of their 20s,” as a younger entrepreneur to observe. Go to thehammeredcopper.com/
Melange Liquid Catering • From nonalcoholic soiled sodas to customized cocktails, proprietor OzHutton brings cellular bartending providers to marriage ceremony receptions, yard events and company occasions. Go to melangeliquidcatering.com.
Spice Kitchen Incubator • This Salt Lake Metropolis refugee program has a number of meals entrepreneurs who present worldwide cuisines for occasions and events. Choices embody African Spice, Kafe Mamai and Namash Swahili, 751 W. 800 South. Name 385-229-4484 or go to spicekitchenincubator.org.
Zahara • Amina Ait Omar, a classically educated Moroccan chef, and her co-owner, Mohamed Baayd, cater occasions and sponsor pop-up eating. Their specialties embody lamb, hen and vegetable tagine and couscous with teffya — caramelized onions, raisins and garbanzo beans. 385-212-4518 or zaharaslc.com/.

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