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 Daily - grilled cheese and tomato soup (The Daily)

It’s A Wrap – October 2018

The Daily - grilled cheese and tomato soup, now with liquor license too (The Daily) DABC licenses
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 - biryani (Saffron Valley) Saffron Valley Starting this Tuesday (October 2nd) and...
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

Bourbon House - deviled eggs (Bourbon House) 2018 Dine O' Round Want to save...
Avenues Proper - stout cake (Avenues Proper)

Menu watch – September 2018

Avenues Proper - kung pao cauliflower (Avenues Proper) Avenues Proper - Greek salad (Avenues Proper)
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...
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...