Shortly before leaving Utah, I was asked to participate in Hog Day, the big, frequent day where the pigs come in from Christiansen's Farm and they get divvied up into different cuts for the various restaurants for Heirloom Restaurant Group. It was fantastic to get to be part of the action and learn how the back of the house process happens before all of the front of house that I photograph. Plus, we all know I love a good butcher.
There's a good chance you're going to be hungry at the end of this blog post. I'm starving just thinking about that last image of the Communal Blue Burger. Bacon ground into a hamburger patty, pickled zucchini, blue cheese sauce. Seriously. If someone could send of those my way right about now, I think I would die happy. Previous to moving, I went in to Communal for a photoshoot of the lunch menu. This isn't all, but it's quite the sampling of the delicious sandwiches and sides available for lunch. Go in, pay them a visit Tuesday-Friday for lunch and please, someone, eat one of those Communal Blue Burgers for me. Thanks.
Provo, Utah has such a wide variety of food that it blows my mind for such a small place. There are Korean, Thai, Peruvian, El Salvadorian, and Brazilian places everywhere. I thought Provo had just about every variety of food when I heard of a group of people opening a Navajo restaurant: Black Sheep Cafe. My only experience with any Native American food was Navajo Tacos in the cafeteria my freshman year of college on lucky days. As delicious as those were, that is nothing compared to the delicious real puff tacos straight from their family to yours. Mother making the bread base while her children braise pork and mix up stews of delicious toppings and sauces. Sitting down, I had no idea what half the words on the menu were, let alone how to pronounce them. Luckily, they are kind enough over at Black Sheep to have descriptive menus so by the end of your evening, you are casually dropping words like Nanniskadi at the dinner table. Swing on by, pick up a soup for lunch or stay for a while and try as many things as you can, it is definitely worth your time.
Black Sheep Cafe 19 N University Avenue Provo, UT 84606
My BFA show, Population 800: a story of small town Utah, is currently up in the Orem Public Library for just a little bit more. Go check it out if you didn't get to see it on BYU Campus last month.
Here is one of the first of the backtrack posts some of you may have already seen on the old blog, but easily could have been missed. I did some self-promo work for myself over at Communal Restaurant in Provo, Utah before moving. Eventually this will get turned into a postcard of sorts to mail out to restaurant groups and individual restaurants in Chicago, but in the meantime, here they are, blog format. Thank you, Communal, for allowing me to come in and hang out with you for a little bit!
Station 22 Cafe rolled out with yet another seasonal menu of delicious, mouth watering sandwiches for this season. One show stopper is that beefalo burger. If it's been a while since you've been over to 22 W. Center Street in Provo, I highly recommend making your way over for lunch or dinner sometime soon for some great new sandwiches. Here are four of the new items on the menu, descriptions stolen from their website, but I figured they wouldn't care too much, as they know a little bit more than I do about the ingredients.
Basil Chicken Sandwich. Featuring healthy grilled chicken with pesto, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, and fresh leaf basil.
The Jack Kerouac Burger. A French-influenced, All-American burger. 3 words you need to know about this burger: Bourbon, Bacon & Brie. Made with 1/3 pound of 100% organic beefalo. Yes, that is right, beefalo. Not exactly sure what that is? Read about it on Station 22's blog.
The Hogwash Sandwich. Applewood roasted pork tenderloin, sliced thin and piled high on a ciabatta roll with grilled sliced apple and an pork-apple au jus for dipping.
Footlong corndog. A polish sausage battered in their special house cornbread and hot pepper batter.
Food: Station 22 Cafe, 22 W. Center St., Provo, Utah
Styling: Chef Brittany Ammon
I am currently working on finishing up my BFA project so I can finally get that diploma of mine. For my project, I'll be finishing up a series I begun about two years ago, photographing towns in Utah with populations of about 800 people or less. Rough scans, but I thought I would show a few of the images I captured over the last few weeks while in Eureka, Utah. The show will go up mid-February.
The Garage on Beck: Salt Lake City. Located in north Salt Lake amongst some refineries with a back patio looking out over an industrial district. Can't really get better than that photographically and atmospherically. Story behind the place is it used to be a small garage where all the factory workers would go after work to get a beer. Eventually it turned into a full bar and they got some food and live DJs and bands to play. If you've never been there, I highly finding your way over. Definitely worth the trip up to Salt Lake from Utah County.
I'm starting back up my small towns project, started two years ago and casually worked on since. The project has me travel to towns in Utah with populations of 800 people or less. Documenting the town and the people in them. Eventually I will finish (by mid February) and will show the images for my BFA show, going up in February. In the meantime, I'll keep posting various images as I develop more film and just get so excited. These, from Wallsburg, Utah, just some landscapes of the town.