Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tanti Auguri di Buon Anno Nuovo!

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Buon Natale! Merry Christmas!

I Tre Magi - basilica di Santapollinare Nuovo- Ravenna Italy - 6th century

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's Tomato (canning) Time!!!!

It is that time of the year again where we get really busy running to the farmer's markets (not just the downtown one on Saturday morning) to gather the best our farmers have to offer... It is of course prime time for canning and we spend a lot of time doing just that.... Which is probably why we hardly have any time to sit at our desk and blog all day like some other places...  
At Sea Salt, we  pick and gather first, then we cook , then we feed our customers, then we eat and drink...

...then and only then we talk about it!!!!

In our garden... San Marzano tomatoes on the vine....

We don't just talk about local.....We ARE local....

A big tub of San Marzano from our garden!

San Marzano tomatoes' typical elongated shape

Parsley, also from the garden....

And then more tomatoes from East Farms 

Washing the tomatoes

Peeling the tomatoes....

Making the tomato sauce...

Stirring every once in a while...

Sauce is ready to be bottled....

Sterilizing the jars in boiling hot water...

Making sure that the lids are blemish free...

Filling the jars while they are still hot...

Jars are finally ready to be processed in hot water...

Jars are processed in boiling hot water for a while....

....Before being carefully removed and left to cool down

One day worth of canning....

Lots of cans indeed

One day of canning in the back of our car.... 
80 something quarts on their way to the cellar....

Waiting in our home cellar along with dried oregano from the garden, New Mexico 
chile ristras and a few other pantry treasures...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Saturday Morning at Farmer's Market!!!

John Borski from Borski Farms
Mr Borski & His produce

Eric, buying produce directly from the truck

Mr. James' awesome garlic

Many different varieties

Beautiful purple

Beans Galore

Our gypsy pepper suppliers

Our canning tomato farm (and other things too!)

Mrs Julie and her awesome eggs...
Picking up eggs from Clifford Farms...
We go through 600-1000 eggs every single week of the year
...Just for ONE restaurant!!!

The Peaches of Mr and Mrs Smith from Provo.... Simply Phenomenal!!!

After the farmer's market

Our car....packed to the rafters... almost!

Bringing the produce in
Inside the kitchen...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer at Sea Salt

Celebrating summer at sea salt with local, seasonal products! 

Maiale alla Calabrese con Polenta
Grilled Pork loin, Utah Sweet Corn Polenta, Fennel, Sweet Onion, San Marzano Tomato, Parsley and Caper Sauce, Lemon Zest, Olive Oil

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

An Exclusive Breakfast At Sea Salt with Paolo Cantele

We recently had the pleasure to welcome Paolo Cantele from Cantele Winery in Puglia, Italy and Chris Zimmerman from Vias Imports for an exclusive breakfast at Sea Salt. They were on their way to the airport, but we wanted to make sure they were fed before flying away... After all, who wants to eat bad airport/airplane food???

On the menu: Cappuccino, over easy Clifford Farm eggs on toasted baguette with baby rocket arugula, prosciutto di Parma, black truffle oil and a glass of fresh squeezed blood orange juice! Paolo loved it so much he shot a video of the whole thing and posted it on his website.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The reason for natural, organic, local agriculture

Below is a French/German documentary (Arte/La Cinq) exposing the chemical giant Monsanto, its scandalous practices and its taking over the world agriculture by making farmers big and small dependent on its genetically modified organisms and fertilizers...

An eye opening film indeed...  

Please invest some time, watch the ENTIRE documentary and share with your families, your friends and your acquaintances....

After watching this, you will have no more doubts as to why we keep a couple vegetable and herb gardens right here in the neighborhood, and why we buy our products for most of the year with the very people who sell at the farmer's market, long before the market opens for the season and long after it is gone. Thank you for watching!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Salt Lake City Weekly Readers choice for 2011 Best New Restaurant!!!

After only 10 months of existence! Once again, constant 24/7 hard work, relentless pursuit of perfection, obsessive attention to perfect ingredients, authenticity and small details do pay off in the end! 

Nessun Compromesso!!!
(No Compromise)

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Salt Lake Magazine gives us the award for 
Best Italian Restaurant 2011!!!

Constant 24/7 hard work, relentless pursuit of perfection and obsessive attention to perfect ingredients, authenticity and small details do pay off in the end!

Thank you Salt Lake Magazine!