Briefly Noted: December 2016

By Staff

What’s new around town.

Real Foods rebrands as Redmond Heritage Farms Store

As many of you likely know, the owners of Real Foods Market in Sugar House own their own farm. Redmond Heritage Farm in Redmond, Utah is home to the cows who produce the raw milk in their stores. That’s the law in Utah—only the owner of the cow can sell the milk raw.

Real Foods has gained a reputation for being the local gold standard for clean food. In addition to raw milk, cheese and yogurt, eggs from pastured hens and grassfed meat also come from their own farm, as well as the ubiquitous product most Utahns are familiar with: the pink salt known as Real Salt—and hence the 12-year-old Utah grocery chain’s former name, Real Foods. The Redmond brand also owns several other salt-related businesses; Earthpaste, a natural toothpaste; a bentonite clay company; and several (go figure) vinyl businesses.

The name change from Real Foods Market to Redmond Heritage Farms Store capitalizes on the store’s mission: to bring real farm products to Utah. In addition to their own, Redmond Heritage Farms Store showcases products from local businesses and other farms along the Wasatch Front.

2209 S. Highland Drive. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm. 385.2664. Additional stores are located in Orem, St. George and Heber Valley.

Resilient living in Utah: Here’s the map

The Utah Resilience Map is an open-source mapping project  that connects various community-based groups and programs along the Wasatch Front.

The project is the outgrowth of a global initiative titled #MapJam, which has over 80 cities participating worldwide. The purpose behind #MapJam is to bring communities together through the sharing of resources that promote grassroots projects, cooperatives and the com-mons. While the communities participating in this program share a common motif, individually they vary based on the intention of the map and local needs.

The theme behind Utah’s map is resilience, —the ability to become strong, healthy or successful again after misfortune or change. This ideal is deeply rooted in the philosophy of the map’s creators, Jim French and Emily Nicolosi.

Their vision is inspired by finding ways to transition from a society reliant on finite resources such as fossil fuels, to one that focuses on renewable resources and sustainability. The goal of this project is to have a reliable platform where Utahns can communicate and collaborate on solving the issues affecting the community.

French says that for this grassroots concept to be achieved, community participation is vital, which is why the Utah Resilience Map is open-sourced. Anyone can contribute to the evolution of the map by suggesting groups or projects that relate to resilience.

Points on the map range from community gardens and social justice groups, to alternative media outlets and innovative hubs. This organic evolution will allow for the map to reflect the values and needs of the community.

Sarina Villareal Gallery, an ephemeral exhibit

The new Eccles Theater isn’t the only new, invigorating space that recently opened on Main St. Local artist Sarina Villareal opened a gallery of her own work next door to the Eccles, at 149 S. Main. Brightly colored canvases and living botanicals set the scene for a new, ephemeral type of gallery space in SLC. It opened October 21 and will close on winter Solstice, December 21.

Inspired by psychology and modern research in the neuroscience of memory, Villareal’s work is based on the concepts of decay theory and interference theory. Decay theory suggests that memories fade over time, while interference theory suggests that original memories remain intact, yet are not retriev­able due to the interference of newly consumed experiences and information.

“In a romantic sense, my space will go dormant with the winter much like flowers before the snow. It’s also ironic that, like some short term memories, it fades away. But practically speaking, the space is sort of a gift and eventually my time will run out,” says Villareal.

December hours to be announced:

Utah food truck

Poutine Your Mouth opens “reversteraunt”

Poutine Your Mouth has garnered a loyal following on the festival circuit for three years now, attending festivals such as Coachella, Electric Forrest and Lightning in a Bottle. Late last month they opened a permanent storefront on 327 E. Broadway in downtown SLC.

While owners Jen Buckalew and Ted Warner, are raising funds for their full build-out of the restaurant, they are calling it a “Reversteraunt.”

How it works: You order your combination of fries, cheese curds, gravy and whatever other toppings your heart desires (eggs & bacon, chili & sour cream, sautéed mushrooms & kale) outside at the truck, which is parked at the above address. Then you can dine inside the building, which also continues as a gallery for local art.

Their 30-day Kickstarter campaign launching December 2 will help fund their plans for the place: to be open 24 hours a day on the weekends, get a full liquor license, and give back to the community monthly by serving at places the Odyssey House and Utah Food Bank. or Instagram: @poutineyourmouth

Disaster can be fun

Imagine visiting a science center and museum with an interactive Universal Studios-styled destroyed city street showing what a neighborhood might look like following a 7.0 earthquake in Utah; a water purification and safety gallery; exhibits, immersive disaster rooms, and dioramas; role-playing activities and mock field trip scenarios for school children;  and ongoing classes on CPR, first aid, alternative cooking, food storage and more.

That’s the vision of the Disaster Discovery Center Project, which has a longterm goal of establishing a place where Utahns can share ideas and to discuss relevant issues concerning safety.

In the meantime, they are teaching innovative public disaster planning workshops they call Rebound in 72 (a reference to the minimum 72-hour survival kit typically recommended). These workshops are endorsed by Utah Valley’s Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security—helping the public plan for disasters from the time of impact to long-term resiliency.

“Everyone in the state should make disaster planning a lifestyle one step at a time, with the knowledge that there are many free and low-cost ways to start,” says Darlene Turner, executive director. “ Experts tell us that it may take some time for outside assistance to arrive in the event of a disaster and in some cases, help may not arrive for days or even weeks. This program encourages Utahns to plan and prepare as much as possible and get educated about the kinds of disasters our state is susceptible to, including earthquakes (you know we live on a major fault line, right?), wind storms, fires, flooding, inclement weather and even human-caused incidents.”

—Caitlin Hoffman-Haws

Monthly 90-minute workshops: 7pm, third Thursdays. No charge. Sandy City Fire Station (9010 S. 150 E.). Sign up at

Where the yoga teachers are

We’re here to clear up the apple-cart upset of yoga teachers between Centered City Yoga and the Fallout Yoga, which has now relocated to approximately 21st East and 21st South and rebranded as 21st Yoga. See who went where, and what unique events you can find at each studio.

Centered City Yoga still resides at 9th South and 9th East. It is still owned (and select classes taught) by D’ana Baptiste, with a full schedule by instructors: Patti Reno-Wood, Perry Layne Decker, Sarah-Elizabeth Levitt, Amanda Lee, Melissa Snow, Samantha Poth, Guruprasad Singh, Lin Ostler, Adam Ballenger, Kimberly Preston, Melissa Utermoehlen, Erin Meyer, Holli Diana, Holly Vasic, Kimberly Achelis-Hoggan, Chris Timmins, Nicole Gleave-Hicks, Autumn Salinas, Heather Brown, Jeni Carbonara, Anne Gardiner, Kristina Sandi, Johnnae Nardone, Demi McConkey, James Davis, Meg Hinds, Brooke McNaughton, Jason Lawner, Roger Coulombe, Olin Levitt, Anne Marie Gardiner, Erin Grieve, John Sarbo, Sean Hartley, Annette Drown, Melanie Walton, Alison Harris, Aron Stein, and Ashlee Shurtleff.

Once a month James Davis teaches Dub Yoga. Ongoing workshops include Belly Dance, Kalari, teacher training, Sanskrit & Ayur­veda, and Acro yoga. CCY is also offering yoga retreats in January and March in Yolapa, Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta.

Centered City Yoga, 926 E. 900 South.

A group of CCY teachers left last summer to begin their own studio. Their temporary landing pad was the westside Fallout,  previously known mostly as a dance venue. More recently, the teachers took over the Sugar House space freed up by We Are Yoga, which moved a few blocks east to 2645 E. Parleys Way.

21st Yoga instructors include Alyssa Kriss, Alicia Gunter, Ashley Detrick, Abbey Daw, Annastasia Kaessner, Claudette Halverson, Katie Schiffgen, Lucy Dillon, James Hardy, Scott Moore, Kim Dastrup, John Cottrell, Katie Ovrom, Amy Conn, Chris Lemon, Leslie Czerwinki, Daniel Rodier and Trisha McBride. The popular CCY event Glow Yoga (Friday night with glow sticks and rockin’ music) is still offered monthly and taught by James Hardy.

In addition to the notion that mainstream yoga should be all-inclusive, 21st Yoga’s mission states a commitment to social justice and community building.

Their first social justice event was a fundraiser for Standing Rock. A caravan of 21st Yoga community supporters then traveled to Standing Rock on Thanksgiving weekend to deliver winter clothing donations for those protesting the Dakota Access pipeline.

21st Yoga, 2065 E. 2100 South. Facebook:

This article was originally published on November 30, 2016.