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I am so excited to be guest blogging for SLCfoodsnob! My name is Chelsea Nelson and I have a Salt Lake City food blog called, Heartbeat Nosh. As a local Salt Lake City resident and Food Blogger, it is super important to me to support local restaurants who not only use local food and resources, but do something to give back to our community. This holiday season, as I have been out and about and writing about local food, I have been more than impressed with the steps some of my favorite restaurants have taken to make our community a better place – on top of serving healthy, local food.

Frida BistroFrida Bistro and Rico Brand give back all year long. Whether it is hosting an event to benefit the Utah Food Bank, participating in United Way of Salt Lake’s Day of Caring by donating catering to volunteers, or delivering Rico burritos to the homeless–Frida Bistro shows regularly that it is invested in our community. For the holidays, Frida is donating $1 from every dessert they sell to The Road Home. Frida seems to make their way across many organizations in order to fill the needs of many different types of people in Salt Lake City. These act of generosity and community involvement make me want to support their efforts as a restaurant even more. Frida Bistro and Rico Brand are definitely making a difference in Salt Lake and those of us who enjoy meals there become a part of that as we continue to support their business. At the same time, we get to enjoy local, fresh food and support SLC growers and farmers.

Zest Kitchen & BarZest Kitchen & Bar hasn’t even been opened a year, but they are already hosting an array of events to benefit others in Salt Lake City. Zest brings in a variety of local music and partners to host benefits providing SLC organizations with funds & donations. Zest recently hosted an event to raise awareness, money, and clothing for Utah’s homeless youth. Guests were asked to bring a $5 donation as well as items that are much needed by kids in SLC who are living on the street. Zest also hosts CATALYST magazine’s First Thursday – a monthly gathering where proceeds go to benefit Slow Food Utah’s mini-grant program. Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic, member-supported organization that servers to counteract fast food, fast life, and the disappearance of local food traditions. Zest, along with local DJs, musicians, and organizations are making a difference by supporting the needs of our community. At the same time, they are serving wonderful local, organic, vegetarian, and sustainable food.

FrischFrisch is another new to Salt Lake City restaurant that is giving back! This holiday season Frisch decorated their restaurant with a “Big Box” specifically to collect much-needed items for Ching Farm and SL County Animal Services. They have done an awesome job informing their guests via social media to come in, have some wonderful vegetarian food, and bring an item to donate as well. Patrons can also pick a wish-ornament off of their holiday tree and bring in a donation from their “wishlist,” which will also go to help the same  organizations. Frisch labels itself a “Compassionate Eatery” by serving only animal-free (vegan) food and also supports local farmers and businesses.

I am sure that there are many more local SLC restaurants who are giving back this holiday season – and for that, I sincerely feel privileged to live in this wonderful community where I can not only eat fresh, local, and organic food –but I can count on those restaurants that I support and endorse to be aware of our community needs and try to offer help and support.

For year round reviews of local restaurants, products, and other rants and
raves – check out my Salt Lake City food blog, Heartbeat Nosh.

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