KUTV Trolley Square 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

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We Olive: Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

We Olive: Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

(KUTV) Salt Lake City - Chef Josh Garcia, Co-Owner and resident chef at We Olive in Trolley Square, showed Dave Gunderson how to use high-quality olive oils to make a Thanksgiving side dish stand out.

Trolley Square gets zoning approval for major additions, including apartments and a hotel

Trolley Square gets zoning approval for major additions, including apartments and a hotel


VIDEO: Trolley Square gets zoning approval for major additions, including apartments and a hotel

ARTICLE: by Robert Boyd


SALT LAKE CITY - Big plans are in store for Trolley Square. On Tuesday night, the Salt Lake City Council approved a zoning change that would allow for a hotel, housing units and more shops.

The change is expected to revitalize the area as a premier shopping destination.

"It's a great location and I think it's the midtown of Salt Lake City and it deserves to be better," said Khosrow Semnani, president of Trolley Square Ventures.

Semnani said he knows personally how important this property is to the people living in the Central City neighborhood.

"I used to live in this neighborhood many years ago myself, I lived on 6th East about 40 years ago," Semnani said.

That's why he is so excited to move forward with a brand new development to be built across the street from Trolley Square on the corner of 600 South and 700 East, where a parking lot currently sits.

"Architecturally it will be wonderful, it will be a total addition to the neighborhood, and it will compliment Trolley Square not only from a visual point but economically," Semnani said.

The 3.5-acre mixed-use development will consist of six buildings that will be made up of apartment units, retail shops, a boutique hotel and underground parking.

"It's time to do it, it's just that simple," Semnani said.

People living in the neighborhood say it's much more complex.

"There are some concerns we've heard from residents, specifically about the size and sort of the scale as compared to the rest of the street-scape," said Michael Iverson, Chairman of the Central City Neighborhood Council.

Iverson represents thousands of residents and businesses in the area. He said they are OK with new developments as long as they fit in and don't stick out.

"You know we are in the Central City Historic District, which is the oldest historic district in the city, and people are protective of that," Iverson said.

The city planning department said nothing will be built without the approval of the Historic Landmark Commission.

"They have been working on plans and throwing around ideas to take inspiration from the history of Trolley, which is wonderful," said planning manager Michaela Oktay.

That history goes all the way back to The Utah Exposition Building in 1888, designs Semnani plans to incorporate into this new development.

"We're excited to see how this project moves forward," Oktay said.

The Historic Landmark commission is expected to vote on the project later this year, and, if approved, they would probably break ground at some point in 2018.

Casey Scott Visits the Trolley Square Barbers

Casey Scott Visits the Trolley Square Barbers


VIDEO: Casey Scott Visits the Trolley Square Barbers

ARTICLE: by Melanie Kennedy

Casey Scott from Fresh Living visited Trolley Square Barbers for an exceptional experience.

(KUTV) Casey Scott from Fresh Living visited Trolley Square Barbers for an exceptional experience.

You visit their website and read the perfect description of what you can expect.

Greetings SLC Gentlemen!

Do you remember the old-time barbershop your dad took you to when you were a kid? By now most of them have vanished.

Many barbershops disappeared in the 80?s and 90?s, replaced by salons that continued to cater mainly to women.

The pendulum has swung back and barber shops are making a comeback.

When it comes to getting a haircut today, there are few options. You can try the franchise cutters where it seems like most of the cutters are still in training, or maybe your wife will set you up with her hair stylist where you will enjoy the smell of nasty chemicals, while listening in on the latest salon gossip.

We think you deserve better: a classic barber shop just like the one your dad took you to as a kid — a place where fathers will feel comfortable bringing their sons.

Perhaps it’s the combination of the scent of hair tonics, plus the all-man atmosphere. But more so, it’s the tradition of barbershops as a place of continuity–they don’t change with the shifts in culture. The shops and barbers look the same as they did when your father and grandfather got their hair cuts.

It’s a straightforward experience with none of the feminization of salons. There are no waxings, facials, highlights or unpleasant smells of a perm. ‘Just great haircuts, shaves and great conversation!”

When you walk out of Trolley Square with a stylish haircut, a classic face shave or a deluxe shoe shine, you can’t help but feel a bit of manly swagger creep back into your step.

So the next time you spot our familiar red, white and blue striped pole — please stop in.

You will be glad you did!

For more information, visit TrolleySquareBarbers.com or call (801) 738-1578.

Do You Know How to Taste Olive Oil?

ABC 4 | WE OLIVE | DECEMBER 22, 2016

VIDEO: Do You Know How to Taste Olive Oil?

ARTICLE: by Tiffany Gulden

By: Tiffany Gulden | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 10:56 AM MST | Updated: Dec 22, 2016 11:53 AM MST

The best way to discover an oil's flavor is to sip it "neat" - meaning on its own without bread or other food.  This will allow you to savor the oil's flavor without distraction.

Chef Josh Garcia, co-owner of We Olive in Trolley Square joined Midday to talk all about olive oil.

He suggests the 4 S's when tasting.

  1. Swirl: This releases the oil's aroma molecules.  Keep the oil covered until ready to sniff.
  2. Sniff: Uncover the oil and quickly inhale from the rim of the cup.  Take note of the intensity and the description of the aroma.
  3. Slurp: Take a small sip of the oil while also "sipping" some air.  This slurping action emulsifies the oil and helps to spread it throughout your mouth.
  4. Swallow: An oil's pungency is judged by a sensation in your throat so you must swallow at least a small amount to thoroughly evaluate it.

Chef Garcia also talked about how to host an olive oil tasting party.

First, select your olive oils.  It's important to choose different styles of EVOO to showcase the possibilities.  Chef Garcia recommends selecting a delicate and mild oil, a few medium bodied, fruity oils, and a robust and pungent olive oil. Any of their expert staff at We Olive can help with your selections.

Second, choose the foods you will serve with your EVOO.  After your guests have tasted the olive oils, they'll want to try the oils on different foods.  Consider setting up a DIY crostini bar with soft cheese, like ricotta and goat cheese, prepared tapenades and spreads, roasted veggies and fresh or dried fruits.  Don't forget some of the Aged Balsamic Vinegar! 

Third, make sure your setup is user-friendly.  Provide small disposable tasting cups and plates for tasting olive oil. 

Fourth, consider a wine pairing.  If you'll be serving wine, think about choosing wines that compliment the flavors of the olive oil. 

Get some delicious extra virgin olive oil and start tasting today!


The perfect gift for the foodie in your life

Gifts for the Foodie in your life

FOX 13 | WE OLIVE | DECEMBER 19, 2016

VIDEO: The perfect gift for the foodie in your life

ARTICLE: by Brooke Graham


We Olive was born from passion; a passion for locally sourced, healthy, delicious, artisan extra virgin olive oil. Their new holiday pop-up store is now open in Trolley Square. Visit them for artisan California Extra Virgin Olive Oils, vinegar, and gourmet foods as well as custom gifts and baskets. The full retail store and wine bar location will be open in early 2017.

This 3-ingredient dip is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that comes together in a snap, making it perfect for holiday entertaining.

Makes about 1 ½ cups
¼ cup We Olive Parmesan Asiago Dip
¼ cup We Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
8 ounces goat cheese
Crackers and fresh veggies for serving
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients with a spatula, stirring well until thoroughly combined and mixture is smooth. Place in a small serving bowl and drizzle with more EVOO. Serve with crackers and fresh veggies.