Try the Hive Winery’s delectable fruit wines, as well as appetizers provided by MacCool’s. Enjoy local artwork from The Hive Gallery, and learn more about Holy Smokes BBQ & Grill, one of our spotlight businesses.
The mixer runs from 5:30 to 7 pm. Plan to stay and enjoy more social time over dinner from MacCool’s full menu. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the local movement, meet other local businesses owners and locally minded citizens, all while supporting a great local restaurant.
MacCool’s is located in the Heritage Park Plaza at 855 West Heritage Park Blvd.
Plates & Palates, located in Bountiful, hosted our Local First Davis County Mixer last Thursday. Open since 2004, the business began as catering company, with a retail space where they sold kitchenwares. Over time, as result of customer demand and loyalty, the business has expanded into a thriving lunch spot for Davis County locals. After sampling some of the food, including a remarkable chocolate lavender crème brulee, it was easy to understand why.
Lisa Wise, Davis County Chapter Leader, kicked off the mixer by discussing just how important local businesses are to our economy. She highlighted aspects of both the Ogden and Salt Lake City Indie Impact Studies, which show that for every dollar spent in a locally owned business, three times more of that dollar stays in our economy than would be the case with a national retailer. In both cities, the average rate of return is higher than many other cities studied by Civic Economics.
Justin Christensen, who owns Plates & Palates, along with his wife Nina, his brother Jared and sister-in-law Ashley, shared some practices he’s kept in the nine years of owning a business. By developing a mentor relationship with established local business owner, Gregory Skedros, of the Mandarin in Bountiful, Justin learned the value of relationships with his customers. Justin and his staff remember customers’ names and orders, building relationships with them in a way, “that just doesn’t happen in chain restaurants.” Plates & Palates doesn’t have an advertising budget, choosing rather to donate local schools and other non-profits. These practices have paid off, creating a loyal group of Plates & Palates customers, who give them the best kind of advertising of all: word of mouth.
With 16 cities in Davis County, our monthly mixers provide an opportunity to explore and experience restaurants and business throughout the county. If your business would like to host an upcoming mixer, please contact Lisa Wise, and don’t forget to join us at our next mixer on April 11th.
Local First Davis March Mixer
Join us this Thursday at Plates and Palates for another great gathering of Davis County locavores. The local movement is on fire in Davis County! Enjoy great food and the company of friends who are committed to supporting all things LOCAL! Plate and Palates owner, Nina Christensen is preparing some special appetizers for the evening. Participation for this event is free, but donations to the new Local First Davis Chapter will be gratefully accepted and well utilized. Bring your friends and neighbors, locavores of any type are always welcome. See you there!
Date: Thursday, March 14th
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Plates and Palates, 390 N. 500 W, Bountiful, Ut. 84010
Owner: Nina Christensen
It's been a record breaking winter between Winter Storm Gandolf, ice storms the likes of many Utahans have never seen before and an inversion that stretched from Ogden to Nephi. Because of all these storms and the accompanying dangerous driving conditions, two of our scheduled chapters events necessitated rescheduling.
But, never fear! We've rescheduled both events, and are excited to announce their new times and locations.
The Local First Ogden monthly mixer, originally scheduled for January 24th has been rescheduled for TOMORROW, January 31st at MacCool's in the lobby of the Ben Lomond Hotel in Ogden. The mixer starts at 5:30, appetizers are free until they are gone, and we encourage you stick around for dinner!
Our Local First Davis County Launch Party, originally scheduled for January 10th, is will take place on Thursday, February 7th, from 5:30 to 7 pm at Roosters Brewery. Join us for appetizers featuring Beehive Cheese, live music by Rick Gerber and the company of other local business owners and locally minded citizens. Stick around after the mixer to enjoy Roosters' great dinner menu.