While I was in Utah, I got the chance to see the sites, eat at some great restaurants and, visit SilverState Fabrics, a textile company with deep family roots. Kal Sargetakis, president, along with her sons Manoli (my Salt Lake City tour guide), Ted, and John run the Salt Lake City-based company, which was started by their father and his three brothers. Kal, is not only the president, but a fine cook from what I hear…and smell. When I arrived at the office, the wonderful aroma of Greek food filled the air. Yum!
The office was filled with family photos showing the company's rich heritage, a showroom with a large array of textiles including the SilverState and Alaxi brands, and employees with red attire as there was a big University of Utah football game later that day. As Manoli gave me the tour, I learned that part of the warehouse doubles as a space for movie sets. There were props around and a large green screen as a soon-to-be-released movie is wrapping up filming.
As for the hotel…I stayed at the Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton hotel, which is housed in a former bank building in downtown Salt Lake City. The design is uplifting throughout and at the ground level restaurant Bambara, Puccini Group recently gave the eatery a makeover for its 10th anniversary. The design is sophisticated (with an open kitchen and lots of texture) and so was the food. I might have had the best tuna tartar and halibut there…I'm still thinking about it.