Jen & Blake began with the goal to meld their ideas of place-based, seasonally appropriate cuisine, right livelihood, environmental ethics and social and community responsibility into a restaurant they would operate with compassion, generosity, loving kindness and grace. Along the way, we grew a farm, a retail wing, and a book publishing business that we try to run with the same deep caring and thought.
In 2017, President Trump announced plans that threaten our very home and livelihood, plunging us into a new phase of political activism at our restaurant. If successful, the proposal would shrink the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to half its original size and open it up to extractive mining. In addition, Bears Ears National Monument was slated to be reduced as well, threatening Tribal sacred lands.
Our town and county are in an economic boom because of the monument. This county of just 5,000 people brings in $78 million a year in tourist-based revenue, much of it due to the monument. And that’s just the direct tourism revenue. It doesn’t include all the other ways the monument adds to the economy. We are confident in saying that our businesses would not exist without the GSENM. Help us save our immeasurable home by supporting the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, and by speaking up in support of our beautiful wild places.
Hell's Backbone Grill are proud members of the Slow Food Organization, Native Seeds/SEARCH and WWOOF.
Here are just some of the other non-profits whose work inspires us:
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Common Ground Outdoor Adventure
Slow Food Utah
The Road Home
Grand Canyon Youth
The Entrada Institute
Utah Rivers Council
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Glen Canyon Institute
Red Butte Garden and Arboretum
Youth Garden Project
Mystical Arts of Tibet
Heart & Soul
International Campaign for Tibet
Wasatch Community Gardens
Boulder Arts Council
For those of you in Utah, we'd like to introduce a great non-profit organization, Local First Utah. Local First is dedicated to strengthening communities and local economies by promoting, preserving, and protecting local, independently owned businesses throughout Utah.
See who else is involved or list your local business at www.localfirst.org