zest kitchen offers globally inspired seasonal cuisine featuring organic, local, sustainable ingredients, when available. Boasting a farm to fork mentality, we are dedicated to providing well-being through healthy, fresh, fair ingredients and focus on plant based, vegetarian, raw and gluten free dishes. We recognize the connection between plate, planet and people, which is why we support local farmers, businesses and organizations with fair trade practices.
zest bar combines the finest drinks with a modern, energetic atmosphere. Because we are dedicated to health and quality, we have one of the largest selections of organic wines, beers and spirits available in Utah. We believe the bar is an extension of the kitchen, therefore we hand craft cocktails with fresh, whole ingredients combined with organic and/or local spirits. After dinner, Zest seamlessly transforms into a comfortable, sophisticated bar and lounge complete with live music and dancing.
Casey Staker, Owner & Operator
Casey Staker is the owner, operator and creator of zest kitchen & bar. zest is the brainchild of Casey Staker, combining his passion for healthy, sustainable cuisine with delicious cocktails and live music. Previously, he owned and managed W Lounge, an award-winning nightclub located in Salt Lake City, Utah, for nine years. Some of the awards W Lounge won include “Best Dance Club” (multiple times),”Best Staff” and “Best Cocktails”. Prior to this, Staker worked in restaurant management for many years. Recently, Staker received his executive certificate in a raw foods course in Tulsa, OK and is currently studying under culinary mentors in Salt Lake city. He prides himself in maintaining a great, knowledgeable staff and promotes teamwork to provide patrons with unmatched service and a superior experience.
Emily Maxwell, Chef
Emily Gelwix Maxwell brings an international influence and flair to zest kitchen & bar. Having traveled throughout the Americas, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East developing her culinary interests and skills. As a graduate of the International Culinary Schools at
Cristin Hofhine, Head Mixologist
Cristin Hofhine is a mixologist at zest kitchen & bar. Hofhine was previously a mixologist at Salt Bar in Manhattan. Here she developed a wildly popular seasonal cocktail menu where the spirit was the star of the drink. Hofhine is a master of focusing on pure flavors by using simple ingredients to enhance the essence of the spirit. Hofhine’s philosophy is that a bartender’s role extends beyond creating the perfect drink. The person behind the bar creates an atmosphere and it’s why people choose to spend time there.