Over the past 20 years that I've been covering the food scene in Utah, I've found that it's a well-connected world. Chefs, restaurateurs, employees, food suppliers and customers often rub shoulders with each other. And, many people in the food industry tend to move around to different jobs.
So when two "food" people first meet each other, within a few minutes of conversation they realize they know a lot of the same people. It's almost like the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" idea that nearly anyone in Hollywood can be linked to Kevin Bacon.
In the case of Utah food happenings, maybe "Six Degrees of Bacon" is more appropriate.
A few weeks ago, I met a friend for dinner at the Brio Tuscan Grille that recently opened in downtown Salt Lake City. In chatting with the general manager, Bob Boyland, we realized we knew some of the same people. I tried to recall the name of a restaurant manager whom I used to silently call "Dapper Dan" because he was so well-dressed. Bob supplied his real name, adding, "He always looks like he just stepped out of GQ; he could be a model."
I nodded in agreement, but kept my "Dapper Dan" nickname to myself.