Blue Lemon adopts the Utah Adoption Exchange for its holiday give-back effort

Blue Lemon Restaurant is inviting holiday shoppers to help them “adopt” the Utah Adoption Exchange, by making extra purchases of children’s clothing and dropping them off at their five locations through Dec. 14, 2018.

The clothing will be distributed to the Utah Adoption Exchange to distribute to foster children in the system who are waiting to be adopted. The restaurant will also donate 50 percent of sales for every Maple-glazed Chicken entree purchased on December 14, 2018 in all Blue Lemon locations, to the Utah Adoption Exchange.

“We’re a local restaurant and we work hard to embody our Live With a Twist brand which focuses on healthy food, community and conscious living,” said Aaron Day, Blue Lemon co-founder and CEO. “We’ve chosen to adopt one of our favorite charities, the Utah Adoption Exchange, for our holiday give-back effort because we have two adopted children of our own. We ask that when you’re purchasing presents for your family and friends, please keep in mind the great children who live in foster care and are waiting to be adopted. They can always use underwear, socks, pants, sweaters and coats to keep them warm this winter.”

“We greatly appreciate Blue Lemon’s partnership,” said Lindsay Kaeting, Utah Adoption Exchange Executive Director. “Every night, thousands of children in Utah’s Foster Care system go to sleep in a home that is not theirs, in a bed that is not theirs, with a family that is not theirs. The Adoption Exchange along with local businesses such as Blue Lemon, work to provide new items for these children for Christmas that they can call their own. A new coat, a nice pair of shoes or a warm blanket can help create a positive memory for these children during the holidays.”

Blue Lemon Restaurant in Sandy to Host Holiday Cooking Demo featuring Executive Chef Todd Leonard, USA Chef of the Year

Add a twist to your holiday meals with recipe secrets from Blue Lemon’s new Fall/Winter Menu

Blue Lemon Restaurant is passionate about helping people Live With a Twist through eating healthy, gourmet foods and living an active lifestyle. That is why the locally-owned fast-casual restaurant is hosting a free Holiday Cooking Demo featuring their Executive Chef Todd Leonard, current winner of the U.S.A. Chef of the Year. The event will take place on Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Blue Lemon Sandy restaurant, 1372 State Street.

Chef Todd will demonstrate recipes he developed for Blue Lemon’s new fall/winter menu including his chutney sauce that is sure to complement any holiday meal such as the popular restaurant’s new Maple Glazed Chicken. He will also demo a delicious new beet salad that can be served as a side, or as an entrée salad with flat iron steak like in the restaurant. There will be free coffee, drinks and treats, along with samplings of the food demonstrated.

Leonard, who developed the original menu for the restaurant, recently added 12 new menu items featuring textures and flavors for fall and winter with beets, sweet potatoes, goat cheese, chutney, peppers and mushrooms.

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Give Your Summer a Fresh Twist at Blue Lemon’s Free Party, Saturday, July 21 in Sandy to benefit Utah Adoption Exchange

Locally-owned restaurant kicks off Live With a Twist event with yoga, cooking demo, kids’ activities and prizes

SANDY, Utah, July 10, 2018 – Blue Lemon Restaurants is giving summer a fresh twist by hosting a party on Saturday July 21, at its Sandy location at 11372 State Street. There will be healthy, fun activities throughout the day starting 8 a.m. with a bike ride in partnership with Scheel’s, Twist and Tone Yoga featuring TV personality Amanda Jones at 9 a.m., and a cooking demo at 10:15 a.m. by Blue Lemon’s Executive Chef Todd Leonard. Kids can enjoy face painting, a climbing wall and see pets available for adoption through the Utah Humane Society and more. There will be live music in the afternoon by Nick Whitesides and free tastings, a prize drawing for a Ladies’ Lunch and special offers throughout the day. A percentage of all purchases made that day at the Sandy location will benefit the Utah Adoption Exchange.

When Lychelle and Aaron Day founded their first Blue Lemon restaurant in Highland, Utah, they wanted to create a unique fast-casual restaurant with fresh, gourmet, locally-sourced, organic and natural foods for their family and friends. They called it food with a twist. Now 10 years later the successful duo is evolving their brand to say, don’t just eat with a twist, live with a twist!

“We now have six restaurants in Utah with a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere and we realized they could serve as community gathering places for so much more than good food,” said Lychelle Day, co-owner. “That’s why we’re evolving our brand to inspire and empower people who live in our neighborhoods to live life with a twist. Try something new. Get active and use Blue Lemon as a place to meet after you go to the gym or go for a walk with your friends, to schedule luncheons and to gather with family and friends.”

Informal gatherings are encouraged and more formal events that require catering or special arrangements can be made by calling 801-997-9933. Blue Lemon in return will be rolling out ongoing special events in all of its locations including Farmington, Cottonwood Heights, City Creek, Ogden, Sandy and Highland. Yoga classes [RG1] in partnership with Athleta SLC are being scheduled throughout the summer.

Blue Lemon is also welcoming back talented Chef Todd Leonard, who developed the first menu for the local company. Chef Todd has developed 15 new permanent and seasonal menu items including a Grilled Summer Street Corn as a starter, Warm Potato Salad and Asparagus with Blue Cheese and Pecans for sides, and six new entrees featuring rice bowls, Summer BBQ Grilled Turkey, Lemon Herb Alfredo, Seafood Lemon Pepper Pappardelle, and a Twisted Burger to name a few. He will demonstrate how to make the Warm Potato Salad and a salad vinaigrette at the July 21 party.

For more details about the Live With a Twist party, visit

Watch a broadcast from KSL about the event here.

About Blue Lemon
Blue Lemon was founded in 2009 by Utahns, Lychelle and Aaron Day, in an effort to provide families with fresh, seasonally-driven gourmet food with a unique twist of flavors and textures at an affordable price. Blue Lemon is passionate about helping its customers Live With a Twist through healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle. This commitment to health is also carried out at Blue Lemon through eco-friendly tactics such as sourcing from local providers and using recycled materials. The local restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at its six locations in Highland, Cottonwood Heights, Sandy, City Creek, Farmington and Ogden. Blue Lemon also provides catering services for private functions and business events. For more information visit, @blue_lemon on Twitter and on Facebook

About The Adoption Exchange
The Adoption Exchange exists to ensure all children have a family today and for the rest of their lives. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and was founded in 1983 by social workers and child advocates seeking to fill a void in the child welfare system, and to enhance safety and permanence in the lives of foster children. With programs that impact national trends in child welfare, The Adoption Exchange has become a leader in best practices for finding dependable, loving, adoptive families for children in foster care. To date, the agency has helped more than 9,000 children find the love and stability of a permanent family.

Blue Lemon Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

20% off if you wear a blue shirt and mention autism when you order April 2, 2017 at Farmington and Sandy Locations

We’ve all heard of autism but we might not understand it fully. World autism day is a day to increase the understanding of autism and the acceptance of spectrum disorder. This is the ninth year that World Autism Awareness Day is being recognized.

Autism spectrum disorder is a “range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences,” according to

Autism research is always progressing. In fact, there is much researchers still don’t understand about it. Just this year, researchers identified 18 additional gene variations that appear to increase the risk of autism. To date 61 genetic variations have been identified that affect autism risk. Most of these genes affect the biological pathways in the brain, how brain cells develop and communicate with each other.

There isn’t just one autism

Many don’t realize that autism has subtypes, which is why it is called a spectrum disorder. Increasingly, researchers aren’t calling it autism, but  “autisms.” Researchers have a goal to better identify these subtypes so treatment can be personalized.

The CDC estimates 1 in 42 boys, and 1 in 189 girls have autism. About a third of people with autism are nonverbal. A third have an intellectual disability. Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism, like gastrointestinal disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, ADHD, anxiety and phobias.

Blue Lemon seeks to increase awareness

Blue Lemon will be recognizing Autism Awareness Day by giving customers in all our stores 20% off their meal if they wear blue and mention autism when they order.

We believe autism spectrum disorder needs more research and understanding, as it impacts such a large number of people and families. Show your support for the movement and join us April 2!

Check out to learn more about promising research. And look for the “light it up blue” hashtag (#LIUB).

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Santa’s Arrival, Station Park Farmington

Share Your Heart: Adoption Forum

On Tuesday, November 15, Utah Foster Care will be putting on an adoption forum in Murray. The forum will be about adopting from foster care. Blue Lemon will be sponsoring the event with light refreshments. This is an important cause for us, and we’re glad to be able to do something to help make the event better.

This is an opportunity for individuals/families to come learn more about the need for more foster families, raise funds, and awareness for the huge need. There will be a 90 minute presentation, in partnership with The Adoption Exchange.

Event Details:
When: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at 6 pm
Where: Utah Foster Care in Murray (5296 South Commerce Drive, #400)


November is National Adoption Month

Last year alone, 723 children were adopted from foster care in Utah. When considering adoption from foster care, there are two options: foster to adopt or adopting a ‘waiting’ child.

This forum is a place to learn about both options and gain insight from Utah Foster Care staff, a foster & adoptive parent, and an  Adoption Exchange representative.

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Blue Lemon Gives Out 2000 Coupons at the 2016 Utah Heart & Stroke Walk

Blue Lemon AMABlue Lemon was a vendor at the 2016 Utah Heart & Stroke Walk, Saturday, Sep 17th at Sugar House Park. We gave out 2000 coupons, 250 signature sugar cookies, and 7 gift cards. About 6000 people were there, and we were happy to support this great movement!

The goal of the event was to raise funds to save lives against heart disease and stroke. Learn more at


Heart to Heart Dining

We partnered with the American Heart Association to raise funds for their important cause. We gave 15% of our proceeds from all five locations to them.

“I was astounded by their teams immediate willingness to help our cause,” said Kasi Lund, an AHA director.

We did this because we want our customers to eat well, but also to eat with a purpose. We believe food should nourish your body, not hurt it. We also believe your dining should help the community, not hurt it.

The AHA only partners with restaurants that can offer heart health foods, which isn’t always easy, they say.

“Blue Lemon provided us with the opportunity to have not only a healthy option, but a delicious one as well,” Kasi said.

We were honored to be able to be part of the healthy heart movement, and we hope it means something to our customers as well. Changing the way we eat can change the world!

Blue Lemon will continue to seek out relationships with important organizations like the AHA, to find ways to make an impact with the help of our diners. If you have any suggestions, let us know!

What On Our Menu Is Especially Heart Healthy?

The American Heart Association recommends eating good foods from all the foods groups. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, skinless poultry, fish, legumes and nuts. Good news: Blue Lemon’s menu is full of this kind of food.


  • Mango mint chicken salad
  • Roasted beet salad
  • Pear and gorgonzola spinach salad
  • Iron-seared salmon
  • Black bean ravioli
  • Artichoke and tomato chicken
  • Mango shrimp tacos