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FOOD AND JAZZ COMBO

Beat the summer heat with some cool jazz and great food at Sundance's Celebration of Food and Jazz, Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

During the peak of harvest season, Sundance unites with Sundance Farms and other suppliers to celebrate the height of fresh cuisine. An open market will feature fresh deli foods, tacos, hamburgers, chicken, hot dogs, fresh pastries, pies, cookies and baked goods.

The Gowain Mathews Quartet will kick off the festivities at 10, followed by John Flanders at 12:30 p.m. and Blues on First at 3 p.m. All concerts are free and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

CALLING ALL COOKS

The 11th annual Quaker Oatmeal "Bake It With Better Oats" recipe contest is looking for your family's favorite oatmeal recipe. The cookie, quick bread, dessert, main dish or side dish recipe that is selected "best of contest" will win this year's $10,000 grand prize.

The contest features three categories: Easy, Everyday Favorites; Lower-Fat Favorites; or Special Occasion Favorites.

In addition to the grand-prize winner, the first-prize winner of each category will receive $1,000, and nine runners-up will win $250.

To receive the complete contest rules, check out the Quaker Oatmeal's Web site at www.quakeroatmeal.com or send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to:

Quaker Contest Rules

P.O. Box 3305

Chicago, IL 60654.

Contest deadline is Nov. 30.

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

The Web site beckons: Are you an intellectual . . . a connoisseur . . . a renaissance man . . . woman . . . lover of fine things . . . a foodie?

According to the site www.foodiemagazine.com, a foodie is defined as "an individual having a passion for the latest food fads."

If this sounds like you, then look to the latest entrée in the culinary world, Foodie magazine. Being served up in newsstands this summer, its self-proclaimed mission is to focus less on recipes and more on the faces and trends that shape haute cuisine.