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Big food events on horizon

Spring seems to bring out lots of food events. This upcoming weekend offers a couple of ways to expand your culinary horizons.

"A Taste of Park City" takes place Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., with 10 restaurants participating, including Sage Grill, Picasso's and Dynamite Dom's. The Factory Stores near the Kimball Junction Exit have added 20 new outlet shops, and this food fest is part of the grand opening celebration. Besides food, there will be live entertainment, children's storytelling sessions and of course, shopping. Each restaurant is serving meal-size portions of its specialties for $5 each. The proceeds from the event will benefit the new Summit County Library.

I've always thought the Factory Stores needed a couple of restaurants for respite after a long day of shopping. Perhaps if the "Taste of Park City" is successful, management might consider it.

"A Taste of the Dutch" — the annual International Dutch Oven Society Spring Convention — takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Davis County Fair Park, 151 S. 1100 West in Farmington. This free event gives the public a chance to learn more about Dutch oven cooking and sample some of the results.

Championship chefs will demonstrate how to buy, clean and care for the pots, cooking when you're camping, how to bake items such as turkeys and desserts in Dutch ovens, and how to convert your favorite kitchen recipes for Dutch oven use. Meanwhile, vendors such as Lodge, Campchef, Volcano and Ultimate Dutch Oven will demonstrate their products.

A fund-raiser auction takes place at noon, with cooking pots and tools, trips, cook stoves and cook tables going on the block. Drawings for free prizes take place throughout the day. Those who want to join IDOS can stick around for the group's membership meeting at 3:30 p.m.

OTHER FOOD NEWS: Jacob Craig, 11, of Bountiful, won a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond at the Spaghetti-Os Presents: Nutrition Can Be Fun event at the Children's Museum of Utah Feb. 24. He qualified for the Grand Prize sweepstakes by winning a round of the SpaghettiOs Pyramid O'Fun game, a colorful, Bingo-style game that illustrates the important foods in each of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food groups.

Maxine Turner, president of Cuisine Unlimited in Salt Lake City, is now serving on the National Caterers Association President's Council. This board is the advisory arm to the Board of Directors of the National Caterers Association, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Turner is the first woman to serve on the council.

A sweeter pineapple with a high vitamin C content is now in supermarket produce stands. Del Monte spent more than 20 years developing its new Hawaii Gold Pineapple, with help from the Pineapple Research Institute. The fruit has a bright golden hue and hints of mango and coconut in its flavor. Initial supplies of the new pineapple are being sold in 11 Western states and Canada.

BACKTALK: Paul Glauser of Draper responded to last week's column in which I wrote about naming sports teams after regional foods. He suggested a few more food names worth mentioning: The Atlanta Coca-Colas, Alaska King Crabs, New York Big Apples, Oregon Grapes, Idaho 'Taters, Honolulu Poi, Boston Cream Pies (if Bostonians can't see themselves as the Baked Beans), and, in deference to Tony Roma, the Carolina Honeys.

And there's more: The Washington, D.C., Pork; The Denver Mint; the Las Vegas All-You-Can-Eat Buffet; the New Orleans Gumbos (careful though — after a few years it could become the Utah Gumbos, Glauser warns).

My favorite of Glauser's monikers: The Arizona Rattlers (team motto: "Tastes Like Chicken!")