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Star chefs offer cuisine — for charity

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There's nothing like dining for a good cause, especially when the cuisine is prepared by some of Utah's top chefs.

The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation hosts its fourth annual Star Chefs of Utah event at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S. West Temple. Diners can sample buffet-style delicacies created by 10 different restaurants. After dinner, the chefs will present custom-dining packages for auction. This could be the six-course dinner for four and an overnight stay at the Blue Boar Inn in Midway, which the inn's chef, Jesse Layman, is donating.

For the buffet, Layman will serve a black truffle tartlet with wild boar bacon. "It's a dish we served on New Year's Eve, and it has absolutely tremendous flavors," Layman said. "And, it's a nice warm comfort food now we're getting into cold weather."

This is Layman's first experience with the local Star Chefs event, but he participated in several charity events while working as a chef in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He sees the event as an opportunity to help in the community while acquainting people with the Blue Boar Inn, which has been in business one year. His describes his restaurant's cuisine as "Mediterranean-Southern French style, with American ideas infused with the European ideas."

The proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. The group hopes to raise over $85,000, which will help fund research to develop new treatments for birth defects and other infant health problems. It also helps finance the group's efforts to teach couples what they can do before pregnancy to help their babies be born healthy.

According to the foundation's data, only 69.3 percent of pregnant women in Utah receive adequate prenatal care.

Heading up the event is Scott Blackerby of Bambara in Salt Lake City. Other chefs include Andy Hall of Tucci's, Midvale; Michael Attento of Bistro 258, Ogden; Houman Gohary of The Canyons Resort, Park City; Jean-Louis Montecot of Inn on the Creek, Midway; Frank Mendoza of Metropolitan, Salt Lake; Don McCradic of Santa Fe, Salt Lake City; Gerard Brunett of Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City; Franz Kubak at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center; Jason Knibb of Sundance; Andy Hall of Tucci's, Midvale; and Shervin Abizadeh of the Alta Club, Salt Lake City.

Tickets are $100 per person and are available from the March of Dimes at 801-293-3300.

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