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The Taste for the Cure 2007 takes place Saturday, 5-9 p.m., at Kimball Distributing, 2233 S. 300 East. The fund-raiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation features cooking demonstrations by local chefs and culinary teachers every 15 minutes.

A highlight is a "Chef Showdown" competition between Brandon Mikulich of Fleming's and Ty Fredrickson of Gastronomy, hosted by Jean Louis Montecot of Jean Louis Restaurant. There will also be food and wine tastings and a silent auction.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door, and are available at Wild Oats stores or at www.komenslc.org.

Honest Apple Day, sponsored by Native Wines, will take place Saturday on Main Street in Mount Pleasant. The festival includes heirloom apples, gourmet cheeses and wine tastings. An Ugly Witch Contest is at 2 p.m., and a parade of the witches is at 4 p.m. (native wines@yahoo.com).

Jamba Juice donated $2,000 to the Sugarhouse and Weber/Davis Boys & Girls Clubs from sales raised during a Sept. 19 grand opening event. The company opened four stores Sugar House, South Jordan, Clinton and West Bountiful, and a percentage of sales that day has been earmarked for the nonprofit organizations. Three more Jamba Juice stores are scheduled to open in Utah by spring 2008 in Murray, American Fork and Sandy (www.jambajuice.com).

Vienna Bistro, 132 S. Main, is hosting "A Taste of Austria" Sunday at 6 p.m. This is the first in a monthly chef's wine dinner series. Dinner is $45; optional wine pairing is $35. Reservations are required (322-0334).

Mimi's Cafe is calling for entries in its annual Thanksgiving Essay Contest, "The Write Stuff." Schoolchildren can write a one-page essay titled, "What I Have to Be Thankful for." Three winners will receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond. Fifteen finalists and their parents will attend an awards luncheon at Mimi's. Send entries to Mimi's Cafe, The Write Stuff, 1355 E. 625 North, Layton, 84040. Deadline is Nov. 1.


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