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The Roof Restaurant in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 15 E. South Temple, is offering a General Conference lunch buffet Saturday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu includes salads, deli sandwich buffet, a carving station, assorted cheeses, chicken enchiladas, hot soups, pasta, cakes, pies, cookies and soft drinks. Cost is $16 per adult; $9 for ages 6-11; and $5 ages 5 and under (539-1911 or www.diningattemplesquare.com).

Signature Chefs takes place Oct. 11, 6-8 p.m., at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S. West Temple. It features gourmet chef samplings from local restaurants, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Individual seats are $150; a VIP table for 10 is $2,500.

Participating chefs are Penelope Lehman-Kinsey of Blind Dog Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Jessie Moreno of The Blue Boar Inn, Nicholas Lees of The Boulevard, Joe Davis of Butterfly, Nacho Basurto and Gabriela McAfee of Cafe Madrid, Michael Fivas of Caffe Molise, Eric Finney of Garden Cafe at the Grand, Zane Holmquist of the Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Scott Monnell of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Elio Scanu of The Huntington Room at Snow Basin, Jean Louis Montecot of Jean Louis, Matt Anderson of La Caille, Romina Rasmussen of Les Madeleines Patisserie and Cafe, Matthew Crandall of Spencer's for Steaks and Chops, and Adam Vickers of Tuscany (746-5540).

Mimi's Cafe restaurant chain will debut 10 new dishes from Sept. 20-Dec. 6. Seasonal menu items include include Pumpkin Pancakes, Butter Broiled Lobster Mac & Cheese, Wine Country Beef Short Ribs and Autumn Peach Upside Down Cake (www.mimiscafe.com).

The Taste for the Cure 2007 takes place Oct. 20, 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 in Park City. 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.

My Girlfriend's Kitchen, a meal preparation center with several Utah locations, had declared a "$20 Tuesdays" promotion. Every Tuesday between 10 a.m.-7 p.m., customers may purchase one Grande-size homemade dinner, which serves 4 to 6 people, for $20. No advance reservations or coupons are needed. Menu items include White Tablecloth Ricotta Ravioli, Movin' On Up Chicken Crepes and Mediterranean Pot Roast (mgfk.com).

Market Street Grill and Oyster Bar restaurants are hosting their annual Shrimp Festival through Oct. 31. Guests can select from six sizes of shrimp and many different preparations, such as Buffalo Shrimp with Crab Slaw, Blackened Shrimp Skewers, Crab-Stuffed Shrimp, Broiled Garlic Prawns, a Shrimp Combo and Grilled Alaska Halibut with Broiled Shrimp (www.gastronomyinc.com).


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