The Deseret Morning News Fall Home Show is Friday-Sunday at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State, Sandy. George Duran, chef and host for the Food Network's hit shows "Ham on the Street" and "The Secret Life of" will be doing cooking seminars Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m.
Duran will also emcee the Utah's Best Chef competition on Friday at 4 p.m. Local competing chefs are Kevin Donovan of Log Haven, Hans Cluff of Market Street Grill, Robert Valaika of Shabu and John Simpson of Culinary Concepts Catering. Chefs will have one hour to create an appetizer, salad and main course from ingredients in a "mystery box" provided by Duran.
Local chef Bryan Woolley will do cooking seminars Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. Other chefs and cookbook authors giving demonstrations throughout the weekend are Janet Eyring, Marsha Egli, Amy Peterson, Jana Schofield and Deanna Buxton.Show hours are Friday, 2-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Prices are $7 for adults; $5 for juniors; free for children under age 6 (485-7399 or www.saltlakehomeshow.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).
Cafe Trio Cottonwood, 6405 S. 3000 East, offers a pizza night every Monday from 5-8 p.m. Diners can choose from fresh salads and gourmet pizzas, from the usual favorites to crispy B.L.T., roasted wild mushroom and saffron calamari. Price is $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for children under age 10 (944-8746 or www.triodining.com).
Pine, 4760 S. 900 East, celebrates its second anniversary with a special six-course menu Tuesday, starting at 6:30 p.m. The menu will showcase dishes cooked with beer, such as duck confit cooked in Uinta Cutthroat Pale Ale, and Pilsner glazed sea scallops. Price is $45 per person (288-2211).
Sweet Tomatoes restaurants nationwide are throwing a pajama party for children ages 12 and under on Oct. 21 to celebrate the launch of their Sunday Morning Menu. Children 12 and under dressed in their pajamas armed with teddy bears, blankets, slippers and bed heads will earn a free meal at any Sweet Tomatoes restaurant with the purchase of an adult meal from 9 a.m.-noon (www.sweettomatoes.com)