The Jewish Art and Food Festival takes place Nov. 10-11 at the Wagner Jewish Community Center, 2 N. Medical Drive (across from University Hospital). The Saturday opening night is 6:30-9:30 p.m. and includes a traditional Havdallah ceremony, a screening of the Sundance award-winning film "West Bank Story," a Middle Eastern buffet by Mazza restaurant, an art exhibit, Israeli dancing and live music. Cost is $10.

Sunday activities, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., are free. They include traditional Jewish foods, more than 50 art vendors, live music, performances by Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, a book fair, storytelling and art workshops (581-0098, ext. 118).

The House of Bread, 2005 E. 2700 South, is celebrating six years in business in Salt Lake City. The first 500 people who make a purchase between Nov. 4-10 will receive a free loaf of bread.

Due to customer requests, the bakery is now offering gluten-free rice bread for people who can't eat wheat products. The bread is made from scratch using whole-grain rice flour (466-1758 or

Matilda's Australian restaurant, 9400 S. State, is introducing a new menu that includes free-range, imported Australian lamb chops and several new steak dishes.

Another addition is Lamington, a popular Australian dessert named for the Second Baron of Lamington, who was governor of Queensland at the turn of the 20th century. It's a sponge cake layered with jam, enrobed in chocolate and shredded coconut, and served with vanilla sauce.

New appetizers include Coconut-Encrusted shrimp; Tasmanian Deviled Spinach and Artichoke Dip; and Chook on a Stick (skewered marinated chicken with peanut sauce).

Matilda's is open daily from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (304-4095 or

The 7th Annual Gluten Free Pre-Thanksgiving Feast takes place Nov. 17, 3-6 p.m., at the Wasatch Presbyterian Church Hall, 1700 South 1700 East. The buffet will be catered by Have Party Will Travel, featuring foods suitable for people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

Tickets are $21.50 per person if purchased by Oct. 31 or $25 at the door. Send check to Salt Lake Gluten Intolerance Group, 2809 E. Commonwealth Ave., Salt Lake City, UT 84109 (673-7837 or

Submit announcements to Valerie Phillips, food editor, Deseret Morning News, 30 E. 100 South, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110 or