The Utah Chocolate Show 2007 takes place Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State. Admission is $7, which covers the cooking demonstrations, vendor displays and samples. Specialty classes and VIP tickets cost extra.
Instructors include Christopher Blue of Chocolatier Blue in Alpine, Raymond Lammers of Stein Eriksen Lodge, Kurtis Baguley of the Grand America Hotel, Angel Shannon of ABC4's "Good Things Utah," Romina Rasmussen of Les Madeleines Cafe, Jaxon Stallard of the Park City Cooking School, Cathie Mooers of Kimball Distributing, Natalie Snow of Gygi Culinary Solutions, Ruth Kendrick, author of "Candymaking" (HP Books, $19.95), Susan LaHargoue, instructor at Thanksgiving Point, Matt Caputo of Tony Caputo's Market & Deli, and Kim Smith, who makes chocolate spa products (Utahchocolateshow.com).
Rumbi Island Grill will open its first restaurant in Weber County Monday at 4193 Riverdale Road, Riverdale. Customers visiting the restaurant during the "soft" opening on Friday and Saturday will receive free half-size chicken rice bowls.
The Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at 10:30 a.m. The Utah-based restaurant chain serves rice bowls, island-inspired salads and soups. This is Rumbi's 12th store in Utah (392-7770).
Buy Local First Week is Nov. 24-Dec. 1. The nonprofit group Local First Utah is hosting a Holiday Boutique at Cup of Joe Coffee Shop, 200 S. 350 West, on Nov. 24, and a Winter Market at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The group says that locally owned, independent businesses contribute more than three times as much to the local economy as do chains.
The Art Institutes has changed the name of its culinary programs to the International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes. The institute, which has a location in Draper, offers bachelor's, associate's, certificates and diploma degree programs in the areas of culinary management, culinary arts, baking and pastry, food and beverage management, and wine, spirits and beverage management. Degrees and areas of study vary by location.
The culinary program, which has begun a partnership with the Food Network, is redesigning its courses to include an international focus (800-978-0096 or www.artinstitutes.edu/saltlakecity).
Gastronomy Inc. made Restaurants & Institutions' annual Top 75 multiconcept restaurant list. The trade publication's Oct. 15 edition listed Gastronomy, owners and operators of Market Street Grills, Market Street Oyster Bars and the New Yorker, at No. 72, with sales of $28 million. Gastronomy was the only Utah-based restaurant on the list. Others included Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (Chicago), the Smith & Wolensky Restaurant Group (New York City), and Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group (Las Vegas).
Fratelli Ristorante opened Nov. 1 at 9236 S. Village Shop Drive in the Quarry Bend Shopping Center. Owned by brothers Pete Cannella and Dave Cannell, the Italian restaurant donated proceeds from its opening day to the Utah Food Bank. Fratelli Ristorante is a traditional Italian, family-friendly eatery that serves lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (495-4550).
Bambara's new executive chef, Dave Jones, is offering a three-course "Red Plate" special during November. A portion from each special sold will be donated to the Utah AIDS Foundation. The menu, which changes nightly, is priced at $11 for lunch, $28 for dinner and $12 for children at dinner (www.bambara-slc.com).
Sam's Clubs across the country are hosting the annual Taste of Sam's, Friday-Sunday. The stores will offer members free samples of more than 50 different holiday menu items, from appetizers to main courses and desserts.
See's Candies has opened a new shop at 12423 S. Minuteman Drive, Draper. It is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday (495-2322).Harmons Grocery Stores presented an $8,000 check to the Utah Lions Foundation last month. The funds were raised through Sight Preservation Breakfasts held in September at six Harmons stores in Ogden and the Salt Lake area. The funds will support the Utah Lions Eye Bank tissue and organ donation program at the Moran Eye Center.