"Chicken Soup for the Soul's" Delectable Series (Health Communications, Inc., $14.95 per book) features stories from several Utahns.

Christina Dymock of Riverton wrote about making homemade chocolate candies with her family in "A Chocolate Tradition," which appears in "Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover's Soul." Dymock tells how her family kicked off each holiday season by making homemade chocolate candies for family and friends.

Sydney Salter Husseman of Layton has two stories: "Auntie Yum," which appears in "Chicken Soup for the Tea Lover's Soul," and "Tea-Party Parenting," which appears in "Chicken Soup for the Wine Lover's Soul."

Kelley J. P. Lindberg of Layton wrote "Monkey River Wine," which appears in "Chicken Soup for the Wine Lover's Soul."

The "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series offers life-affirming stories and anecdotes.

Gastronomy Inc., owners of Market Street Grills, Oyster Bars and the New Yorker, was honored in the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Neighbor Award Program. The NRA cited Gastronomy's effort in the annual Salute to Our Nation's Defenders Picnic at Hill Air Force Base, which recognizes the sacrifices of the region's military troops and their families.

Gastronomy prepares 600 pounds of potato salad, 2,800 pounds of beef brisket and 4,000 pounds of chicken for the annual picnic. The party, largely underwritten by Gastronomy, attracts about 2,500 military personnel and their families.

The Utah Restaurant Association also honored Gastronomy partner Tom Guinney with a Lifetime Achievement Award. For nearly 30 years, Guinney has been Gastronomy's chief of operations. He serves as president of the Downtown Alliance and chairman of the Salt Lake City/County Board of Health. He is a member of the board of governors for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Washington School Inn in Park City is hosting a Thanksgiving Getaway Package that includes Thanksgiving dinner prepared by executive chef Steve Vierk, a three-night stay at the inn, breakfast, a football and scrapbooking party, couples' massage and foot treatments, hiking and/or snowshoeing.

The event runs Thursday-Saturday, for $700 for a queen guest room to $760 for a king guest room (www.washingtonschoolinn.com).

Alta Lodge is offering a special dinner, breakfast and overnight stay package on Dec. 1. Highlight of the event is a six-course meal, with each course paired to a wine. Room rates begin at $286 for two, plus $30 person for the wine pairings (322-4631).

Harmons grocery stores are offering fully cooked Thanksgiving meals in its stores. A meal for 6-8 people is $89.99. Meals must be ordered 24 hours in advance. On Thanksgiving Day, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., all Harmons' delicatessens will sell cooked Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, pan gravy, caramelized yams, stuffing and cranberry sauce by the pound.

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