A Restaurant Startup Seminar will take place March 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City, 121 Election Road, Draper. The one-day seminar will give information on funding, concept development, niche branding, a business plan, feasibility study, site location, leases, soft and grand openings, designing a powerful and profitable menu, franchising and reducing the risk of failure. The instructor will be Ken King of National Restaurant Consultants Inc. Cost is $379. For more information or to register, call 1-800-961-6005 or log on to www.restaurantstartupseminars.com

Carl's Jr. brought back its Chili Cheese Burgers and Chili Cheese Fries on Monday. Single, Double and Six Dollar Chili Cheese Burgers will sell for approximately $2.99, $3.99 and $4.79, respectively. The Chili Cheese Fries are smothered with beef chili, topped with melted jack and cheddar cheeses, and served with a fork. They sell for $2.79.

Papa John's is giving away a free, one-topping, pan pizza on Friday to everyone with a Leap Day birthday. The pizza chain also has special Leap Week deals through Friday.

McDonald's is offering a free McSkillet Burrito with purchase of a medium or large beverage during breakfast hours on Thursday and Friday. The made-to-order dish combines scrambled eggs, sausage and skillet potatoes with cheese, roasted red and green bell peppers, onions and salsa in a flour tortilla.

Squatter's Pub Brewery, 147 W. 300 South, is hosting a "Save the 4th East Garden" party March 3, 5-8 p.m. Funds will go toward buying the land at 555 S. 400 East, which Wasatch Community Garden has leased for 25 years. The property is being sold, and WCG must raise $250,000 in order to buy it. Tickets are $25 (www.wasatchgardens.org).

So Cupcake, a cupcake bakery, opened last week at 3939 S. Highland Drive. Owner is Natalie Jensen. She was inspired to open a cupcakery while visiting Magnolia Bakery in New York City. Jensen's daughter, Celina Wollsieffer, has cerebral palsy, and the Make A Wish Foundation gave her a trip to New York City to see her favorite Food Network chef, Emeril Lagasse. So Cupcake's hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (274-8300 or www.socupcake.com).


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