IHOP is celebrating 50 years in business, and the restaurant chain is collecting stories from customers with special IHOP memories. The winner of the "It Happens at IHOP" contest will be served free pancakes for life. Complete rules can be found at www.ihop.com.

The company's first restaurant opened in Toluca Lake, Calif., in 1958, and as of Dec. 31 last year, there are 1,344 IHOPs in 49 states, serving the company's signature pancakes and other items.

The Mandarin Restaurant, 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful, is hosting a 2008 Dumpling Festival Mondays-Thursdays through April 14. The menu will include curry chicken and pine nut pot stickers, Thai style pork and scallion dumplings, salmon dumplings, shrimp and spinach dumplings, crab dumplings, pork shu mai and other handmade dumplings with various dipping sauces. Each two-dumpling order is $3-$4.

Reservations are accepted for parties of eight or more. Parties less than eight can call ahead and have their name placed on a waiting list.

Three Utah Chick-fil-A franchise operators received the company's Symbol of Success Award from the restaurant chain. Craig Saxton of the Layton Hills Mall store, Becky Pickle of the Fashion Place store, and Terry Crook of the University Mall store were given the award, which recognizes operators who achieve sales goals. The recipients will get a Ford vehicle to drive for one year. Those who match or exceed the same level of performance for a second year will receive the titles to their vehicle. In 2007, Pickle earned her vehicle's title.


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