A Holiday Experience fund-raiser takes place Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at LaCaille Restaurant, 9565 Wasatch Blvd.,

The event features caroling, children's activities, family photos with Santa and a gourmet buffet lunch. The Fantasy Dessert Contest showcases entries from The Lion House, Divas Cupcakes, Cake-A-Licious, City Cakes and Café and Bakers of Normandy. Festivalgoers may buy the desserts as well as holiday wreaths and gift certificates. Proceeds will help the The National Opiate Recovery Foundation fund treatment for prescription drug addiction.

Tickets are $75 per person, or $125 per couple, which includes a $50 La Caille gift certificate for each person. (events.org/norf@lacaille.)

Rico Catering, Frida Bistro and Bacchus Events helped raise 2,812 pounds of food and $5,671 for the Utah Food Bank during their annual Day of the Dead celebration. Guests donated either $10 or a bag of non-perishable food to the event. Frida Bistro is now offering a three-course executive lunch for $12. (801-463-6390).

The King Arthur Flour Co. is visiting Jordan Ridge Elementary School in South Jordan on Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 to teach 450 fourth- through sixth-grade students to bake bread through its Life Skills Bread Baking Program.

Students will use their newfound skill – along with ingredients donated by King Arthur Flour – to bake their own loaves to donate to The Road Home shelter and others in the community.

The King Arthur Flour Life Skills Bread Baking Program visits 4th-7th graders in schools across the country and in the past decade has taught more than 100,000 schoolchildren how to bake bread (kingarthurflour.com).

The Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau's "Salt Lake to Go" shop is stocked with Utah-made food gifts for the holidays, including Redmond RealSalt; Lehi Roller Mills baking mixes; candy from Avenue Sweets, Taffy Town, Sweets, Utah Truffles and Simply Irresistible; honey from Cox and Phelps companies; Stephen's Gourmet Cocoa; Utah Life Elevated calendars and local cookbooks. The store is located at 90 S. West Temple and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (534-4922 or www.visitsaltlake.com).

For holiday entertaining, here's a recipe for Market Street Au Gratin Potatoes from Gastronomy Inc.


3 large russet or baker potatoes, peeled and sliced thin (1?8 inch)

1½ cups smoked Gouda cheese, grated

1½ cups heavy whipping cream

Salt and white pepper to taste (about ½ teaspoon each)

Slice potatoes. Do not rinse!

Mix sliced potatoes in a bowl with whipping cream, salt, pepper and cheese until everything is incorporated.

Layer in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, no more than 1-inch thick.

Cover with foil and bake for one hour at 350 degrees. Serve piping hot. Serves 4-6.

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