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Published February 12, 2014 11:17 am

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Learn the facts about GMOs in your food

Get the facts on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, during a free discussion sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Salt Lake. Participants will learn the role GMOs play in mainstream agriculture and their risks and benefits for the future.

Speakers include Louisa A. Stark, director of Genetic Science Learning Center; Fred Montague, University of Utah biology professor emeritus; Leslie Sieburth, U. of U. botanist; and Susan Lind, rancher and league member.

When • Thursday, Feb. 13. Refreshment at 6 p.m., discussion 6:30 p.m.

Where • Utah Girl Scouts Headquarters, 445 E. 4500 South, Murray

Tickets • Free

New Utah whiskey inspired by The Bard

On Friday, Feb. 14, High West Distillery & Saloon will release A Midwinter Night's Dram, a high-octane, barrel-aged whiskey named after Shakespeare's romantic comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The spirit, which has 49.3 percent alcohol by volume (98.6 proof), is made with Park City distillery's award-winning Rendezvous Rye and aged for several months in port and French oak barrels. A 750-milliliter bottle costs $79.99.

The rye provides a vanilla, caramel and cinnamon base, the port barrels add flavors of plums and dried fruits, while the French oak adds spice, said High West owner David Perkins. "It tastes like a proper Christmas plum pudding."

Midwinter Night's Dram has a limited release and initially will be available only at the High West Distillery, 703 Park Ave., Park City.

Perkins said it should be on liquor store shelves nationwide by October.

Celebrate 25 years of Judd's Hill wine

Judd's Hill, a certified green winery at the southern end of California's Napa Valley, will host three Salt Lake City wine events to celebrate its 25th anniversary and the release of its new cabernet sauvignon.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. • Wild Grape Bistro, 481 E. South Temple. Dinner $45; optional wine pairings $40. Call 801-746-5565 or visit wildgrapebistro.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m. • Martine Café, 22 E. 100 South. Part of the restaurant's "Small Plates Big Glass" series. Food $25, optional wine pairings $25. Call 801-363-9328 or visit martinecafe.com

Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m. • BTG Wine Bar, 63 W. 100 South. Reception with hors d'oeuvres and tasting. Food, $25, optional wine pairings an additional $25. Call 801-359-2814 or visit btgwinebar.com

Giant cabbage is a Utah winner

Kit Fox has probably been eating a lot of coleslaw this winter.

The student at Deerfield Elementary in Cedar Hills was recently named the Utah winner of the National Bonnie Plants Colossal Cabbage Contest. His giant cruciferous vegetable weighed 75 pounds and earned him a $1,000 education savings bond.

In a news release, Fox said he comes from a family that likes to grow "weird" vegetables, including long snake gourds and square pumpkins. So when his third-grade teacher told his class about the contest and handed over the seeds, "I knew I could do it."

"I was worried at first because it was growing slow," he said in the news release. "I kept watering it and picking out the weeds that grew by it. It got bug holes and so I had to get some stuff to put on it to keep the bugs off. I had to hire my friend to babysit my cabbage when we went on vacation. Pretty soon it got huge leaves. Then it started getting a cabbage inside and it was getting huge and all my friends and neighbors kept coming over to see it."

More than 1.5 million third-graders in 48 states — 13,027 from Utah — participated in this free program, sponsored by Bonnie Plants, the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America.

Since 2002, the company has sent free "oversized" cabbage plants — the O.S. Cross variety — to third-grade classrooms. At the end of the growing season, teachers from each class select the student who has grown the "best" cabbage, based on size and appearance. The student's name is then entered in a statewide drawing.

Teachers who want to sign up for the 2014 program should visit bonnieplants.com.