Food briefs: Dumpling festival, Beer and Ballet and more
'Hummussexual' shirt available Saturday
What do you do if you make hummus for a living and you're also one of three plaintiffs in Utah's same-sex marriage lawsuit? You create a "Hummusexual" T-shirt.
The light-hearted attire is a way for Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity, owners of Laziz Foods, to promote their Mediterranean dips and spreads and encourage Utahns to show support for marriage equality. Last March, Kitchen and Sbeity, joined two other couples in a lawsuit alleging Utah's gay marriage law was unconstitutional.
The shirts cost $20 each, with 15 percent of the sales going to Restore Our Humanity, the organization that is funding the case.
The shirts, which have the word "Hummussexual" on the front and "Live, Love. Laziz" on the back, will be available beginning Saturday, April 5, at the Laziz booth at the Downtown Winter Market. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rio Grande Depot, 270 S. Rio Grade St., Salt Lake City.
The shirts come in red and brown and men's and women's sizes from small to extra-large. They can be pre-ordered at https://squareup.com/market/laziz-hummus/hummusexual-t-shirt. For those who plan to pick up the shirts at the market, enter the code NOSHIP.
Chocolate and other poisonous plants
Many of the plants we eat, such as cacao, broccoli, and coffee contain toxic, defensive chemicals that protect plants in nature. Through processing, cooking, and other methods we create edible food products that we consume. Kevin Kohl, a researcher at the University of Utah, will discusses how humans and wild animals share remarkably similar solutions to dealing with these plant poisons. The program includes a chocolate tasting.
When • Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Where • Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City; 801-581-6927
Cost • Included as part of museum's general admission of $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and youths, 13-24 and $8 for children, 3-12
Details • nhmu.utah.edu/events/plant-defenses-dr-kevin-kohl
Mandarin hosts dumpling festival
The Mandarin will make more than 1,000 dumplings during its 10-day dumpling festival underway in Bountiful. Each dumpling comes its own sauce. Offerings include: steamed shrimp and spinach with citrus-ginger-cilantro sauce, Southeast Asian beef with mint chutney and pan fried chicken pine nut with soy-ginger.
When • Through April 10
Where • Mandarin Restaurant, 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful, 801-298-2406
Cost • $3.50 for an order of two
Reservations • Available for parties of 8 or more. Smaller groups can call ahead and be placed on the waiting list.
Beer and Ballet
Ticketholders to the "Beer and Ballet" fundraiser will sip craft beer from Epic Brewing Co. and sample appetizers from The Annex before watching the final dress rehearsal of Ballet West's "The Rite of Spring."
When • Thursday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Where • Capital Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City
Cost • $50 atballetwest.org/BeerandBallet
Grants available for specialty crops
Grant proposals to increase production and availability of fruits, vegetables and specialty crops in Utah, are now being accepted by The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF). Individual producers, local organizations, schools and other crop stakeholders are eligible to apply for the federally funded Specialty Crop Block Grant program. In 2013, 15 projects were awarded, $280,000. The 2014 application deadline is June 6, 2014. More information and applications are available at ag.utah.gov or by calling Craig Buttars at 801-538-4931, or 435-760-8147.
Free java at McDonald's
Get a free small McCafÃ© coffee during breakfast hours through April 13 at participating McDonald's restaurants. To kick off the restaurant's two-week coffee campaign, McDonald's also will make spontaneous coffee deliveries on Friday, April 4 and 11. To get the delivery, tweet the desired location or photo at @McDonalds_Utah. McCafÃ© also will surprise one Twitter follower every day for the rest of the year with free coffee and prizes. Keep up with the conversations on Twitter using the hash tag #McCafe or by following @McCafe.