Several Utah restaurants are offering German-themed meals to celebrate Oktoberfest:
Little America Hotel • Executive chef Bernhard GÃ¶tz pays tribute to his homeland with this German-inspired three-course Oktoberfest meal for $16.95 (in the coffee shop) that includes soup or salad, a sausage platter with sauerkraut, warm potato salad (or mashed potatoes) and an apple strudel. Available through October. 500 S. Main, Salt Lake City; 801-596-5708. The coffee shop is open Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Oasis Cafe • The cafe celebrates Oktobefest and harvest season with a five-course beer-pairing dinner on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Kevin Crompton, of Salt Lake City's Epic Brewing Co., will select beer pairings for Chef Billy Sotelo's dinner, which includes sea bass and wild boar chops with spinach spaetzle. Cost is $45 for menu tasting and $65 for beer pairings. 151 S. 500 East , Salt Lake City. 801-322-0404.
Blue Boar Inn • Serving Oktoberfest specials in addition to its regular menu, which includes a German sausage platter with sauerkraut and potatoes for $28; and schnitzel (breaded pork cutlet) with spaetzle. $28. 1235 Warm Spring Drive Midway; 435-654-1400,
During its annual Woktoberfest celebration, the Mandarin in Bountiful offers more than a dozen menu items in half-size portions. Small-plate prices range from $1.49 to $6.99, for dishes such as Szechwan chicken wings, pepper shrimp and eggplant with garlic sauce, and are good for dine-in customers only.
When • Through Oct. 26
Where • Mandarin, 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful; 801-298-2406
Open • Monday-Thursday at 5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Reservations accepted for eight or more. Parties fewer than eight may call ahead.
Fine chocolate festival
Sample award-winning chocolate from Amedei, Italy's premier maker, and enjoy cocoa-centric creations from local chefs along with wine and beer pairings. Proceeds from the event will be donated to charities that promote sustainability in the world's cacao-growing regions.
When • Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Where • Tony Caputo's Market, 310 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City; 801-531-8669
Cost • $15 in advance; $20 at the door to RSVP with payment
Healthy restaurant recipes for kids
Utah restaurants that offer nutritious children's menus are encouraged to enter The National Restaurant Association's Kids Recipe Challenge. Submit one or more recipes from your restaurant's menu that meet the nutrition guidelines from Kids LiveWell and MyPlate. The deadline to submit recipes is Jan. 7. The winners will be revealed at the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant's Hotel-Motel Show, May 18-21 in Chicago. For details and contest rules, visit restaurant.org/recipe.
Pies to go in October
Get a whole pie-to-go for $7.99 through the month of October at Marie Callender's restaurants. More than 30 varieties are available, including apple, banana cream, berry, cherry, lemon meringue, peach and pumpkin. (The sale doesn't include cheesecakes, seasonal fresh fruit pies, and promotional pies.)
When • Through Oct. 31
Where • Marie Callender's, 1109 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake City; and 1600 N. 1000 West, Layton
Details • mariecallenders.com
Winging it on Thursdays
On Thursdays, get a free half-order of chicken wings with any purchase at participating Outback Steakhouse restaurants. Just say "wing it" when you order.
When • Thursdays through Nov. 8.
Where • Participating Outback Steakhouse restaurants.