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Your New BFF
After successfully opening and maintaining a local catering business, the ladies behind STAR Events Catering of Utah are moving forward with a brick-and-mortar restaurant called BFF Turon that celebrates their Filipino heritage. Friends and business partners Yaye Sherer, Loida Torres, Sonia Aquino and Edna Rubi have a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at their storefront at 8860 S. Redwood Road in West Jordan. A cursory glance over the traditional dishes of the Philippines has me curious to see what they bring to the table—a lot of Filipino cuisine isn't for the faint of heart. Regardless of what the menu holds, it's always exciting when restaurants like this pop up to add more flavor to Utah's food scene.

Spicy Meatball Time
I know chicken noodle soup is an American classic when it comes to cold-weather food, but with so many variations of steamy broth full of warm noodles at our disposal, why limit ourselves? For starters, Jinya Ramen Bar (multiple locations, jinya-ramenbar.com) is adding a spicy meatball ramen to its already ample menu. This bowl of piping-hot goodness starts with a chicken broth that adds a few spiced beef meatballs to its regular roster of bok choy, bean sprouts and hard-boiled egg. The dish is available from now until the end of February, so you've got plenty of time to warm yourself up with the curative powers of good ramen.

Craft Chocolate 101
Arguably one of Caputo's Market's most popular courses, Craft Chocolate 101 is back for another round of turning amateur chocolate enthusiasts into full-blown experts. I have this class to thank for exposing the rampant use of artificial vanilla flavoring in most mass-produced chocolate, making them all taste the same. Fortunately, this revelation comes with a connoisseur's wealth of resources about what to look for in good chocolate and, more importantly, where you can get it locally. It's always a treat to see the way chocolate is revered and studied by the dutiful folks at Caputo's. The class takes place at the market on 1516 S. 1500 East on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. If you can still get 'em, tickets are $25 and can be purchased at caputos.com.

Quote of the Week: "Peace will come to the world when the people have enough noodles to eat."

—Momofuku Ando

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