Guilt-Free Desserts, Savoring SLC and Spice Kitchen Incubator 

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Desserts for Charity
For the seventh consecutive year, Squatters and Wasatch brewpubs and the Utah Brewers Cooperative are teaming up to offer "Guilt-Free Desserts" during the month of May to benefit local charities. The five Squatters and Wasatch pubs will compete in a friendly rivalry to sell guilt-free desserts at a special price of $5, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Homeless Youth Resource Center (VOAUT.org), Hope Lodge (HopeLodgeUtah.org), Mountain Trails Foundation (MountainTrails.org), the Utah Food Bank (UtahFoodBank.org), Best Friends Animal Society (BestFriends.org) and Bikes for Kids Utah (BikesForKidsUtah.com). This year's offering is a healthy and delicious slice of carrot cake. With the help of food products supplier Nicholas and Co. (NicholasAndCo.com), who generously donated the ingredients for the cakes, this year's goal is to raise $40,000 in charitable contributions.

Savoring SLC
KUER 90.1 FM's fifth annual Savory Salt Lake takes place at the Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday, May 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. Savory Salt Lake features 18 of Salt Lake City's most talented chefs and vendors, providing savory and sweet small bites to guests who can vote for their favorites. For this year's event, NPR's Kelly McEvers joins KUER's Doug Fabrizio and foodie Vanessa Chang as celebrity judges. All proceeds from the event support the station's programming (KUER.org).

Help Wanted
Spice Kitchen Incubator—a hub that brings together refugees and other disadvantaged community members interested in starting a full- or part-time food business—and the International Rescue Committee need you. Both rely heavily on volunteer power to reach their goals, including one-time volunteer experiences, long-term mentorships and group activities. For example, Spice Kitchen houses an affordable kitchen space, and is looking for volunteers to help spruce it up. They're also looking for foodie volunteers for focus groups to provide feedback to entrepreneurs producing everything from Japanese bento boxes to Iraqi baked goods. To find out more about lending a helping hand, email jackie.rodabaugh@rescue.org or volunteerslc@rescue.org.

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