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Chocolate and Cheese Festival
Sweet chocolate and savory cheese—plus a bit of history—combine this weekend during the Chocolate and Cheese Festival at the Natural History Museum of Utah (301 Wakara Way, nhmu.utah.edu). Vendors like Caputo's Market & Deli, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Beehive Cheese and We Olive intermingle at the two-day marketplace hosted by the museum on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to stocking up on of the finest local chocolate and cheese around, the festival features workshops where attendees can learn the mysteries of mole or pick up some tips on creating the perfect cheese board. And you can also wander around and check out the consistently amazing exhibits featured at the museum. Admission prices are required to attend the marketplace; register for workshops via the museum's website.

Ramen Festival Fundraiser
For those whose interests veer toward heaping bowls of ramen, the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple (211 W. 100 South) is hosting a ramen-centric fundraiser on Sunday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It's a celebration of this most delicious of noodle soups, featuring shoyu, shio and miso broths, in addition to some vegetarian options. Attendees can purchase all types of ramen for a mere $5 per bowl, which is a reasonable donation to a good cause. In addition to the star of the show, attendees can pick up different desserts at the baked-goods booth onsite. If noodles, broth and some well-cooked pork belly tickle your senses, then you won't want to miss this.

Art and Soup Celebration
I've always felt that soup doesn't get enough opportunities to cut loose and strut its stuff. This is why I'm looking forward to the 31st annual Art and Soup Celebration at the Salt Palace Convention Center (100 S. West Temple) on Wednesday and Thursday, April 3 and 4. The event has attracted more than 25 local restaurants and 50 local artists—I'm crossing my fingers for some soup-themed art to go with the crocheted pizza hanging in my cubicle. While the local talent is enough for a visit, all proceeds go to the Community Nursing Services (CNS) Charitable Care Program. It's tough to resist a food-and-art event that helps CNS provide home and hospice care to Utahns who need it. Each day has two sessions, one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and another from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at cns-cares.org.

Quote of the Week: "Only the pure of heart can make a good soup."

—Ludwig van Beethoven

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