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Zest Turns 4, Free Churrasco for Vets, Culinary Command 

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Zest Turns 4
To me, Zest Kitchen & Bar (275 S. 200 West, 801-433-0589, ZestSLC.com) still seems fresh and new. Maybe that's due to the fresh, bold flavors that permeate not only the foods at this former bar turned restaurant, but also to the delightful beverages created and served there. Well, the not-so-new eatery is celebrating its fourth year of serving vibrant vegan/vegetarian dishes and killer handcrafted cocktails. Hey, where else will you find beet sangria or organic green juice zapped with gin and chartreuse? Happy birthday to owner Casey Staker, chef Billy McClinton and all the outstanding servers, DJs and bartenders at Zest! Here's to another four—no, 40—years of creative, globally inspired, healthy and delicious food and drink.

Free Churrasco for Vets
In celebration of Veteran's Day, Tucanos Brazilian Grill (162 S. 400 West, 801-456-2550; 4801 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-224-4774, Tucanos.com) is offering a free churrasco meal and unlimited "salad festival" Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 10-12, to all vets with the purchase of another adult churrasco meal. (Those coming in by themselves can get one for half-price.) Post a selfie taken at Tucanos, and you'll also receive a free dessert. The churrasco meal includes an all-you-can-eat array of grilled meats, veggies and pineapple along with seafood and a hot and cold salad bar/buffet. Don't even think about leaving without tasting the amazing mango butter cake.

Culinary Command
With Veteran's Day approaching, it's timely to talk about Culinary Command (CulinaryCommand.com), a local program designed to teach veterans or active-duty U.S. military members the necessary knowledge and skills to begin a career in the culinary arts. For participants accepted into the program, there is no charge. And meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner—are cooked and eaten by enrollees. Classes are held in a variety of professional kitchens around Salt Lake City and taught by award-winning chef David James Robinson. Each 45-day Culinary Command course is limited to eight people and is said by the organizers to be "rigorous, elite, intense and extremely filling."

Quote of the week: "An army marches on its stomach."

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