Food briefs: Gardening classes, art and soup celebration and more

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Time to start planting

Now that the snow is melting, it's time to plant cool-weather crops outdoors, according to the experts at Wasatch Community Gardens and Utah State University Extension programs. Crops that can take a bit of cold include leaf lettuce, arugula and spinach; root vegetables including carrots, radishes, turnips and parsnips; onions; and early season peas.

It's also a good time to start seeds indoors. You can do this with tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, okra, tomatillos and basil. If you do it now, they will have six to eight weeks to grow before it's transplanting outdoors. The best time to transplant is after the last frost, which is usually in mid-May.

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Second store for Saffron Valley

Less than two years after opening their first restaurant in South Jordan, owners of Saffron Valley Indian Street Foods have opened a second location the Avenues neighborhoo in Salt Lake City. Saffron Valley East India Cafe is located in the former Pagoda restaurant space. It serves wraps, salads. lentil and rice crepes, curries, Indo-Chinese dishes, clay-oven grilled kebabs and biryanis. Prices for entrees range from $6 to $16.

Where • 26 E Street, Salt Lake City, 800-281-7211.

Open • lunch served every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner Monday- Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday 5 to 9 p.m.

Water-wise gardening

Wasatch Community Gardens is offering two Saturday classes on water use.

Rainwater harvesting • learn how to build a backyard rainwater collection system.

When • April 6, 10 a.m. to noon;

Where • Day-Riverside Library, 1575 W. 1000 North, Salt Lake City

Cost • $10 pre-registration required at A limited number of 35-gallon rain barrels will also be built for an extra $25

Drip irrigation • Get instructions on how to install and maintain a water-wise irrigation system.

When • Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m.

Where • Fairpark Garden, 1037 W. 300 North, Salt Lake City

Cost • $15; pre-registration required at

Art and soup celebration

During Community Nursing Services 25th annual Art & Soup fundraiser, 24 restaurants will serve soup, bread and desserts. Proceeds support the CNS Charitable Care Program, which cares for low-income and uninsured and underinsured Utahns.

When • Wednesday and Thursday, April 3 and 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.

Where • The Salt Palace Convention Center, Room 155, 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City.

Tickets • $15; at, or at the door.

Cooking school for kids

Warrior Chef Academy recently opened in Salt Lake City to teach children yoga, art and ways to make healthy food. The next three-week course includes making raw energy bars and sushi and talking about super foods like chia seeds. For children in third through sixth grade.

When • Mondays, April 15, 22 and 29, 4:30-6 p.m.

Where • Alisabeth Ann Wellness Studio, 1236 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City

Tuition • $75 for three weeks; or 801-598-9196.

Sake, sushi pairing

Learn how to pair sake and sushi during this class sponsored by University of Utah Lifelong Learning.

When • Friday, March 29, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where • Ahh Sushi, 8178 Gorgoza Pines Rd., Park City.

Cost • $79; pre-registration required at or 801-587-5433.

French wines 1011

Taste your way through six wine regions from France. Food and wine pairing suggestions will be provided. Must be 21 or older. Bring a photo ID that indicates your age to class.

When • Wednesdays, April 3 through 17, 7-9 p.m.

Where • Cafe Trio Cottonwood, 6405 S. 3000 East, Holladay

Cost • $187, includes tastings. Pre-registration required at or 801-587-5433.