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On the plate: Upcoming dining events you don't want to miss

Taste of Excellence

March 8. This fundraiser supports the Jazz Scholarship Fund, which encourages young musical talent at UNLV. The wine and food pairings feature the culinary talents from students of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel & Administration, We love Sushi, SBC Catering, B with a Twist; Las Vegas Fruits & Nuts, Via Brasil, Hash House A Go Go, Wine 5 Café and other local restaurants. The event also features a silent and live auction and live jazz by Darren Motamedy. 6p. $60. World Market Center. 646-2615


Not Your Daddy’s BBQ

March 9. Downtown’s newest breakfast, lunch and brunch spot MTO Café hosts its first pop-up dinner, “Not Your Daddy’s BBQ.” It kicks off the all-new Sunday Night Supper Series, which will happen on select Sundays through the year. In this installment, five Las Vegas chefs, including Johnny Church of MTO, Tim Doolittle of Table 10 and Vincent Pouessel of Aureole, will whip up appetizers and entrees, allowing diners to create a unique dinner experience. 5:30p. $55. MTO Cafe. 380-8229


Health Food Fair of Las Vegas

April 12. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just trying to improve your diet by cutting out those lard-filled Pop Tarts, the Health Food Fair promises something for every palate. There’ll be cooking and tasting stations, physical fitness experts doing exercise demos, live music and carnival attractions (all carnies are certified to be fair-trade and gluten-free). Nutrition counselors will also be on hand to dish out information about healthy eating. The event supports the mission of Rosie’s Wish and Life Skills & Skillets, tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations that teach life skills for people of all ages who suffer from diabetes, and for prevention of diseases such as obesity through healthy cooking and eating habits. Nutritional advice is combined with personalized movement information to create a healthier lifestyle. 11a-6p. $3-$5. Clark County Amphitheatre

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