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Vita-Mart owner Christine Bollier teamed up with Laura’s Small Cafe to offer chicken dumplings with Parmesan crisp and a garden vegetable tomato soup with an apple-cheddar sourdough muffin at the Taste of Rim Country fund-raiser Saturday.

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Chefs give Taste of Rim Country a healthy twist

For those who thought restaurants in the Rim Country only served meat and potatoes, the 2012 Taste of the Rim fund-raiser for the Payson Public Library offered pleasant surprises. “This year we have more chefs with more selections,” said Bessie Tucker, reference librarian and chair of the event. Feeding people these days is fraught with peril, with so many suffering from food allergies, intolerances, health issues or lifestyle choices. The 250 guests at the Taste of the Rim event learned that in Payson, restaurants offer several options to make the dining experience pleasurable — and possible. Going gluten free? It’s available.


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