For many years—frankly, no one here remembers exactly how many—Salt Lake magazine recognized the best restaurants of the year with the Dining Awards. Sometimes we awarded according to cuisine, sometimes we awarded individual chefs, sometimes we lauded innovators or food producers, but the awards were always announced at a lively party highly anticipated by the city’s culinary community.

You can see years of award plates hanging in restaurants all over Utah.

But everything has a lifetime. So this year, we’re changing things up.

Instead of presenting awards for what’s on the plate, we’re giving awards for what’s in the heart. Our new Blue Plate Awards are being given to those who have given themselves—contributed to the community, lent a hand to those in tough times or trouble, helped make changes to protect the planet. All these businesses will be featured in our March-April issue, just like the Dining Awards were,  so don’t miss picking up a copy when it hits the stands. If you subscribe (and why not?) It’s only $25 a year! Just sayin’. Click here.

The lively party? Oh, that’s still on. March 31 at 6, in the ballroom at Caffe Molise, with food, wine, music and even a silent auction.  Tickets are limited, so buy yours now, here.

And in the spirit of the evening, the whole shebang benefits the Utah Food Bank.