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The Dish: News you can eat and drink

The July winemaker dinner at Spiedini at the J.W. Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., will feature wines by Lionello Marchesi and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 22). With an entree of Sicilian-spiced duck breast with red wine risotto, the four-course dinner is $69. Call 702-869-8500. …

Taste of the Town: Reader help needed to find homemade Italian sausage

August L. Darata emailed with what might seem like a prosaic query. “Whose sausage is the ‘taste of the town?’” I know there’s plenty of Italian sausage being made in-house at numerous delis, butcher shops and other markets across the valley, and I know my own favorites. But in the spirit of this column, I thought I’d turn it over to the readers for suggestions.

Taste of the Town: Canfield’s Diet Chocolate Fudge soda? Check Smith’s

Some things have been frequent requests in Taste of the Town over the years, as availability has shifted from place to place and, in some cases, drifted in and out of the market. One of those is Canfield’s Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda, most recently sought by Terry Marrone. Ellene Hohmann and Scott Kagan both said it’s still available at the Smith’s store at 2211 N. Rampart Blvd., Hohmann adding that it’s in the kosher section. …

They’ll take Manhattan (clam chowder, that is)

Clam chowder is clam chowder is clam chowder? Not if you’re a fan of one type or another — but not both — and prefer either the creamy-white New England style or tomato-y-red Manhattan. It’s the latter that Shirley Bruss is seeking, and her fellow Taste of the Town readers have several suggestions for her.

Corned beef and cabbage, anyone?

The hearty Irish dish known as corned beef and cabbage isn’t just for St. Paddy’s Day, lads and lasses. True lovers of the stuff can find it at select local pubs.

Taste of the Town: Don’t tell us we can’t buy that salad dressing

A great way to discover a new product is to try it in a restaurant, but sometimes it’s only available on the wholesale level. When Donna DeFrank discovered Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate Vinaigrette Dressing when it was served with a salad she got at Wendy’s, she asked where she could buy it and was told she couldn’t.