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Who Needs Low-Carb Diets? This Pasta is Good for the Soul.

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Although the weather is warming, we still insist you gorge yourself -- particularly on pasta. You may retain that winter blubber, but at least it's for a good cause.

The Place: Carino's Italian The Causes: Autism Speaks and Autism Society During the month of April, your low-carb diet is not only making you miserable, it's downright uncharitable. For National Autism Awareness Month, Carino's Italian will donate a dollar to Autism Speaks and Autism Society for every pasta entrée sold. The two organizations will split the money down the middle.

The Event: Battle of the Chefs Challenge The Cause: Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation Dallas loves a good throw-down. The city's top chefs will get some action today when they compete in the Battle of the Chefs Challenge at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. It will be slightly less violent than other Dallas fights: Chefs will create their "house" dishes and attendees will vote for their favorites. To the victor goes the 2011 Best Chef Award. The event starts at 6 p.m. The only thing Dallas loves more than a throwdown is a silent auction, and the silent auction at this event boasts some pretty great prizes. Tickets are $75. For more information, click here.

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