A big conference coming to Little Rock this December is a chance to experience some culinary excellence in the Rock City. The 2008 USA Rice Outlook Conference will be held December 7-9 at the Peabody Hotel. In addition to a trade show and educational sessions focusing on key issues for rice farmers and the U.S. rice industry, several guest events are being held -- including a Rice "VIP" Event at the Capital Hotel with Chef Lee Richardson. The Sunday afternoon gathering includes a Champagne welcome followed by a four course tasting menu. Guests will receive a DVD of the tour and a collection of recipes sampled. Cost is $85. For more information, call (800) 888-RICE (7423) or check out the USA Rice Federation website.