Monthly Archives: October 2010

Krispy Kreepy

donutredoAI wrote about these doughnuts today in the Go! section, but they’re so pretty, I had to share them here in color. And I’m definitely going ot have to eat one.

To celebrate the scariness of the season, Krispy Kreme is serving four devilish doughnuts, including a pumpkin-shaped Jack-o-Lantern doughnut, a pumpkin spice doughnut, a chocolate-iced doughnut with Halloween sprinkles and a spiderweb doughnut.
The treats are available through Oct. 31, though the pumpkin spice doughnut will stay through Nov. 28.

When will pigs fly? Today!

header-logo-when-pigs-fly-01aToday’s opening day for When Pigs Fly, a new barbecue restaurant at 7011 W. Central that’s owned by my Wichita Eagle colleague Ronnie Choy, his son, Brian, and their wives, Collette and Kendra.

Ronnie, an all-around nice guy, ad salesman and talented disc jockey, also knows his food. More important, so does his son, Brian, a Pig-In Pig-Out veteran who’ll be manning the kitchen and the smoker.

Opening day hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. After that, hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

When Pigs Fly will have good ribs, I have no doubt, and I’m also looking forward to the restaurant’s barbecue-filled baked potatoes, a combo I learned to love when I lived in Tennessee.

To get more info on When Pigs Fly, call 316-295-2150 or visit the slick website.

Chat about dining in Wichita with Denise Neil at 1:30 p.m. today

Beer: Something worth celebrating

1015beerfest_th3.jpgSaturday is the 10th annual Midwest Beerfest, and I’m looking forward to it for a couple of reasons.

One is that I like beer. Not as much as wine, mind you, but I like it.

Two is that I’m helping to judge a new feature at the festival — a chicken wing contest. And I don’t like chicken wings. I LOVE them.

A couple of other exciting things about this year’s festival: A bunch of beers from Lawrence’s Free State Brewing Company will be available for sample, and starting Monday, they’ll be available for purchase in Wichita, too.

Also, the beer expert at Goebel Liquor has selected about 150 unique beers that wouldn’t otherwise make the festival, and he’ll be set up in a special area. Among his options: A bunch of fruity beers that he’s labeled “girls only.”


Run, Chef, run

101010pittsHe has about three weeks until his new employer opens Press, a cocktail lounge planned for the old Sabor space at 1720 N. Webb Road. So how is chef Douglas Pitts occupying himself in the meantime? By running marathons, apparently.

My photo friend Jaime Green snagged this shot of Pitts finishing the Prairie Fire Wichita Marathon the weekend before last.

That’s 26.2 miles, people.

A quick check of the results page shows that Pitts finished the race in 3 hours and 20 minutes, making him the 31st runner (out of 551) to cross the finish line. Not too shabby.

A man of many talents, and apparently one who will not have to worry about all that butter, cream and puff pastry sampling he’ll be required to do.

Playing catch-up

oeno1Even though it was nearly a full week ago now, I feel like I owe you a post-vacation update on the “On the Town with Carrie & Denise” event– mainly because I blogged and tweeted incessantly about it before it happened.

It was a meet-up for people interested in food that Carrie, the online team and I organized and put on at Oeno last Tuesday. About 65 people showed up, including local foodies such as Sigrid Trombley and Bill Pearce, and we snacked on some of Oeno’s delicious cheese lavosh and hummus, sipped wine and enjoyed a perfect fall evening.

Photo by Jaime Green. Drink by Oeno. Necklace by Deena Kreutzer.

Photo by Jaime Green. Drink by Oeno. Necklace by Deena Kreutzer.

Carrie and I even fielded some questions, some tougher than others. (I’m looking at you, Sigrid.)

It was fun, and we’re going to do it again. Carrie has a little something up her sleeve, possibly for November, but I’m not at liberty to discuss it yet. Stay tuned.

Thanks to Oeno for generously hosting us and providing snackage.

What I ate on my vacation

Me and my salmon.

Me and my salmon.

I’m back from my vacation and totally refreshed. Well, partially.

I had a good week off, and the highlight, of course, was food. The second half was spent in the Kansas City area, where my sister, Annie, lives. She “hired” me (read: volunteered me) to cater an open house at her schmancy new optometry office.

Let’s start with the restaurant headlines. The most memorable place we dined was a restaurant called Piropos Grille, a quaint South American place built at the top of a hill in Parkville, Mo . The food was great — I had lobster ravioli,  my dad had some killer pork chops, and my sister tried the grouper. But the atmosphere was what made it. Highly recommend.

Annie and I at the fabulous Piropos Grille in Parkville, Mo.

Annie and I at the fabulous Piropos Grille in Parkville, Mo.

My sister and I also had an afternoon lunch (and a couple of vacation lunchtime martinis) at the beloved Cheesecake Factory. I thought of you, Wichita, while I dined there. Though I’m still not as excited about it as I feel I should be. Annie and I split a crab cake sandwich (eh) and an order of spring rolls (ho-hum.) We also made another visit to Succotash, one of my favorite breakfast places in Kansas City.

Annie enjoying our one-martini lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.

Annie enjoying our one-martini lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.

The highlight of my vacation, though, probably was my catering job, which went off without a hitch. (Except for a few too-crunchy crostini.) I served smoked salmon, chicken and black bean empanadas, roasted garlic crostini, baked brie and more.

Now that I’m well-fed and refreshed, I’m ready to refocus myself on the fine cuisine of Wichita. Starting…now.

Look how fun we are

IMG_3950Tomorrow’s the night: Carrie and I will be at Oeno in Old Town Square putting on our first “On the Town with Carrie and Denise” event.

What is the event, you ask? Well, we planned it as a way for Wichita restaurant, food and wine fans to get together, share tips, talk and share a drink.

Oeno will have a spread of appetizers, and we’ll be giving away door prizes, too.

It all starts tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m., but if you can’t get there then, stop by when you can. Carrie’s getting worried we’re going to have to eat all the appetizers ourselves, so please, someone, COME!

Two pieces of sweet news

cupcakeI almost forgot to tell you that Sugar Sisters at 4811 E. Central is putting on a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday to help Lifeline Animal, an rescue animal shelter. Free cupcakes and homemade doggie treats will be available.

In other sweet, sweet news, I’M OFF WORK NEXT WEEK!!!!! Well, sorta. I’m still going to judge a WSU sammich competition on Monday and go to the Carrie & Denise party at Oeno on Tuesday. But otherwise, I’ll be painting, eating, hanging with my sister, and napping. Blog posts will be sporadic to say the least.

Fire Chief/ Miss Kansas approved chili

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Beauty and The Chief

I was asked by the folks at Davis Moore to help judge an employee chili cookoff today that was set up to help raise money for United Way.

I never say ‘no’ to a chance to eat for a cause, as you know, or to share my opinion about food. Plus, when I found out that my co-judges would be Wichita fire chief Ron Blackwell and the reigning Miss Kansas Lauren Werhan, I knew I had to participate.

chilidavismoore.jpg 014We had four chilis to judge, and I had a definite favorite — a smoky, spicy bowl of heaven with amazing texture made by sales manager Tim Dugan. But, alas, I could not talk my fellow judges — especially Chief Blackwell — out of choosing a more traditional bowl created by accountant Sara Meeks.

That chief seems to be used to being in charge or something.

My next opportunity to pass judgment on other people’s cooking comes up on Monday, when I’ll help pick a winner in WSU’s Elliott School’s Top Chef ESC Sandwich Contest. It’s from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Elliott School’s commons.

Hoping the chief is busy that day.