In some ways, the annual Red Stocking Breakfast at Carlos O’ Kelly’s is one of my favorite events of the year. I get to see Wichita’s fancy people slopping biscuits and gravy for the masses, and I get to say hello to a lot of hungry people.
But in some ways, it’s the most horrible day of the year because I completely blow the day’s calorie allotment before 9 a.m. After an hour of slopping for the masses, I’m hungry.
The Red Stocking Breakfast is an annual fundraiser for the Kansas Children’s Service League. Carlos O’ Kelly’s cooks up a huge breakfast buffet, and more than 600 people stand in line to have the steamy goodness served up by local celebrities.
This morning, I served bowls of fruit next to Spangles’ Rene Steven, who was deftly delivering cinnamon rolls to plates. City councilman Jeff Longwell was dishing out sausage links, Bonnie Bing was on gravy duty, and B-98′s Tracy Cassidy was assigned to the biscuits. Susan Peters was there, too, as was Mayor Carol Brewer, KSN’s Stephanie Bergman and many more.
Every year, I think Carlos O’Kelly’s should go into the breakfast business. I’m now miserable with a gut full of juevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, cinnamon rolls and… well, I’ll stop there.