Wichita is lucky to have so many great Lebanese cooks, and I can personally attest that some great Lebanese cooking is going to happening this weekend at the annual St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church Mediterranean Festival.
At Gridiron last weekend, cast member Sarah Kallail, whose grandma is one of the great cooks, brought several samples backstage for the cast to test out. Among the dishes we were able to preview: Meat pies, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, baklawa (the church’s preferred spelling) and some of the best kibbee I’ve ever tasted.
Apparently, the co-chairs of the event traveled to Lebanon this summer to get in touch with their cooking heritage and gather up traditional recipes, which they’re trying out on this year’s festivalgoers.
The event will be at the church at 344 S. Martinson from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Patrons buy $1 tickets at the door and then choose their items a la carte. Most things range from $1 to $6.
For more information, call 316-264-1576.