Five fun food-and-drink fundraisers

It’s fundraiser season, which is my favorite season. Over the course of February and March each year, several organizations put on fancy parties that include food, wine and frivolity. If you want to go (trust me, you DO want to go), it’s time to get your tickets. Here are the ones I know about.

Cocktails & Cookies: This annual fundraiser, scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Drury Plaza Broadview, benefits Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. It includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, sweet cocktails and desserts prepared by local chefs using Girl Scout Cookies as a main ingredient. Tickets are $100 a person at cocktailsandcookies.org. I’m a dessert judge at the event, so I’ll see you there.

Uncorked Wine Tasting and Auction: This event also is on Feb. 25 at the Derby Public Library in Derby and raises money for the Derby Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment Grant Program. It will include food from local restaurants, wine tasting stations, Cocoa Dolce chocolates and an art auction. Tickets are $35 a person and available at the Derby Welcome Center, 611 N. Mulberry, Ste. 200, or by calling 316-788-9815 or by e-mailing admin@derbycf.org.

A Night on the Red Carpet: The third annual Oscar-night party, a fundraiser for Episcopal Social Services, is on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. It’s a fun, black-tie optional party that this year will feature food from Carrabba’sLarkspur and Luca Italian Kitchen plus drinks, a showing of the 84th Annual Academy awards, local celebrities on the “red carpet,” live music and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $75 a person or $850 for a table of 10. More information about the party can be found at http://www.esswichita.org. The Eagle also has two sets of tickets to give away, which we will do at noon on Monday. If you want to enter to win a set of tickets, visit the Kansas.com Facebook page and scroll down till you find the giveaway. All you have to do is hit “like” on the post. I’m the emcee of this one, so I’ll see you there.

Palette to Palate: This second-annual fundraiser benefits KETCH and will be at 7 p.m. March 3 at the Drury Plaza Broadview. It’ll feature food from restaurants such as Luca Italian Kitchen, Newport Grill, Bocconcini Italian Eatery and more. It also offers a wine tasting and art auction. Tickets are $60 a person by visiting www.ketch.org.

Death by Chocolate: Exploration Place’s sixth annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser is a wonderland of chocolate-y goodness. It includes unlimited chocolate creations and drinks from local bakers and restaurants. It’s from 7 to 10 p.m. on March 31, and tickets are $75 a person www.exploration.org.