What do the Shockers eat?
Three Wichita restaurants know.
Locally owned eateries Doo-Dah Diner, Sweet Basil, Bella Luna Cafe have the corner on the Shockers catering business. When the team has a home game, the players and coaches are served catered meals from these restaurants four hours before tipoff.
The owners of the restaurants say they have learned what Shockers do and don’t want. Carbs are good. Protein is good. Basic is good. Nothing too fancy for the guys.
The newest addition to the catering crew is Doo-Dah Diner, which serves breakfast and lunch at 206 E. Kellogg. Timirie Shibley, who owns the restaurant with chef/husband Patrick, said Doo-Dah was recommended by the owners of Bella Luna.
Doo-Dah gets the job when the Shockers play early and want breakfast. The Shibleys have done three games already and have more on the books. They take the team scrambled eggs, sausages, maple pepper bacon, oatmeal, cinnamon rolls and quiche. Though team managers told the Shibleys to keep it basic, they experimented with some crispy morning potatoes made with peppers and onions. They were such a hit with the players that the Shibleys have added the potatoes to the breakfast menu at the restaurant, too, Timirie said.
Getting to know the players and coaches has been fun, Timirie said, and she was particularly pleased on Sunday when Coach Gregg Marshall was particularly pleased the homemade crust on the quiche.
“A week ago, we got a text that said, ‘The boys love your food like no other. When can we plan the rest of the season?’” Timirie said.
Bella Luna, a popular Mediterranean restaurant with three locations, usually caters Saturday Shockers games. The restaurant, said a manager, serves the team a spread of beef kabobs, pasta diablo, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and salad.
One of the most seasoned Shockers caterers is Sweet Basil, the Italian restaurant at 2424 N. Woodlawn owned by Charli Singh. Sweet Basil has been catering game days since 1986 — before Singh even owned the restaurant.
The team’s dietitian asks for foods that have a good mix of starches, fats, proteins and sugars, Singh said. A usual spread includes lasagna, chicken satay, grilled chicken breast, steaks, cheesecake and brownies.
Singh, who said he has amassed a nice collection of autographed Shocker’s posters over the years, said he happily entertains requests from the players — and occasionally likes to surprise them.
“For Christmas, they got prime rib,” he said. “They really liked that.”