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Win two St. George Lebanese dinner tickets

A big ole tray of St. George-made baklawa

The folks putting together this weekend’s 79th Annual Lebanese Dinner at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral have given me two tickets to give away to Dining with Denise blog readers.

The tickets, valued at $16 each, are good for two dinners of kibba, a rice and green bean dish called ruz and yuknee, cabbage rolls, pita, salad and baklawa. They’re being served dine-in or to-go from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m Sunday at the church, 7515 E. 13th St.

For more information about the dinner, you can call 316-636-4676.

If you want to win the tickets, post a comment on this blog post. We’ll draw a winner at random at noon on Wednesday. If you win, you’ll have to pick the tickets up at the Wichita Eagle, 825 E. Douglas, during our customer service hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.


Flying Stove’s Schauf wins Iron Chef contest

Judge/emcee Mark Davidson with the newly crowned Iron Chef, The Flying Stove's Rob Schauf.

There’s a new Iron Chef in town.

On Saturday morning, I helped judge the 10th annual Iron Chef competition at the Old Town Farmers Market, a competition that pits local chefs against each other in an on-the-spot cookoff, using a “secret ingredient” that’s revealed just before they start.

My cojudges and I —  who included KSN’s morning duo Mark Davidson and Leon Smitherman and local foodie Joe Stumpe — gave the championship wooden spoon to a new competitor — The Flying Stove’s Rob Schauf.

This was Schauf’s first time participating in a local chef-off, and he had some pretty tough competition in Bocconcini’s Nathan Toubia, Tallgrass Country Club’s Ben George, and defending champ Paul Freimuth of The Hyatt. Those three are among Wichita’s most amiable chefs and participate in nearly every cookoff in town.

The judges sampling more delicious food than should be legal before 10 a.m.

The secret ingredient was long beans, and after a shaky start (he appeared frozen by indecision at times), Schauf created a plate that made the crunchy beans the star. He cooked beef rare and topped it with the sauteed beans and served it alongside a potato puree. The judges were fighting for the last bites.

Customers at the Flying Stove rarely see Schauf, who is the culinary brains behind the food truck. He’s always inside, his back to the public, churning out the gourmet food while his friendly, chatty brother Jeff mans the window. He had a big cheering section at the competition, and afterward, The Flying Stove opened on the edge of the Farmers Market to a line 50 people deep.

Here are a few more photos from the event. Read More »

Win two tickets to St. George’s Lebanese dinner

I'm not sure how the St. George cooks are controlling themselves around these trays and trays and trays of baklawa.

For this Friday’s Go! section, I’m writing about the annual St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral’s Lebanese dinner, which happens Saturday and Sunday. This is the 78th year for the dinner, which offers hungry customers plates (or to-go boxes) of cabbage rolls, kibbe, a rice and green bean dish called ruz and yuknee, salad, pita bread and a serving of sweet, sticky backlawa (the Lebanese version of the Greek’s baklava.)

The organizers were kind enough to offer us two tickets to give away to readers. They’re worth $16 each.

Want them? Comment on this blog post and tell me what Mediterranean dish or local Mediterranean restaurant is your favorite. Tomorrow, I’ll draw randomly for a winner from the comments section. Make sure your  e-mail address is up-to-date on your registration because that’s how I’ll let you know you’ve won.

Festival of Breads is coming back

Famous baker Marjorie Johnson was a highlight of the Festival of Breads two summers ago in Wichita.

I covered the Festival of Breads when it filled the Airport Hilton with the aroma of yeasty goodness back in the summer of 2009, and it was a fun event. I learned a lot. (Including the fact that I wasn’t getting my water warm enough to dissolve my yeast. It’s changed my baking life!)

The event will be back in Wichita later this month. It’s put on by King Arthur Flour and Fleishmann’s Yeast and is scheduled for June 23 though 25 at the Airport Hilton. The highlight of the event is a bake-off between eight top home bakers from around the country.

One of the highlights two years ago was the inclusion of Marjorie Johnson, a home cook from Minnesota who had regularly been featured on “The Tonight Show.” She didn’t make the finals this year, but the recipes of this year’s finalists look pretty amazing. (Whole wheat jalapeno cheddar hamburger buns, anyone?)

The big day for local baking enthusiasts is Saturday, June 25, when the public is invited to watch the contestants in action, sample bread and watch other cooking demonstrations. If I recall correctly, I scored a few packets of free yeast back in 2009, too.

To learn more about the festival, visit the official website.

Wrap what (or who) you love in foil

That Chipotle marketing department is so… busy.

First, they started wrapping burritos in fancy gold foil to draw attention to the restaurant’s “sustainably-raised” ingredients.

Now, they’re launching a contest that invites diners to “Wrap What You Love.” Until May 11, diners can visit and upload a picture of something they love wrapped in gold or silver foil. Website viewers will vote for the best picture, and the winner will get $10,000.  You can read more about the challenge at the above site.

And before you ask, no, I’m not available to be wrapped. This week.