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How to make a grilled pizza, step by step

In Sunday’s paper, you’ll find the second annual edition of a special publication we call “Perfect Summer.”

The features staff at the Eagle has been busy for weeks now gathering up all the information you’ll need to lead the most perfect life imaginable during the hot-weather months.

For one of my contributions, I was asked to reveal the secret behind my famous grilled pizzas, which I’ve been perfecting for a decade. They taste good, impress guests and are fun to make.

Here’s a sneak peek at my story, with a bonus how-to video I made with the assistance of Eagle photographer Jaime Green.

Sunday’s “Perfect Summer” section also will include a guide to Kansas microbreweries, a comprehensive list of Wichita food trucks, a story about ice cream making, and some summer cocktail recipes from some of your favorite local bars.

It’s not all about food and drink, though. There are also stories about gardening, entertaining, travel and more.

Wichitans can learn to cook in 2014

Adriene Rathbun at work teaching class.

Adriene Rathbun at work teaching class.

If learning to cook was one of your New Year’s resolutions, several talented Wichtans are ready to teach you.

One is accomplished local cook Adriene Rathbun, who has a cooking school called Social that she runs out of her luxurious home kitchen at 158 N. Roosevelt in College Hill. She’s just released her January/February schedule, which includes lessons on winter soups, Greek food, and Super Bowl snacks. She also has a couple of fun classes on the books for kids, including an adult/child taco class on Jan. 18 and a youth kitchen skills class for ages 10 to 16 on Jan. 25. Classes all start at 6:15 p.m. and range in price from $50 to $65. To make reservations, call Rathbun at 316-990-4493. Participants are asked to RSVP no later than two days before the class.

A few other places offering classes:

Cooking at Bonnie’s Place at 9747 E. 21st St. also has her January classes set, and the calendar includes lessons with local chefs such as Newport Grill chef Kevin Dirks. For a complete schedule of her classes, visit

All Things BBQ, the grilling store at 818 W. Douglas, has a couple of February grilling classes set up, including a class on mastering the grill on Feb. 21.

And Chef Jason Febres also is still teaching cooking classes at his Harry location of Taste & See, including a Jan. 16 class on making sushi and Feb. 20 class called Cooking with Couples. See his full schedule here. 

All the deliciousness, none of the sugar

Looking to make your holidays a little less sugary? Check out this cooking event on Thursday:


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Tanya’s Soup Kitchen offering fall cooking classes

Those who want to learn to cook like Tanya Tandoc, owner of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen at 1725 E. Douglas, will have many opportunities through the fall. The chef is putting on a series of demonstration-style evening cooking classes that include dinner, recipes and one glass of wine.

The classes are all $45 a person and start at 6:30 p.m. on Monday nights at the restaurant. Doors open at 6 p.m. The first class was on Monday night, and students learned how to prepare fall soups and stews, including a chipotle cheese soup.

Following is the schedule for the rest of the fall. Those who want to make reservations should NOT call the restaurant but should call 316-631-5973.

Oct. 28 — Northern Italian cuisine:  Lasagna with prosciutto and mushrooms, creamy butternut squash risotto, pork involtini, panna cotta.

Nov. 4 — Comfort Food with a Twist: Meatloaf, casseroles, slow-cooker dishes and soups.

Nov. 11 – Spanish food and tapas: Potato tortilla, shrimp with chile-garlic sauce, romesco sauce, chorizo empanadas, and paella.

Nov. 25 – Braising and roasting: One-pot meals

Dec. 2 —  Holiday entertaining: Appetizers, snacks, unique side dishes and food gifts.

Nathan Toubia teaching Italian cooking series

Nathan Toubia

He closed his Bocconcini Italian Eatery at 4811 E. Central, but chef Nathan Toubia is still cooking.

In addition to his Bocco Deliwhich is still operating at 3010 E. Central, Toubia is putting on a series of Italian cooking classes this month at Cooking at Bonnie’s Place, 9747 E. 21st St.

The first one is on Oct. 17 and is a hands-on class during which Toubia will teach participants to make fresh pasta and ravioli. The second class is on Oct. 24 also is hands-on. It will cover pasta and cannelloni making.

And on Oct. 30, Toubia will put on a demonstration class in which he prepares an Italian dinner featuring spinach and shrimp scampi flan, braised beef risotto and red wine poached pears with pistachio Mascarpone.

All three classes start at 6:30 p.m. and are $60 a person. To make reservations and get more information, call 316-425-5224 or visit Bonnie’s website.

My daughter is learning to cook at Bonnie’s Place

There’s Alexis, on the far right, scooping yeast for pizza crust under the watchful eye of Bonnie Aeschliman.

My 8-year-old daughter, Alexis, is kind of shy, and she’s not always excited to walk into a situation where she doesn’t know anyone.

But Cooking Camp so far has been different.

I signed Alexis up for a week-long “camp” at Cooking at Bonnie’s Place, the cooking school at 9747 E. 21st St. N. run by Bonnie Aeschliman. The camp meets every day this week from 10 a.m. to noon, and the students — second through fifth graders — cook something different each day then consume the results.

On Monday, they made spaghetti and meatballs and “the second best salad” Alexis has ever had. Today, they were working on making pizzas with crust from yeasty scratch.

Alexis is is loving it, and by Friday, I expect her to whip me up a gourmet meal.

Bonnie is having two more sets of kids cooking camps this summer. One is July 15 through 19 and is designed for teens ages 12 to 18. Then, there’s another camp for the younger set June 17 through 21. Sign your young chef up through the website or by calling 316-425-5224.

Little bites of restaurant stuff

Check out Bella Vita's new sign. Hopefully, it'll make the restaurant more visible to passers-by.

I’ve been collecting little restaurant details that I thought I’d better share. Consider this entry to be blog tapas, if you will.

1. Bella Vita’s new sign: For a long time, I’ve thought that Bella Vita Bistro, a good but previously hard-to-find restaurant at 120 N. West St., could use better signage. It sits way back off the road in a strip center, and if you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t know it was there. I noticed the other day that the restaurant now has a new sign — a big one, right up next to the street. Good move.

2. Seal Team Six at Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria: Owner Jeremy Horn called today to tell me about a special beer he’s brewed and titled “Seal Team Six,” a nod to the Navy Seals team that captured Osama Bin Laden. It’s a black IPA, which he describes as “dark like a Porter, without the roasted character, and hopped.” (Sounds strong.) He’s brewed only five barrels of it, meaning it should be available for another month. Today, in honor of Veteran’s Day, he’s serving goblets — normally $5.50 — for $4.50.

3. Adrian’s menu update: George Matta from Adrian’s at 2121 N. Rock Road asked me to let people known about some of his new menu items, including a 14 oz. T-bone steak served with roasted potatoes and vegetables; a stuffed pork tenderloin filled with spinach and walnuts and topped with an apple Brandy cranberry sauce; and a grilled chicken Parmesan served with vegetables and spaghetti or roasted potatoes. Matta also says he’s considering adding a Sunday brunch to his offerings.

4. Bonnie’s latest chef classes: Bonnie Aeschliman of Cooking at Bonnie’s Place, 9747 E. 21st St. N., has two more chef classes on her schedule. There are still a few seats left for Tuesday’s session with Tallgrass Country Club chef Ben George, who will be demonstrating “West Coast Fusion” style cooking. And speaking of Bella Vita, the restaurant’s chef, Adrian Prud Homme DeLodder, will be teaching an Asian cooking class on Nov. 29. Both classes start at 6:30 p.m. and cost $45 a person. Make reservations here.

Learn to cook with the pros

There’s all sorts of cooking school awesomeness going on in Wichita over the next couple of weeks.

One is over at Cooking at Bonnie’s Place, where on Tuesday, chef Nathan Toubia of Bocconcini Italian Eatery will demonstrate how to make some of his specialties, including pancetta-wrapped shrimp, polenta cakes with red garlic sauce and panna cotta. His class is at 6:30 p.m. and costs $45 a person. To make a reservation, visit Bonnie’s website.

Another is the Taste of Home Cooking School, which is in its second year at Hartman Arena. The show is from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and will feature cooking demonstrations, shopping and prizes geared for home cooks. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance at Ashley Furniture Home Store, 10711 W. 21st N. or at Furniture on Consignment 4502 E. 13th St.

Cooking with chefs

Adrian Prud Homme DeLodder, center, will teach a cooking class later this month at Cooking at Bonnie's Place. He's pictured here in his restaurant, Bella Vita Bistro, with his co-owners, including his mother-in-law Lory Wooley, left, and his wife, Crystal Prud Homme DeLodder.

Bonnie Aeschliman continues to attract some of Wichita’s most interesting chefs to her Cooking At Bonnie’s Place, a cooking school at 9747 E. 21st St. N.

This month, she’ll have three notable chefs teaching three interesting classes.

On April 12, Chef Douglas Pitts — most recently of Press — will teach a class called “Celebrate Spring Asparagus.” Even if you’re not a huge fan of that particular veggie, if anyone can make asparagus taste great in all kinds of different ways, it’s Chef Pitts. The class is at 6:30 p.m. and is $45.

Then, on April 19, Chef Peter Moretti, who’s the chief of all things culinary at the Corporate Hills Marriott, will demonstrate how to make hors d’oeuvres and party foods, and Bonnie says this particular class is a very good one. It’ll be at 6:30 p.m., and is $45 a person.

On April 26, Chef Adrian Prud Homme DeLodder of Bella Vita Bistro will lead his first-ever class at Bonnie’s. He’ll be demonstrating several Italian-influenced dishes, including cannelloni. It’s at 6:30 p.m. and is $45.

Interested aspiring chefs should reserve a spot soon either on the Cooking at Bonnie’s website or by calling 316-425-5224.

Can I please get credit, by the way, for spelling Aeschliman, hors d’oeuvres AND Prud Homme DeLodder in this post? Please?

Lots of food fun at the Women’s Fair

Guy Bower: Willing to teach women about wine.

I sort of love the Women’s Fair, which runs Friday through Sunday at Century II.

There’s tons of good shopping, for one, and I love watching the live haircuts that Eric Fisher and his stylists do in the middle of all the hubub.

I also love the foodie fun at the Women’s Fair, mostly because the food demonstrations always conclude with samples, and there are some good cooks on the menu this year.


At 5:30 p.m., my buddy Guy Bower (who changed my life when he taught me that I preferred Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand) will put on a wine tasting. Right after at 6:30 p.m., the Hyatt’s new chef Paul Freimuth will make his Wichita debut with a cooking show.

You will not want to miss the annual cooking show put on by Sue Chef & the Food God, also known as the Wichita Eagle’s Carrie Rengers and her food God and husband Joe Stumpe. Their always-entertaining show is at 2 p.m. Then, at 4 p.m., local chef Tanya Tandoc, who’s hard at work getting her Tanya’s Soup Kitchen reopened, will put on a cooking show of her own.

Skip lunch and go to a noon cooking show by Joe Parten, the very generous and talented chef and proprietor of Carrabba’s.

The Women’s Fair runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7.75 for adults, $6.75 for seniors and $4.75 for children.