Category Archives: Fundraisers

Annual Lions Club pancake day is Thursday

FOODThe 56th annual Downtown Lions Club pancake day, an event that attracts about 2,000 people to Century II’s Exhibition Hall for all-you-can-eat pancakes plus sausage and coffee, is schedule for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets are $6 in advance by calling 316-264-1610 and are available at the door. Money raised goes toward supporting free and assisted child care programs at the YMCA.

I went a few years ago, and it was delicious, though I’m still trying to wash the aroma of freshly flipped pancakes out of my clothes.

Amber Waves a new beer fundraiser by Starkey

I count any day I find out about a new beer/wine fundraiser as a good day. Today was one of those days.

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Jamie Opat from Starkey, Inc., stopped by to tell me about Amber Waves, a new beer stroll planned for May 16 in Delano. It sounds sort of like the popular Winefest Walkabout only with beer in Delano instead of wine in Old Town.

The event includes 13 participating Delano businesses who will offer 2 oz. pours of craft beers made by brewers such as Breckenridge, Sam Adams and Schlafly. Those who attend buy a $50 ticket and stroll from store-to-store sampling the beer. Several of those stores also will offer hors’ d’oeuvres prepared by local restaurants and prize drawings, too. Already signed up are stores such as All Things BBQ, Bluebird Arthouse and Twist Yarn Shop.

The event is from 6 to 9 p.m., when most of those businesses would normally be closed. Money raised goes to Starkey, Inc.  More information and tickets are available at 

Beer has the starring role in Tallgrass fundraiser

hops and barleyThe Hops, The Malts and The Barley is a fundraiser for the Tallgrass Film Association scheduled for Friday that will feature local bars restaurants competing to make the best “beer cocktail.”

The event will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas, and among the bars and restaurants competing to make the best mixed drink using craft beers are The AnchorHeroesLarkspurThe MonarchMort’sPublic at the Brickyarand Taste & See. The winning cocktail will be featured at a VIP party during October’s Tallgrass Film Festival.

Tickets are $80 in advance at or $90 at the door and include complimentary wine, 12 craft beers on tap and martinis for sale. It’ll also have food by Olive Tree Catering and music by DJ Carbon.

Mark your calendars and loosen your belts: It’s food fundraiser season

maxresdefaultEarly spring is typically the time local churches and organizations start feeding people for a cause. That season unofficially launches Monday in Wichita.

A whole lot of food-based fundraisers will happen over the next couple of weeks. Some are simple chili feeds. Other are elaborate galas with huge spreads and fancy attire.

Following are a few to put on your calendar:

Dining with Friends, Monday, Feb.24: This event is a benefit for Positive Directions and includes a special dinner at Taste & See, 255 N. Washington. It’s a five-course dinner with two wine pairings per course. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the dinner is $65 a person. Reservations are required by calling James Woods at 263-2214 extension 109.

Palette to Palate, Friday, Feb. 28: This annual fundraiser for KETCH mixes art, food and drink. It includes food from local restaurants, wine tasting and silent and live wine auctions. The event starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Beech Activity Center, 9710 E. Central. Tickets are $75 a person. Tickets are available at or by calling 316-383-8889.

Prairie Fire Chuckwagon, March 1: This all-you-can-eat chili and stew feed is put on by Grace United Methodist Church, 944 S. Topeka, and happens from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under and include dessert and a drink. Additional desserts can be purchased for 50 cents. For more information, call 316-262-6195.

Throw Down in Old Town, March 6: Women in Aviation Air Capital City Chapter are putting on a cookie competition from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at Social Manor, 920 E. Douglas. The event will put local cookie chefs against each other, including Bruce Reesman from Twizted Confections and Nancy Bell Ringer, the Dish Diva. Tickets are $15, and chances to vote for a favorite cookie are $1 each. Tickets are available at

Wichita Airport Lions Club Chili Feed, March 8: This is the 22nd annual chili feed for this club, and it lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. It happens at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, 7001 W. 21st St. N. Tickets are $7, and the event  offers all-you-can-eat chili and crackers and unlimited coffee and tea. Soft drinks and desserts are available for purchase. The proceeds will go toward community service activities and projects for the club.

Death by Chocolate, March 8: This eighth annual fundraiser for Exploration Place fills the children’s museums with chocolate creations prepared by local bakers, chocolate makers and restaurants. Visitors also can enjoy wine and chocolate parings, liv emusic. an open bar, and a silent auction. The event is from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. Tickets are $80 a person and are available at

St. Paul’s annual chicken noodle dinner is on Saturday

A man and his Miracle Whip. Cliff Simmons is the man who does almost all the shopping, organizing and marketing for the annual chicken noodle dinner. I thought he was pretty great.

A man and his Miracle Whip. Cliff Simmons is the man who does almost all the shopping, organizing and marketing for the annual chicken noodle dinner. I thought he was pretty great.

Doesn’t a bowl of hot chicken and noodles sound good right now? Brrrrrrrrr.

Saturday is the day for is the 68th annual St. Paul’s United Methodist Church chicken and noodles dinner, which usually gets about 2,000 attendees. They sit down at tables and feast on family-style servings of  homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes and coleslaw. It’s an all-you-can-eat kind of thing.

I sat down with the organizers earlier this week, who are getting sort of worn out. I wouldn’t have the energy to do all they do, and I’m 40 years younger.

They hinted this could be the last year for the dinner, but apparently, they feel that way every year.

Either way, it might be a good idea to go on Saturday. Admission is $1o. Get all the details in my story.

Two approaching wine events

1554581_10151958331917675_1336795804_nLike wine? Of course you do. Here are two opportunities coming up to drink it:

1. Capricorn tasting at Oeno, 3oo N. Mead: Oeno’s monthly wine tasting, which costs $35 a person, is at 7 p.m. on Saturday. It’ll feature three courses and three wine pairings plus a dessert. Among the items on the menu — sesame crusted ahi tuna paired with Chime Pinot Noir from California. For reservations, call 316-440-5000.

2. Dining for Friends, 6 p.m. Jan. 27, Taste & See, 255 N. Washington: Positive Directions is putting on a fundraising event that will feature five courses with two wine pairings per course. The doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. It’ll cost $65 a person and reservations are required by calling 316-263-2214, extension 105.

Red Stocking Breakfast is Thursday

Me on fruit duty, Brett Harris on cheese duty.

Me on fruit duty, Brett Harris on cheese duty.

I’ve always work as a server at the annual Red Stocking Breakfasta fundraiser for the Kansas Children’s Service League. This year’s is from  6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Carlos O’Kelly’s, 7703 E. Douglas.

I love this breakfast not only because it’s for a good cause but also because it features a buffet of food so delicious and decadent (biscuits and gravy, Mexican breakfast casserole, cinnamon rolls, etc.) , you won’t be able to eat again for the rest of the day. This is a problem for me since our newsroom holiday lunch is just a few hours later, but oh well. I will make the sacrifice and pig out twice. It’s for a good cause, after all.

All the servers are recognizable politicians and media personalities. I’ll be on duty from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

Proceeds raised go toward KCSL programs and services. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Children age 10 and under eat free. Advance tickets are available online at

Steak feed, chili feed: Two food fundraisers

A couple of tasty food fundraisers are scheduled for this weekend.

One is called the Maverick Round-Up, and it’s a “steak feed” that serves as a fundraiser for the Maize South Booster Club. (Why do I love to say the words “steak feed” so much?)

It starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at The Anderson Barn, which is 1.4 miles west of Maize High School. Tickets to the adults- only event are $45 a person and include steak and desserts. The event also will include dancing, a silent auction and a fire pit. A cash bar also will be available. For tickets, call 316-516-0434.

The other fundraiser is the Riverside Citizens Association’s 37th Annual Chili Supper, which is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12., at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1101 N. River Blvd. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for chidren 12 and under. Take-out orders are $10. For more information, call 316-264-7068.

Jewish Deli Day is on Sunday at Emanu-El

A corned beef sandwich on rye from Deli Day

Wichita doesn’t have a proper Jewish deli, but it does have a more-than-proper Jewish Deli Day — once a year at Congregation Emanu-El, 7011 E. Central.

This year’s Deli Day, a fundraiser for Congregation Emanu-El, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For $14, diners can either eat-in or carry-out either a brisket dinner or corned beef sandwich meal. Homemade baked goods, such as rugelach and mandelbrot, also will be for sale.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling 316-684-5148.

Following are the two menus visitors can choose from:

Option No. 1: Deli-style corned beef sandwich plate, matzo ball soup, potato salad, Israeli tomato and cucumber salad, homemade strudel or brownie

Option No. 2: Brisket platter, applesauce, latke (Jewish potato pancake), challah (a sweet egg bread, Israeli tomato and cucumber salad, homemade strudel or brownie

Missed you at the Wichita Wine Opener

I was a judge at last night’s Wichita Wine Opener, an annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. My job was tough. I had to sample alllllllllll the food and help decide which was best.

The big winners were the students from the new culinary program at Butler Community College. 

Here’s a little video I produced out of the event.