Category Archives: Fundraisers

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.

Greek food on the menu at church fundraiser

Wichitans will have the chance to indulge in Greek food this weekend at a church fundraiser dinner that’s been on hiatus for a few years.

The Holy Trinity Church Greek Orthodox Church at 805 N. Dellrose in Wichita is putting on its Greek Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Diners can choose from two platters — one featuring souvlaki, which is a pork shishkabob, and one featuring pastitsio, a rich Greek lasagna that is one of my favorite foods ever. Each platter costs $12 and comes with a variety of sides.

There will also be baklava and other desserts, and visitors can buy some items a la carte.

The small church last put on  the dinner around 2007, but recently, it’s brought on a full-time priest and is trying to grow in size. A committee decided that bringing back the food festival would be a good start.

It’s an appetizer for another popular church fundraiser — the annual St. George Orthodox Christian Church’s Lebanese Dinner and Food Sale. This year’s is coming up Oct. 12 and 13.

For more information on Saturday’s dinner, visit the Holy Trinity website.

The burgers battled… and Fizz won

The Fizz burger fixers, hard at work.

Saturday night’s Battle of the Burgers, a first-time fundraiser put on by KETCH at Old Cowtown, was fun. I know I’ve never eaten so many burgers in one sitting.

I joined a panel of three other judges, and we blind tasted at least 14 different burgers and ranked them, looking for winners in three categories: Traditional, contemporary and gourmet.

Judges. Can’t. Move. Too. Full.

The participants were Fizz Burgers & Bottles, Mooyah, The Anchor, Public at the Brickyard, the Hyatt’s Harvest Kitchen/Bar and Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, and they topped their burgers with sauces, pickles, onions, pickled onions, onion strings, bacon and more.

The evening’s big winner was Fizz Burgers & Bottles, which is at 7718 E. 37th St. N. Their burger, which was topped with chopped lettuce and a nice sauce, was not only the judges’ choice for “best traditional” burger, but it also earned the People’s Choice trophy.

A bit of the burger submitted by Public at the Brickard.

The Anchor, which grilled up a very big, beefy burger on an onion bun, won the best gourmet category.

And Mooyah, the new burger restaurant that opened last fall at 352 S. West St,  had the best contemporary burger.

KETCH employees say they hope to make the event an annual happening. It’d be fun to see even more burger cookers there next year.

Old Cowtown overflowing with food, drink

Old Cowtown Museum will be full of food and drink lovers this weekend. The venue at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. has two big food events scheduled.

Local restaurants will be competing for these beautiful burger trophies this weekend.

On Saturday, a new fundraiser called Battle of the Burger will fill the grounds.  The event, a fundraiser for KETCH, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and will have six local restaurants serving samples of their burgers, trying to claim the title of best burger maker.

The participating restaurants all have good burgers, so competition should be fierce: Fizz Burgers & Bottles, Mooyah, The Anchor, Public at the Brickyard, the Hyatt’s Harvest Kitchen/Bar and Heroes Sports Bar & Grill.

In addition to sampling the burgers, attendees also get a beer, dessert, chips and access to  car show, wagon rides and live music by the band Turnback Creek. I’m a judge at the event, so I’ll see you there.

Tickets are $35, available at the door or by visiting or by calling 316-383-8889.

Just look at these folks, moseying with their wine.

Then, on Sunday, the fifth annual Wine Mosey will move in.  It’s scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature hors d’oeuvres provided by the Double Tree by Hilton Airport and a barbecue dinner by Wichita Wagonmasters. It also will feature stagecoach rides, saloon girls, antique bowling and gunfights plus a live auction and music by the Diamond Wranglers. Admission is $40 a person at or by calling 316-350-3323.

Party till the bears roar at Zoobilee

If ever there was a year to figure out how to afford the $150 ticket to Saturday’s Zoobilee, this is the year.

The event, a fundraiser for the Sedgwick County Zoo, is a big deal. It’s such a big deal that Zoobilee day is the only day of the entire year that the zoo is closed to regular visitors.

Note the forky, spoony nature of this rare bear’s eyes.

During Zoobilee, the grounds of the zoo are filled with tables of food and adult beverages, and attendees are free to roam and snack at will. The list of restaurants participating this year is long and includes places such as Cake Face Bake Shop, Carlos O’Kelly’sCiao Italian KitchenIl VicinoP.F. Chang’sRiver City Brewery and Wichita Brewing Company

As they nosh and imbibe, people can walk around the zoo, checking out the animals and all the short, animal-print dresses. Live bands are set up throughout the zoo as well, and later in the evening, the headliners take the main stage.

The Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band was promoted this year to headliner status, and my friend Jaime — who is the drummer — is quite excited. They’ll play starting at 9:30.

I’ll be there with many of my favorite people. It all starts at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit the zoo’s website.

Dine Hutch-style, meet astronauts

Hutchinson can claim some good restaurants too, including places such as Anchor Inn and nearby Carriage Crossing in Yoder.

Hutchinson also has the Kansas Cosmosphere, a space museum capable of attracting real-life astronauts.

On Saturday, Hutchinson will combine those two attributes for the second annual Fly Around Dine Around reception at the Kansas Cosmosphere, 1100 N. Plum in Hutchinson.

Attendees at the event, which lasts from 6 to 9 p.m., offers tastings of food from Hutchinson restaurants including the above mentioned plus Carlos O’Kelly’s, Dillons Chinese Kitchen, Dillons Marketplace, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Girst’s: Catering For You, Hog Wild, Hutchinson Town Club, Jillian’s Italian Grill, Pizza Ranch, The Raz Smokehouse, Serendipity Cupcakes, Spangles, Starbucks, and Sunflower Supper Club and Catering. Beverages will be provided by City Beverage and Egbert Liquor.

It also will be attended by eight famous astronauts — Buzz Aldrin, Walt Cunningham, Joe Engle, Richard Gordon, Fred Haise, Jeff Ashby, Steven Hawley and Bruce McCandless II.

They’ll share memories of missions and mingle with guests — but they won’t pose for pictures or sign autographs.

The reception lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 620-665-9312. Tickets are $40 for Cosmosphere members, $50 for nonmembers.

Eat blizzards, meet beauties, help babies

What could be better than an excuse to eat a Blizzard?

It’s that time of year when you can eat, eat and eat some more and justify the calories because after all, you’re helping the children.

The Children’s Miracle Network at Via Christi Health has two food-related fundraisers coming right up. The first one is called Miracle Treat Day and will be on  on Aug. 8. All day, local Dairy Queen stores will donate proceeds from every Blizzard sold to the cause. I’ll take cookie dough, thank you.

The next day, Aug. 9, Redrock Canyon Grill at 1844 N. Rock Road will be the site of a fundraiser that will allow attendees to meet Theresa Vail, who is Miss Leavenworth County 2013. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the restaurant will serve a free lunch buffet in exchange for a donation to the CMN Hospitals and Miss Kansas organizations. Vail also will sign autographs and pose for photos.

CMN Hospitals help more than 46,000 children in south-central and western Kansas and helps families cover medical costs not covered by their insurance.