Category Archives: On the Town with Denise and Carrie

Question of the week

onthetown13-300x257So we’ve talked a lot about our first two On the Town with Carrie and Denise event. The first one was fun and successful, and we just built on the fun and success with the second one.

So where should we try to go next? Looking for ideas!! Post them in the comments section.

We painted the town

onthetownmainLast night’s On the Town with Carrie and Denise at the new Newport Grill at Bradley Fair was a big success, and wow, that restaurant sure is nice.

You can read the whole recap on Carrie’s blog, including the fact that we attracted more than 130 people and raised $1,316 for the Kansas Food Bank.

Our big crowd sort of overwhelmed the staff on the restaurant’s opening night, but they kept up with our demands quite nicely.

While I was there, I got a look at the menu, which includes a lot of interesting dishes. A man next to me was eating the seared scallops ($29), which consisted of jumbo diver scallops, black truffle arancini, yellow pepper Romensco and melted and crispy leeks. It looked fabulous, and judging from the fact that he cleaned the plate, I’m sure it tasted great, too.

I also heard good things about the grilled mahi mahi ($19) and can’t wait to try the Colorado striped bass ($26) and the trout amandine ($18.) The menu also has a grilled filet ($31 and $39), a slow roasted pork loin ($21) and hand-made papparadelle noodles served with braised beef short rib, while mshrooms, thyme cream and smoked red pearl onions.

I got to try several of the appetizers, including some rock shrimp cigars, some mini-crab cakes, a giant piece of fried calamari and more. I hope to go back for dinner soon.

The restaurant is open daily from 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call  316-636-9555 for a reservation.

A few more pics from the evening, courtesy of organizer and photographer Lori Buselt of our fabulous online team:

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One last reminder

ng-barMonday’s the day to see if the artists’ rendering of the bar at Newport Grill turned out to be accurate. Carrie and I will be hosting the second “On the Town with Carrie and Denise” event at the new restaurant, which is in the former Cibola space in Bradley Fair.

We’ll meet in the bar area, and the restaurant is providing appetizers and a cash bar. If you get a good feel, you can stay for dinner and brag for eternity that you were among the first customers ever.

The event lasts from 5 to 7, and admission is $10 at the door.

A sneak peek at Newport Grill

oeno1We’ve scheduled our second On the Town with Carrie and Denise event, and this one is big time.

The owners of Newport Grill, a fancy  new seafood restaurant that’s opening Monday, Dec. 6, in the old Cibola space at Bradley Fair, have agreed to let us in for an opening day preview. They’ll provide some appetizers and a cash bar, but this time, admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Kansas Food Bank.

I’m pretty sure it will be worth it. The owners of Newport Grill are the same people behind Yia Yia’s Eurobistro, and the interior of the new restaurant — which has been totally remodeled — was already pretty stunning.

The fun lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. Will I see you there?

Playing catch-up

oeno1Even though it was nearly a full week ago now, I feel like I owe you a post-vacation update on the “On the Town with Carrie & Denise” event– mainly because I blogged and tweeted incessantly about it before it happened.

It was a meet-up for people interested in food that Carrie, the online team and I organized and put on at Oeno last Tuesday. About 65 people showed up, including local foodies such as Sigrid Trombley and Bill Pearce, and we snacked on some of Oeno’s delicious cheese lavosh and hummus, sipped wine and enjoyed a perfect fall evening.

Photo by Jaime Green. Drink by Oeno. Necklace by Deena Kreutzer.

Photo by Jaime Green. Drink by Oeno. Necklace by Deena Kreutzer.

Carrie and I even fielded some questions, some tougher than others. (I’m looking at you, Sigrid.)

It was fun, and we’re going to do it again. Carrie has a little something up her sleeve, possibly for November, but I’m not at liberty to discuss it yet. Stay tuned.

Thanks to Oeno for generously hosting us and providing snackage.

Look how fun we are

IMG_3950Tomorrow’s the night: Carrie and I will be at Oeno in Old Town Square putting on our first “On the Town with Carrie and Denise” event.

What is the event, you ask? Well, we planned it as a way for Wichita restaurant, food and wine fans to get together, share tips, talk and share a drink.

Oeno will have a spread of appetizers, and we’ll be giving away door prizes, too.

It all starts tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m., but if you can’t get there then, stop by when you can. Carrie’s getting worried we’re going to have to eat all the appetizers ourselves, so please, someone, COME!

On the Town with Carrie & Denise

denisecarrieWe’re trying to start something new and fun for food fans in Wichita, and the working title is On the Town with Carrie and Denise.  (There we are, on the town!) ——————->>>

It’s an idea I had one day in the middle of one of my live dining chats: There are so many people in Wichita passionate about food and dining out, wouldn’t it be fun to get them all together?

I took the idea to the Online Gurus at the Eagle, and they took it to the folks at Oeno, the wine bar in Old Town Square. Now it’s more than an idea. We’ll have our first meeting on the patio at Oeno at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 12.

We’re still working the details out, but mark your calendars. The evening will include eating, drinking, mingling and a brief session with myself and Carrie Rengers, where we can talk all things dining out in Wichita.