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A week of chili at Tanya’s Soup Kitchen

185939_188089224564957_6304569_nWith a whole bunch of snow and freezing temps imminent, Wichita is going to need all the chili it can get.

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen at 1725 E. Douglas is here to help. The restaurant has declared this week chili week and will serve a different type of chili every day this week.

Here’s the lineup. I’m particularly interested in Saturday’s pulled pork chili verde.

Monday: Italian spiced chili with fennel roasted eggplant
Tuesday: Hearty chipotle turkey chili topped with diced red onions
Wednesday: Red lentil chili with pineapple topped with avocado creme fraiche
Thursday: Creamy white chicken chili
Friday: Kelly Rae’s bull’s blood chili topped with fresh bacon
Saturday: Pulled pork chili verde made with fire roasted poblano peppers

For more information, contact Tanya’s at 316-267-7687.

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.

Souper Bowl offers all-you-can eat soup

Inter-Faith Ministries is putting on its 13th annual Souper Bowl – a throw down for the centuries among local soup cooks — on Friday.

The event features soup and bread donated by several local restaurants. Among the participants:  Adrian’s Café,  Bagatelle Bakery,  Cinnamon’s Deli,  Freddy’s Frozen Custard,  Great Harvest Bakery,  Hereford House,  Newport Grill,  Old Mill Tasty Shop,  Panera Bread, Petroleum Club, Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, Texas Roadhouse, Wichita Marriott and the Wichita Wagonmasters. Varieties available range from tomato bisque to chili to clam chowder.

Attendees get all-you-can-eat soup plus a souvenir soup bowl made by local elementary students, while they last. Designer bowls made by local artists also will be available, and door prizes will be given away every 15 minutes.

The Souper Bowl is intended to raise awareness about hunger in the community, and money raised goes toward Inter-Faith Ministries programs that help the homeless and hungry.

It’s from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 525 N. Broadway.

Advance tickets are $13.50 by calling 316-264-9303. Tickets at the door are $15.

You can learn to cook with Tanya

Tanya’s Soup Kitchen owner Tanya Tandoc has put on many cooking classes over the years. I took one wayyyyyy back when I first moved to Wichita and she was in her old location by the Eagle. I’ll never forget that class because I learned not only about the importance of a good knife but also that the reason restaurant food tastes so good is that it’s 95 percent butter, cream and sugar. Oh well!

Tanya hasn’t been teaching much while she’s been getting her new restaurant going, but now she’s ready to get back to it. She’s launching a new series of Tuesday-night cooking classes that look delicious. Here’s a list:

Fall Soups and Stews, Oct. 30: Tomato curry, butternut squash bisque with sage croutons, and other fun recipes.
Global Street Food, Nov. 6:  Street food and snacks from around the world, including socca from Southern France, Malaysian laksa, Indian samosas, and more.
Tapas and Small Plates from Spain,  Nov. 13: Herbed potato tortilla, chile-garlic shrimp, spicy chickpeas, roasted potatoes with red pepper sauce, and more.
Italian Trattoria, Nov. 20: Carpaccio, orecchiette with sausage and fontina, Tuscan bean bruschetta, and tiramisu.
Fast French, Nov. 27:  Onion soup with croutons and Gruyere, salad of tart greens with bacon and poached egg, chicken with tarragon sauce, and spice-poached pears.
Holiday Entertaining, Dec. 4: How to prepare holiday appetizers and meals that look elegant but are easy to plan and prepare.

The classes are $45 a person and include dinner, recipes and one glass of wine. They’re demonstration-style, which means students can watch Tanya do the preparation. All classes are at Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, 1725 E. Douglas. Those interested should not call the restaurant but rather the reservation line, 316-631-5973.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and classes start at 6:30 p.m. Those who buy the whole series will get a $30 discount.

Tanya’s pretty pergola ready to go

The patio is covered, and Tanya plans to plant some vines that will snake up the sides.

As of today, the pretty new pergola at Tanya’s Soup Kitchen at 1725 E. Douglas is up, and the patio is open.

Crews have been working on the structure, which is covered on top to make it rain-proof, for a couple of weeks. Those who visit for lunch today can be the first to enjoy the new structure and enjoy a view of Douglas while they slurp their soup.

As for the Pug Brunch Tanya planned but had to cancel on tornado weekend, it’s still going to happen, but she’s been waiting on the pergola completion to reschedule. She’ll let me know when she has.

Tanya’s planning a very puggy birthday

I can tell you one pug (Norton) who lives at my house who really wants to go to the Pug Brunch.

Can you believe it’s already been a year since Tanya’s Soup Kitchen reopened at 1725 E. Douglas?

This week, mistress of soup Tanya Tandoc will celebrate her restaurant’s first birthday (officially on Friday) with several days worth of activities, culminating in a PUG BRUNCH this Sunday.

The pug brunch, inspired by Tanya’s beloved pugs Olive and the late LuLu, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday on Tanya’s patio, which this week is being fitted with a new pergola. Humans pay $10 for food, which will include sandwiches, soups and a few breakfast items. Dog treats will be provided, too.

Pugs are particularly invited, but any friendly smaller-breed dog is welcome. Tanya’s husband, local musician Wayne Gottstine, will entertain on the patio outdoor and may be filming  a video of the event. Tanya is limiting the brunch to 40 pugs and 60 humans, so if you want to attend, make a reservation by calling 316-267-7687. (If the weather is iffy on Sunday morning, the Pug Brunch will be rescheduled for May.)

Other birthday activities Tanya has planned for the week: On Wednesday, she’ll start registering customers for two $100 gift cards she plans to give away during the brunch. On Friday evening, musicians Nikki Moddelmog and Curt Mitchell will perform and Tanya will be serving Indian food. On Saturday, she’ll offer birthday cake in the restaurant.

Slurpy Birthday to you, Tanya!

All-you-can slurp at the Souper Bowl

The annual Souper Bowl event, where participants can slurp up bottomless bowls of soup prepared by local restaurants, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 525 N. Broadway.

The event, organized by Inter-Faith Ministries as a way to increase hunger awareness, features soup prepared by several local restaurants, including Tanya’s Soup Kitchen,  Copper Oven, Cinnamon’s Deli and more.

Tickets are $15 at the door and include a souvenir soup bowl donated by local pottery students and artists plus all-you-can-eat soup and bread. For more information, call 316-264-9303 or visit

Free Tanya’s food! Free Tanya’s food!

An event being put on next week by the Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum of Art will offer something everyone could use more of: free food from the popular Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, 1725 E. Douglas.

“Tell It Like It Is: Candor in Contemporary Video Art” is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 9, and will feature Ulrich curator Emily Stamey talking about three short films by artists who use humor to speak frankly about sensitive topics. Participants will see the films, and while they’re watching, they can enjoy free soup and sandwiches prepared by Tanya’s owner and chef, Tanya Tandoc.

The Ulrich will accept the first 50 people who preregister by calling 316-978-3664 or e-mailing Reservations are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 8.

Avoiding that awkward “soup-enir”

My very creative friend Jaime and her husband Carter made a hilarious 30-second video that landed them as finalists in the Gain laundry detergent “Smell Like A Million Bucks” contest. Whichever of the 25 finalists gets the most votes by next Monday wins…. well, see the title of the contest. (Learn how to vote by visiting

To help remind people to vote, Jaime is making more hilarious videos by the day. The one below is her best yet. Not only is it useful and timely, but it also was filmed in a local restaurant. Bon appetit!

A peek inside Tanya’s

We meant to take a picture of our food before we dug in, but we were so excited when the food arrived, we totally forgot.

I know I’ve been blogging a lot about Tanya lately, but I hope you will indulge one more post. (I get the feeling you all are interested, after all.)

On Saturday, I finally got a chance to check out the new Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, which opened a week ago today at 1725 E. Douglas. We arrived at 1:15, thinking we’d be smart and miss the lunch rush. But alas, the line to the counter wound OUT THE DOOR. We left, did a little shopping, and came back a half hour later when the line was still long but at least contained indoors.

I decided to order my old favorite on my first trip back — tomato bisque with half a Milano.

My tastebud memory was instantly awakened to that silky sweet tomato goodness, and I’d forgotten how much I loved the basil mayo on the sandwich, which also is made with roast beef, Parmesan cheese and romaine on ciabatta. The food is exactly what you remember. I had almost forgotten about Tanya’s delicious green salad, topped with her crunchy homemade croutons and tangy homemade vinaigrette, and I had forgotten about her fabulous, slightly pink, slightly fruity iced tea.

My Tanya's lunch dates, Jaime and Annie, glowing in the bright new dining room.

My sister, Annie, ordered a pumpkin soup that was like savory pumpkin pie in a bowl, and Jaime had the chicken tortilla with a half a Cindy The Boy. We also couldn’t resist bread pudding for dessert, even though Tanya had already treated us to a big slice of her brother and business partner Warren’s red velvet birthday cake.

The dining room felt smaller, even though it isn’t, but the wait was shorter because of Tanya’s new order-at-the-counter method of service. I also was happy to see the return of the famous counter made out of salvaged doors, a touch from the previous location I’d forgotten about.

Business is going well in the first week, Tanya told us. She described daily lines, giant numbers that dwarfed anything she used to do in the old location, and another problem she’s trying to figure out. Sales were so good that Tanya simply ran out of food and had to close without keeping her advertised late hours on Friday and Saturday. She and her handlers told me they’d be able to fix that problem as they got a better feel for the new business.

I can’t wait to go back.

Bread pudding with caramel sauce. Same as it ever was.