At least not on this blog.
See you back here on Dec. 3.
Happy Turkey Day.
At least not on this blog.
See you back here on Dec. 3.
Happy Turkey Day.
Molino’s Mexican Cuisine owner Mario Quiroz has a birthday on Friday, and his wife is cooking him his favorite meal — pozole.
He’s decided to share. Customers who dine at the excellent Mexican restaurant at 1064 N. Waco on Friday can order pozole, too.
Pozole is a Mexican stew made with pork and lots of peppers, herbs and spices. Mario’s wife, Mara Garza, is said to make a killer pozole.
If it’s anywhere near as good as the rest of the food on Molino’s menu, it will be a very happy birthday for Mario.
BY THE WAY, I discovered today while dining on a Molino’s pirata — one of my favorite foods in Wichita — that Quiroz and I were born exactly two days apart. He looks much younger.
Molino’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.
The night before Thanksgiving is always a big night for Larry Bud’s, said owner Will Harmon.
People are in town visiting their kinfolk and need to lube themselves up for family interaction with some beers, etc. The bar is always packed.
This year, Harmon decided to add a twist to the Thanksgiving Eve festivities and took inspiration from his favorite show – “Duck Dynasty.”
On Wednesday Nov. 27, both Larry Buds will be putting on “Duck Dynasty” parties and are asking attendees to come dressed as characters from the show. Camouflage is encouraged, and prizes for the best costume include a session of machine gun-shooting.
That’s right, ya’ll. Machine gun shooting.
“I like ‘Duck Dynasty. I like to blow things up. I like to shoot things. And I like to dress in camo,” Harmon said, explaining how he came up with idea for the event.
The evening will include live music, costume contests for individuals and groups, “Duck Dynasty” prizes from Gander Mountain and more.
The parties will happen are at both Larry Buds — at 2120 N. Woodlawn and 6200 W. 21st St. N. — and should last from about 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Today, I was invited to attend lunch at Compass Star Montessori, where the fourth graders (both of them) had prepared a Brazilian feast as part of their studies about Brazil.
The two tiny cooks, Sasha Keehn and her classmate, Alex Boone, researched Brazilian cuisine and hand-picked recipes from the Internet. Though Sasha’s mom, Kim, was a kitchen assistant, the two girls did most of the chopping, mixing and cooking themselves.
Wow, it was delicious, and I’m not just saying that because I like these kids. I’m ashamed to say I’d never eaten a kale salad, but thanks to these two miniature chefs, it’s going to become a regular staple in my salad-making repertoire.
I love it when kids learn to cook, which is why I sent my daughter to cooking camp this summer at Cooking at Bonnie’s Place and why I’m so excited about next week, when I’ll get to help her and her classmates make pumpkin cake for her school’s Thanksgiving Feast. Other classes will be peeling potatoes and performing other prep tasks.
Also on my to-do list: Catch the next season of this awesome-sounding show.
Any fabulous kid cooking going on in your life?
Here are a few events coming up during the next couple of weeks:
The Wines of Fall: This event, put on by The Wichita Chapter of The American Institute of Wine & Food, is from 6:30 to 8:3o p.m. Thursday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport. It’s $35 a person and will offer a preview of 30 popular seasonal wines paired with gourmet food. Experts also will be there sharing entertaining tips and more. Non-members can attend. Call 316-682-5502 for information or to make credit card reservations. For more information, visit www.aiwfwichita.org.
Oeno’s Sagittarius Zodiac wine dinner: This dinner features three courses, each one paired with wine, and costs $35 a person. It’s at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30. For reservations, call 316-440-5000.
Mike’s Wine Dive wine dinner: This one has four courses and four wines and is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Mike’s Wine Dive, 4714 E. Douglas. For reservations and to see the menu, visit mikeswinedive.com
Bourbon and Bites at Chapada: This restaurant at 2142 N. Tyler is having a bourbon dinner, pairing five bourbons with five courses. It starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and is $45 a person. For reservations, call 316-201-4694.
Several restaurants around Wichita are observing Veterans Day on Monday by offering deals for veterans with valid ID. Here’s a list I compiled, but I know there are more out there. Call your favorite restaurant and ask what they’re offering.
Jimmie’s Diners, 3111 N. Rock Road and 1519 S. George Washington Blvd: 25 percent off meals to military members with an ID, both active and retired.
Oliver’s Little Italy, 1930 S. Oliver: 15 percent off the bill for all military, EMS, firefighters and Wichita police
Paradise Donuts, 3107 W. Central: Free donut and small coffee for any active and retired military members from 5 a.m. to noon.
Curly’s American Diner, 1530 S. Webb Road: Free meal for active duty military, National Guard and veterans from a special menu
Applebee’s, many Wichita locations: Free meal from special menu
BJ’s Brewhouse, 7960 East Kellogg: Free lunch from a special menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a free mini-pizza for dinner from 3 to close.
Carrabba’s, 3409 N Rock Road: Free appetizer Saturday through Monday
Chili’s, several Wichita locations: Free meal from special menu
Longhorn Steakhouse, 2720 N Maize Road and 440 S. Towne East Mall Drive: Free Tonion appetizer
Texas Roadhouse, 6707 W. Kellogg: Free lunch from a special menu for active-duty, former, or retired military members.
Red Robin, 9990 E. 13th St. N.: One free Tavern double burger to veterans or active duty military members with ID or in uniform
Outback Steakhouse, 2020 N. Rock Road and 233 S. Ridge Road: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverae
Hooters, 3151 N. Rock Road: Free meal up to $10.99 with any drink purchase
Famous Dave’s, 9719 E. 21st: 50 percent off any sandwich or platter, drink and dessert
Golden Corral, 616 S. Ridge Road Circle, 11006 E. Kellogg: Free meal from 4 to 9 p.m.
Olive Garden, 323 N. Rock Road, 2641 N Maize Road: Free meal from a special menu plus 10 percent off for family members dining with them. Current members of the military and dependents get 10 percent off throughout November.
Red Lobster, 555 S. West St, 333 S. Towne East Mall Dr.: Free appetizer from special menu Monday through Thursday
Krispy Kreme, 7777 E Central: Free doughnut and small coffee to military with ID or those in uniform
On the Border, 2347 N Maize Road, 1930 N. Rock Road: Free Create Your Own Combo meal
TGI Friday’s, 2441 N. Maize Road: Free lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Each set is a $28 value and will entitle you and a guest to choice of corned beef sandwich or brisket dinner with traditional Jewish sides. This is one delicious day at the temple, and I can highly recommend it.
Want to win? Visit my new Dining with Denise Facebook page and hit “Like” then leave a comment on the Deli Day post. (If you’ve already “Liked,” just leave a comment.) On Thursday morning, I’ll choose two winners at random, and you’ll need to pick the tickets up by 5 p.m. on Friday at the Eagle, 825 E. Douglas.
Also, I’ll be writing more about the dinner for this week’s Go! section. The story will be online by tomorrow afternoon.
Now get to “Liking.”
Yesterday, I launched a Dining With Denise Facebook page. It’ll be an accessory to the blog and will link you to new blog posts and it will also contain pretty pictures, restaurant tidbits and — I hope — discussions among local foodies. I also plan to resurrect “Question of the Week,” which used to be a part of my Dining with Denise newsletter.
I also want you to go to the page to share recommendations and to ask questions. You also are not only allowed but are INVITED to share photos of what you had for lunch. Or dinner. Or breakfast. Or on vacation. This is the page where no one will make fun of you for talking about what you ate on Facebook.
Go to the page and Like it to get the information showing up in you Facebook stream. See you there.
The Taste of Home Cooking School and Expo is returning to Hartman Arena on Friday.
The event, sponsored by Taste of Home magazine, features cooking demonstrations, shopping, prize giveaways and more.
All attendees get a goodie bag.
The expo is from 3 to 7 p.m., and the cooking school is from 7 to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $12 at the door.
This year’s event will feature popular home chef Jamie Dunn.
For more information, visit this website.
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.
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.
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.
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