Category Archives: Wine dinners

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.

All kinds of adult beverage opportunities

Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching. It’s time to prepare our palates — and our livers — with a little wine and spirits tasting.

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.

Newport Grill’s wine dinner: Eight courses, 16 wines, lots of competition

Newport Grill’s Iron Sommelier dinner will feature four local wine experts battling to see who can create the best wine pairings. The dinner will feature eight courses and 16 wines.

I’m told that Aaron Whitcomb, Newport Grill’s Denver-based executive chef, will be in town for the event.

Attendees will vote on the best pairings. The event is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Newport Grill, 1900 N. Rock Road, and costs $125 a person. For reservations, call 316-636-9555.

Check out the menu for the evening… but only if you can handle getting very, very hungry.

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Twin wine dinners at ICT/KC Ambassador hotels

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse Chef Marshall Roth is partnering with Justin Winery — and with his counterpart at the Kansas City Ambassador Hotel — to put on a special wine dinner.

Roth and Shaun Brady, the executive chef at The Reserve at Kansas City’s Ambassador, both are putting on the same wine dinner, one day apart. Brady’s will be on Monday in Kansas City, and Roth’s will be on Tuesday at Siena, 104 S. Broadway. Both dinners are $90 a person and include a martini reception at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner with wine pairings at 6:30 p.m.

Among the dishes on the menus: Prime Creekstone Farms KC Strip with wild mushrooms and bone marrow red wine butter honey roasted root vegetables. (Thatsa lota adjectives.)

To make reservations for the Wichita dinner, call 316-239-7110. Or, if by chance you are reading this in Kansas City, call 816-298-7700 for reservations.

Wichita wine lovers: Get out your calendars

Wichita loves its wine, and in coming weeks, Wichita will have several chances to demonstrate that love.

The Wichita Center for the Arts at 9112 E. Central is is putting on three wine classes through October and November. The first is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and will feature wine expert Whitney Post talking about grape varieties, wine vocabulary and more. Attendees also will be able to sample six wines. Post will offer the same class from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 19.

And on Oct. 22, a class from 6 to 8 p.m. called Entertaining with Wine will include tips about planning parties that include wine. It’ll also include six samples. Tickets to the classes are $45 for Wichita  Center for the Arts members and $55 for nonmembers. Enroll on the Wichita Center for the Arts website.

Also on Oct. 8, Larkspur Bistro & Bar at 904 E. Douglas will be putting on a wine dinner featuring Foley Family Wines. It’ll offer five courses and four wines and will cost $65 a person. It’s a 7 p.m. For reservations, call 316 262-5275.

Later this month, on Oct. 24, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will put on its annual fundraiser. The fourth annual Wichita Wine Opener will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Abode Venue and will feature wine tasting and food from several Wichita restaurants, including Larkspur, Freddy’s, Oeno, YaYa’s Euribostro and more. Tickets are $60 per person at this website.

Lots of wine events coming up for Wichita

This weekend is the Midwest Beerfest, but wine lovers have lots of options too.

Following are a few wine events scheduled at various venues in the area.

Hangar One Steakhouse Wine Flight Dinner: Radio personalities Brett Harris and Anita Cochran will be among the guests at this dinner, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday. It’ll feature four courses, each one paired with wine. The main course is beef Wellington with grilled asparagus and potato souffle. The cost is $39.99 a person, and RSVPs are required at 316-941-4900.

Grace Hill Winery’s Fall Release Party: The winery at 6310 S. Grace Hill Road in Whitewater will premiere several wines, some reformulated and some brand new, at its release party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The winery will also be serving buffalo meatballs, sweet potato hummus, turkey/cheese wraps, quinoa salad and chocolate balls. Admission is $20 a person, and RSVPs are required at 316-799-2511.

Mike’s Wine Dive Wine & Cheese Pairing: This event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, will feature five wines paired with five high-end cheeses. Admission is $30 a person, and credit card reservation are required at mikeswinedive.com.

Bordeaux Wine Tasting at aVenue Banquet Hall: This wine tasting, put on by Auburn Spirits, is at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at 13303 W. Maple and will feature seven Bordeaux wines plus snacks  plus a Riedel wine glass to keep.  Admission is $35 a person. Reservations are required by calling 316-440-1111.

Three wine and beer events this month

Wine and beer fans will have several more opportunities this month to demonstrate their preferences in public. Several dinners centered around adult beverages are planned. Among them:

Firkin Beer and BBQ at Oeno, 330 N. Mead on July 19:  Oeno’s a classy wine bar, but on July 19, it’ll be more of a beer and barbecue place. The bar will put on an event called Firkin Beer and BBQ, which for $25 a person will offer two beer tickets, access to a barbecue buffet and live classic rock from the band Back Roads. For reservations, call 316-440-5000.

Picnic Day at Grace Hill Winery on July 21: The Kansas winery at 6310 S. Grace Hill Road in Whitewater is putting on a picnic day, which will feature a menu of pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, cherry tomato salad and homemade brownies. Those who attend will buy picnic baskets, which are $15 apiece and include the recipes for the dishes plus a glass of Grace Hill wine. RSVPs for the event should be sent to info@gracehillwinery.com.

The Pink Party by Auburn Spirits on July 30: The liquor store is putting on a rose wine tasting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on July 30. The event will be at Rolling Hills Country Club, 223 S. Westlink, and will include samples of six still and sparkling dry roses paired with rose-inspired hors d’oeuvres. Pink attire is encouraged. For reservations, call 316-440-1111.

Events for oenophiles in June

There’s lots of wine to be consumed in June, whether you prefer yours with a four-course dinner or a side of yoga.

Here are some events to put on your calendar.

1. Wine and Yoga: Oeno Wine Bar at 330 N. Mead has started a weekly yoga class that also features a wine tasting in its champagne room. It’s staged every Monday at 7 p.m. and features an hour of yoga led by Olga Khakova followed by light hors’ douevres and three wine samples. Admission is $15 a person, and reservations are recommended by calling 316-440-5000.

2. Bocconcini wine dinner: The next wine dinner at Bocconcini, 4811 E. Central, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. It’ll feature four courses paired with wines from Banfi. For reservations, call 316-613-2523.

3. Dinner for Friends: Taste & See, 3825 E. Harry, will be the home of a 6:30 p.m. June 17 fundraiser dinner for Positive Directions. Chef Jason Febres will prepare a five-course dinner, and two wine pairings will be provided by Standard Beverage. Tickets are $60 or $75 for front-row seats. A cash bar also will be available. Reservations are required by calling 316-263-2214, extension 108.

4. Cocktail Tasting: Auburn Spirits is putting on a cocktail tasting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 18 Tuesday at Rolling Hills Country Club, 223 S. Westlink. It’ll include mixology lessons on mixing summer spirits plus samples of six cocktails. Tickets are $20 and include the drink recipes. Reservations are required by June 17 by calling 316-440-1111.

January wining and dining

The Cabernet Sauvignon will be flowing at Hereford House on Thursday.

Two wine dinners are coming up, and both have my Monday morning taste buds on high alert.

One is an event scheduled for Thursday at Hereford House, inside the Terradyne Country Club in Andover and put on by the Wichita chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food. 

The event will feature Casidy Ward from the Hidden Ridge Vineyard, who will pour the vineyard’s well-regarded Cabernet Sauvignon, along with several other wines. The event also will feature a four-course meal plus appetizers and dessert.

It’s $7o for AIWF members and $85 for non-members. Call 316-682-5502 for reservations and information.

Oeno Wine Bar at 330 N. Mead also is planning a wine tasting called “Indulge” and scheduled for Jan. 26. It’s $35 a person and features a three-course tasting, each course paired with wine, plus dessert. For reservations, call 316-440-5000.

Eat a pig, have a beer, meet a chef

November, the most delicious month of the year, is starting off deliciously with several interesting dining events.

I love the logo Oeno Wine Bar, 330 N. Mead, came up with for its Pig Out Swine & Wine dinner, scheduled for 7 p.m Saturday.  will feature all the best parts of the big, including a pig ear salad, crisp pork belly and bacon and maple gelato. It costs $35 a person, a three of the courses will be paired with wine. It starts at 7 p.m. For reservations and information, call 316-440-5000.

A few days later, Oeno’s sister restaurant — Caffe Moderne, which sits across the plaza at 300 N. Mead, is putting on a Tallgrass Beer Dinner featuring beer from Tallgrass Brewing Company. It’s $35 a person and starts at 7 p.m. Thursday For information, and reservations, call 316-260-1199.

Chef Aaron Whitcomb during his last class at Cooking at Bonnie’s Place

Also, I’d recommend the Nov. 15 cooking class being put on at Cooking At Bonnie’s Place,  9747 E. 21st St., by Chef Aaron Whitcomb of Denver, who is the executive chef for Newport Grill. I attended his last class this summer so I could write a story, and I learned tips from him I still use today. Plus, the food was delicious.

This one will start at  6:30 p.m., and attendees get to see Whitcomb prepare a meal and then sample it for themselves. They also get the recipes. He’ll post the menu soon. Admission is $55 a person. Make reservations at www.cookingatbonnies.com.