Wine dinners at Ya Ya’s

Ya Ya’s Eurobistro, the fine dining restaurant at 8115 E. 21st St., will be the site to a couple of fancy, libations-based dinners over the next two weeks.

The Wichita chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food is putting on a Van Duzer Vineyards wine dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ya Ya’s. It’ll feature five courses paired six wines from the vineyard, an Oregon winery known for its Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Admission is $55 for AIWF members and $65 for non-members. Call 316-682-5502 for reservations, which are due by noon on Monday.

Ya Ya’s also is putting on a $95-a-person champagne dinner on Feb. 13 that will include a five-course meal, each course paired with champagne. The entree is pan-roasted duck breast with smoked gouda polenta. Call 316-634-1000 soon for reservations since it’s Valentine’s Day eve and all.

Fat Tuesday is nigh

The Mudbugs

Attention, party people: You have only a week and five days to make plans for how you’ll spend Fat Tuesday, and I have two suggestions — one Cajun, one educational and sophisticated.

The Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band, which stars Eagle photographer Jaime Green on drums, is playing its annual Fat Tuesday gig at Heroes Sports Bar, 117 N. Mosley. The Cajun tunes start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, and Heroes usually mixes up some killer hurricanes. Admission is free.

Over at the Airport Hilton, the Orpheum and the American Institute of Wine and Food’s Wichita Chapter are putting on a fundraiser called “A Night of Education, Sophistication & Celebration.” It will feature wine, food and a presentation by internationally known wine expert and author Dr. Elliot Engel.

The dinner will feature the wines of Louis M. Martini, and food will be provided by the Hilton’s executive chef Larry Walker.

Proceeds benefit the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $95, and reservations are due by noon March 6 by calling 316-682-5502.