Dash and Dine was delicous — but hot

I wish I could the moves these pizza slices had. From left, Pizza Slice No. 1, Jill, me, Pizza Slice No. 2.

About 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, I seriously regretted pre-registering for the Dash and Dine 5K Run/Walk, a first -year event that started at 2 p.m. in Sedgwick County Park.

It was Oct. 21, but it was HOT (nearly 90 degrees), and it was 2 p.m. The race itself was sweaty and somewhat miserable.

But the after-race was a lot of fun. Several restaurants and food vendors were gathered out the park passing out delicious food. I sampled a healthy brownie from Green Acres, tried a hot dog from Relish It, gobbled down a no-bake cookie from Cake Face, and had my photo taken with dancing Papa Murphy’s slices. I also finally got to try one of Panera’s pumpkin bagels, which was totally worth the sweaty run.

It was a small race, but the crowd was fun. The race shirt was quite attractive, and my friend, Jill, won a medal for placing second in her age category.

I hope the run, which raised money for United Way of the Plains, returns next year. I’d definitely run it again, though I’d prefer some more October-like weather next time.

Dash and Dine: A 5K that ends with eating

The 5K is the trendiest way to raise money in Wichita these days, but the one coming up in a couple of weeks sounds like my kind of race.

It’s called the Dash and Dine 5K Run/Walk, and it ends with food from local restaurants.

The race is being put on by Cargill as a fundraiser for United Way of the Plains. It starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and snakes through Sedgwick County Park. When racers are finished, they can try food from several local food vendors, including Pita Pit, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Cake Face Bake Shop, B&S Sandwich Press, Green Acres, Panera and more. Non-racers can sample the food, too, for a suggested $2 donation.

Registration is $25 for individuals, $20 for teams and $15 for kids ages 4-12. Participants must register by Oct. 19 at this website or at GoRun Wichita East and West or at New Balance East and West.

Cargill hopes to make the race an annual event. I share that hope.

Can we talk about baba ghanoush?

babaganoushAs often happens when one ventures over to hang out with Brett and Tracy and Kathy D. at B-98, my morning had a bit of a Twilight Zone feel to it.

I’d called Kathy to ask if I could come on the air to promote Monday’s On the Town with Carrie and Denise and Tuesday’s Wichita Eagle Holiday Open House. Kathy, the producer, said okay, but you’d better bring some baba ghanoush.

I thought this was an odd request, considering that she asked me to arrive at 8:30 a.m. So I decided she was joking.

She wasn’t.

Apparently, she and Brett stumbled across a goofy, online pronunciation of baba ghanoush and have been obsessed with the words ever since. They really, truly expected me to bring some.

Shamed, I went to the only place I knew would be selling baba ghanoush before 9 a.m. on a Friday morning: Green Acres Deli. The lady who checked me out said, “Have you been listening to B-98? Every other word is baba ghanoush.”

Tell me about it.

When I quizzed Brett about his baba obsession, he admitted he’d never even tried it. For those who don’t know, baba ghanoush is the best use of eggplant I’ve ever tasted. A Mediterranean dip, it’s made out of a mixture of mashed eggplant, herbs and fresh lemon juice. Some of the best in town, in my opinion, is served locally at Zaytun and at  N&J Cafe, but several other Mediterranean restaurants do it well, too.

Joking aside, who else out there loves baba ghanoush? Where have you found some you love?