Lots of food fun at the Women’s Fair

The 15th annual Women’s Fair this weekend at Century II will, as usual, offer several opportunities to nibble, sip and gather cooking tips.

On Friday, local chef Tanya Tandoc of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen will put on a 6:30 p.m. cooking show, where she’ll demonstrate how to make two of her most popular soup recipes: tomato basil bisque and chicken tortilla. She’ll also be selling sets of her recipe cards.

Also on Friday: Both the  Crown Uptown and Fox and Hound will offer food samples during Friday evening’s “Girls Night Out.” Wine expert Guy Bower will put on a tasting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

At 2 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday, cookbook author and spokeswoman for Southwest Dairy Farmers “Kitchen Kimberley” will show how to make creamy chicken tortilla soup and fiesta salad with ranch dressing. At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, she’ll demonstrate the construction of creamy pasta salad, chocolate chip raspberry tarts and an easy cheese platter. And at noon on Sunday, she’ll be showing off a brunch menu featuring a three-cheese quiche.

New this year is the Pork Inspiration Cafe sponsored by the Kansas Pork Association.

It will feature ongoing cooking demonstrations, recipes, coupons, giveaways and more.

Chef Joe Parten of Carrabba’s will be on the pork stage at 3 p.m. Sunday showing how to make red pepper stuffed pork loin. He’ll also take the stage at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to demonstrate a recipe for Sicilian chicken soup.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Mr. April from the 2013 Kansas Firefighters calendar will show the crowd how to make Fire House chili.
OH! And I almost forgot. I’ll be at the Wichita Eagle booth from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday if you want to stop by and talk restaurants.

Women’s Fair hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8.25 for adults, $7.25 for seniors and $5.25 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. The Party Bus will provide free doorside transportation from Lawrence-Dumont Stadium parking lot.

Lots of food fun at the Women’s Fair

Guy Bower: Willing to teach women about wine.

I sort of love the Women’s Fair, which runs Friday through Sunday at Century II.

There’s tons of good shopping, for one, and I love watching the live haircuts that Eric Fisher and his stylists do in the middle of all the hubub.

I also love the foodie fun at the Women’s Fair, mostly because the food demonstrations always conclude with samples, and there are some good cooks on the menu this year.

Friday

At 5:30 p.m., my buddy Guy Bower (who changed my life when he taught me that I preferred Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand) will put on a wine tasting. Right after at 6:30 p.m., the Hyatt’s new chef Paul Freimuth will make his Wichita debut with a cooking show.

Saturday
You will not want to miss the annual cooking show put on by Sue Chef & the Food God, also known as the Wichita Eagle’s Carrie Rengers and her food God and husband Joe Stumpe. Their always-entertaining show is at 2 p.m. Then, at 4 p.m., local chef Tanya Tandoc, who’s hard at work getting her Tanya’s Soup Kitchen reopened, will put on a cooking show of her own.

Sunday
Skip lunch and go to a noon cooking show by Joe Parten, the very generous and talented chef and proprietor of Carrabba’s.

The Women’s Fair runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7.75 for adults, $6.75 for seniors and $4.75 for children.

Chicken champ

My big food adventure this weekend was judging the Midwest Beerfest’s brand new chicken wing competition, which was sort of risky considering it was the first food I’d eaten since recovering from the 24-hour stomach flu.

The wings were good, as were my co-judges, local television personality Sierra Scott and “The Good Life Guy” (and Beerfest founder) Guy Bower.

We gave the “Best of Show” prize to Bubba’s Nekked BBQ, which presented a wing with layers of flavor, including a hint of cinnamon and a nice kick of spice. The originality prize went to The Anchor, whose chef Ben George brought a tasty Thai wing that he punctuated with spicy Sriracha sauce.  That wing also earned The Anchor the people’s choice award.

Other worthy competitors included Hooter’s, When Pig’s Fly, Dad’s, and Fox and Hound.

My weakened stomach handled the wings fine, but sadly, it wasn’t up for much beer. Maybe next year. Cheers to my Beerfest date Jaime Green for making the above video.