Old Cowtown overflowing with food, drink

Old Cowtown Museum will be full of food and drink lovers this weekend. The venue at 1865 W. Museum Blvd. has two big food events scheduled.

Local restaurants will be competing for these beautiful burger trophies this weekend.

On Saturday, a new fundraiser called Battle of the Burger will fill the grounds.  The event, a fundraiser for KETCH, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and will have six local restaurants serving samples of their burgers, trying to claim the title of best burger maker.

The participating restaurants all have good burgers, so competition should be fierce: Fizz Burgers & Bottles, Mooyah, The Anchor, Public at the Brickyard, the Hyatt’s Harvest Kitchen/Bar and Heroes Sports Bar & Grill.

In addition to sampling the burgers, attendees also get a beer, dessert, chips and access to  car show, wagon rides and live music by the band Turnback Creek. I’m a judge at the event, so I’ll see you there.

Tickets are $35, available at the door or by visiting ictburgerbattle.com or by calling 316-383-8889.

Just look at these folks, moseying with their wine.

Then, on Sunday, the fifth annual Wine Mosey will move in.  It’s scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. and will feature hors d’oeuvres provided by the Double Tree by Hilton Airport and a barbecue dinner by Wichita Wagonmasters. It also will feature stagecoach rides, saloon girls, antique bowling and gunfights plus a live auction and music by the Diamond Wranglers. Admission is $40 a person at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-350-3323.

Corned beef and cabbage are on this weekend’s menu

The Shamrock will have Irish food and drink all weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, which means that all over Wichita, cooks are preparing to simmer up pots of the traditional corned beef and cabbage.

Each year, I try to gather a list of who’s offering Irish food specialties. Let me know if you are aware of other bars or restaurants offering Irish fare.

The Artichoke, 811 N. Broadway: The Irish restaurant’s annual party, which spills out into a tent in the parking lot, is from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $10 for adults, $15 for couples and free for ages 16 and under for activities in the outdoor tent, including live Irish and acoustic music, live Irish dancing and contests. They’ll also serve corned beef and cabbage. For more information, call 316-393-9037

Shamrock Lounge, 1724 W. Douglas: Wichita’s other Irish bar is calling St. Patrick’s Day this year “a holiday so nice, we have to do it twice.” Saturday activities include a 9 a.m. Irish breakfast, Irish and beef stew for lunch, bagpipers at 4 and 8 p.m. and green beer and other drink specials through the day. On Sunday, the bar will open at 11 a.m. with a corned beef and cabbage dinner, which will be served again at 6 p.m., plus bagpipers throughout the day and a 10:30 p.m. performance by The Sluggos. See the Shamrock’s Facebook page for a complete schedule.

Pumphouse, 825 E. Second St.: The bar’s second annual Kegs & Eggs starts Saturday morning with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.. It’s $5. The bar also will serve green beer all day and will feature the band Whisky Militia at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the Pumphouse will serve corned beef and cabbage from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar, 2120 N. Woodlawn and 6200 W. 21st St.: In addition to kegs of green beer, Larry Bud’s will be serving corned beef and cabbage on Sunday with appearances by bagpipers scheduled for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the east side restaurant. The west side also will have corned beef and cabbage plus bagpipers at 5 p.m.

Piccadilly, 7728 E. Central: The restaurant will have corned beef and cabbage dinners through Saturday and also will add the dish to the Sunday brunch buffet.

Heroes Sports Bar, 117 N. Mosley: Heroes is featuring corned beef and cabbage Friday through Sunday, bagpipers Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. The bar will also have green beer and Guinness specials all weekend.

Toni D’s, 650 N. Carriage Parkway: The restaurant is offering several St. Patrick’s day specials, including a corned beef and cabbage dinner with new potatoes and bread, Reuben sandwiches and decorated cookies. The specials are available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and are available for eat-in or carry-out.

Walt’s Great American Sports Bar & Grill, 7732 E. Central: Walt’s is serving its traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for $10.99 a person from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call 316-691-8800 for more information.

Heroes has CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON

Beth Tully somehow FAILED to mention something pretty pertinent to me when we were discussing her rare Peruvian chocolate last week.

Tully’s Cocoa Dolce recently has teamed up with Heroes Sports Bar in Old Town to create an intriguing dessert option: chocolate-covered sweet pepper bacon.

Heroes started selling pre-wrapped slices of its famous sweet pepper bacon, coated in chocolate and dusted with sea salt, about a week ago. They cost $3.50 each or $9 for three strips.

I’m a sweet-n-salty-aholic, so this idea appeals to me. If you can’t get to Heroes, you could try out this recipe for bacon brownies, which I made for a River Festival fireworks party in May. Worth every calorie.

For more information, call Heroes at 316-264-4376.

Fat Tuesday food and fun in Wichita

The Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco band rockin' Heroes last year.

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, and local restaurants are offering up all kinds of Cajun-ified fun.

One is Heroes, the Old Town sports bar that for the past four years has offered a Fat Tuesday party to end all Fat Tuesday parties. It features local Cajun and Zydeco band The Mudbugs plus Cajun food and drinks. (The Mudbugs’ drummer is my pal and Wichita Eagle photographer Jaime Green.) The band plays from 7 to 10 p.m., and Heroes welcomes crowds of all ages for this one. I’m bringing my Mudbuggin’ 6-year-old and a posse of her pals. All day long, Heroes will be serving chicken and sausage jambalaya, Southern catfish, red beans and rice and gumbo. They’ll also serve $3 hurricanes. Heroes is at 117 N. Mosley. For more information, call 316 264-4376.

Red Bean’s Bayou Grill, a Cajun restaurant at 7447 W. 21st St., also has plans for Tuesday. They’ll be passing out Mardis Gras beads to customers, plus serving oyster shots and beignets on Tuesday evening. For more information, call 316-721-4100.

Da Cajun Shak at 6249 E. 21st St. also plays to welcome Fat Tuesday revelers. The staff will be dressed up, the restaurant will be decorated and beads will be distributed. Reach Da Cajun Shak at 316-260-1486.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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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.