YaYa’s new patio ready to go

YaYa’s Eurobistro at 8115 E. 21st St. already had a very nice patio.

Now, it’s even nicer.

The restaurant recently completed a renovation and expansion of the patio that includes more space, new furniture, new lighting, and new patio gardens with more than 1,000 plants.

There’s also an artistic new stone wall.

Of course, patio weather won’t last much longer. But the restaurant plans to have at least one more band play before the season is over. The Source will perform there tonight.

For more information, call 316-634-1000.

Larkspur Bistro & Bar revamps its menu

Larkspur Bistro & Bar, the popular fine dining restaurant at 904 E. Douglas, has had the same menu for a lonnnggggg time. Not that that’s a bad thing: The restaurant’s pistachio chicken and Metro salad have earned spots in Wichita dining history.

But two weeks ago, the restaurant made some pretty significant changes to its menu, adding lots of items and changing some others.

Owner Ty Issa, who also owns YaYa’s Eurobistro, enlisted the help of his YaYa’s chef, Owen Moore, to freshen the Larkspur menu.

Among the additions are a wedge salad with goat cheese dressing, a tomato mozzarella salad, a blackened tilapia taco at lunch, several pastas including lobster rigatoni and cheese and steak arrabiata fettuccine, and a seared ahi tuna and a rocky mountain trout at dinner.

Chef O.J. Moore

The Metro salad is still on the menu but includes toasted walnuts instead of slivered almonds. Several dishes are topped with new sauces, and a side salad with an entree now costs $3 extra.

The changes are going over well with customers, said Shawna Sphar, Larkspur’s banquet and catering manager. Many had been asking for a menu update for years, she said.

For more information, call Larkspur at 316-262-5275.

New chefs Cooking at Bonnie’s Place

Bonnie Aieschliman regularly schedules local chefs to lead classes at her Cooking at Bonnie’s Place at 9747 E. 21st St., and she’s had several loyal teachers over the years, from Bocconcini’s Nathan Toubia to Carrabba’s Joe Parten.

Now, Bonnie has persuaded a new batch of chefs to come share their skills.

YaYa’s chef O.J. Moore will lead a cooking class at Cooking at Bonnie’s Place on Thursday.

The first class will be led on Thursday night by O.J. Moore, who took over last summer as executive chef at YaYa’s Euro Bistro, 8115 E. 21st St. N. 

He will be demonstrating how to make several of the dishes he’s recently added to the YaYa’s menu, including a pan-seared diver scallop with saffron orzo and lemon beurre blanc as will as a brined Yoder pork chop over spatzle.

Then, regular guest teacher Adrian Prud Homme DeLodder from Bella Vita Bistro at 120 N. West St. will do an Italian menu featuring seafood crepes at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

And at 6:30 p.m. on  March 12, Pietro DeFazio, owner of DeFazio’s at 2706 N. Amidon, will show how to make dishes such as potato gnocchi and beef braciole.

Each of the classes cost $50 a person and includes food.

Visit Bonnie’s website or call 316-425-5224 to make a reservation.