Three things to know about St. George’s Lebanese dinner
It’s this weekend: The annual dinner, now in its 80th year, will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. George’s Orthodox Christian Church, 7515 E. 13th St. Dinners are available for dine-in or carryout and cost $16 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under.
It’s delicious: The dinner offers customers plates (or to-go boxes) of cabbage rolls, kibbe, a rice and green bean dish called ruz and yuknee, salad, pita bread and a serving of sweet, sticky baklawa (the Lebanese version of the Greek baklava.)
It’s a fundraiser: Church members spend weeks preparing the food for the dinner, which usually attracts more than 5,500 people and raises around $90,000. While there, visitors also can take a tour of the cathedral and shop in the Country Kitchen, which offers delicious Lebanese fare to-go.
For tickets and information, call 316-636-4676.
Two restaurant updates
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opened on Monday at 10096 E. 13th St. N., in the Waterfront Development. The Charlotte, N.C.,- based restaurant chain, started by Wichitan and Lone Star Steakhouse founder Dennis Thompsonand some partners, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The menu features items such as slow roasted Prime Rib, a BLT salad, wood grilled salmon, lobster spinach queso and creme brulee cheesecake. Firebirds also has a happy hour special that offers half-price drink specials and appetizers at the bar and outdoor patio from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Also, after being closed for a week and a half for a major remodel, the Starbucks at Central and Rock Road reopened on Thursday. The renovation resulted in new furniture and a new Clover brewing system, which uses a vacuum press technology.
Luciano’s is expanding, adding Deli
Luciano's, a popular Italian restaurant at 216 W. Main St. in Mulvane, is growing. Owner Luciano Mottola broke ground a few weeks ago on a remodeling that will result in more seating, a new covered patio and a deli selling items such as pastas, desserts and specialty mozzarella, prosciutto and mortadella imported from Italy. The deli is going where the open kitchen is now, and a new, larger kitchen will be added behind it. Customers still will be able to see into the kitchen. He’s also adding a gelato machine and an espresso machine. Mottola hopes to have a grand re-opening in December to show off the expansion. In the meantime, the restaurant is operating as normal around the construction. It's open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays but is closed on Tuesdays. For more information, call 316-777-0045.
Chef Nathan Toubia still cooking
He closed his Bocconcini Italian Eateryat 4811 E. Central, but chef Nathan Toubia is still cooking. In addition to his Bocco Deli, which is still operating at 3010 E. Central, Toubia is putting on a series of Italian cooking classes this month at Cooking at Bonnie’s Place, 9747 E. 21st St. The first one is on Thursday and is a hands-on class during which Toubia will teach participants to make fresh pasta and ravioli. The second class is on Oct. 24 also is hands-on. It will cover pasta and cannelloni making.
And on Oct. 30, Toubia will put on a demonstration class in which he prepares an Italian dinner featuring spinach and shrimp scampi flan, braised beef risotto and red wine poached pears with pistachio Mascarpone. All three classes start at 6:30 p.m. and are $60 a person. To make reservations and get more information, call 316-425-5224 or visit Bonnie’s website, cookingatbonnies.com.