Three food fundraisers coming up

07/09/2014 7:00 PM

07/09/2014 7:00 PM

Battle of the Burger, Oct. 11: This fundraiser for KETCH had its first year in 2013 and will return in October with burger samplings from local restaurants, art and craft vendors, live music, kids activities, wagon rides, a car show and more. This year, the event will take place from noon to 4 p.m., rather than in the evening. Tickets are $25, or $10 for ages 12 and under and include admission to all Cowtown activities. (They’re also $30 at the door, or $12 for ages 12 and under.) Advance tickets are available at ictburgerbattle.com or by calling 316-383-8889.

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Wichita Wine Opener, Oct. 16: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will put on its fifth annual Wichita Wine Opener fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. It will feature wine tasting and food from several Wichita restaurants. Tickets are $60 per person and will be on sale at the end of July at www.cff.org/Chapters/heartofamerica.

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Zoobilee, Sept. 6: This annual fundraiser is such a big deal, it’s the only day the zoo closes to regular visitors each year. Zoobilee fills the grounds of Sedgwick County Zoo with tables of food from local restaurants and adult beverages that attendees can sample. They also can stroll the zoo, checking out the animals and listening to live bands. Later in the evening, headliners the Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco band will take the main stage. Tickets are $150 and available at www.scz.org.

Quick bites

Second Wings & Things opens on Saturday

The second location of Wings & Things, the restaurant owned by football star and Wichita native Kamerion Wimbley and his aunt Valerie Mitchell, will open on Saturday at 331 W. 31st St. South. The restaurant, which specializes in wings with several sauce choices, catfish, burgers and more, will have the same hours as the original Wings & Things, which opened a year ago at 2800 E. Central: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new store and the original store’s first birthday, both restaurants will offer specials daily from Saturday through July 20. Customers can get 75 cent wings, $5 cheeseburger and fry baskets and $5 one-piece catfish baskets. For more information, visit www.wingsandthings.com.

Albero Cafe will open soon

The new Albero Cafe, which is going into the former Bocconcini building at 4811 E. Central, should open in a little more than a week. Owner Hassan Ballout, who worked for 10 years at nearby Bella Luna Cafe, said he hopes to have the restaurant ready the week of July 21. Ballout has remodeled the space, adding new flooring, new tables and chairs and a fresh coat of paint.

He also has his menu ready: flatbreads, salads, panini sandwiches and pasta dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, Italian sausage penne and shrimp scampi. Entrees include grilled grouper, grilled salmon, strip steak, chicken Parmesan and eggplant Parmesan. The restaurant also will offer Italian sodas and will have a liquor license. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

TGI Friday’s offers ‘endless appetizers’

It’s the age-old question: How many loaded potato skins can you eat? If you have $10 and a flexible attitude about calories, you can find out. TGI Fridays, which has a Wichita restaurant at 2441 N. Maize Road, is offering “endless appetizers” until Aug. 24. Customers pay $10 and can get all the refills they can stomach of garlic and basil bruschetta, mozzarella sticks, boneless buffalo wings, Tuscan spinach dip, crispy green-bean fries and pan-seared pot stickers. (Be warned: If you start with potato skins, you must stick with potato skins. No traveling through the menu allowed.) For more information, call 316-722-9600.

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