1. Starbucks pumpkin spice latte: You know it's almost fall when Starbucks starts brewing its pumpkin lattes, which it did on Tuesday of this week.
2. Old Chicago's Oktoberfest: On Wednesday, Sept. 8, Old Chicago restaurants will introduce an 8-week-long mini tour of Oktoberfest beers. The tour will be available through Oct. 3 and will include Paulaner Wiesn Blonde, which is in limited supply.
3. State Fair food weirdness: The Kansas State Fair means fall is around the corner, and the event opens in just one week in Hutchinson. When it does, it'll be serving a doozy of a novelty food item: Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers.
Iron Chef Wichita
The Old Town Farmers Market will be the site on Saturday of the eighth annual Iron Chef Competition , which pits local chefs against one another in a live, action-packed, mystery ingredient-filled competition. This year's competitors are David Wirebaugh, head chef at the Hyatt's Harvest Kitchen/Bar; local caterer Jeremy Wade; The Anchor's Ben George; and last year's champ, area chef Terry Johnson. A "secret ingredient" will be revealed at 8:30 a.m. (last year's was onions), and the chefs will have until 9:45 a.m. to shop the Farmers Market for ingredients and create a dish. The Old Town Farmers Market takes place from 7 a.m. to noon at First and Mosley streets in Old Town.
Toni D's is 23
Toni D's, the deli and caterer at 650 N. Carriage Parkway, is celebrating its 23rd anniversary today by selling its specials for the same price it did on Sept. 1, 1987, the day it opened. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Toni D's homemade meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy and corn will sell for $3.99. (It's $6.99 normally.) Sandwiches and salads also will be $3.99. For more information, call 316-686-5996.
The Biggest Cheese
The Biggest Cheese Pizza is a new pizza buffet that recently opened near the corner of Maple and Seneca. Jack Robinson and Alma Mosqueda first opened the business in a tiny spot near Interstate 235 and Seneca about seven months ago but recently moved to the bigger, more centrally located building. They offer a daily pizza buffet for $4.99 and sell one-topping 16-inch pizzas for $12. They also offer delivery throughout the entire city, though delivery charges vary depending on the distance. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.