Business reporter and Mistress of Restaurant Scoop Carrie Rengers will join me Tuesday night for a new event called "On the Town with Carrie & Denise." It'll start at 5:30 p.m. at Oeno Wine Bar, 330 N. Mead, and it's free. No reservations are required.
Here's what you need to know to participate.
1. What it is: We envision a cocktail mixer that will get Wichitans interested in dining out all together in one place to chat and do what they love to do — eat and drink.
2. What we'll do: Eat and drink, of course (Oeno will have its full menu available), and Carrie and I will have a restaurant Q-and-A at some point during the evening.
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3. If you can't come: Follow the action on Twitter by searching the hashtag #ictdining. We'll let you know how it goes and when our next On the Town meetup will happen.
Lebanese dinner time
One of Wichita's longest running and most popular foodie fundraisers is the annual St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral Lebanese Dinner, which offers ticket-holders a meal of cabbage rolls, rice and green beans, kibbe, salad, pita and baklava. Diners can eat at the church or get their food to go. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for children 10 and under, and the food will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 7515 E. 13th St. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 316-636-4676.
Bierocks and brats in Delano
Delano Bierocks & Brats is a new, tiny restaurant that should open in the next couple of weeks at 1225 W. Douglas (in the former Chi Ducs space right across the street from the soon-to-close Braum's). The owner is Mary Hansen, who has operated food booths at the Kansas State Fair, including Roadhouse Bar & Grill, for the past 30 years. But now Mary's ready for a more stationary lifestyle, and her restaurant will serve bierocks, beer brats, smoked sausages, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and fried chicken. She also hopes to sell her smoked barbecue on Saturdays. She'll have seating for 10 or 12 and will operate a drive-through. Once open, hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Construction workers began work this week on what will become the first ever Freddy's Frozen Custard/Panera in a single building. It should be done by the end of the year, and both restaurants should open in early 2011. Other Panera news: Local stores will start serving chili with baked cornbread croutons in the middle of this month, and in the next couple of weeks, Freddy's will bring back its famous fall treat — the pumpkin pie concrete.