1. Loaf Off, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, The Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas: The third annual Loaf Off is a cookoff featuring local chefs and meat loaf enthusiasts, who will compete in categories including Top Loaf, Best of Show and People's Choice. The event raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kansas. Judges include Denise Neil, Tanya Tandoc and Joe Stumpe, and spectators are allowed to sample the finished products. Admission $10; $5 for ages 5-12.
2. A Night on the Red Carpet, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Wichita Scottish Rite, 332 E. First St.: This Oscar-viewing party, a fundraiser for Episcopal Social Services, features heavy appetizers, drinks and a public showing of the Oscar ceremony. Tickets are $75 a person at nightonredcarpet.com.
3. Cocktails & Cookies, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive: The Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland put on this gala, which features dining, desserts and a contest that pits chef against chef to create a signature dessert featuring a Girl Scout Cookie. Tickets are $75 a person and includes dinner and a sampling of all the desserts. Visit cocktailsandcookies.org.
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Tuesday is National Pancake Day at IHOP , which means that from 7 to 10 p.m., IHOP will give free short stacks of its buttermilk pancakes and is suggesting that diners leave a donation to the Via Christi Wichita Health Network, a member of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Fans of Bella Luna Cafe have been bugging chef and owner Matteo Taha to add some of his rotating Lebanese specials to the menu, and in response, he's added a separate menu of Lebanese dishes at the east side restaurant at 2132 N. Rock Road. It's separate, he says, only because it won't physically fit on the already jam-packed regular menu. It includes hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, grape leaves, kafta, kibbe and more. Taha says he'll start the menu at the east-side restaurant but hopes to eventually offer it also at the restaurants at 4618 E. Central and 2441 N. Maize Road.
Two closed restaurants
Wichitans will miss Johnny Carino's , an Italian restaurant that closed last week at 3213 N. Toben Road, and Da Nang , a family-owned Vietnamese restaurant at 1556 N. Broadway that went out of business several weeks ago.