Three facts about the Asian Festival
The 32nd annual celebration of Asian culture, put on by the Wichita Asian Association, is scheduled for Saturday at Century II, 225 W. Douglas, and it’s known among local foodies as a great place to get amazing Asian cuisine. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the flavor:
Now open: Garden Grill Cafe
Former d’Sozo chef Miguel Larcher just opened the restaurant he’s been working on for months, Garden Grill Cafe , on the first floor of Occidental Plaza, 300 N. Main. (Longtime Wichitans will remember Two Feathers, El Torero and other restaurants operating in the space.) The restaurant focuses on vegetarian and vegan food made with Greek, Italian and Mediterranean flavors. Larcher is offering daily specials and a menu full of smoothies, sandwiches, pizzas and pasta dishes. He also plans Tuesday night cooking classes and Monday night lectures by health professionals. He’ll open for Sunday brunch starting Nov. 4. Until then, his hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with dinner hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 316-978-9213.
Chili bowls and cooking school
Two annual food events are scheduled for this weekend. The Chili Bowl Sale will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday outside Kirby’s Beer Store, 3227 E. 17th St. For $10, diners get their choice of a handmade ceramic bowl crafted by members of the Wichita State University Ceramics Guild filled with a choice of 10 different types of chili. Proceeds benefit Envision. The event will be outside on Kirby’s patio, so children and families are welcome.
Another event is the Taste of Home Cooking School, which is in its third year at Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Dr. in Park City. A cooking expo is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a cooking school is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, visit hartmanarena.com.