Three bites of Loaf Off info

03/08/2013 7:45 AM

03/08/2013 7:45 AM

Three bites of Loaf Off info

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It’s for a good cause: The Loaf Off is a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that’s now in its fifth year. It’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas, and features restaurant chefs as well as amateurs competing with their best meatloaf recipes.

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You’ll eat a lot of loaf: Attendees sample each meatloaf, then vote on a favorite. A panel of judges chooses winners in categories including “Best in Show” and “Top Loaf.” The Anchor serves sides. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 10.

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The King of Loaves is now a judge: Via Christi chef Don Lucero, who’s won the competition the past two years, has graciously offered to step aside and serve this year as a judge. He’ll be joined by local foodies Barbara Baan and Joe Stumpe, as well as Chef Chris Collier.

For more information, call 316-619-0535 or e-mail loafoff5@gmail.com.

Quick bites

No bueno: Las Tias De Beto closed

Las Tias De Beto, the delicious Mexican restaurant that opened in July, is closed. Sunday was its last day in business. The restaurant, which was at 1064 N. Waco, right next to Juarez Bakery, belonged to Juarez owner Manuel Fernandez and a partner. It sold authentic tacos, tortas, enchiladas and more. Fans of the restaurant were bemoaning its closure this weekend on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Fernandez didn’t want to go into too much detail, but he said there was a disagreement between the family members operating the restaurant about how it should be run. The disagreement couldn’t be worked out, he said, so he decided to close the restaurant.

Financial health was part of the issue too, he said. “How can I say this? You can’t spend $10 if you only make $6 or $7,” he said. Fernandez said he’s already had two or three offers from other entrepreneurs hoping to open a restaurant in the space, which is all brand new. But he’s going to need a while to consider those offers, he said.

Eat while you shop

You can shop for spices and exotic ingredients at the India Emporium , the international grocery at 3743 N. Rock Road. And now, you also can eat lunch there when you’re finished. Owner Zaheer Nazir said that he opened his restaurant-within-a-store, called the Pita Deli, several months ago. He serves Mediterranean items such as falafel, hummus, gyro, schwarma and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. (The India Emporium sells Middle Eastern ingredients, too.) He has seating for about 15 people in the back of the store, where the deli is set up. For more information, call 316-315-0370.

‘Bar Rescue’ watch party

The episode of Spike TV’s show “Bar Rescue” that features Chef Jason Febres of Taste & See is tentatively scheduled to air March 24. So Febres and his staff at the restaurant are tentatively planning a big watch party. They plan to open up the restaurant at 3825 E. Harry plus the new adjoined banquet room and put the show on big screen TVs. Febres will serve tapas before the 6 p.m. show, and then he hopes to offer a buffet patrons who want to stay can purchase once it’s over. He also promises a seafood ice bar, live music and “sexy cocktails.”

Febres was selected to fly to Los Angeles in January to be part of the show, in which gruff host Jon Taffer and a team of experts go to a struggling bar and try to turn it around. The restaurant is asking for RSVPs. Call 316-771-7393 if you want to attend. The watch party date will change if Spike TV changes the show’s air date.

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