Places that teach good cooking
If learning to cook was one of your New Year’s resolutions, several local places are offering lessons:
New truck will serve vegan fare
Rochelle Collins lost both her parents to cancer over the past five years. It was a horrible experience, she said, and it caused her to become a bit of an expert in holistic healing and clean eating. Collins plans to mix that knowledge and her own culinary skills to open a new food truck, which she’ll call Kind Kravings. “It’s become my passion to try to bring that to Wichita,” she said. The business, which will be set up in a vintage trailer she found, should be open by late spring or early summer. It will serve the kinds of healthy, vegan fare Collins has been eating since her parents got sick.
Menu items, she said, will include dishes such as lettuce wraps, bean wraps, rice bowls and vegan manicotti. “It’s a healthy spin on fast food,” she said. Her initial plan is to take the truck to festivals and events where funnel cakes and Pronto Pups usually are the only options. If she gets e big enough following, she said, she’ll start taking the truck out over the lunch hour, Flying Stove style.
More pupusas for Wichita
A Central American restaurant has closed, but another has opened in its place. Restaurant Nicatropical,which specialized in Nicaraguan and Honduran food, opened then closed quickly late last year in a tiny blue building at 2117 E. Central. A few weeks later, the building got a darker shade of blue paint and a new tenant: Restaurante Antojitos Salvadoreno, which is serving Salvadoran items such as empanadas de platano (plantain empanadas) and pupusas. Wichitans who’ve dined at the popular Usuluteco Restaurant at 1714 E. Northern, already are familiar with Salvadoran pupusas, which are handmade corn tortillas stuffed with various delicious fillings. The new restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Pizza and tacos at Charlie’s Pizza Taco
The new pizzas and tacos (but not pizza tacos) plus a grilled chicken Caesar salad all are available on a daily lunch buffet served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that’s all-you-can-eat and costs $5. Charlie’s Pizza Taco also offers 16-oz. draws of Bud Light, Shock Top and Fat Tire for $2. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 316-440-6029.