Three bakeries selling Valentine’s Day treats
Few days of the year offer a better excuse to gorge on cookies, cakes and chocolate goodness than Valentine’s Day. Several local bakeries say they will still have plenty of stock through the day Friday for last-minute treat buyers.
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La Galette, 1017 W. Douglas, 316-267-8541: The French bakery and restaurant is going Valentine’s Day crazy this year, said owner Michelle Abdayem. The display cases are overflowing with decorated heart-shaped cakes, heart-shaped cheesecakes, three kinds of chocolate-dipped strawberries and delicate French macarons in a rainbow of pastel colors. Customers also can get a sampling of the treats in a pretty box for $14.99. La Galette will open early on Friday – at 8 a.m. – and will remain open until all the sweetness is sold.
J. Rae’s Bakery, 2357 N. Maize Road, 316-721-0090: This NewMarket Square bakery also is selling Valentine’s Day treats and will be fully stocked through Friday, selling 10 to 12 flavors of cupcakes, decorated cookies, cake balls, chocolate-covered strawberries and more. The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cravings Gluten Free Bakery, 3700 E. Douglas, 316-239-9853: You can treat your gluten-free valentine, too, thanks to Cravings Gluten Free Bakery in Clifton Square. The bakery will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and will be serving heart-shaped cakes, cupcakes, cookies and cake balls.
Updated guide to Valentine’s Day dining
Last week, we published a list of Wichita restaurants offering special Valentine’s Day menus or meals. That list is still available at kansas.com/restaurants, and it has a few additions since last week. Use it to help make your last-minute plans, and take heart: Several of the restaurants are offering their Valentine’s specials throughout the weekend.
A Death by Chocolate discount
Those who want to attend the super-sweet Death by Chocolate fundraiser at Exploration Place, which this year is scheduled for March 8, can get discount tickets on Friday. The daylong discount deducts $14 from two tickets, which cost $80 each. That would bring the total for two tickets to $146. The event, which raises money for Exploration Place, is at the museum, 300 N. McLean Blvd., and offers attendees unlimited chocolate food and drink provided by Wichita restaurants and chocolate makers. To take advantage of the offer, visit www.exploration.org/deathbychocolate.html.
West side Metro Grill now open
Michael Gonzalezopened his new west-side Metro Grill on Saturday. The chef, who also has Metro Grill III at the Waterfront at 10096 E. 13th St., announced in early November that he would be taking over the old Bartelli’s Pizzeria spot at 10330 W. Central. Bartelli’s closed in September after 10 years in business. The new restaurant is similar to the Metro Grill that Gonzalez once ran in Andover but sold to a former employee in 2011. Instead of the upscale dining experience he offers at the Waterfront, the west-side Metro Grill will have more of a casual atmosphere. Customers will order at the counter and be served on disposable plates. It’ll have all the menu items Gonzalez is famous for, including his Cuban sandwich, Bob sandwich and more.
Gonzalez also said he’s going to experiment with late-night hours on the weekends, which is something the west side of Wichita doesn’t have a lot of. He’ll be open from 11 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. For more information, call 316-295-3265.