Three food fundraisers
Palette to Palate, Friday: This annual fundraiser for KETCH mixes art, food and drink. It includes food from local restaurants, wine tasting and silent and live wine auctions. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Beech Activity Center, 9710 E. Central. Tickets are $75 a person and are available at ketch.org or by calling 316-383-8889.
Prairie Fire Chuckwagon, Saturday: This all-you-can-eat chili and stew feed is put on by Grace United Methodist Church, 944 S. Topeka, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for ages 12 and under and include dessert and a drink. Additional desserts can be purchased for 50 cents. For more information, call 316-262-6195.
Throw Down in Old Town, Thursday: Women in Aviation Air Capital City Chapter are putting on a cookie competition from 6 to 8 p.m. at Social Manor, 920 E. Douglas. The event will pit local cookie chefs against each other, including Bruce Reesman from Twizted Confections and Nancy Bell Ringer, the Dish Diva. Tickets are $15, and chances to vote for a favorite cookie are $1 each. They’re available at www.childrenfirstceo.org.
Toubia gets job at Wichita Country Club
Popular chef Nathan Toubia is making another career move. He’s left Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe, where he had been working since November as head chef, and has accepted a job working under Chef Damian Lehman as the sous chef at Wichita Country Club. He starts on Friday. Meanwhile, Birds on the Roof, 550 N. Rock Road, is closing its doors for at least two weeks while it hires a new chef, said owner Thao Luu. The restaurant will, however, open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday to test out new menu items.
In other Toubia news, he has sold his Bocco Deli, 3010 E. Central, which he opened in 2010. It’s been closed since January, but longtime employee Dana Tate will take it over and plans to have it reopened by mid- to late March. Toubia, the son of the late Latour founder Antoine Toubia, closed his Bocconcini Italian Eatery in August.
New Moroccan restaurant at 21st and Woodlawn
A new restaurant near 21st and Woodlawn is bringing a new cuisine to Wichita: Moroccan. Former Wichita Eagle carrier Badreddine Rahali and his wife, Fatiha, opened Marrakech Cafeat 6257 E. 21st St. North earlier this month in a space formerly occupied by a dry cleaner. It specializes in cuisine from Rahali’s native Morocco, which he says focuses on exotic spices and meats such as chicken, beef and lamb. His menu includes several deli sandwiches and meat and vegetable dishes cooked in a vessel called a “tagine.” A popular menu item is a couscous dish, which layers seven different vegetables and couscous over meat. It’s available only on Fridays.
Side dishes include grape leaves, Moroccan salad and familiar dishes such as fattoush salad, hummus and baba ghanoush. The restaurant also serves fruit smoothies in flavors such as mango and pineapple, special juices such as creamy banana and creamy avocado, and several coffee drinks.
For now, the restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The couple plans to extend the hours and stay open until 10 p.m. soon. They also plan to begin offering a lunch buffet in about a month. For more information, call 316-765-7307.
Jason Febres to appear on ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’
Chef Jason Febresis going to be on television again. The chef, who owns three locations of his Wichita restaurant Taste & See, announced on his Facebook page something he’s been hinting at for months: He’ll appear on an episode of the Food Network show “Cutthroat Kitchen,” hosted by famous food personality Alton Brown. According to Febres, the episode he appeared in will air on the network, Channels 40 and 2040 in Wichita, on May 4. This will be Febres’ third go-round with televised food shows. Last March, Febres appeared as a kitchen coach on an episode of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” Then, in December, he was on “Guy’s Grocery Games,” hosted by food celeb Guy Fieri.
“Cutthroat Kitchen” premiered on the network in August, and each episode pits four chefs against each other cooking gourmet dishes for a celebrity judge. But there’s always an element of kitchen sabotage to keep things interesting. The show airs at 9 p.m. Sunday.