The eight annual fundraiser for Exploration Place takes place at the museum, 300 N. McLean, and will fill the halls with all things chocolate.
The food: Chocolate, of course, is the focus of Death by Chocolate, and a long list of Wichita bakers and chocolate makers will be bringing sweets for attendees to sample. This year, vendors are being asked to use a secret ingredient in their samples, and they can choose anything: beef jerky, horseradish, Pop Rocks, etc. To prevent actual death by chocolate, organizers also will offer buffets of non-sweet food from Blue Moon Caterers and Empire Catering.
The drink: The event features several open bars offering wine, beer and specialty drinks made with chocolate. Mead’s Corner is bringing coffee, and Cocoa Dolce’s Beth Tully will team up with local wine expert Jamie Stratton to demonstrate wine and chocolate pairings.
The particulars: Death by Chocolate is from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at Exploration Place. Tickets are $80 a person at the door or in advance by calling 316-660-0620 or by visiting www.exploration.org/deathbychocolate.html. Money goes toward supporting Exploration Places exhibits and programs. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Meatless Mexican all month
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 2351 N. Market is again offering its Meatless Mexican Food Dinners on Fridays throughout Lent. The first dinner is on Friday, and the dinners will continue Fridays through April 11. Items will be available from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Parish Center and includes items such as cheese and onion enchiladas, tostadas, potato tacos, chile rellenos and more. You can dine in or carry out. Proceeds support scholarships to send parish children to Catholic schools. For more information, call 316-838-5750 or 316-838-8373.
Two restaurants say: ‘We’re still here’
Two Wichita restaurants are reminding longtime customers that they’re still in business. One is Ruben’s Mexican Grill at 915 W. Douglas. Owner Anita Acosta says her husband and the restaurant’s namesake, Ruben, has been battling health problems since January. Anita has struggled to run the place by herself, she said, but has never considered closing. She became concerned when her landlord called recently and said he’d heard a rumor she planned to close. That’s not the case, she said, and in fact, Ruben has been able to come back to work for a few hours at a time. The Acostas moved their Delano restaurant several blocks west on Douglas last year.
Meanwhile, DeFazio’s, the family-owned Italian restaurant at 2706 N. Amidon, also is reassuring customers that it’s still open. Roadwork that’s about to begin in front of the restaurant has caused its street sign to be removed, owners said. But they’re working on getting new signage up that will point the easiest way to the restaurant, which will remain open throughout the project. Managers say they’ll keep customers posted on the progress of the construction via their Facebook page.
Annual Lions Club Chili Feed
Wichita Airport Lions Club Chili Feed, March 8: The 22nd annual Wichita Airport Lions Club Chili Feed is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, 7001 W. 21st St. N. Tickets are $7, and the event offers all-you-can-eat chili and crackers and unlimited coffee and tea. Soft drinks and desserts are available for purchase. The proceeds will go toward community service activities and projects for the club.