Now open: Rita’s Italian Ice
Just in time for the arrival of warmer weather, Wichita is getting a new frozen treat option: Italian ice. Rita’s Italian Ice opened Monday at 2929 N. Rock Road, right next to Five Guys Burgers and Fries. It’s open from noon to 10 p.m. daily. Rita’s franchisee Jeff Miller said that Italian ice is so smooth, it has the texture of ice cream. (Jeff Miller and his brother, Jay Miller, also own the local Five Guys franchises.) The ice is infused with different flavors, and Rita’s has 65 choices. It’ll have 12 available each day. The most popular is mango, and flavors such as banana, cheesecake, cherry and lime also will be available, as will a few sugar-free options. Rita’s also serves vanilla and chocolate frozen custard and other ice cream products. Miller said he’s hoping to eventually add Rita’s near all of Wichita’s Five Guys. For more information, call Rita’s at 316-440-4896 or check out the local Rita’s Facebook page.
Learn to cook with the pros
Several chefs and cooks are offering spring cooking classes. Tanya Tandoc at Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, 1725 E. Douglas, is offering a series of Monday-night cooking classes focusing on topics such as springtime brunch, Moroccan cuisine and gluten-free gourmet. The classes are $45 a person and take place at the restaurant at 6:30 Monday nights through May 5. They include dinner, recipes and one glass of wine. For the full list of classes, visit the Tanya’s Soup Kitchen Facebook page. For reservations, call 316-631-5973.
The city of Wichita’s Parks and Recreation Department also is offering several cooking classes this spring, including a “Flavors of the World” series offered by Butler Community College at Boston Recreation Center, 6655 E. Zimmerly St., that includes a Central/South America class on Tuesday, a Mediterranean class on April 22 and a Caribbean class on May 6. The fee for the classes, which last from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is $25 a person per class. To sign up and to see the other classes being offered, call 316-268-4367 or visit www.wichita.gov/Government/Departments/Park.
Freebirds opens second Wichita location
Wichita’s second Freebirds World Burrito restaurant opened recently at 2350 N. Greenwich. It’s open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Wichita’s first Freebirds opened in June at 410 N. Hillside. For more information on the new store, call 316-295-4000.