Three approaching dining events
Mediterranean Festival at St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church, May 10: Organizers of the annual festival are bringing back some old favorites this year. Stuffed grape leaves are returning as are baklawa sundaes, which feature ice cream covered in baklawa sprinkles and chocolate sauce. They were popular with Wichita River Festival crowds when the church sold them at the Block Party. Dinner organizers also are introducing a sampler plate, which will include a grilled chicken kebab, green beans and rice, hummus and pita, a stuffed grape leaf, a stuffed cabbage roll and a Greek cookie for dessert. Diners still can order a la carte, get items to go in the bake shop and dine outdoors. The festival is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 10 at the church. For more information, call 316-264-1576 or visit www.stmarywichita.org/festival.html.
Olde English Tea at St. James Episcopal Church, May 3: The 85th annual Olde English Tea, a fundraiser for the church at 3750 E. Douglas, will offer dainty tea served in dainty cups along with dainty tea cookies and sandwiches. People dress up daintily (or not) and can enjoy fashion shows at 10:30 a.m. or noon, a bake sale and a silent auction. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, and admission is $12 cash at the door, $6 for ages 4-12. For more information, call 316-683-5686.
Celebrity and Chef Cookoff, June 10: This tasty fundraiser for the Orpheum Theatre is changing locations this year. It’ll be at Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman, and will again feature samples of food from local restaurants and an on-site cooking competition that pairs local chefs with local celebrities. Tickets are $85 at www.wichitaorpheum.com. For information, call 316-263-0884.
Mudbug Madness this weekend at Prairie Pines
The sixth annual Mudbug Madness, an all-you-can-eat craw fish extravaganza featuring music from the Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band, is this weekend at Prairie Pines, 4055 N. Tyler. It starts at 5:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights and offers ticket holders access to an old fashioned craw fish boil and Cajun buffet followed by Cajun music that has historically inspired a mega dance party. Tickets are $37.95 at the door and include access to the buffet plus non-alcoholic drinks. There will be a cash bar on site, and the band will play from 8 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 316-303-2097.
The food truck rally is back
The local food truckers are putting on their monthly rally, Food Trucks at the Fountain, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at 515 S. Main. Two new vendors are joining the usual crew: Park n Pork BBQ and Twin Treats Caramelized Belgian Waffles. The Flying Stove, B.S. Sandwich Press, Hopperoni Express, and Let’m Eat Brats also will be there. Those who want to exercise before they eat also can enjoy an outdoor yoga class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Main and Waterman. It will be put on by Firefly Yoga Studio, and donations will be accepted.
A new brewery in Emporia
Hungry travelers passing through Emporia to weekend adventures in Kansas City no longer have to settle for the fast-food chains on the Industrial Road exit. If they drive just a little farther, to 610 Merchant St. downtown, they will find Radius Brewing Co., which opened on Thursday. It’s owned by brew master and former home brewer Jeremy Johns and his chef friend Justin “Gus” Days. It’s open Thursdays through Mondays and serves items such as wood fired pizza, artisan soups, salads, sandwiches and a rotating chefs menu. For more information, call 620-794-5532 or visit http://radiusbrewing.com.