Your guide to the Mediterranean Festival
The St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church at 344 S. Martinson is putting on its annual Mediterranean Festival this weekend. It lasts from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and offers homemade Mediterranean dishes. Here’s a preview to what you’ll find:
Back by popular demand: The festival is bringing back two old favorites. One is an old River Festival Block Party treat – the baklava sundae. It’s made with ice cream covered with the layered Mediterranean dessert baklava and chocolate sauce. Organizers also are bringing back stuffed grape leaves, which they decided not to make last year. But attendees helped them undecide that decision.
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Sampler plate, etc.: Dinner organizers 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. Attendees also can order a la carte, buy sweets and other goodies in the bake shop, dine outdoors while listening to traditional music and buy kafta and chicken kebabs right off the grill.
Festival extras: Visitors can dine in an outdoor tent and listen to traditional music. They also can browse a bookstore and shop for gifts, take a tour of the church and see its hand-painted Byzantine icons, and participate in an evening Vespers service at 5 p.m.
For more information, call 316-264-1576 or visit www.stmarywichita.org/festival.htm
Win two tickets to Amber Waves beer stroll
It’s only about a week until the new Amber Waves beer stroll, a fund-raising event put on by Starkey that invites people to sip and snack their way through Delano, and organizers are giving away two tickets to readers of Dining with Denise. To register, go www.facebook.com/diningwithdenise and “like” the page, then find the post that says “Amber Waves Ticket Giveaway” and post a comment. I’ll randomly choose a winner from the comments section at noon on Wednesday. Note: You have to “like” the Dining with Denise Facebook page to win.
The May 16 event includes 13 participating Delano businesses who will offer 2 oz. pours of craft beers made by brewers such as Breckenridge, Sam Adams and Schlafly. Those who attend buy a $50 ticket and stroll from store-to-store sampling the beer. Several of those stores also will offer hors d’oeuvres prepared by local restaurants and prize drawings, too. The list of participants include All Things BBQ, Bluebird Arthouse, Twist Yarn Shop and more. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m., when most of those businesses would normally be closed. Money raised goes to Starkey, Inc. More information and tickets are available at www.amberwavesict.com , and for a list of foods and beers being served, visit blogs.kansas.com/dining.
New barbecue food truck in town
There’s a new barbecue food truck in town. Brickhouse BBQ, owned by Sterling McPhaul, has operated successfully for several years in Dodge City. But recently, McPhaul decided to hit the road and relocate to Wichita. His first time serving here was last Saturday, when he set up at Locke Supply at Harry and Woodlawn. He’ll be back there again this Saturday, opening at 11:30 a.m. and serving until he runs out of food, which last weekend was around 6:30 p.m. McPhaul has a few events already on the books for the summer and also plans to serve lunches around town soon. He also hopes to become involved in the end-of-the-month Food Truck rallies at the WaterWalk. Soon, people will be able to track his Wichita progress at his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/brickhousebbq101 . Until then, the truck can be reached by calling 620-430-3062.
Siena finds a new chef
Siena Tuscan Steakhouse, the restaurant inside the Ambassador Hotel at 104 S. Broadway, has hired a chef to replace Marshall Roth, who left the restaurant in April. And the new chef’s face is familiar to Wichita foodies. It’s Ben George , who most recently worked as the executive chef of Treat America at Beech Activity Center. Before that, he was at Tallgrass Country Club, and he also has worked at the Anchor. (Interesting trivia: George was in the running for the Siena job when the restaurant first opened. When the restaurant hired Roth, George took his old job at Treat America.) George, famous for the magic he works with smoked pork and for his willingness to participate in all the various chef competitions around town, said he is planning major overhauls of the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. He’ll make the changes in about a month, he said, and he’ll focus on the type of food Wichitans want at prices they want to pay. Stay tuned for news on the new menus.
A guide to Mother’s Day brunches
Still haven’t made your Mother’s Day dining plans? The list we published last week of restaurants offering buffets and special giveaways for mom is still online. To find it, visit blogs.kansas.com/dining and search for “Mother’s Day.”