Three wine/beer dinners on Thursday
Thursday is going to be a busy night for wine and beer drinkers in Wichita. At least three special, multi-course dinners are being put on around town. Among them:
Amber Waves beer stroll is Friday
The new Amber Waves beer stroll, a fundraising event put on by Starkey that invites people to sip and snack their way through Delano, happens on Friday. It will include 13 participating Delano businesses, each of which will offer 2-ounce pours of craft beers made by brewers such as Breckenridge, Sam Adams and Schlafly. Admission is a $50 ticket that allows attendees to stroll from store to store sampling the beer. Several of those stores will offer hors d’oeuvres prepared by local restaurants and prize drawings, too. The list of participants includes All Things BBQ, 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. Tickets are available online until noon Friday at www.amberwavesict.com. They’ll also be available the night of the event at the Monarch, 579 W. Douglas.
Angelo’s: The dream isn’t dead
The dream of reopening Angelo’s is no closer to reality than it has been since the beloved restaurant closed in 2006. But that isn’t stopping a growing group of its still-dedicated fans from dreaming – and campaigning. A Facebook group called “Bring Back Angelo’s to Wichita,” started in March by Alan Martin, a Wichita native, has 363 members and counting. (To sign up, search Facebook for “Bring Back Angelo’s to Wichita” and click “join” at the top of the page.)
Martin, who now lives in Olathe, said that every family birthday and special event was celebrated at Angelo’s when he grew up. He even worked at the Angelo’s at Central and Tyler when he was in high school and college. Martin said he started the page hoping to build interest and inspire potential investors to step forward. On the page, former owner Jack Fasciano, whose parents, Angelo and Anna, opened the original Angelo’s in the 1950s, often shares memories of the restaurant. More important, he offers members of the group access to a little project he’s been working on for the past few years: selling take-and-bake versions of Angelo’s famous pizzas, manicotti, sausage and meatballs, plus the pickled eggplant that made the salad bar sing, out of his house.
Back in 2012, Jack and his daughter, Gina Fasciano Hogan, started talking about reopening the restaurant. They even tentatively made plans to move into the space at Douglas and Oliver that eventually was taken by The Hill Bar & Grill. The plan didn’t work out, but it didn’t die completely. Fasciano says it could still happen if the family can find an investor with a lot of “monergy” – that’s money and energy. Angelo’s, known for its pizza, lasagna and manicotti, was long one of Wichita’s favorite restaurants and had several locations over the years. When the last one at 1930 S. Oliver closed in July 2006, it ended a 46-year run for the restaurant.
Win a foodie dream job
This weekend is the annual Children’s Champions charity event, which raises money by auctioning off “dream jobs,” and on the list are several food-related opportunities. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Among the opportunities being auctioned are a chance to learn the wine sommelier ropes working for a day with Jacob Liquor’s wine director; a chance to work with Douglas Avenue Chop Shop’s head butcher; and the chance to make chocolate with the chocolatiers at Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates. The event will feature dinner from Ciao Italian Kitchen and an open bar. Tickets are $75 at the door. Proceeds will go to help local children participating in Child Start’s head start programs. For more information, visit www.childstart.org.