Restaurant News & Reviews

On the side: Places that teach good cooking (Jan. 17, 2014)

Adriene Rathbun, owner of a cooking school called Social, has updated her January/February cooking class schedule.
Adriene Rathbun, owner of a cooking school called Social, has updated her January/February cooking class schedule.

Places that teach good cooking

If learning to cook was one of your New Year’s resolutions, several local places are offering lessons:


Social: Accomplished local cook Adriene Rathbun, who has a cooking school called Social that she runs out of her luxurious home kitchen at 158 N. Roosevelt in College Hill, has just released her January/February schedule , viewable at, which includes lessons on winter soups, Greek food and Super Bowl snacks. She also has a couple of fun classes on the books for kids, including an adult/child taco class on Jan. 18 and a youth kitchen skills class for ages 10 to 16 on Jan. 25. Classes all start at 6:15 p.m. and range in price from $50 to $65. To make reservations, call Rathbun at 316-990-4493.


Cooking at Bonnie’s Place, 9747 E. 21st St.: Cook Bonnie Aeschliman also has her January classes set, and the calendar includes lessons with local chefs such as Newport Grill chef Kevin Dirks. For a complete schedule of her classes, visit


Also: All Things BBQ, 818 W. Douglas, has a couple of February grilling classes set up, including a class on mastering the grill on Feb. 21. Chef Jason Febres also is still teaching cooking classes at his Harry location of Taste & See, including a Feb. 20 class called Cooking with Couples. See his full schedule at And local foodie Joe Stumpe is offering a series of five cooking classes through the Boston Rec Center focusing on cuisines such as Mediterranean, Italian and French. For more information, call 316-268-4361.

Quick bites

New truck will serve vegan fare

Rochelle Collins lost both her parents to cancer over the past five years. It was a horrible experience, she said, and it caused her to become a bit of an expert in holistic healing and clean eating. Collins plans to mix that knowledge and her own culinary skills to open a new food truck, which she’ll call Kind Kravings. “It’s become my passion to try to bring that to Wichita,” she said. The business, which will be set up in a vintage trailer she found, should be open by late spring or early summer. It will serve the kinds of healthy, vegan fare Collins has been eating since her parents got sick.

Menu items, she said, will include dishes such as lettuce wraps, bean wraps, rice bowls and vegan manicotti. “It’s a healthy spin on fast food,” she said. Her initial plan is to take the truck to festivals and events where funnel cakes and Pronto Pups usually are the only options. If she gets e big enough following, she said, she’ll start taking the truck out over the lunch hour, Flying Stove style.

More pupusas for Wichita

A Central American restaurant has closed, but another has opened in its place. Restaurant Nicatropical,which specialized in Nicaraguan and Honduran food, opened then closed quickly late last year in a tiny blue building at 2117 E. Central. A few weeks later, the building got a darker shade of blue paint and a new tenant: Restaurante Antojitos Salvadoreno, which is serving Salvadoran items such as empanadas de platano (plantain empanadas) and pupusas. Wichitans who’ve dined at the popular Usuluteco Restaurant at 1714 E. Northern, already are familiar with Salvadoran pupusas, which are handmade corn tortillas stuffed with various delicious fillings. The new restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Pizza and tacos at Charlie’s Pizza Taco

Charlie’s Pizza Taco, a restaurant that started in Pratt then expanded to 602 N. Tyler in Wichita, is known for pizza tacos: delicious creations that stuff pizza toppings into a pliable crust then fold it over to look like a taco. But, as restaurant owners have learned since arriving in Wichita in 2011, pizza tacos confuse people. For years, customers have been trying to order pizza and tacos then learning their only option was pizza tacos. Owner Tim Holmes has stopped the insanity. About three months ago, he added regular pizza to the menu. Then, about three weeks ago, he added tacos. The restaurant offers a new lunchtime buffet as well.

The new pizzas and tacos (but not pizza tacos) plus a grilled chicken Caesar salad all are available on a daily lunch buffet served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that’s all-you-can-eat and costs $5. Charlie’s Pizza Taco also offers 16-oz. draws of Bud Light, Shock Top and Fat Tire for $2. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 316-440-6029.