Dining With Denise Neil

Harvey County cuisine the focus of a flavorful fundraiser

Sedgwick County is brimming with delicious restaurants. And as it turns out, so is Harvey County.

On Saturday, I’m serving as the emcee at a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harvey County called “Cooks, Corks & Kegs.” The fundraiser, now in its fifth year, offers samples of food from 10 Harvey County restaurants, and each dish they serve will be paired with both a beer and a wine.

Admission is a $60 ticket.

It will happen on Saturday at the Meridian Center, 1420 E. Broadway Court in Newton. Among the ten participating restaurants: Newton’s Genova, Tin Pin Sports Bar & Grill, and 701 Cafe; Halstead’s Twisted Joe; Burrton’s The Barn; and Hesston’s Water’s Edge and El Cerrito. All the restaurants will offer their own unique dishes. Newton’s Prairie Harvest, for example, is offering samples of verenika casserole, a Mennonite specialty that involves egg noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream and ham. The Meridian Center will offer mini chicken pot pies.

The event will also have a live auction that offers trips, dinners and more. The hours are 6:30 to 9 p.m., and tickets are $60 a person at the door or at www.kansasbigs.org/cookscorkskegs.