Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita Wine Opener grows to a larger venue

When an annual fund raising party gets too big for its original space, you know that’s a good annual fund raising party.

This year, the Wichita Wine Opener found itself in that situation. The party, which raises money for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, is putting on its sixth annual event on Thursday night, and organizers have had to move the party from its longtime home at Abode Venue to the larger Century II Exhibition Hall balcony to accommodate the crowds.

The event will feature food from more than 15 Wichita restaurants, including Public at the Brickyard, Newport Grill, Sienna Tuscan Steakhouse, Molino’s and P.F. Chang’s, plus several wine tasting stations. Between 400 and 500 people are expected to attend.

I’ll be one of the judges at the party, which is always a good time. Organizers say they have about 60 tickets left, which cost $60 or $90 for a VIP ticket and are available at http://www.cff.org/Chapters/heartofamerica/.