Dining With Denise Neil

Two Wichita ‘Smackdowns’ will involve coffee, wine but no smacking

Reverie Coffee Roasters will be the home of Saturday’s Saturday-Night Smackdown, a latte art competition.
Reverie Coffee Roasters will be the home of Saturday’s Saturday-Night Smackdown, a latte art competition. Reverie Coffee Roasters

Are these restaurants wrestling rings?

Two Wichita food-and-drink businesses are planning “smackdowns” this month, and customers are invited to participate in the smacking.

The first is Saturday at Reverie Coffee Roasters, 2611 E. Douglas. The shop is putting on an event called Saturday Night Smackdown, a latte art competition. I’ve been asked to serve as one of the judges, so I’ll be inspecting (and hopefully sipping) the foamy art work of several Wichtia-area baristas. It starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free for spectators. Baristas can start registering at 6 p.m. and there’s a $5 entry fee.

Then, on Jan. 31, Chester’s Chophouse is putting on a new event called Sommelier Smack-Down. The event, which is a fundraiser for Guadalupe Clinic, will feature five of Wichita’s top wine experts competing to see whose palate is best. Each one must pair two wines with dishes prepared by Chester’s owner and chef Bobby Lane, and attendees get to vote on who paired it best. The competing sommeliers are Newport Grill’s Alicia Elleman, The Wine Dive’s Brad Steven, Jason Hisaw from Standard Beverage, Jamie Stratton from Jacob Liquor and Adam Toon from Chester’s. The event starts at 1 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $250 a person, and it’s limited to 150 people. For reservations, call 316-2684-8974 extension 204 or e-mail Jodig@guadalupeclinic.com.

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