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Fat Tuesday options in Wichita: oysters, Zydeco and a Red Bean’s revival

Making a king cake in two minutes

This timelapse video by John Fitzhugh shows how South Mississippi bakers make a king cake. (Feb. 9, 2016)
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This timelapse video by John Fitzhugh shows how South Mississippi bakers make a king cake. (Feb. 9, 2016)

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Wichitans will be wearing beads, feasting on crawfish and oysters and dancing to Cajun tunes at several local Fat Tuesday events. Among them:

Second Annual Red Bean’s Memorial Fat Tuesday celebration: Bill Rowe, the former proprietor of Red Bean’s Bayou Grill, is putting on a Fat Tuesday party at his banquet venue, Villa Luna, at 8406 W. Central. It will feature a buffet of favorites from Red Bean’s, which closed in 2014 after 16 years in business. Among them: firecracker pasta, pork loin Thibideaux, jambalaya and fried pickles. The party, which lasts from 4 to 10 p.m., will also have oyster shots and adult beverages. Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and under.

Oyster dinner at St. James: The annual St. James Episcopal Church oyster dinner, which always happens on Fat Tuesday, offers all-you-can-eat oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, oyster stew, dessert and beer and wine on tap. Attendees can choose between a 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. seating, and tickets are cheaper this year: They’re $45 in advance at the church office, 3750 E. Douglas, and they’re also available for the same price at the door. Money raised supports Episcopal Social Services. For information, call 316-259-7587.

Doo-Dah Diner’s Fat Tuesday Cajun Feast: The popular diner at 206 E. Kellogg is putting on its third annual all-you-can-eat Cajun buffet featuring jambalaya, shrimp etouffee, red beans and rice, blackened chicken, crawfish, fried catfish and King Cake. The feast will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. (The diner is usually closed on Tuesdays.) Advance tickets are $40 a person and available at the diner. Tickets are $45 at the door, and proceeds benefit Working Families United Inc. For more information, call 316-265-7011.

The Mudbugs at Heroes: This will be the eight year in a row for the Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco band to headline the Fat Tuesday celebration at Heroes, 117 N. Mosley. The bar turns into a dance hall each year as the kitchen serves Cajun specials and the bar mixes hurricanes. It lasts from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and admission is free. All ages are welcome.

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse: Chef Jeremy Wade, who runs the kitchen at the restaurant inside the Ambassador Hotel, 104 S. Broadway, will serve a Fat Tuesday pasta special made with saffron and squid ink fettuccine with mussels and crayfish in a Cajun ream sauce. He’ll also serve $1 oysters all day and will serve beignets and zeppoles for dessert.

This timelapse video by John Fitzhugh shows how South Mississippi bakers make a king cake. (Feb. 9, 2016)

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