Dining With Denise Neil

Coming foodie events include a new ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’-inspired cook off

Cutthroat Cookoff is Wichita’s newest foodie fundraiser. It’s scheduled for April 15 at Botanica.
Cutthroat Cookoff is Wichita’s newest foodie fundraiser. It’s scheduled for April 15 at Botanica.

Foodie fundraiser season is underway, and several are coming up through the spring and early summer, including a new one modeled after a popular television show. Among them:

Cutthroat Cookoff is the creation of High Touch Technologies, and its purpose it to raise money for Special Olympics. The event is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. April 15 at Botanica, 701 Amidon, and it will feature a live cook-off that pairs local celebrities with local chefs. I’m one of the people who will be on stage cooking. (Eeeep!) Tickets are $50 a person or $350 for a table of 8, and they’re available at www.eventbrite.com.

Palette to Palate, a wine auction and dinner in its sixth year, is planned for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Noah’s Event Venue, 1550 N. Lindberg Circle. This year’s event will have a champagne reception, live and silent auctions and a wine dinner provided by Larkspur. The event benefits KETCH. Tickets are $150 or two for $275. A $300 ticket includes a VIP reserve tasting. They’re available at 316-383-8880.

Death by Chocolate, a fundraiser for Exploration Place that offers enough chocolate decadence to kill the average person, is back for its 10th annual installment on Feb. 27. It’s from 7 to 10 p.m. at the museum, 300 N. McLean Blvd. Attendees can sample both chocolate and savory creations, dance to music from Annie Up, visit the new “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World” exhibit and enjoy an open bar. Tickets are $85 a person and available here or by calling 316-660-0620. Proceeds benefit Exploration Place.

Throw Down in Old Town is a cookie and coffee competition scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. March 3 at Old Cowtown Museum’s visitor center, 1865 Museum Blvd. The event, a benefit for Children First: CEO Kansas Inc., will feature top cookie bakers and latte artists competing for the title of best in their fields. Admission is $20 and includes cookie and coffee samples. Tickets are available at http://throwdowninoldtown2016.eventbrite.com.

Also, mark your calendars for:

Midwest Winefest: The popular wine-tasting event starts on April 21 with the annual Old Town Walkabout followed by wine dinners on April 22 and the grand tasting on April 23 at Century II. Tickets go on sale March 14. midwestwinefest.org

Midwest Beerfest: This is the year that organizers are moving the event from the fall to the spring. The event’s beer dinners will happen on May 20, and the grand tasting will be May 21 at Century II. Watch for more details. www.midwestbeerfest.com

Celebrity & Chef Cookoff: The annual fundraiser for the Orpheum Theatre also pairs local celebrities with local chefs for a cook off. This one, the 15th annual, will be June 14 at Intrust Bank Arena. Watch for details.