Three food and drink events this week
Food Trucks at the Fountains: The monthly gathering of Wichita food trucks is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the WaterWalk Pavilion and will feature local truckers such as the Flying Stove, MMM Sandwiches, Cakeface Bake Shop and B.S. Sandwich Press. R&J Concessions also will be there. The gathering is adding a new vendor, too — Wichita-based festival vendor Bakerman Concessions, which specializes in cinnamon rolls. The gathering will have live music, and representatives from the Kansas Humane Society will be there ready to perform on-site adoptions.
Bocconcini Wine Dinner: Chef Nathan Toubia has another wine dinner planned at Bocconcini Italian Eatery, 4811 E. Central, this one at 6 p.m. Sunday. The dinner will feature a five-course meal, each course paired with wine. Among the courses being offered are a braised citrus lamb and a spring herb and cheese ravioli. The dinner is $65 a person. Call 316-613-2523 for reservations.
Swing Around South America Wine Dinner: This dinner, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at YaYa’s Eurobistro, 8115 E. 21st St., is being put on by the Wichita chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food. It will feature a four-course dinner, each course paired with a wine from South America. The speaker will be Lucia Christensen, brand manager for Finca El Origen winery in Argentina. The dinner is $65 for AIWF members and $80 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 316-682-5502. The reservation deadline is noon Tuesday.
Battle of the Burger in September
There’s a new food fundraiser in the works that will pit local burger cookers against each other in a Battle of the Burger. The event, being planned by KETCH, will be Sept. 14 at Cowtown and asks restaurateurs to bring their burgers to battle it out, both for a judges’ award and for a people’s choice title. At the moment, the organization is recruiting restaurants to participate. Those who are interested should call Ashley at 316-38-8889.
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Bid on a foodie dream job
The centerpiece of the Children’s Champions charity event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Botanica, 701 N. Amidon, is an auction offering people the chance to perform restaurant “dream jobs.” Among the opportunities being auctioned are a chance to work a shift for the Flying Stove food truck and create a sandwich or burger for the menu; a chance to have a hands-on chocolate making experience with Cocoa Dolce’s Beth Tully; and the chance to go behind the scenes at River City Brewing Co. and craft a beer with brewmaster Dan Norton. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres provided by the Anchor, soup from Tanya’s Soup Kitchen and custard from Freddy’s Frozen Custard. Tickets are $75 at Facebook.com/ChildStartWichita. The event supports local children participating in Child Start’s head start programs.
Now open: Molino’s Mexican Cuisine
The wait for fans of the former Frida’s is over. Mario Quiroz, who closed his Mexican restaurant Frida’s at 1580 W 21st St. in 2010, last week opened his new restaurant, called Molino’s Mexican Cuisine. It’s in the former Las Tias de Beto spot at 1064 N. Waco, right next to Juarez Bakery, and has everything Frida’s used to have and then some, including its famous piratas. The menu also features several new dishes, including a whole lot of enchiladas, tacos, authentic Mexican dishes and even cauliflower ceviche. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.