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Culinaria plans Final Friday food event featuring tacos, tequila cocktails

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The area around the Warehouse Arts District still lacks a traditional restaurant, but a catering company located there will open for dinner Friday as part of this month's Final Friday event.

Culinaria, 512 E. Ninth St. Suite A (the old stone house behind Vintage Emporium), has been opening its event space to the public on a pop-up basis for the past year with its monthly Wine Club gatherings. This will be their first Final Friday (no art exhibit this week, but maybe next time). They plan to sell summer veggie or pork shoulder tacos — accompanied by a fresh salsa bar — and grapefruit-tequila cocktails.

Culinaria, 512 E. Ninth St. (photo courtesy of Culinaria)

Culinaria, 512 E. Ninth St. (photo courtesy of Culinaria) by Sara Shepherd

“We’re right there in the middle of the new up-and-coming arts district,” said Regan Lehman Pillar, who owns the business with her husband, Aaron PIllar. “People are always peering in our window, wondering what we are or stopping in ... we thought, ‘Hey, we should probably just go ahead and invite them in.’”

Culinaria’s Wine Club events are the third Wednesday of every month. For $35, attendees get tasting pours of six wines paired with complementary small plates. Pillar said Culinaria started the tasting events about a year ago after an expansion enabled them to make their dining area more spacious. For information on future events, follow Culinaria on Facebook, facebook.com/CulinariaKS.

Some of Culinaria's homemade salsas. (photo courtesy of Culinaria)

Some of Culinaria's homemade salsas. (photo courtesy of Culinaria) by Sara Shepherd

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