Wined & Dined

Local chefs preparing for eggplant battle at Douglas County Fair

Joanna Hlavacek

Last year, Rick Martin beat out fellow gastronomic greats Rafael and Kate Gonzales of Global Café in the [Douglas County Fair’s][1] annual [Chefs Challenge][2]. On Wednesday, the Limestone Pizza owner/executive chef will return to the fairground showdown not as a competitor but as a “culinary interpreter” a la Ted Allen ...

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with some fancy franks

Jon Ralston

Today is [National Hot Dog Day][1], and lovers of encased meats are rejoicing across the country. Here are four places in Lawrence with special kinds of frankfurters on their menus to help you celebrate this special day. https://www.facebook.com/124187997603273/photos/pb.124187997603273.-2207520000.1437677515./622903714398363/?type=3&theater [**Burger Stand**][2] At a restaurant best known for its gourmet burgers and ...

Website names Free State best craft brewery in Kansas

Jon Ralston

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/jul/22/294586/ As if you needed another excuse to go to Free State Brewing Co.'s cheap pint night on Mondays, entertainment website [Thrillist][1] has named the longtime Lawrence restaurant and beer-maker as the best craft brewery in Kansas. The site recently made [a list of the best craft brewers in every ...

Hank Charcuterie teaming up with Dark Horse Distillery, Wood + Salt for food and cocktail event

Joanna Hlavacek

[Hank Charcuterie][1] is partnering with the folks at Wood + Salt and Dark Horse Distillery to host an evening of hors d'oeuvres and cocktails next week. The event, which will take place at Hank Charcuterie (1900 Massachusetts St.) at 7 p.m. Thursday, will feature four food-drink pairings created by Hank ...

Magazine honors two Lawrence restaurants for wine selections

Joanna Hlavacek

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/jul/08/294076/ Two Lawrence restaurants have earned mentions in Wine Spectator's 2015 Restaurant Awards. The annual awards, which highlight eateries all over the globe for having exceptional wine selections, included The Eldridge Hotel's [Ten restaurant][1] and the [Bird Dog Bar/Five 21 Restaurant][2] at The Oread in Wine Spectator's Aug. 31 issue. ...

Recently opened Yeah Sushi offers whimsical take on Japanese staple

Joanna Hlavacek

Yuyuan Jiang worked as a sushi chef for eight years, serving up the Japanese delicacy in Houston, Palm Springs, New Orleans, Miami, New York City, and even a stint in Korea — both North and South. Now, he's rolling up (that's my attempt at a sushi joke) everything he learned ...

WheatFields, Bread Bakers Guild of America to host open house Saturday

Joanna Hlavacek

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/jun/18/292592/ [The people's choice for Lawrence's best bakery][1] is giving the public a glimpse of the bread-making process Saturday afternoon during a Bakery Open House at [WheatFields Bakery][2], 904 Vermont St. WheatFields and the [Bread Bakers Guild of America][3] are teaming up to host the event, in which "everyone is ...

Ladybird Diner owner keeping busy with doughnuts while restaurant is closed

Joanna Hlavacek

Lawrence, apparently, is a town that loves its doughnuts. It's a love that, when said doughnuts are offered up for free on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon at the now-closed Pachamamas patio, reaches biblical proportions. "It was like a plague of locusts," [Ladybird Diner][1] owner Meg Heriford tells two women approaching ...

Foodies can eat, drink, eat some more during the Free State Festival

Joanna Hlavacek

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/jun/15/292962/ Attendees of next week's Free State Festival should have their fill of music, art, film and ideas. And the festival's making sure all the foodies out there get their fill of food and drinks as well, with three dining-related events on this year's roster. Here's a breakdown: **Lawrence Mixology** ...

Waffle Iron taking things slow at new location, with sweet and savory surprises in store

Joanna Hlavacek

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2015/jun/11/292846/ When it comes to mastering the art of waffles — or, to clarify, a waffle house — it’s best to take things slowly. That’s the approach Sam Donnell’s taking over at [The Waffle Iron][1], which opened in its new location at 7 E. Seventh St. four weeks ago. Foodies ...

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