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Tasting notes: Sandbar Subs, grape stomp, wine dinner, Free State fries and squealers

The newly opened Sandbar Sub Shop: 745 New Hampshire St., 785-842-0111, sandbarsubs.com

The newly opened Sandbar Sub Shop: 745 New Hampshire St., 785-842-0111, sandbarsubs.com by Jessica Pauly/Special to the Journal-World

A few notes from Lawrence's food and drink scene.

Downtown Sandbar Sub Shop

The new, downtown Sandbar Sub Shop is up and running at 745 New Hampshire St., across the street from the Sandbar. Mrs. Mass checked it out for this week’s edition of CheckOut and gave the shop’s fresh, unprocessed ingredients a thumb’s up. Besides sandwiches with names like The Cyclone and the Pirate Steak, Sandbar Sub Shop has mini-mart stuff downtown-goers might need (gum or aspirin, anyone?).

Rock Chalk grape stomp

Kansas University’s student body president, Marcus C.L. Tetwiler of Paola, will represent our town at this year’s Kansas Grape Stomp, according to an announcement from the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The annual stomp — designed to celebrate and highlight the state’s grape and wine industry — goes down at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. For the first time this year, the stomp also will be open to fair visitors who want to give it a whirl.

Wine dinner

Genovese’s September wine dinner is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the restaurant, 941 Massachusetts St. Cost is $49 per person, and reservations should be made by calling 842-0300. Featured wines will come from Dierberg Winery of Santa Barbara, Calif., and be paired with a four-course menu of shrimp, scallops, salmon and squab.

Fry switch-a-roo and Free State 'squealers'

Larryville Chronciles reports that Free State has changed its fries. And Chip is less than thrilled about it. Change is tough! In a change probably no one will complain about, Free State is now selling 32-ounce beers to-go — these adorable mini-growlers of beer are called "squealers."

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Tasting notes: Organic wines at the Oread, Sicilian wines at Genovese and the Elvis Burger

Elvis Presley performing in 1972. (AP file photo)

Elvis Presley performing in 1972. (AP file photo) by Sara Shepherd

There are two wine dinners next week in Lawrence. They’re both happening the same night, though, so you’ll have to choose — organic or Sicilian? Plus, Elvis (Burger) lives.

Thursday

Organic Wines of the World is the title of the Oread’s next quarterly wine dinner, planned Thursday at the hotel’s Terrace on Fifth.

The reception — featuring an appetizer of poached fig with goat cheese and prosciutto paired with Italian wine — begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and features bass, chicken, duck and steak courses with wines from North and South Americas and France. The planned dessert is coffee crepes suzette with coffee from Lawrence’s J&S Coffee Co.

Cost is $65 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Kristyn Maloney at 830-3945 or Kristyn@oliviacollection.com.

Also Thursday

Sicilian food and wine will highlight Genovese’s August wine dinner, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant. Cost is $48 per person, and reservations should be made by calling 842-0300.

The four featured wines come from Sicily’s Fuedo Arancio Winery and include grillo and Nero d’Avola. Chef Armando’s planned menu features native Sicilian foods such as tuna, bottarga (salted, pressed and dried fish roe), caponata and lamb.

Based on the winery’s website, which touts its commitment to green growing and winemaking principles, the place looks breathtakingly beautiful. If you can’t tele-transport (which sadly you can’t, last I checked), maybe drinking wine from the place is second-best!

All month

The Elvis Burger is back in the building at Burger Stand, an occasional special that seems far-out enough it's worth mentioning. This burger has everything Elvis would have wanted: creamy peanut butter, banana puree and — if you order it Vegas style — bacon.

Chris Hoffman, general manager at Burger Stand, says the special is in conjunction with the month Elvis died — "or went into hiding ... whatever you believe!"

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Cinco de Mayo dinner to highlight refined side of tequila

There is a tequila world beyond “lick, shoot, suck” (and, inevitably, burn), and an upcoming event provides a good opportunity to foray into it.

Genovese’s annual Cinco de Mayo Tequila Tasting Dinner is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday at the restaurant, 941 Massachusetts St.

Genovese plans to serve a selection of Avión and Familia Camarena brand tequilas — silver, reposado and añejo, all produced in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico — paired with a four-course dinner menu. Geneovese chef and co-owner Armando Paniagua’s Mexican heritage is reflected in his planned dishes: shrimp and octopus cocktail, grilled mahi mahi tacos, barbacoa and chocolate Kahlua panna cotta.

The cost of the dinner is $50 per person, not including tax and gratuity. For reservations, call Genovese at 842-0300.

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