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From left: Brent Steven, Jeff Schauf, Rochelle Collins and Jennifer Ray.

Photographed by Kacy Meinecke Volume I - Issue V Publisher Roy Heatherly Editor Scott Elpers General Sales Manager Molly Guidas Feature Photographer Kacy Meinecke



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Fashion Director Bonnie Bing Writers & Photographers Bonnie Bing Amy Geiszler-Jones Whitney Pulen MeLinda Schnyder Joe Stumpe


Letter from the Editor


oudin isn’t for a weak stomach, and it’s a delicacy that’s not easy to find outside of Bayou Country. That might be why I vividly remember the first time I ate at The Flying Stove. Life-changing is a bold statement, but I do remember enjoying one of the best - and most innovative - meals of my adult life, which I ate while leaning against my vehicle in a liquor store parking lot in west Wichita. I still eat at The Flying Stove regularly, which I consider the cornerstone of a superb wave of Wichita food trucks to open in the past five years. While The Flying Stove will always be my first food truck love, I try to keep a steady rotation between the more than 20 trucks that are part of the Wichita Food Trucks coalition, each offering its own unique, mobile cuisine. I’m a proud supporter of all things Wichita, which is one reason I adore this thriving food truck scene. Because even though these food trucks often set up shop bumper-to-bumper in parks and parking lots across Wichita, they also support one another through the coalition network, which includes a website to provide hungry customers an easy way to locate their favorite truck. I could keep talking about it here, or you can skip over to page 31 and read our story on Wichita’s growing food truck scene, which is part of this month’s special feature: A Taste of Wichita. I also believe this culinary niche, and their dedication to working together to make it thrive, has been an intricate cog in helping our city regain its swagger. Any great city is known for its cuisine. There’s barbecue in Kansas City and deep dish pizza in Chicago. New York City has the hot dog and Los Angeles has the fish taco. Maybe Wichita’s great go-to meal is all of those, served on the street out of the side of the truck.

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Versus A Live Art Battle

Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ark Arts hosted its second annual Versus: A Live Art Battle on September 23, where professional and emerging artists competed in an interactive painting competition. The live painting competition featured 12 artists in an artistic smackdown, creating each piece in 20 minutes. Guests voted for their favorite artist and the final round featured the top two artists vying to become the champion. Jean Cook bested the competition, defeating fellow finalist Wesley Moore and a strong field of local artists. Cook received a solo exhibition at Mark Arts, and all artists received commissions on sales of their earlier work that was on display. The paintings created live were auctioned off to benefit Mark Arts.

Vanessa Dondlinger, Raymond Dondlinger

Angel Gomez, Cody Lynxwiler

Brett Leeth, Heather Leeth, Jason Cox, Bree Cox

Cyndi Morris, Meghan O’Crowley


Mariah Branine, Tyler Branine

Gaylyn McGregor, Polly Gentry

Van Downing, Patrice Downing, Susan Burdick, Martin Burdick

Sierra Scott, Iris Fletcher

Marilyn Waller, Leslie Horigan

Steven Small, Barbara Niewald, Denise Ziegler, Charlotte Patterson

Jamie Wellbrock, Nancy Cziske, Megan Barbe

Doug Stark, Susan Addington, Chris Addington, Pam Swedlund, Kathi Stark

Alex Browne, Julie Breault, Jackie Gearhart

Torin Andersen, Wesley Moore

Elizabeth Daniel, Zack Daniel, Llewyn Daniel


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A Tribute to Trailblazers Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


our individuals were honored during The Kansas African American Museum’s A Tribute to Trailblazers gala held at Wichita’s downtown Hyatt Regency September 17. Joe Patrick, Terry Rice, Mark McCormick, Teketa Harding, Jimmy Washington The gala, which is the museum’s premier fundraiser, grew out of an exhibit of the same name that started in 2000. In 2009, the exhibit had grown into an induction ceremony and gala. During this year’s gala, the following individuals were inducted: Kim Thomas, mayor of Stockton, Kansas, as the community outreach trailblazer; Godwin Opara, owner of Transtecs Corp., as the business trailblazer; Kevin Willmott, film professor at The University of Kansas, as the arts and culture trailblazer; and Father Mark Carroll, Catholic Diocese of Wichita bishop, as the posthumous trailblazer. The master of ceremony was Sherdeill Breathett Sr., economic development specialist for Sedgwick County and president of Real Men, Real Heroes, a local youth-mentoring organization. Wells Fargo was the presenting sponsor, with Capitol Federal, Spirit Aerosystems, Cox Business and Westar Energy as exhibition sponsors, and Transtecs Corp. and Sedgwick County as award sponsors. Nikky McCormick, Mark McCormick Sharyna Reece, Bondetta Carter

Jo Bogan, Jimmy Washington, Carol Cole

Brandon Johnson, Marche’ Fleming-Randle, Aron Randle, Lavonta Williams

Bethany Khanu, Milana Joslin, Sydney Brown

Gary Plummer, Dr. Bruce Price


Godwin Opara, Margaret Opara

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Friday 3

Holiday Tables Mark Arts 10 a.m.





Saturday 4


Holiday Tables Mark Arts 10 a.m.

Holiday Tables Mark Arts 10 a.m.

Brew Ha-Ha Flint Hills Golf Course 6:30 p.m.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Kansas Star Casino 5 p.m.




Who Let The Dogs Out 5K Sedgwick County Park 8:30 a.m.

Celebration KAM Kansas Aviation Museum 6 p.m.

The Jingle Noah’s Event Venue 7 p.m.

Laughing Feet presents AXIS Dance Company Century II 3 p.m.

Red Dress Dash Old Town 4:30 p.m.

Black Women Empowered in Wichita Alternative Gift Wichita Honoree Reception Market Wichita Boathouse East Heights UMC 10 a.m.





Fur Ball Abode 6 p.m.

17 Share Our Food Fundraiser Mid-America All-Indian Center 6 p.m.





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28 Gifts in the Gallery CityArts 9 a.m.


29 Gifts in the Gallery CityArts 9 a.m.

Gifts in the Gallery CityArts 9 a.m.

Polar Express Night WSU Metroplex 5 p.m.





Art Chatter Wichita Art Museum 6 p.m. Fashion Passion Beech Activity Center 6:30 p.m.

Wichita Etsy Local Trade Show Hotel at Old Town 9 a.m.

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ICT Bloktoberfest Story & Photography by MeLinda Schnyder


n estimated 4,000 packed the plaza outside Union Station and the adjacent block on October 8 for the first annual ICT Bloktoberfest organized by Xclusive Event Services. AJ Sprecker, Cieara Slater The day-long event offered fall-themed fun for all ages and was centered around local businesses and the recently renovated Union Station area. Xclusive is owned by siblings Crystal McDonald and Cody Lathrop and includes a mobile bartending truck and a local beer truck, both of which were at ICT Bloktoberfest alongside food trucks and vendor booths. Festival-goers could play lawn games, watch wiener dog races and a costume contest, listen to live bands and sample locally made beer and sausage. A dozen local businesses invented custom sausages at Douglas Avenue Chop Shop to compete in the sausage competition. Judges gave the King Wiener crown to Nitro Joe’s and the people’s choice award went to Specs Eyewear. Wichita Brewing Company won the King of October Brew title with its Yumpkin Pumpkin beer. Bruce Blank, Charlene Henning

Jessica Messmer, Catherine Mitby, Terry Penny

Jason Douglass, Rachel Douglass

Cody Lathrop, Preslee Lathrop, Amanda Kiefer, Crystal McDonald, Aharon Hoopes

Lateefah Miller, Francine Miller, Davior Pinney


Lucas Tabares, Tucker, Macy Harsch

Obi Barnes, Cal Reimer

Jason Adams, Mystique, Shannon Layne

Steve Prewitt, Kenna King, Clay Bastian

Dawn Mullen, Kiley Hale, Toby, Krista Menges

Jamie Sigars, Berk, Paul Blissett

Tami Bradley, Nancy McMaster, Pamela Yenser, Kelly Yenser

Susan Damron, Max, Donnie Ridgway

Katherine Fugit, Jan Reckers, Stephan Reckers

Tawnya Anderson, Tammy Taylor, Amy Clarke


Amy Liebau, vice president and chief operating officer for Laham Development, inside Pottery Barn, which opened in Bradley Fair in late October. Photographed by Kacy Meinecke.


BRADLEY FAIR By Amy Geiszler-Jones Late last month, the upscale home-furnishing store Pottery Barn became the newest tenant in Bradley Fair, the upscale dining, shopping and leisure complex off 21st Street and Rock Road that pioneered the concept of a destination lifestyle center in Wichita.


he addition of Pottery Barn is just one of several new things happening at Bradley Fair this year, noted Amy Liebau, vice president and chief operating officer for Laham Development. The shopping center added popular clothing and accessory store J. Crew to its list of tenants, local eatery favorites Bella Luna and Cocoa Dulce underwent upgrades, and major retailers Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret will double in size, allowing those retailers to bring in or expand popular product lines. With new space, Bath and Body Works is adding its White Barn candle concept to its offerings, while Victoria’s Secret is expanding its PINK line, popular among college women. While it was the vision of a young real estate broker in 1988 that created Bradley Fair out of a horse farm, it’s been the Wichita and surrounding communities that also deserve credit for its success, Liebau said. “When (people) shop at our stores and eat at our restaurants, they are helping them become successful, which then leads to other nationals wanting to follow suit,” Liebau said. Loyal hometown businesses also have helped create unique shopping experiences, allowing customers to shop local amongst national retailers. “A key part of our success has been the local tenants,” Liebau said. “Some of them have been with us since the beginning. We started 26 years ago with 28,000 square feet and 13 tenants – stores and restaurants that included Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry and Trios, and today we’re at 280,000 square feet and 50 stores, and that still includes Randy Cooper’s and Trios. I think that says a lot about how we treat our tenants.” That treatment is what led to Pottery Barn signing up as the latest tenant. “Pottery Barn is owned by the same company as

Williams-Sonoma,” explained Liebau. “Williams-Sonoma has been here for almost 20 years. They’ve enjoyed great success and because of that great success and our existing relationship, they were willing to bring Pottery Barn to a market of this size. Wichita is probably one of the smallest markets to have a lifestyle center, and so when the national retailers look to see where to locate, they look at the success of other nationals.” In the retail industry, a lifestyle center refers to a shopping center that provides dining and shopping opportunities alongside other amenities like those offered at Bradley Fair: the year-round fountain, an expansive Mediterranean-style plaza, a lake and community events. Bradley Fair sees plenty of the latter – from engagement and prom photos taken on its picturesque plaza to families feeding the ducks to drawing thousands of people to its various free cultural and holiday events throughout the year. Bradley Fair was Wichita’s first taste of a lifestyle center. In 1988, George Laham, who had started a career in real estate as a broker, wooed the owners of what was a 320-acre horse farm into giving him an opportunity to bring a vision for a mixeduse development to life. Laham initially purchased 3 acres of the property in 1988 and held 77 public meetings to convince city officials and the community that his master-planned development – a destination, outdoor shopping center that consolidated specialty stores and included nearby residences and an office park – would be a good thing. Bradley Fair opened in 1990, attracting its first national specialty retailer, Talbot’s, in 1991. Bradley Fair’s name pays homage to the third-generation oilman Ed Bradley and his wife, Louise, who initially owned the property, while the nearby residential, commercial and medical developments named Wilson Estates is a tribute to the Wilsons who allowed Laham to fulfill his vision.


A TASTE OF BRADLEY FAIR F rom upscale to casual restaurants, a breakfast spot and some favorite “sweet spots,� Bradley Fair offers about a dozen dining experiences to accommodate just about any price point and palate. Several of the restaurants take advantage of the impressive outdoor, Mediterranean-style ambiance at Bradley Fair, such as Newport Grill’s patio that overlooks the plaza and lake and YaYa’s EuroBistro garden-like patio. Bella Luna Cafe, which features Mediterranean specialties along with other options, expanded its patio space during its remodel to extend its seasonal use. If you don’t like having a seat, grab a personalized mix of ice cream flavors or some delectable pieces of chocolate heaven to go from Marble Slab Creamery or Cocoa Dolce and wander the walkways to windowshop at both major national and local retailers. Bradley Fair is also a great place to experience music, celebrations and other festivities throughout the year. Here are some upcoming events and annual events that will satisfy your cultural and entertainment cravings: t "OOVBMIPMJEBZUSFF lighting and kickoff for free holiday, horse-drawn carriage rides, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. You won’t want to miss Santa’s visit, along with live reindeer and carolers, that lead up to the 6 p.m. lighting of the 35-foot tree in the plaza. The carriage rides


– offered for the past 12 years – will continue from 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night UISPVHI%FD"CPVU  people annually have made the carriage rides a unique holiday tradition. t +B[[DPODFSUTFSJFT*O+VOF 2017, Bradley Fair will offer its 18th annual jazz summer concert series. The weekly Thursday night concerts throughout the month feature national and regional jazz musicians and draw about 3,000 to 5,000 listeners every week. t $FMFCSBUF"NFSJDB0O the Thursday night closest to the 'PVSUIPG+VMZ UIFKB[[TVNNFS concert series concludes with a spectacular fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day. This has become one of Bradley Fair’s most popular events, with about 14,000 people coming out to see the show. t 0QFSBPOUIF-BLFćJT QBTU.BZ 8JDIJUB(SBOE0QFSB staged its 13th annual production, free to the community. This year’s performance of “Pirates of Penzanceâ€? incorporated a floating stage and the island within the lake. t "VUVNOBOE"SU'PS the past seven years, Bradley Fair Parkway has shut down during a September weekend to be turned into an outdoor BSUHBMMFSZGPS"VUVNOBOE"SU  put on by Wichita Festivals and sponsored in part by Bradley Fair. This year’s festival attracted 90 artists from 23 different states and included hands-on art activities GPSDIJMESFO"CPVU QFPQMF attend the weekend festival.



My Favorite Space Jody Adams-Birch Story by Bonnie Bing Photography by Whitney Pulen After Jody Adams-Birch has a day of coaching women’s basketball at Wichita State University, working out - especially boxing - and doing administrative work, she’s home keeping up with Ace, her boxer that demands attention, and keeping the house in order. Finally, it’s time for her to flop down in an oversized chair in the corner of her bedroom. She puts her feet on the ottoman and waits for Ace to join her. If it’s still daylight, the light streams in through the windows behind her. “When I get home I put on old comfortable jeans and an old sweatshirt, sometimes Roy’s, which means it’s oversized, and this is where I land,” she said, putting her hands on the arms of the off-white chair. On one side of her chair is a basket of books and magazines. On the other is a side table with her mother’s bible on it. “We don’t watch a lot of TV, but I can turn the TV around and watch from here. Mainly sports or the news.” She says her husband, personal trainer Roy Birch, sits or lies down on the bed. “We talk, usually planning the next day, or what went on during our day,” she said. On the large piece of furniture that holds the television are two picture frames. One photo is of her grandmother and the other is the picture of a couple that came with the frame. “That frame was a wedding gift, but I still haven’t picked out our wedding pictures. There are so many it is overwhelming! But I am going to do that soon. Guess a picture of us would be better than that couple we don’t know,” she said laughing. Next to the photos is what she calls her “presidential box.” Yes, from a president of the United States. It was presented to her by George Bush Sr. in 1991. Her team at Tennessee had won the national championship so the team members and coaches dressed up and went to meet the president. Someone suggested they have a “shoot out.” “There’s a basketball court out to the side of the White House. There I was in my high heels and dress and wide-brimmed hat. I did take my hat off,” she said. “I won, so the president presented that box to me in the oval office. He was a very nice guy and very welcoming to all of us. He talked a lot about excellence, both on the court and in the classroom,” she said. Folded at the foot of the bed is a well-worn quilt. It’s faded with a few small holes and threads hanging from the edges. “My great grandmother made that quilt. I got it when I was in grade school. I love it.”



Wichita State University Alumni Association

Rockin’ the Roundhouse


ith the theme, Red White and Wu, Shockers from near and far flocked to Wichita State’s University’s landmark roundhouse, Charles Koch Tessa Aldag, Raphel Lucas Jr., Jade Dowling Arena, for Rockin’ the Roundhouse on October 1. Now in its 13th year, Rockin’ the Roundhouse has become one of the biggest fundraisers for the WSU Alumni Association. Of course, there was plenty of food and signature drinks. A wide variety of savory treats were provided by an array of Wichita’s top dining destinations from Beautiful Day Cafe to Sweet Allie B’s. Music and live entertainment were provided by Phil Bollig and Shocker Sounds. The live auction, conducted by auctioneer John Rupp of J.P. Weigand Auctions, was emceed by Cindy Klose and Bob Hull. Among the many features up for bid was the chance to be a “coach for a game,” and be right on the sidelines with WSU head basketball coach Gregg Marshall for a regular season home game. Top event sponsors included Cox Communications and McCormick Armstrong. Susan Norton, Tim Norton

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Kathy Garofalo, Deborah Bardo, Valerie Davis, John Bardo

Don Stephan, Beverly Rhatigan, Lynn Stephan, James Rhatigan

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Decades Trunk Show Story & Photography by Bonnie Bing


ichitans had an opportunity to purchase a bit of L.A. style when Cameron Silver, owner of Decades, a vintage boutique in Los Angeles, brought a selection of clothing and accessories to Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum of Art for a trunk show. Silver is a celebrity stylist, author, fashion consultant and fashion director of H Halston and H by Halston brands. While in Wichita he gave a talk “Decades: A Century of Fashion” and hosted the trunk show to coincide with the multi-media exhibition Coded_Couture. The exhibition - which runs until December 4 - examines the emerging creative role of computer programming on today’s couture fashion. Items in the trunk show ranged from a small handbag from the 1930s, Chanel earrings from the 1950s, to a coat from last year’s Leger collection. All proceeds went to the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Mary Ellen Randall, Geneieve Farha, Georgia Stevens

Jennifer Skliris, Kate Mix

Cameron Silver, Trish VanOsde

Holly Friend, Monica Smits, Trish Higgins, Pam Bjork

Patty Bennett, Chris Bennett, Cameron Silver

Leslie Wilson, Barbara Rensner


Sonya Greteman, Meghan Smith

Marilyn Pauly, Elizabeth King

Wichita Wears A Nod to Mod The saying is “Spring forward, fall back” referring to seasons. This fall fashions are falling back to the days of hippie duds and Bohemian chic. The widebrimmed hat, bell-bottoms, psychedelic prints, fringed boots, bags and belts and all the other looks from the days of the hootenanny are back. If you’re saying, “Been there, done that,” fear not because there are plenty of other options for the new season. You might, however, want to get at least a blastfrom-the-past accessory to remind you of “California Dreamin’.” - Bonnie Bing

Embroidered velvet top with high low hem by Johnny Was, $215, Aspen Boutique

On the model Stretch velvet tunic by Chaser, $139, skinny jeans by Hudson, $225, rabbit and raccoon fur vest by Dolce Cabo, $269, wool fedora by Tart, $69, lariat necklace of leather, stone and metal, $165, trio of beaded bracelets, $139, all from Section 37. Short boots by Bay Berry, $139 from Aspen Boutique.

Embroidered tunic, brown cotton, with slip dress underneath by Johnny Was, $265, Aspen Boutique

Model provided by Models & Images Photographed by Kacy Meinecke

Poncho of cognac faux suede by Alberto Makali, detachable cowl collar, $165, Aspen Boutique

Round sunglasses, $19, Aspen Boutique

Brown leather belt by Brave, $133, Section 37

Black suede shoulder bag with fringe trim by Brave, $289, Section 37

Beige suede tall boots with fringe detail by Sam Edelman, $259, Aspen Boutique



Setter Foundation

BenefitCigar Dinner Marc Hamlin, Karl Herzog, Father H. Setter, Jody Rhoden, Donald Morris Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ather H. Setter celebrated the 20th anniversary of his popular fundraiser, the Setter Foundation Benefit Cigar Dinner, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport hotel on September 24. Setter, an avid cigar aficionado, began the fundraiser in 1997 when he saw the opportunity to combine his love for cigars with his dedication to helping those in need. It has since grown to become nationallyrecognized with guests attending from all over the U.S. The annual event has raised more than $280,000 in the past 20 years for local charities, which include The Lord’s Diner and The ARC

Krisi Cochran, Wendy Sandor

Maurice Kirkendoll, Logan Buehler, Kerry Lipsey

Richard Macias, David Landwehr, Brenda Landwehr, Jeff Goering, Vernon Dolezal

Wes Smithwick, Les Padzensky

Bob Sterbens, Chris Hesse


Clint Johnson, Brian Jackson

Beth Shonka, Sara Stucky

Setter Foundation Annual Cigar Dinner

Jeffrey Warren, L.K. Booker

Derek Martin, Larry Martin, Bob Sterbens

Dan Dokken, Raymond Ortiz

Greg Setter, Father H. Setter, Dan Setter

Logan Browning, Grant Harmon, Jess Lee, Jake Johnson



7*1t Botanica

Tallgrass Film Festival

VIP Garden Party Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

Elizabeth Stevenson, Kylie Brown, Jill D. Miller


ndependent filmmakers, directors, producers and fans of Tallgrass Film Festival mingled at the festival’s VIP Garden Party, sponsored by VIP Wichita Magazine and held at Botanica on October 13. The 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival featured more than 190 of the best independent films from 33 countries, with screenings in various venues October 12 through 16. In addition to screenings, the festival included educational sessions such as filmmaker roundtables and labs, gala parties and other VIP events. MovieMaker Magazine, the world’s most widely read independent film magazine, named Tallgrass Film Festival as one of its top 50 recommended film festivals worldwide this year.

Hersh Rephun, Aaron Woolf

Kate Gondwe, Andy Schepis McGinnis

Marcia Deitchler, Jeff Deitchler, Lynda Carter-Metz

Jamie Rhodes, Shawn Rhodes, Mark Good, John Alexander, Micky Maddux, Ginger Bynorth

Justin Johnson, Forest Sun

Ingrid Serban, Blayne Weaver


Aaron Greer, David Kamerer

Tallgrass Film Festival

Christina Calhoun, Jamil Malone, Cale Mages



           Hannah Bothner, Blaire Birdsong

Ann Keefer, Brad Fitts




    Stacia Frasco, Chris Owen

Barrie Roesler, Jennifer Roesler

Kelli Foster, Jessica Davis

Eve Marson, Sara Goldblatt



Taste of

Karl Lakin, wine expert with Standard Beverage, at Music Theatre Wichita’s chefs’ dinner.


Food truck options plentiful in Wichita Story by Amy Geiszler-Jones

Photography by Whitney Pulen


t’s been five years since Wichita got its first sampling of specialty food prepared and sold by food trucks. While the food truck concept itself wasn’t totally new to Wichita – static taco trucks have dotted Wichita’s Nomar district and concession trailers have served laborers outside manufacturing plants over the years – The Flying Stove brought two new concepts when that food truck rolled onto the dining scene in December 2011. It served up gourmet culinary options created by a trained chef and used social media to announce its menus and movements. The success that brothers Jeff and Rob Schauf achieved with The Flying Stove has paved the way for a smorgasbord of food trucks in Wichita and has city leaders working with owners to revamp outdated regulations governing food trucks. Initially when The Flying Stove started, the Schaufs felt some pressure to constantly create new menu items to keep customers coming back, so they changed the menu every two weeks. With more food trucks offering a variety of choices – from Hawaiian plate specials (Noble House) to German cuisine (Let’m Eat Brats) to organic options (The Garden of Eatin’) – The Flying Stove now rotates its menu offerings less frequently, about once a month or so. During last month’s A Night at the Fountains rally on a Friday at WaterWalk downtown, Nathan Payne was ordering from the Flying Stove. “I always bring me and my two kids to these and try different trucks,” said Payne. The Flying Stove remains a favorite, he said. He also had high praise for LoLo’s Crepes, a new food truck specializing in both savory and sweet crepes that hit the streets this summer. “The crepes are great,” he declared. Earlier this year, the Wichita Food Trucks coalition launched a website to provide customers an easier way to locate their favorite truck – or trucks if customers like grabbing

a morning coffee from Sunflower Expresso and a vegan, non-GMO lunch from Kind Kravings followed by a dessert from Brown Box Bakery, for example. The coalition, which started about six months ago, grew out of the informal, networking meetings the food truck operators had been having. Pull up the site and you’ll easily see which food truck is serving where and when for the day. Schedules for the next week and social media links to the more than 20 coalition member trucks are just one click away, too. The site lists the serving locations of coalition members only, although Wichita is home to probably more than 30 food trucks. Food trucks can also be booked for events or private parties. “We’ve honest-to-goodness been an unofficial coalition from the beginning,” said Jodi Buchanan, co-owner of BS Sandwich Press, which started up a few months after The Flying Stove.

A Taste of Wichita


t’s been five years since Wichita got its first sampling of specialty food prepared and sold by food trucks. While the food truck concept itself wasn’t totally new to Wichita – static taco trucks have dotted Wichita’s Nomar district and concession trailers have served laborers outside manufacturing plants over the years – The Flying Stove brought two new concepts when that food truck rolled onto the dining scene in December 2011. It served up gourmet culinary options created by a trained chef and used social media to announce its menus and movements. The success that brothers Jeff and Rob Schauf achieved with The Flying Stove has paved the way for a smorgasbord of food trucks in Wichita and has city leaders working with owners to revamp outdated regulations governing food trucks. Initially when The Flying Stove started, the Schaufs felt some pressure to constantly create new menu items to keep customers coming back, so they changed the menu every two weeks. With more food trucks offering a variety of choices – from Hawaiian plate specials (Noble House) to German cuisine (Let’m Eat Brats) to organic options (The Garden of Eatin’) – The Flying Stove now rotates its menu offerings less frequently, about once a month or so. During last month’s A Night at the Fountains rally on a Friday at WaterWalk downtown, Nathan Payne was ordering from the Flying Stove. “I always bring me and my two kids to these and try different trucks,” said Payne. The Flying Stove remains a favorite, he said. He also had high praise for LoLo’s Crepes, a new food truck specializing in both savory and sweet crepes that hit the streets this summer. “The crepes are great,” he declared.

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Natalie and David Sollo own and operate Grace Hill Winery in Whitewater, Kan.

Grace Hill Winery Winning Fans Story and Photography by Joe Stumpe From the observation deck of Grace Hill Winery, Natalie and David Sollo can look out over 10 acres of rolling vineyard they call home. The gorgeous view represents a considerable investment of money and more than a decade of hard work. “It’s pruning in the winter, trellising in the spring, spraying in the summer, then restoring and getting ready to plant new plants in the fall,” David said. “There’s always something going on in the vineyard.” The payoff: this year, the Sollos harvested a vineyard-best 25 tons of grapes. With grapes they buy from other area growers, that’ll be enough to produce about 50,000 bottles of wine. It’s quite an operation, especially since both Sollos have day jobs in Wichita: Natalie is a pediatrician and David an anesthesiologist. Natalie, a Kansas native, and

David, who’s from Colorado, met during their first week of school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. They cultivated an appreciation for wine while completing their residencies in Cincinnati, then fell in with a group of fellow physicians and wine lovers after moving to Wichita in 1989, visiting wineries around the world. When their two sons reached college age, David innocently suggested the couple buy some land in the county. “I didn’t tell her I was going to plant grapes until we bought the land,” David said. “She said, ‘I should have seen it coming.’ It’s one of the only times I hoodwinked her.” The Sollos planted their first grapes in 2004 and opened to the public four years later. Today there are 14 varieties of grape grown here - Cabernet franc, Chambourcin and Norton being the most important for producing reds, and Chardonel, Seval Blanc and Vignoles for

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David spends more time in the field -”I like to tend the vineyard” - while Natalie handles the paperwork associated with producing an alcoholic beverage. Both participate in the all-important blending process, using their experienced their experienced palettes and that of friends. Their sons, Jeff and Brian, work there along with winemaker Michael McGuire and several part-time employees. Grace Hill bottles mostly blends, the most poplar being Peckerhead Red and Dodging Tornadoes, both sweet reds, plus Leaning Shed and the White Barrel Reserve White, a dry red and white, respectively. The wines are widely available in area liquor stores, many featuring colorful labels by Wichita artist Janet Fisher. The Sollos have also turned Grace Hill into a destination spot for the region, with a tasting room, gift shop and 2,000-square-foot event center that attracts thousands of visitors a year. On a Friday night in late September, 180 people paid to sample the winery’s fall release of a half dozen wines. The next morning, about 100 volunteers showed up to pick one of the year’s last harvest of grapes, being rewarded with lunch and wine in exchange. “We get lot of people from Wichita,” David said of the volunteer pickers. “Airbus has a lot of people from Europe -- a lot of them will come out. We’ve had people from France, Spain, Italy, people from Kansas City, Lawrence, Oklahoma City. Even a few from California, which is fun.” Now among a few dozen winemakers in the state, the Sollos credit Norm Jennings, former owner of Smokey Hill Winery in Salina, with valuable help getting started. The accumulation of better equipment and their own experience has allowed to improve their wines, David said. Because of climate and soil conditions, Kansas winemakers’ biggest challenge is producing good dry wines. A sip of Leaning Shed shows that the Sollos have achieved that, although David said there’s still room for improvement. “We’re a good regional winery, and we have to be to be able to compete on a global market,’ he said. “You go to the liquor store, there are wines from all over the world you’re competing with.” “Our ultimate goal is to make really excellent dry wines from our own vineyard here in Kansas. We’re certainly making progress.”

Grace Hill Winery is located at 6310 S. Grace Hill Rd., about two miles west of Whitewater. For directions, hours and more information, visit

Josh Rathbun, front left, executive chef at The Ambassador Hotel and its Sienna Tuscan Steakhouse, prepared a memorable seven-course feast for 30 lucky diners at the east-side home of Laura and Phil Knight.

Food stars in Music Theatre Wichita dinner Story by Joe Stumpe Photography by Whitney Pulen

How do you get away with charging $750 per person for dinner? It helps to start with a great cause - Music Theatre Wichita - and host, Bonnie Bing. But you better have some serious culinary chops in the kitchen, which is where Josh Rathbun comes in.

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Rathbun, executive chef at The Ambassador Hotel and its Sienna Tuscan Steakhouse, prepared a memorable seven-course feast for 30 lucky diners at the east-side home of Laura and Phil Knight. As those patrons enjoyed entertainment by Music Theatre performers on the patio, a show no less engrossing was unfolding in the kitchen. Rathbun was joined by Shaun Brady, his counterpart at the Kansas City Ambassador, and Jared Williams, a pastry chef at the hotel here; Richard Onkunya, the Ambassador’s banquet manager; and Karl Lakin, a wine expert with Standard Beverage; young Music Theatre cast members; and Roxanne Kellogg, volunteer dishwasher par excellence. The trio of cooks set up shop surrounded by plastic storage bins and coolers filled with pots, pans and ingredients hauled from the hotel. They worked fast and yet never seemed to be in a hurry, communicating in a kind of kitchen shorthand and even - at Rathbun’s urging - occasionally pausing for a sip of wine. For the appetizer, Brady minced raw beef tenderloin for beef tartare. Rathbun tossed it with mustard, shallots, capers and sesame seeds before mounding the mixture and microgreens on homemade potato chips.

The first course proper was Foie Gras Tourchon, the latter word French for dish towel, referring to the method of wrapping the fattened goose liver during poaching to achieve a cylindrical shape. It was served on toasted brioche with fresh fig, aged balsamic vinegar and pickled mustard seeds. For the salad course, Rathbun tossed green beans, peppery watercress, luscious tomato confit and a red wine vinaigrette with tuna that had been poached to perfection in olive oil. He followed with one of the most intriguing dishes of the night - agnolotti, a handmade pasta that translates as “little pillow.” It was filled with polenta and tossed with melted marscapone, mushrooms and herbs. From there it was on to the serious protein courses - pan-seared barramundi with puréed fennel, golden brown potatoes and pistachios; and then K.C. Strip with roasted carrots and a peach port sauce. As a sweet finale, Rathbun served up polenta cake with citrus curd, almond crumble and marscarpone cream. Rathbun, who cooked in Australia and Denver before returning to Wichita a couple years ago, described his menu as “more like a state of mind” than any particular regional genre - “just using seasonal and local ingredients as best as we can, and applying good technique to it.” Surrounded by seasoned pros, he had no concerns about being able to execute the meal in a home kitchen. Judging by the diners’ reaction, his confidence was justified. “We had people that made reservations to come to the (Ambassador’s) restaurant during the dinner,” he said. “It was a great night.”

Rathbun, who cooked in Australia and Denver before returning to Wichita a couple years ago, described his menu as “more like a state of mind” than any particular regional genre.

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The Perfect Pour

Story and photography by MeLinda Schnyder

Craft coffee and beer becoming mainstream in Wichita


n a fall morning about 14 years ago, my job handling public relations for a local non-profit had me picking up a reality television celebrity at the airport and driving her to a speaking engagement on the far east side of Wichita. She was friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be visiting our city for the first time, but she had a big-city craving that I wasn’t sure our town could satisfy. She wanted a hot, caffeinated beverage to get her voice and her brain ready for the stage, and she didn’t want a coffeehouse chain.

As I drove east, I began racking my brain on where I could take her. Remember, this was before Yelp so I couldn’t crowdsource destinations. Then I remembered all the times I had passed Il Primo, tucked in a strip mall at Central and Woodlawn. I knew nothing about their product but I was pretty certain they were locally owned. We popped in and she got what she was looking for: a premium espresso drink made exactly the way she wanted and good conversation with the baristas. She asked

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about the roast’s flavor profile and the preparation methods, and we both learned that Il Primo opened in 1993 as Wichita’s first specialty coffee shop. If I were faced with that same scenario today, I would have a tougher decision. Locally owned specialty coffee shops – including two that roast their own beans – can now be found across Wichita and they each seem to offer a different experience. On the west side, I could stop at Ecclesia Coffee, which serves handcrafted

drinks featuring PT’s Coffee, a roaster in Topeka. There is also Verita Coffee Co. that opened a café in 2015 and earlier this year started roasting its own beans. Verita has developed a following with signature drinks like root beer latte made with Kansas’ Hildebrand Farms dairy and chai latte mixed with the owners’ custom spice blend. Another west-side option is Twisted Java Coffee Bar, which has a huge menu of classic coffee drinks as well as creations like the Twisted Shocker, made with orange juice and espresso. On the east side, Il Primo is still in its original spot and loyal customers continue to come in or drive through for Panache brand coffee and David Rio brand chai. Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates loves to pair Reverie Coffee Roasters brew with chocolate to make mochas and other drinks at the full-service coffee bar inside its Bradley Fair retail store. Churn & Burn is an outlier in location and concept. Located on South Oliver just off Kellogg, they make their own ice cream (churn) and serve locally roasted coffee (burn) individually but their namesake that combines the two is their best-seller. It’s made by pouring a shot of freshly steamed espresso into their liquid cream base (vanilla with syrups and mix-ins available) then freezing the combination in 30 to 40 seconds using liquid nitrogen to create the creamy treat. They also offer a hot version. They use Verita’s light roast and get their dark roast and high-caffeine blends from The Spice Merchant, a 37-year-old local institution that roasts about 100,000 pounds of beans each year. In Riverside, R Coffee House has become an anytimeof-day destination for locals and out-of-towners. They like to highlight single-origin coffees roasted by PT’s Coffee and they use PT’s signature blend to craft specialty lattes like The Mexican, spiked with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, almond and brown sugar. Downtown, Mead’s Corner bills itself as a faith-based fair

trade coffeehouse. Espresso To Go Go has two locations less than a mile from one another. Often referred to as the one with the disco ball and the one with the unicorn, they serve coffee from The Spice Merchant. They constantly invent drinks and consequently their non-traditional “secret menu” is now bigger than their posted menu. Just east of downtown in the Douglas Design District, The Donut Whole has a full-service coffee bar with three signature blends – smooth, bold and espresso – from The Spice Merchant. A little further east on Douglas is Reverie Coffee Roasters, which earlier this fall won a bronze medal among national roasters for its Boneshaker Espresso. Next to its roasting den, Reverie has a small retail space and a café selling drip, pour overs, espresso, cold brew and more. Celebrity chef Alton Brown visited Reverie and Espresso To Go Go while he was in Wichita in 2014. He included both on his national list of favorite coffee stops that year and revisited them last month while performing at the Orpheum Theatre. This time, he posted photos on social media showing the two espresso drinks he ordered at Reverie and calling Espresso To Go Go “my Wichita happy place.” Reverie and Espresso To Go Go both opened in 2013 and both have owners who were inspired to create coffee experiences they couldn’t find in Wichita. Andrew Gough, Reverie’s owner, wanted an approach to roasting that nobody offered. Ann and Warren Tandoc, Espresso To Go Go owners, wanted innovative coffee drinks served professionally and efficiently. “People are desiring better experiences and that means creating unique businesses to offer those experiences,” Gough said. That also explains the surge in craft breweries in Wichita, where the experiences can include talking directly to the brewers about what’s in a beer and how it’s made or sampling a steady stream of new brews. Continued on page 58

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Farm to Table: A Tasty Fable Story by Joe Stumpe - Photography by Dale Small

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soft sun setting behind a barn. Candles burning on white tablecloths. A cellist playing in the background. The setting was picturesque for Firefly Farm’s inaugural farm-to-table dinner, an ideal background for guests to enjoy the hottest trend in food today. When professional cooks design a menu, the usual approach is to give diners what they expect -- that is, six to eight ounces of protein, a vegetable and starchy side dish. Then the cook goes about sourcing those ingredients. Farm-to-table dining stands that notion on its head, starting instead with what foods are produced locally and building the menu around that. It’s not easy, but Wichita chefs and foodies are embracing the notion just like their counterparts around the world. “It does take extra time and energy and thought to make your menu around local farmers, but I know a ton of local chefs who are trying to,” says Stephanie Hand, one of three cooks who created the Firefly menu. Firefly - located in east Wichita - grows vegetables, fruits and herbs and other produce for local restaurants and its own pop-up farmers market. The idea of the dinner was to incorporate as much Firefly produce as possible -- you can’t get much more farm-to-table than that -- along with ingredients from other local producers as well. Armando Minjarez, an artist who also happens to be a talented cook, was the lead creative mind behind the event. He was joined in the kitchen by two professional cooks with artistic streaks: Hand and Donnie Hutchins, owner of Mr. Natural Soul Kitchen. Minjarez used the event to showcase not only his food but also his handmade pottery. To serve the 44 diners, a crew of nearly 20 volunteers acted as waitstaff. The first course consisted of compotes, spreads and pickles made by Firefire Farm, served with three different cheeses made of sheep’s milk from Elderslie Farms, which hosts farm-to-table dinners itself.

“It was kind of an honor to have their cheese maker attend our dinner,” Hand said. And the cooks weren’t quite done with them yet. The second course featured a trio of different tomatoes from Firefly filled with those same cheeses, slightly modified into mousse-like mixtures. “One had honey from the farm,” Hand said. “One had a parm crisp sticking out. One had basil oil.” The third course - pig’s head cake - was all Minjarez’s doing. “He didn’t share his secrets, but I want to know the recipe,” Hand said, calling it “super meaty tender delicious.” The pig’s head, procured from the Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, had been braised until the meat could be formed into crab cake-like patties. “I think on the actual menu we didn’t call it pig’s head,” Hand said. “I think they didn’t know that’s what they were eating. It was super classical Mexican, but really good.” Hutchins was in charge of the next course -- wine-braised beef short ribs braised with beets and turnips from Firefly, served with a rustic potato mash from the same source. Hand supplied the finale - a type of Salvadoran cheesecake served with see-through sesame seed-sugar “glass,” a hibiscus reduction and basil-and-pink peppercorn ice cream crafted just for the dinner by Little Lion Ice Cream of Wichita. The food came with beer from Hopping Gnome Brewery of Wichita and coffee from Reverie. Hand said farm-to-table cooking is “super hard” in Wichita. “Our growing season is finicky. Farmers, they all seem to grow the same thing at the same time. Probably also the consumers are to blame. If the consumers don’t buy it, they can’t afford to grow it next year.” Nevertheless, dinners like the one at Firefly make it worth the effort.

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embers of the Jackson, Tennessee chamber of commerce and community were in Wichita for three days in October as part of a City-to-City Leadership visit. Gary Plummer and the staff from Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted the Tennessee delegation. After a great presentation from Visit Wichita and the Wichita Sports Commission, the Tennessee group dined at Public in Old Town. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell, Don Sherman of Westar and Plummer hosted the event. Other highlights and presentations of Jackson’s visit included the Greater Wichita Partnership, ICT PopUp Urban Park, e2e Accelerator, Wichita State University, Wichita Area Technical College, The United Way and Bradley Fair. Members also had sessions on workforce development and Young Professionals of Wichita.

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The Wine Opener

to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen Tyler Selves, Penny Selves, Gary Selves


he Wine Opener – A Toast to Wichita’s Finest was held at Century II on September 27. The event, now in its seventh year, is a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event featured local restaurants and more than 20 wine and beer tasting stations. Several of Wichita’s top chefs and restaurants donated exceptional wines and delicious food. The event also had more than 90 auction items. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to cure cystic fibrosis and to help those with the disease lead full and productive lives through research, drug development, individualized treatment and providing access to specialized care. Through the foundation’s efforts over the past 30 years, the life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis has doubled.

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Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates Reopening Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen Jay Tully, Beth Tully, Ben Voegeli, Casey Voegeli, Collin Stieben, Chad Hanson


ocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates held a private reopening party on September 25 at its Bradley Fair location, which underwent an extensive three-week remodel. With the reopening, Cocoa Dolce now offers comfortable places to enjoy delicious artisanal chocolates and various pastries, specialty desserts, gelato, coffee, craft beers and boutique wines. The first 100 customers received at the grand opening on September 26 received scratch cards for a chance to win between $5 and $500 in store credit. Cocoa Dolce will also be offer a limited number of $10 wristbands benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Wichita.

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#WichitaFlag It was only a matter of time before flag fever spread to Wichita’s eating and drinking establishments, and that time has come. It isn’t uncommon to find flag-inspired eats and drinks at local eateries across the city, and the photos below are only a few examples. You can also follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Artistic Cakes offers tasty treats in the design Twitter and Facebook, then post your own flag photos using #WichitaFlag. The @WichitaFlag accounts of the Wichita flag on a weekly basis. Photo are managed by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. by @artnerdhippie on Instagram.

Patrons of River City Brewery Co. will find several nods to the flag in the form of coasters, wall art, T-shirts and this unique pub table. Photo by @gigidoingthings on Instagram.

Wichitans can stop by Central Standard Brewing for a Red Cicada and to snap a photo with the flag. Photo by @crzzylegs on Instagram.

Several retailers now carry flag swag, meaning you can simultaneously enjoy your morning coffee and display your love for ICT. Photo from @jenwhiteict on Instagram.

For those looking to impress their co-workers, friends or family, these donuts are available for special order from The Donut Whole.

Looking for a canine-friendly establishment to enjoy an adult beverage? Stop by Hopping Gnome Brewing and claim the coveted flag table. Photo by @knitnride on Instagram.

As if half-price martinis weren’t enough to brighten any Monday, the menus at Mort’s Martini Bar now feature your favorite city flag. Photo by @socialjewelsict on Instagram.



Wichita Crime Commission

Annual Awards Banquet Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen Jim Barnes, Sandra Barnes, John Dombo, Julie Dombo, Barb Brooks, Linda Housewright


he Wichita Crime Commission held its 63rd Annual Awards Banquet honoring criminal justice professionals, law enforcement officers and citizens for their continued service and hard work. The event was held October 20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport hotel. Those honored this year included Kevin Nichols, Past President Award; officer Renay Bryand, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; officer Larry Carlson, Willard Garvey Crime Prevention Officer of the Year; Terri Moses, Criminal Justice Professional of the Year; Michele Zahner, Crime Prevention Citizen Activist of the Year; Mike Sweeney, Humanitarian Award; chief Doug Schroeder, Law Enforcement Hero Award; Julie Dombo, Civilian Hero Award.

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irta Martin, president of Fort Hays State University, was the featured speaker at October 3 program of the Knife and Fork Club of Wichita and the University Club, which for the past decade have held combined monthly meetings. The clubs meet monthly for a dinner and program featuring local, regional and national speakers at the Petroleum Club. The Knife and Fork Club of Wichita began in November 1946, while the University Club has a longer history, going back to April 1932.

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Kansas Humane Society

Woofstock Katie Larson, Riley, Jill Schalon Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


eace, love and pets. The Kansas Humane Society raised more than $250,000 at its largest annual fundraiser - Woofstock - at Sedgwick County Park on October 1. The popular pet-friendly event, now in its 20th year, draws around 10,000 dogs and people annually. There’s live music and plenty of vendors, while dogs can compete in agility and speed contests, costume competitions, play musical chairs and pose for photos. All proceeds from the event went directly to the Kansas Humane Society to provide care, compassion and a second chance for 16,000 pets in the Wichita community.

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Enchanted Couture Fashion Show Kathy Sweeney, Betsy Sweeney, Kim Blackman, Marcia Smola Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


undamental Learning Center and Aspen Boutique held their annual fall fashion show to benefit the Billie Vliet Scholarship Fund on October 13. This scholarship is available to children with dyslexia and allows them to attend Fundamental Learning Center’s Rolph Literacy Academy. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction for beautiful antique jewelry and some great fall fashion outfits from Aspen Boutique. The Billie Vliet Scholarship Fund was created in loving memory of therapist Billie Vliet, who taught at the Fundamental Learning Center and Rolph Literacy Academy from 2006-2016.

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8th annual Wine Mosey Ashley Arnold, Brandon Bousquet, Randy Stockman, Deb Stockman Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


round 300 people moseyed along the streets and buildings of Old Cowtown, Wichita’s living history museum on September 18, during a special event to raise funds for programming at the museum. During the 8th Annual Wine Mosey event, guests were invited inside Cowtown’s historic buildings to sample wines. The dinner and silent auction table were set up outdoors. The event also included a book signing by coauthors Keith Wondra and Barb Myers, whose book, “Old Cowtown Museum” was just released. The book is the first history written that covers the start of the museum in the 1950s to present day.

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Each month, VIP Wichita Magazine ask community leaders why they love Wichita. Their answers are as diverse as their backgrounds.

Gary Plummer - President and CEO, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce It’s all about the quality of life. That includes a low cost of living, outstanding educational opportunities, safe neighborhoods and a multitude of options for recreation, cultural attractions, entertainment and dining. My family has been thoroughly impressed with all the choices we have when we’re dining out or spending time together. Wichita does so many things right to make a great first impression on people, like the new terminal at Eisenhower National Airport. The terminal building gives us a sense of pride about Wichita due to its design and its focus on our Air Capital heritage. Wichita has a “small town feel” even though it’s a big metropolitan area. It’s a great place to call home.

Continued from page 37 River City Brewing Co. opened in Old Town in 1993. All of Wichita’s other brewers have opened this decade, including brewpub Wichita Brewing Co. and Pizzeria and taprooms at Central Standard Brewing, Hopping Gnome and Aero Plains Brewing, which opened last month in Delano. Those working in each industry say the boom in coffeehouses and breweries can be attributed to Wichita catching up in two areas where the city is trailing national trends. “We are soon to have seven breweries and Wichita is still underserved,” said Greg Gifford, co-owner of Wichita Brewing Co. and Pizzeria. “Competition in this business is good. It makes everybody better and makes us all work harder to keep things fresh and new.” Wichita Brewing opened its west location in 2011 and an east location in 2015. Both locations serve wood-fired pizzas, house-made cream soda and root beer and have full bars in addition to brewing beer on-site. They have 16 different beers on tap, including their flagship eight plus rotating selections. Their seasonal Yumpkin Pumpkin won the King of October Brew title at the inaugural ICT Bloktoberfest last month. It is served with a spiced rim of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, all spice and white and brown sugar. Central Standard Brewing is a taproom serving only beer


and its house-made sangria. CSB typically has eight beers tapped in a range of styles, including one or two sour beers – a niche they’ve had fun experimenting with and introducing to customers since opening in 2015 near Douglas and Hydraulic. Last month, Central Standard Brewing’s Standard Issue, an oak-fermented tart beer, won the silver medal in the “Other Belgian-Style Ale” category at the 30th annual Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition. They were the only Kansas brewer to medal this year and it’s believed to be the first for a Wichita brewery. Most importantly, owners said, is that Wichita’s interest in craft beer has far exceeded their first-year expectations. They envisioned half of their sales would be to bars and restaurants but about 95 percent have come from individuals visiting their taproom, a indoor-outdoor space with the vibe of being in a friend’s living room or backyard. “Wichita loves good, local beer. We get experienced beer drinkers and we get first-timers who are new to craft beer, even wine drinkers who think they won’t like beer. We coach them through the different styles we offer and educate them on what’s in our beer, how it’s made,” said Ian Crane, co-founder and brewer. “People love coming to the source, they love having this experience in Wichita.”

7*1t Century II

Wichita Grand Opera

La Boheme Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Wichita Grand Opera concluded its 2016 season with the Puccini masterpiece “La Boheme,� performed October 1 at Century II Concert Hall. The production is a timeless story of love among young artists in Paris. Prior to the evening’s performance, opera officials announced that world renowned bass-baritone and Kansas native Samuel Ramey has accepted a newly created position, effective November 1, with WGO to take on three initiatives: expanding opera performances across the state, developing the Opera Academy of the Midwest to act as a residency program for up-and-coming artists and strengthening the business relationships with Wichita’s business leaders through the Wichita Opera Business Alliance. To recognize that Ramey’s appointment is underwritten by Dr. Dennis Ross, WGO chairman emeritus, and his wife, Ann, Ramey’s official title is the Dr. Dennis and Ann Ross WGO Ambassador and Artistic Advisor.

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Parvan Bakardiev, Margaret Ann Pent

Terry Kobel, Lindsey Ramey

Simon Yakubovich, Sveta Yakubovich, Arlo Casper, Bob Casper

Lionel Alford, Tammy Alford, Lily Ashcom, Tom Ashcom, Bonnie Homier, John Homier

Dr. Ned Todorov, Dr. Mouna Todorov, Stella Galichia, Dr. Joseph Galichia

Jackie Gearhart, Pat Gearhart

John Grimshaw, Lisa Carter



Wichita Collegiate Alumni BBQ

Mike Garvey, Allan Dunne, Askia Ahmad

Photography by Whitney Pulen


ichita Collegiate celebrated its annual Homecoming football game with an alumni barbecue prior to kickoff on September 30. Many graduating classes pick this weekend to return to celebrate their reunions. Collegiate defeated Wellington 52-0 in the game.

June Madison, Bunny Hill

Sheila Ilardi, Morgan Overman, Brandon Paulseen, Brann Paulseen

Joe Rothwell, Tom Davis, Debi Davis, Kevin Stuckey

Jamie Kennedy, Kevin Stuckey, Deborah Stuckey

Phoebe Hart, Davin Hart


Ben Hatfield, Katie Gunzelman

Shannon Angle, Whitney Tangeman

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Alzheimer’s Association Blondes vs. Brunettes

Flag Football Fundraiser

Victor Robledo, Breana Jones, Breana Jones


here was lots of fun on the field during the fourth annual Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game on October 15 at Hartman Arena, but there was a serious cause at stake, too: Alzheimer’s disease. Two teams of women competed to raise awareness and action in the fight against the disease. The event was organized by Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas chapter. Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Funds raised through the event went for those causes.

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Tammy Taylor, Diane Aldrup, Tawnya Anderson

Jeremy Koci, Dyana Schaefer, Andrew Cruz, Eric Fahnestock

Brandon Tate, Gary Tate, Mickey Gomez

Renee Duxler, Stacy Chestnut

Zoe Tompkins, Jereme Thatcher


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Sherry Young, Becky Landers

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hite House Black Market held a fashion show to benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer on September 22 on the patio at Newport Grill in Bradley Fair. The evening showcased new fall fashion trends for 2016 and closed out a day of sales where a percentage of all proceeds were donated to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization. Living Beyond Breast Cancer provides programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer.


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Rose Kane, Todd Kane

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Dan Fairbank, Cheryl Mercer

David Eckerman, Barbara Eckerman

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7*1t Roxy’s Downtown

Out Here in Kansas

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Grace Linn, Katie Stolp, Emily Stolp


ut Here in Kansas, a documentary exploring the relationship between Christians and the gay community, premiered to a sold-out crowd at Roxy’s Downtown on October 11. The short film is about the intersecting lives of three Kansans. There’s physician Burt Humburg, a small-town Kansas kid who realized he was gay as he was winding up his career as an All-American football player, and former pastor Joe Wright, who was instrumental in making gay marriage illegal in Kansas. The film’s director, Adam Knapp, arranged for Humburg and Wright to have a discussion for the first time in nearly 20 years. During filming, Knapp unexpectedly became part of the story.

Shelly Steadman, Kyle Steadman

Adam Knapp, Brendan O’Bryhim

Mike Hollie, Sandie Hollie, Judy Christensen

Kerry Majher, Tim O’Bryhim

Debra Jespersen, Liz Anderson


Andrea Cassell, Joe Cassell

Aliyah Funschelle, Larry Funschelle

Iris O’Bryhim, Brendan O’Bryhim

Will Harmon, Trina Harmon

Trevor Tuten, Leah Ford

Patrick Habkirk, Dean Bradley

Kristin Baker, TJ Rigg

Miranda Allen, Ana Sanchez

Courtney Hurley, Cara Tuohey, Collin Hermreck

Dave Powell, Dr. Trish Powell


7*1t Botanica

BOOtanica Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

Nanette Kalcik, Adaline Kalcik, Piper Cain, Libby Cain


ven the garden’s statues were in costume for Botanica’s family-friendly fundraiser, BOOtanica, on October 8. Costumes were optional, but fun was mandatory for the event, which featured plenty to do for children and adults. The garden’s grounds were decorated in autumn colors, while attendees enjoyed crafts, games and live performances.

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Aly Ferguson, Shaye Ferguson, Elin Ferguson

Adelaide Stickney, Holly Stickney

Christin White, Adelyn White, Aaron White, Conner White

Jacob Aguila, Rechelle Aguila, Jaden Aguila, Denielle Aguila, Dennis Aguila

Carla Hamilton, Carson Bynorth, Lizzy Solon

Jason Koehn, Lara Koehn, Emma Koehn, Carlonine Koehn


Sara Knight, Ryan Knight, Reggie Knight

Dalton Leach, Kelly Leach

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unior League of Wichita’s annual Holiday Galleria, an upscale shopping event featuring more than 100 regional and national merchants, ran for three days at Century II in October. This year’s edition of Holiday Galleria kicked off with a special premier party on October 13. The evening also included music from the Aerotones Jazz Big Band, a live Christmas tree auction hosted by McCurdy Auction and a wine pull. More than 40 sponsors helped make the event, now in its 13th year, possible. The Junior League of Wichita is currently working with the community to combat child abuse through awareness, prevention and intervention and all proceeds from Holiday Galleria go to support the League’s mission.

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Derek Grandfield, Jenny Grandfield

Kelley McVey, Anne Oxler

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ichita Women’s Initiative Network, a nonprofit organization that offers a supportive and safe environment for survivors of domestic violence, held a fundraiser at Studio 420 in downtown Wichita near Intrust Bank Arena on October 6. Several of the WIN board members were in attendance to answer any questions and to collect donations. WIN also offers job training, educational and employment opportunities to foster self-sufficiency.

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he Wichita State University Foundation held its 2016 President’s Club gala October 4 at the Marriott Hotel to honor new lifetime members to its second-highest giving club. Lifetime membership is extended to donors exceeding $100,000 in a lifetime. The new life members honored were Steve and Becky Austin, Barbara and Pete Bassi, Quincalee Brown and Dr. James P. Simsarian, Cindy and John Carnahan, Stephen A. Cross Sr. and Becky G. Cross, Kenny and Sue Doonan, the Dondlinger Foundation Inc., Tony and Cathy Durano, Great Plains Ventures Inc., Carl and Pamela Hanna, Shelli A. Herman, the Hyatt Regency Wichita, the John S. Fretz Family Charitable Trust, Jeff M. and Corey E. Johnson, Tom and Katherine Kirk, Nelson S. and Bette D. Ladd, Derry A. and Kay D. Larson, Roger McClure, Rick and Ashlie McKay, Ihssane and Michelle Mounir, Mark and Stacy Parkinson, Eric and Kathy Sexton, Jay and Debbie Smith, Southeast Family Health Care, James P. and Elizabeth Summers, The Sunderland Foundation, Dr. Betty Troutman and Dr. John Kready, John L. Tush, Marc and Debbie Vincent, Waste Connections Inc. Kansas, Tony and Sherl Weatherbee and WSMH Inc.-Fox/My TV Wichita.

Brenda Farha, Jacque Kouri, Dr. Sam Kouri, Dr. Ronald Brown

Phil May, Maureen May

Anetra Miller, Cathy Shallue, Carol Shallue

Jayschree Desai, Marlene Hogland, Kristi Oberg, Anand Desai

Cindy Schwan, Bill Moore, Shelly Moore

Bailey Bryand, Erin Schiesser


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Read & Rise Breakfast Gala Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


torytime Village, a children’s literacy advocacy nonprofit organization in Wichita, held its 3rd annual Read & Rise Breakfast Gala at Exploration Place October 19. During the gala, Storytime Village honored Newman University President Noreen Carrocci and three organizations – United Way of the Plains, Trees for Life and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority – for championing literacy. Victoria Rowell, an Emmy-nominated actress for her role in the daytime soap opera “Young and the Restless” who has become an advocate for children’s issues and a New York Times bestselling author, was the special guest speaker at the breakfast. KAKE-TV news anchor and reporter Lily Wu was the master of ceremony. The gala kicked off Storytime Village’s Kansas Literacy Conference Festival, which featured a literacy conference for educators and schoolchildren October 20 and a literacy festival open to the public October 22. Founded in 2009 by Prisca Barnes, Storytime Village works to inspire children and families to read and particularly focuses on early childhood literacy.

Treva Mathur, Simmi Dalla, Pat Hanrahan, Prisca Barnes, Noreen Carrocci, Karen Norton

Victoria Rowell, Jesse Barnes

Pat Hanrahan, Noreen Carrocci

Victoria Rowell, Lily Wu, Prisca Barnes

Dorian Soto, Teresa Whitfield, Karen Smith, Prisca Barnes, Ebony Clemons, Ennidh Garcia, Don Sherman

Darryl Carrington, Laura Manning, Ted Ayres

Teketa Harding, Tonya May

Delia Shropshire, Kenya Cox



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ongs Against Slavery, a national nonprofit that helps grassroots efforts to fight human trafficking, put on its 25th benefit concert September 27 on the east patio of the Rhatigan Student Center at Wichita State University. The event, which helped bring awareness of local efforts to fight this modern form of slavery, was sponsored by WSU’s Campus Ministry Connect and benefited WSU’s Center for Combating Human Trafficking. The center’s mission is to end abuse and sex exploitation through research, consulting with community groups and helping victims escape their situation. The concert featured music by Songs Against Slavery co-founder Grace Thiesen and local trio En Power and Light. SHEL, a group of four Colorado sisters who have been gaining international attention, was the concert headliner.

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Lauren Lancaster, Jonathan Flesher, Katie Maher

Rebecca Ignowski, Mary Ignowski, Monica Ignowski, Cynthia Ignowski

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Billie-Jo Smith, Shawn Smith, Kennice Robbins


urvivors, family members and supporters came together to honor, celebrate and remember those who have been impacted by breast cancer at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Wichita’s WaterWalk Plaza on September 24. The year was the 27th anniversary of the event, and the third consecutive year it was held in downtown Wichita. Each year the event raises funds and awareness for the breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds raised support Kansas programs dedicated to breast health education, screening and treatments. The remaining 25 percent of funds go toward Susan G. Komen Research Grants Program, which is committed to finding a cure for breast cancer. This year, more than $200,000 was raised at the event.

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Colleen Marsh, Judy Parrish, Becky Ziebro, Gala McAlister

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Earlier this year, The Lord’s Diner served its 3 millionth guest since opening downtown in 2002. The program, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, started with a focus on feeding the city’s homeless and today serves anyone who needs a hot, nutritious meal. More than half of the 3,000 daily meals served are for families that include children. Those who need the meals most don’t always have the means to travel to the North Broadway dining facility so The Lord’s Diner has opened locations across the city. There is a second dining hall on South Hillside as well as mobile feeding trucks in the northwest, northeast and southeast parts of town. The mobile trucks have helped reach people turned off by the stigma of going to a food kitchen or those preferring to take meals home to other family members. Each person who receives food from a truck can take up to two meals. The northeast mobile operation began serving just last month from the Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center, which is in a ZIP code that is among the 10 poorest in the nation. The Lord’s Diner is in the process of opening its first satellite location in Pittsburg, Kansas, which is in a county with the highest poverty rate in the state. Jan Haberly managed and owned restaurants with her husband and was an active volunteer with The Lord’s Diner before taking a job in 2005 to coordinate the thousands of volunteers who make it possible to serve meals seven days a week, 365 days a year. She became executive director five years ago and said she feels blessed that donors and volunteers representing many faiths and denominations support the mission of The Lord’s Diner. VIP: How did The Lord’s Diner start? JH: Bishop Eugene Gerber, the bishop of Wichita in 2002, was set to retire and he worried about what would happen to all of the homeless he fed from his kitchen on a regular basis. He formed a committee of civic and church leaders to research what options there were. Many came together with their generosity and The Lord’s Diner was founded. We offer a “congregate feeding” program, a bit more than


a soup kitchen in that we serve a full meal; a salad or fruit, entrée, starch, vegetable, bread and dessert. VIP: How is The Lord’s Diner funded? JH: We have two fundraisers each year: a mail appeal and a dinner sponsored by a local church. Other support comes from the community at large, memorials, honorariums and grants. VIP: How has the The Lord’s Diner grown in the past 14 years? JH: We originally were more of a homeless outreach but over the years we have added the mentally and physically disabled on fixed incomes and the underemployed and unemployed, including many families with children. As we grew from a predominately homeless outreach we were seeing more and more families. We knew transportation to our one location was a challenge for many in our community experiencing hunger. We worked with The Kansas Food Bank to identify areas of need. VIP: How many meals do you serve? JH: Daily we averaged 2,000 before bringing on our new mobile feeding truck at the end of October, which we project will take us to 3,000 meals a day. We’ve served 3,330,200 meals since opening in 2002. VIP: Who makes this happen? JH: We now have 12 total staff to cover our 365-day-a-year operation serving five locations. We utilize the service of 70 volunteers a day to help prepare and serve the meals along with other duties such as office and laundry. VIP: How can we support The Lord’s Diner? JH: Funding is always needed and we welcome new volunteers. Give Sheryl a call at (316) 266-4966 to receive more information on how to volunteer or visit



Wichita Collegiate Upper School Innovation Lab Dedication Photography by Whitney Pulen

Christina Hourani Shuart, Lisa Schooler, Morgan Overman


sing a generous lead gift from the Wichita Collegiate Alumni Association, Wichita Collegiate has transformed the east basement of the Koch Upper School into the Wichita Collegiate Alumni Association Innovation Lab. The lab was available for students in grades 9-12 beginning this fall semester. The space was dedicated on September 30, which is also Collegiate’s Homecoming Day. Numerous WCS alumni were present to tour the space. Modeled after the Lammers Innovation Lab, which was built in the Middle School over the summer of 2015, the WCS Alumni Association Innovation Lab in the Upper School gives students the opportunity to work in a space that will allow for their creativity, critical thinking skills, innovative ideas and collaborative efforts to be honed through new academic courses. WCS is the only school in the Wichita area offering such advanced facilities for students in grades 5-12. The space is equipped to harness the creative energy of Upper School students based on the Institute of Design at Stanford University’s Design Thinking Lab and MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten Lab. With high-tech equipment, power tools, multi-use furniture and an abundance of creative supplies, students have access to everything they need to develop constructive solutions to real world issues. There are fully-equipped areas for woodworking, metal working and CAD design and media arts. The lab has 3-D printers, a CNC router machine and a CNC Plasma cutter for the students to learn to operate and use for their creations.

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Wichita Independent Business Association

Disney Institute Jeremy Johnson, David Vernia, Nick Janney Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Wichita Independent Business Association partnered with Disney Institute to bring the professional development training program “Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence” to Wichita September 28. The one-day course was held at the National Center for Aviation Training in northeast Wichita. This was the first time the training had been presented in Wichita since 2010. Generally businesses send people to Orlando, Florida, for the program. The Wichita institute attracted about 200 people, according to WIBA officials, including attendees from Chicago and elsewhere around the country. The event concluded with a late Jan McLeod, Melissa Pardue, Jim Dunning, Angela Ruda, Debbie Chizek, Lisa Binau, Vonda Norris afternoon cocktail reception.

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Sharon Van Horn, Bernie Hentzen, Nathan Regan, Susan Armstrong, Steve Fischer, Ray Frederick, Teresa Stumpf, Sue Joachims, Tony Bui

Joe Davidson, Crystal Loffland, Beth Cox

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arryl Strawberry, an eight-time All Star during his 17 seasons in Major League Baseball, was the featured speaker at a fundraising event September 24 for Shepherd’s Fold Ministries at the Hereford House in Terradyne Country Club Proceeds from the event helped underwrite the ministries’ major annual event – a day of renewal for clergy and pastors in October. Shepherd’s Fold Ministries was started in 1999 in Wichita by Gene and Joyce Williams. The current director is Brent Van Hook. Strawberry talked to the audience about his life that included struggles with addiction, jail time, cancer and his current career as a preacher. Hephner TV and Electronics was the major sponsor for the fundraiser. While in Wichita, Strawberry also made an appearance at the First Church of the Nazarene. Brent Van Hook, Darryl Strawberry

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Mark Eby, Gene Stephenson

Joyce Williams, Ben Wertenberger, Max Munson, Brent Van Hook, Jim Van Hook

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7*1t Bliss Boulder & Climbing Complex

Keeper of the Crux Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


o challenge area climbers, Bliss Bouldering & Climbing Complex held a Keeper of the Crux competition September 24. The complex in northeast Wichita features 38-foot, top-rope and lead climbing walls and 15-foot bouldering walls.

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Amanda Stitt, Alyson Goodwin, Darcy Brydges

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Omni Business Center Celebrates Milestone Wichitans gathered at Omni Business Center on October 12 to celebrate several milestone achievements for the longtime company. Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angie Elliott praised Omniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30 year history of servicing the local business scene and second generation owner, Buff Farrow, led a ribbon cutting on their new multi-use space called, The Lounge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a special event to commemorate how far weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come as well as how we are evolving to continue to meet the needs of the Wichita businessperson. Key to this evolution is The Lounge and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to share it with Wichita,â&#x20AC;? said Alyssa

Schoenwald, marketing director for Omni. The Lounge is a space opened for public use in the main level of Omni Business Center. It serves as a co-working center during business hours through their associate membership plan, in that a member also receives traditional officing services such as a live receptionist and mail plans. After hours, The Lounge serves as a social entertainment venue, rented to host anything from business events to private parties. The celebration was well attended and displayed perfectly how The Lounge can be used to pull off a one-of-a-kind event.


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Down Syndrome Society of Wichita


Tyler Hobbs, Graham Petersen


amilies filled the track at Wichita State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cessna Stadium for the Down Syndrome Society of Wichitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Buddy Walk on October 8. This marked the 13th year for the event, which involved a one-mile walk and inspirational activities. The Buddy Walkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose is to help promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, and be an event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.

Rosa Fajardo, Dany Fajardo

Michael Jensen, Lydia Jensen, Ava Jensen, Paula Worley

Susan May, Wyatt May

Agatha Siemens, Sherrie Holdeman, Theo Holdeman, Elle Holdeman

Hooper Smith, Niki Smith, Rachel Smith, Deanna Smith

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Rayonna Glover, Sydney Terhure


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Stahli Claassen, Alice Claassen

Lacy Siefkin, Kayla Fitzmier, Michaela Marioni, Kalie Martin, Lexy Foster

Emily Robinson, Kailey Naismith

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What: Tallgrass Film Festival VIP Garden Party

What: Rockin’ the Roundhouse

When: September 27

When: October 12

Where: Ulrich Museum of Art

Where: Botanica

Why: “I committed. I am head-to-toe Gucci. I wore this because Cameron told me last night you can mix it up or commit.”

Why: “I knew it was going to be cool this evening. The seasons are changing. It’s fun to dig in the closet and discover things you haven’t worn in a while. The pin is vintage. I collect them.”

When: October 1 Where: Charles Koch Arena Why: “Of course I had to wear Shocker colors. And this is comfortable. I was going to wear high heels instead of sandals but I am a volunteer for the silent auction so I’ll be standing up for quite a while. I decided against heels.” BY


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Party on the Plaza

Oktoberfest Joshua Baalmann, Ashlynn Miranowski, David Baalmann Photos courtesy of Newman University


ewman University held its annual social event and fundraiser for student scholarships with its Party on the Plaza: Oktoberfest on September 24 at Founders Plaza. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell kicked off the festivities with the ceremonious â&#x20AC;&#x153;tapping of the kegâ&#x20AC;? which was followed by silent and live auctions, authentic German food and a biergarten. The Party on the Plaza has been held each year since 2010 and has rapidly grown in popularity to become the top fundraising event for Newman, annually generating more than $125,000 for student scholarships.

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Brandy Nelson, Kayla Nelson

John Carney, Linda Davison, Dianne Carney

Jan Aaron, Sue Noonan, Sarah Dondlinger

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VIP Wichita Magazine - November 2016