Wined & Dined

Jefferson's grand reopening now planned for Wednesday

Joanna Hlavacek

Jefferson's loyalists may have to wait a bit longer for their chicken wings, it appears. Jefferson's has been closed since a Jan. 15 fire damaged the building’s roof and rear, and earlier this month, my colleague [Caitlin Doornbos reported][1] that owner Brandon Graham was planning to reopen the restaurant today. ...

Waffle Iron sets re-opening dates, serving up chicken and waffles in meantime; La Prima Tazza to unveil new menu

Joanna Hlavacek

Listen up, waffle enthusiasts. I’ve got two big pieces of Waffle Iron-related news to share with you. Let’s start with the most important bit. The popular breakfast spot, which closed earlier this summer for renovations, will re-open Saturday, Sept. 5. Owner/chef Sam Donnell confirmed the date earlier this week. [The ...

Just Food moving forward with Chef's Table fundraiser

Joanna Hlavacek

Despite the recent controversy surrounding former executive director (and now-resigned Lawrence mayor) [Jeremy Farmer][1], a spokesperson for Just Food says the food bank is still moving forward with its upcoming [Chef’s Table][2] fundraiser. http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2014/nov/06/281831/ “This dinner is important now more than ever as we serve 140 to 200 families a ...

Waffle Iron returns with popup this weekend; Basil Leaf Cafe to start serving breakfast

Joanna Hlavacek

If the Waffle Iron’s recent hiatus has left you in a waffle withdrawal, you’re in luck. Sam Donnell, owner and waffle wizard, has announced plans of a popup this weekend at the Basil Leaf Café, 616 W. Ninth St. [The Waffle Iron][1], which shares the space above John Brown’s Underground ...

Ladybird Diner to reopen Tuesday with 'new and improved' menu

Joanna Hlavacek

The wait is over. [Ladybird Diner][1] will reopen Tuesday evening, restaurant owner Meg Heriford confirmed Monday. For those of you not in the know, [Ladybird was forced to shutter][2] in March after a fire at neighbor Biggs on Mass, 719 Massachusetts St., left the building with extensive smoke and water ...

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. ...

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