Tanya Tandoc

Curtis Mitchell, the Wichita-area man convicted in the murder of local chef and KMUW food commentator Tanya Tandoc, was sentenced today to a hard 50, a conviction which mandates life in prison without possibility of parole for 50 years.

Nadya Faulx

A Wichita man pleaded guilty Tuesday to the charge of first-degree murder in the death of Tanya Tandoc. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more...

Abigail Wilson

Curtis Mitchell, the man accused of murdering KMUW commentator and Wichita restaurateur Tanya Tandoc, had his first appearance in court on Tuesday. KMUW's Abigail Wilson has more...

Mitchell was not present in court but instead made his appearance remotely on a monitor from the Sedgwick County Jail. District Court Judge Joe Kisner addressed Mitchell and read the charges against him.

He's charged with one count with first-degree murder.

Mitchell is being held on a $500,000 bond. He does not yet have an attorney and will likely be appointed one by the court.


Updated June 8, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.

Friends and family of the late Tanya Tandoc are hosting a memorial celebration for the Wichita chef and frequent KMUW commentator.

"Tanya Tandoc: A Celebration of Life" will take place Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 at the Wichita Orpheum Theatre in Wichita's downtown area.

Richard Crowson

Tanya Tandoc came into the KMUW studios every other week for five years, and she slipped over the partition from commentator to family member right away—with everybody.

KMUW staff members who knew her best remember Tanya, and social media posts from the community...


Feb 6, 2015

Okay, friends, get your GPS navigators set for 1714 East Northern Street in Wichita. At the end of your trip you will be at Usuluteco, a fantastic Salvadoran restaurant located just off Hydraulic, south of Pawnee. Salvadoran food is delicious, a recognizable cousin to Mexican cuisine, but with its own distinct character—a bit more subtle, without the same chili-garlic-tomato-cilantro bang of Mexican food, but perfect in simplicity.

When you work in a restaurant, sometimes the only thing you want to eat is something that you, yourself, did not prepare. You could be surrounded by delicious food all day long and desire none of it. I know the feeling well.

Sometimes I’ll go out and get pizza or tacos for my staff, just for a change of pace. I did that yesterday, when I went out to check on my friends at MMM Sandwiches, a food truck serving… sandwiches. Really good sandwiches. Sandwiches we didn’t make ourselves. I ordered one of everything and got an appetizer just for kicks.

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I will admit, very readily, that when I heard about the “gluten free” diet a few years ago, I thought it was a trend or just another weird excuse for an eating disorder. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and their cousins. Gluten intolerance makes drinking regular beer or eating soy sauce impossible. For the gluten intolerant, eating regular bread or pizza or pasta is simply not in the plan. The horror.

Want to step into a time machine? I know how. Go to Doc’s Steakhouse on North Broadway and hold onto your hat. Doc’s is retro all the way, from cobbled exterior to entirely brown interior. This is old-school Wichita.

Doc’s is a real experience, in every sense of the word. It is located on North Broadway, between a couple of Mexican restaurants, a Vietnamese market, and a pawn shop. It is a part of Wichita history, where our Mad Men would drink and eat meat and drink martinis, and deals of all kinds were brokered. Nothing about it is modern in any way, except for the televisions.