Carla Eckels / KMUW

The cooks are in their kitchens preparing food for a tasty Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings.

For nearly 30 years, local vegan expert Diane Waltner has left turkey off her menu. She's the organizer of the Vegetarian and Animal Rights Meetup groups in Wichita.

Recently, Waltner welcomed KMUW’s Carla Eckels into her kitchen, where she was gathering items to prepare a popular vegan side dish.

Squash, Pot Roast, And Stews: Fall Cooking Is a Joy

Oct 17, 2014
Marylin Acosta / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Finally, fall weather has set in and I’m getting excited about eating warm, savory, heart-warming food. Summer was fun, with tomatoes and basil, and all the beautiful produce, but now I’m ready for comfort food. Fragrant stews and braises, with buttery starches and warm salads are on the menu for this season. 

Restaurant Review: Garden Grill Cafe

May 3, 2013
The Garden Grill

I am delighted that Chef Miguel Larcher, of the now closed vegan restaurant D’Sozo’, has found a new location and is back to cooking amazing, interesting vegan cuisine.

His new place, the Garden Grill Café, is located inside the cool Occidental building downtown. The restaurant is a little hard to find, but just walk in the front door and enter, and you will find yourself in a lovely room, with gorgeous high ceilings and a skylight.

Restaurant Review: Delish Deli

Jul 27, 2012

I have been curious about the new Delish Deli at Food For Thought since they opened a few months ago. Food for Thought is a locally owned natural food store that’s been in business since 1971, so they know what they are doing in the healthy food department.

Lotus Leaf Café

Apr 20, 2012

Wichita has never been known as a city that favors healthy food. We are most famous for Pizza Hut, delicious beef, and huge portions. Meat is king here and won’t soon be dethroned, but recently a couple of brave, vegetarian-friendly restaurateurs have been making health-conscious dining a whole lot easier.