How to celebrate Fat Tuesday in Wichita
Did Fat Tuesday creep up on you and the ever-present images of King Cakes on social media get you curious (and hungry!)? Have no fear as our 360Wichita foodies gathered some last minute ideas to help you laissez le bon temps rouler!
First things first: Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.
The origins of Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday and Fat Tuesday, date back to medieval times where a holiday was created beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. It was literally time to eat the fattened calves and indulge in food before traditional feasts were commenced. Over the centuries it has evolved into major celebrations in nearly every corner of the globe.
Today Mardi Gras means throwing a really gigantic party to cities along the Gulf Coast, especially to the founding city of Mardi Gras culture, New Orleans. Some of the flavor and frivolity can be found right here in Wichita, Kansas.
Doo-Dah Diner is hosting a Fat Tuesday Buffet from 5 to 8 pm on February 13th. Part of the proceeds will go to the Oxford House. Meals are $30 for adults, $15 for children age 7-12, children six and under are free. Call ahead seating is strongly encouraged.
Location: 206 East Kellogg, Wichita Ks, 67202
Phone: (316) 265-7011
Hours: February 13th from 5-8pm
Kansas Star Casino's Fat Tuesday Celebration starts at 6:00pm, February 13th. They will be featuring a Creole-Style Po-Boy Special, Live Zydeco music featuring the Mudbugs, drinks specials, and king cakes! Mardi Gras Drink Specials - $6 each - Green Wave, Undercurrent, and Hurricane
Location: 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KS 67110
Hours: Starts at 6:00 pm
St. James Oyster Dinner
All you can eat oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, oyster soup, desserts, soft drinks and wine or beer at St. James Episcopal Church. Tickets: $50 in advance or $55 at the door
Location: 3750 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67208
Hours: 5:30 - 9 PM
Drink specials and jambalaya and Cajun set of food at 5:00 - music at 8:00 - mardi gras party all night long!
Location: 923 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202
Hours: Food at 5 pm, Music starts at 8 pm
Milk Float is becoming one of Wichita’s flagship bakeries and plans to feature King’s cakes, cream cheese stuffed brioche, and paczki (deep-fried dough - traditional fat Tuesday dessert) and plenty of New Orleans style iced coffee to wash it down. All are available in-store but they go fast!
Location:535 W Douglas Ave #140, Wichita, KS 67213
The Donut Whole will feature special King cake donuts on Fat Tuesday. To make sure you get yours, you can order in advance.
Location: 1720 E Douglas, Wichita, KS
Whole Foods (bakery)
Whole Foods will be selling King cakes complete with a baby of in three different varieties. They will also be doing made-to-order Mardi Gras cakes.
Location: 1423 N Webb Rd, Wichita, KS 67206