Bon Appetit

Julia Child One Act - Opera
  • Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 6:30 Cocktails
  • NICHE WSU Culinary School

The Wichita Grand Opera (WGO) is pleased to produce a performance of Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!, featuring renowned soprano Emily Pulley as Julia Child paired with a Julia Child inspired meal by Chef Bill Crites the new chef de cuisine at “NICHE”. This event will be the first public performance in the new Wichita State University Culinary Building “NICHE” on April 29th at 6:30 pm.

Guests can expect a unique experience that combines the beauty of opera with the delicious flavors of gourmet cuisine. The event will feature a performance of Bon Appétit!, an opera based on a transcription of Julia Child’s famous PBS show “The French Chef” as she prepares a classic chocolate cake. The show stars world-renowned soprano Emily Pulley accompanied by the WGO wind ensemble and conductor Whitney Reader. The performance will be accompanied by a multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Crites and the students of WSU’s Culinary School, who will be creating a Julia Child-inspired meal. The dessert for this beautiful evening will be the chocolate cake that is sung about in this charming 20-minute opera.


All proceeds from the event will benefit the Wichita Grand Opera, so the community is invited to come out and enjoy an evening of fine dining and entertainment, all while supporting a great cause. Tickets for the event are $250.00 which includes a multi-course meal, paired wines, and a chocolate cake as seen prepared by our Julia in Bon Appétit! A portion of ticket purchases is tax-deductible.


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The Cast

What to Expect

Let Us Help You Plan Your Opera Visit

Whether this is your first visit to Wichita Grand Opera or you’re a regular patron, we have all the information you need to plan your evening.

Before the Opera

Where to Stay

If you are visiting Wichita from out of town, we suggest staying at one of these recommended hotels.

Ambassador Hotel

Hotel at Waterwalk

Hotel at Old Town

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Wichita Downtown

Wichita Inn North

DoubleTree by Hilton

Red Roof Inn Wichita Airport

Clarion Inn Wichita Airport

Wichita Marriott

Hawthorn Suites

Where to Eat

Downtown Wichita and the nearby Delano District provide many dining options to enhance your opera experience.  Concessions are also available at the opera.

Cafe Bel Ami

AVI Seabar & Chophouse

Hana Cafe

Harvest Kitchen and Bar at the Hyatt Regency

Lotus Leaf Cafe & Creperie

Old-Town Sushi Bar By Wasabi

Rain Café and Lounge

River City Brewery

Sabor Latin Bar & Grill

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse at the Ambassador Hotel


Except as noted, Wichita Grand Opera performs in the Century II Performing Arts Center in downtown Wichita.

Century II Performing Arts Center
225 W. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67202


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Seating (Including for Disabled Patrons)

To comply with ADA requirements, the following seats are reserved for our handicapped patrons:

Concert Hall

On House Right, Seating is available at:

  • Row M, Seats 123 & 124 (Best seating – $85 per seat)
  • Row S, Seats 124 & 125 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
  • Row KK, Seats 101-106 (Better seating $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
  • Row LL, Seats 107-112 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box

On House Left, Seating is available at:

  • Row M, Seats 22 & 23 (Best Seating – $85 per seat)
  • Row S, Seats 24 & 25 (Better seating – $58 per seat)
  • Row KK, Seats 1-6 (Better seating – $58 per seat) – Promenade Box
  • Row LL, Seats 7-12 (Good seating, $37 per seat) – Promenade Box

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