More Farm-to-Table Than Ever




Wild Times

You can hit Wine Down Wednesdays from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. at the Hotel du Pont lobby lounge on Sept. 12, 19 or 26 for smooth live music, plenty of the chef’s complimentary hors d'oeuvres, an a la carte menu, wine by the glass and bottles of wine discounted 20 percent. But what we’re looking forward to most is the wild game dinner on Sept. 21. The hotel promises food from Africa to the Outback: elk sausage, frog legs, lemon-myrtle rubbed gator, caribou stew, medallions of python, pepperberry-crusted kangaroo and more. The price? A mere $125, which includes wine pairings and hors d'oeuvres. Nibblies (as they say in Oz) begin at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. For rezzies, call 594-3154. For more info, hit hoteldupont.com/news-and-events-en.html

For the Farm-to-Table Fanatic…

The Delaware Center for Horticulture is crazy about food. (Most of it comes from plants, after all.) See why during The Urban Farm & its Bounty on Sept. 8. Visit the DCH’s farm at 12th Street on the Brandywine—the only farm in the city—to see the abundance grown there. The fun lasts from 9 a.m. till noon. If it’s raining that morning, call (610) 212-2601 to see if the event will be held Sept. 9 (2 p.m. till 5 p.m.) instead. If it whets your appetite for wilder eating, check out the Wild & Edible Ornamental Plants workshop on Sept. 10. You may learn that there are a few comestibles in your very own yard. Happy foraging. 658-6262, thedch.org

Check out Dinner in the Orchard on Sept. 13. Visit T.S. Smith and Sons Farm at 5:30 p.m. to see what local chefs and students from the Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware create with the farm’s produce—nothing less than the most delicious sweet corn, apples, peaches and other fruits on Delmarva. There will be live entertainment, wine and beer with your meal, all for a mere $50. Dinner in the Orchard benefits the food bank. See call 292-1305, or click fbd.org. To buy tickets, call 444-8074, or write to kkostes@fbd.org. To see what we wrote about T.S. Smith in the August issue of Delaware Today, click here.

See another beautiful farm when Good Earth Market & Organic Farm hosts the third annual Farm to Table Dinner to benefit Matt Haley’s Global Delaware Fund on Sept. 18. The meal, prepared by Haley’s Plate Catering, includes a cocktail hour with passed appetizers, a main course with salads served family-style, and a dessert course using produce and herbs grown on-site. Wines from Southern Wine & Spirits will be paired with each serving. Good Earth Market & Organic Farm in Clarkesville offers natural product and fresh produce, much of it grown on the farm situated on the property. The Global Delaware Fund provides goods and services to at-risk children around the world. For reservations ($95 a ticket), call 537-7100. 644-1200, plate-catering.com

Mark your calendar now for The Farmer and the Chef at the Chase Center on the Riverfront Sept. 20. The name says it all. You’ll enjoy delicious creations prepared by Delebrity chefs with the produce of local farms. (It’s simple: fresh food tastes best.) The fifth annual event is brought to you by the Department of Agriculture and the March of Dimes to promote healthful eating, which fits in with the MOD’s mission to encourage healthy moms and healthy pregnancies. Check in at thefarmerandthechef.com for the latest, or take an occasional peek at facebook.com/TheFarmerandTheChefDE.

Farm-to-table happens every Thursday at Nage in Rehoboth. The farmers drop off their goods that afternoon, then the chefs go to work. Each week features a different farmer, who you can meet during dinner. The series will end with a dinner at the historic farm store at Fifer Farms on Sept. 14. It includes an outdoor cocktail hour, a tour of the farm and a multi-course dinner al fresco. Register at nagerestaurant.com. 226-2037, nagerestaurant.com

Art for the Hearts Sake

The second Art for The Cause weekend kicks off Sept. 7 at CAMP Rehoboth with a wine and food pairing hosted by Bernie Knoll from Abbott's Grill in Milford. Eat, drink and help Team Ted raise funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). A dessert tasting will follow, hosted by none other than pastry chef extraordinaire Dru Tevis from Rehoboth's Shorebreak Lodge on Wilmington Avenue. Have fun, but don’t foget to check out Art-a-PaloozzzA on Saturday and Sunday. 227-7743, epworth-rehoboth.org

Our Kind of Crabby

Did someone say crabs? We’re in. Hit the UD Crab Feast at Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware on Sept. 14 for barbecued chicken, steamed shrimp, burgers and dogs, corn on the cob, steamed crabs, of course, and more, all for $45, with special drink prices. The feast runs 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Mikey Junior and Stone Cold Blue play the music. You just crack your crabs and enjoy. 737-0900, udel.edu/hotel


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Mark Nardone
Wilmington, DE

From chocolate festivals to wine tastings to new restaurant openings, Dining Insider has the Delaware dining scene covered. Delaware Today's Mark Nardone shares the scoop each week on the food and wine events you simply can’t miss. Contact Mark at mnardone@delawaretoday.com.

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