Amish Paradise

A culinary tribute to our often-bearded, often-misunderstood friends, and much more.

    Welcome to Home Skillet, where the author’s name is often misinterpreted as “Amish.” Here are our dining events this week:
    Wednesday, September 23: When I think of a rich, storied culinary tradition, my mind immediately careens to, whom else…the Amish. The so-called “plain folk,” they of black hats and rockin’ beards, have given the fine dining world so much. And who can forget the scores of famous Amish chefs who have graced magazine covers and impacted dining trends globally.
    **Removes tongue from cheek**
    All kidding aside, the fine folks at Union City Grille and Frank’s Union Wine Mart are teaming up this week for “A Tribute to Amish Heritage,” a solemn, appropriate thanks to all things Amish. Hors d’oeuvres and wine reception begins at 6:30pm. Then, a four-course Amish-themed meal gets underway with apple and rutabaga soup (you knew there had to be rutabaga), egg noodle and Kennett Square mushroom casserole, apple cider brined pork chop and, of course, Whoopie Pies. Accompanying wines come from Frank’s.
    A $75 entrance fee includes gratuity, English. For reservations call 654.9780.

    Thursday, September 24: Andy Roddick is coming to the Stone Balloon! Sorry ladies, not this guy, but Andy and Sherri Roddick of Blackbird Heritage Farm, the Townsend haven for sustainable, “slow” foods. The Roddicks are teaming up with Stone Balloon chefs for a special farm-to-table dinner Thursday.
    This is an ala carte dinner (and begins at 5 p.m.), so plates will vary in price from $8-$38. Call 266-8111 to reserve your spot.

    Friday, September 25: Grab your leather jackets and poodle skirts (and all the other stuff someone born in the 80s associates with the 50s) because the Food Bank of Delaware is going back in time with its forth-annual Blue Jean Ball. Heyyyyyy!
    The Fabulous Fifties is the theme this year. Chef Noah Mathay and the students of the Food Bank’s culinary program will be preparing some good eats and Jellyroll (the band, not the roll) will be cranking the tunes. Tickets are $100 per person, $1,000 to reserve a table of 10. It all goes down beginning at 7 p.m. from the Food Bank’s warehouse in Newark. Click here for more.

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    Saturday, September 26: Ho boy. Ready for the newest theme to Deep Blue’s swanky Supper Club event? “Ivy League Freshman Orientation.” That’s right, folks. Ivy League Freshman Orientation. Beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, a great three-course prix fixe dinner and complimentary classes of bubbly will make themselves available at the Wilmo hotspot for just $35 a person. Stay for cocktails and dancing in a nightclub-esque setting. And receive discounts when you dress according to the theme, which, once again, is “Ivy League Freshman Orientation.” So like, um, Cornell sweatshirts, microscopes and an Intro to Philosophy syllabus? Call 777-2040 or click here for more.

    Sunday, September 27: What does Newark taste like? If you said beer suds and Taco Bell, well, um, nice try. Newark’s best in dining and food will be out in force this weekend at the annual Taste of Newark.
    More than 45 restaurants are pairing up with area wine distributors for an old school hootenanny on the Old College lawn at UD. A new wrinkle added by organizers this year is a “Battle of the Chefs” throwdown featuring five of Newark’s best chefs.
    Tickets are $40 and include a commemorative wine glass and menu book.

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