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Special ethnic dinners highlight this week in cuisine.

    Welcome to Home Skillet, where the Year of the Ox was preempted immediately by the Year of the Lychee Martini.

    Tonight: Is your last chance to partake of the Triple Delicious, six-course Chinese New Year menu at Potstickers Asian Grill in Newark.
    I went this weekend to the jam-packed restaurant and stuffed myself silly with Szechwan filet mignon, Peking duck, a lucky sweet soup and more. Check the photos below.
    The food was brilliant, as were Potstickers’ signature cocktails. My girlfriend and I sipped on the lychee martini, ginger iced tea, sake enlightenment and wasabi lemonade. Yeah, it was that kind of night.
    Tonight is your last chance to grab the celebratory menu, which is $45 per person. Call 731-0188 to make a reservation.

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The Royal Surf and Turf was regal, thanks to Potstickers’ certified mega-tender angus beef.

The Peking duck wrap was sweet, simple and tasty.

These curious-looking steamed dumplings were stuffed with “Shanghai Temple” pork.

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The sweet soup that concluded the meal is said to bring good luck fo the year. Did it work? I’ll let you know.

    Saturday, January 31: The famous Oka family, who brought sushi to Delaware with their Utage restaurant in Independence Mall, closed the doors last fall. But their new venture is just beginning. Chihiro and Christy Oka unveiled their private, gourmet Omakase dinners, a multi-course Japanese meal of the chef’s selection with dishes ranging from light fare, sushi and rich dishes.
    The next Omakase dinner goes down Saturday at the Hockessin Athletic Club beginning at 7 p.m. Check out the menu and request your spot here.
    I was lucky enough to attend one of these fabulous dinners several months ago. Needless to say, it didn’t disappoint. The Okas delicious Japanese fare kept coming all night, and the intimate dining room (with about 40 seats) made for a memorable evening. I highly suggest any food adventurers check into this unique opportunity.

    Wednesday, February 4: As far as indulgences go, wine and chocolate are at the top of most folks’ lists. Those sneaky devils at Chaddsford Winery have crafted a way to combine the two with their Wine & Chocolate Master Class. Master chocolatier Chris Curtain of Éclat Chocolate in West Chester leads a lecture and demonstrations on pairing gourmet chocolate with delicious wine, next Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.
     For those who want to skip the class and get to the eating, wine and chocolate reserve tastings are held at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. every weekend in February.
    The class? That’ll run $50 per person. Call 610-388-6221 or visit for more.

    Check back next week for even more Home Skillet.

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