Happy (Unofficial) Summer!

Welcome to the Home Skillet, your official unofficial summer dining blog. Here’s what we have on tap this week:

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Wednesday, May 19: Officially, it’s just a Wednesday night in mid-May. Unofficially, however, it’s the start of summer, baby! Bust out the tank tops and beach balls! Woo!

Ahem. OK. Sorry. Wednesday night, Wilmington’s Harry’s Seafood Grill will officially kick off the unofficial summer season with a patio party, featuring an oyster bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktail stations and live entertainment.

Call 777-1500 to reserve your $25 wristband for the evening, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 19: Another round of “Grapes and Cultures” (this is round four, for those keeping score at home) comes our way courtesy of Union City Grille and Frank’s Union Wine Mart.

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“Patio Reds, Whites & Roses for Grillin’” is the theme of this dinner, which features 24 summer wines tailored to al fresco dining. That means lighter-bodied reds like French Beaujolais, Italian Dolcetto and California Pinot Noir, clean whites like German Riesling, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and South African Chenin Blanc, and aromatic dry roses from Provence, Penedes and Portugal. Also, there will be sake.

As with previous Grapes and Cultures dinners, a $24 ticket will net you 24-plus wines, 15 cheeses, and oodles of other surprises. Click here to reserve your spot.


Saturday, May 22: Hey, did I mention summer is unofficially right around the corner?

Just ask Iron Hill Brewery—they’ll back me up. The Wilmington brewpub is throwing a kick-off party on its second-level deck Saturday, where it will unveil its Belgian wit beer, and a slew of new small plate menu items. Pints of wit and glasses of white sangria can be had for just $3 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., during which time a DJ will be spinning records and making all the party people go crazy.


Ice cream: Not sure if you’ve heard, but it’s nearly summertime, in a totally not official way. And what better way to get summer moving than with ice cream?

Wilmington fave, and multiple Best of Delaware winner, Sweet Lucy’s is unveiling a special new flavor to honor Girls on the Run.

The organization, which dedicates itself to educating young girls on the benefits of healthy living, is preparing for its annual spring race (June 5 at the Wilmington Riverfront), and so Sweet Lucy’s is using its new flavor, Dreamsicle, to raise funds and awareness. Dreamsicle is a sorbet that blends vanilla and orange flavors.

            Head to Sweet Lucy’s to sample, or click here for more info.


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