I'm With Cocoa

The Skillet’s cuckoo for a big-time chocolate festival, food that’s artful, and grandmotherly eats.

Welcome to Home Skillet, your headquarters for Chocolate Cheerios, chocolate-covered bacon and Choco-Blasted Baby Aspirin. Here are your best events for the week.

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Saturday, March 6: ‘Round here at the Skillet, we love some chocolate. We also love festivals. Needless to say, chocolate festivals are a major cause for celebration. And this is a big one. The 20th Annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival commences Saturday from the town Convention Center at 11:30 a.m.

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A mega, six-pronged baking contest will feature a host of area restaurants, bakeries, chefs, amateurs and kids doing battle over cookies, brownies, candy, cakes and more. Tastings cost just 50 cents apiece and admission is only $2. Image the choco-damage one can incur for a mere five bucks.

Blue Restaurant, Dove Chocolate (!), Hobo’s Restaurant, Lupo Di Mare, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothies, Nourish, Sugar Rush Fudge and A Touch of Italy are among the chocolate vendors who will be in attendance.

Call 227-8259 for more info.

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Saturday, March 6: Children and Families First, the longtime non-profit human service agency, is holding its third annual A Taste for Art event at the Greenville Country Club Saturday.

Beginning at 6 p.m., guests will mingle among local artwork, live music and food stations helmed by local culinary students. It’s all part of what Children and Families First considers a fun and relaxing fundraiser.

Art exhibits—including some from DT pals Luigi Ciuffetelli and Olga Ganoudis—will fill each room in the country club, as will interactive food stations operated by students from votechnical high schools Delcastle, Howard and Hodgson, plus Delaware Technical and Community College.

Ticket prices are tiered from $75 to $150, and tickets will be available at the door. A $25 raffle ticket buys you a chance to win a 40-inch Sony LCD TV.

For reservations or more info, call 777-9768.


New digs: Later this month, the Rehoboth restaurant scene will welcome yet another sure-to-be-awesome Matt Haley restaurant. The restaurateur behind Fish On, Lupo Di Mare, Bluecoast and a bunch more is opening Betty’s this month, his ode to American family-style comfort food. Betty’s, which will re-imagine chicken and waffles, sloppy joes and barbecued pork chops, is set to open in the spot formerly occupied by Adriatico at the Midway Shopping Center on Del. 1.

The name Betty is supposed to conjure images and memories of aunts, neighbors or grandmas famous for their beef stroganoff or cole slaw.

For an early look at the menu, click over here.


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