Noble Warming

Diners crave the warming effects of wine this week.

    Welcome to the Home Skillet, where Padma Lakshmi’s return to television tonight is serious cause for celebration. Lots of wine events happening this week. Here’s what we got:

    Friday, November 14: Chaddsford Winery and Brandywine Prime will team for a multi-location wine dinner that pairs great local wine with great local food. Try to guess who’s bringing what.
    The reception begins at Chaddsford Winery at 6:30 p.m. Friday with some hors d’oeuvres like smoked trout hash and fall corn soup. From there, the party travels to Brandywine Prime for a three-course meal with appropriate wine accompaniments.
Price is $65 per person. For a full look at the menu (including wines), click here. To make your reservation, click here.

    Friday, November 14: In more booze-food tagteam tandem action, North Wilmington neighbors F&N Wine & Spirits and Harry’s Savoy Grill are getting together Friday for their third annual Winefest, which boasts over a hundred different wines and champagnes from all around the world. Harry’s will provide its signature prime rib, plus a worldly selection of Spanikota, Asian dumplings and an array of imported cheeses, meats, breads and creamy crab and artichoke dip.
    The fun kicks off at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $69 per person. For reservations call F&N at 475-4496.

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    Monday, November 17: Dan Butler (same exact dude as Brandywine Prime, above) hosts yet another wine event this week, this time at his Toscana Kitchen + Bar in Wilmington. Head to Toscana in Trolley Square Monday for a special Meet the Winemaker dinner—the special guest will be Stefano Parisi, owner and head winemaker of Poggio al Pino Winery in Italy. Four Toscana courses will pair with Stefano’s wines.
    Still not convinced? Peep the second course: seared jumbo scallops, served over roasted asparagus and topped with topiko egg custard and crispy prosciutto. It comes with Anna Spinato’s 2007 Chardonnay. YumX2.
    The reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30. All-inclusive tickets cost $75. Call Toscana at 654-8001 to reserve your spot.

    New digs: All you healthy folks, be sure to check out Sweet Christine’s in Kennett Square. The new bakery employs all-natural, organic ingredients with no preservatives and no gluten. Owner Christine Ruggio was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005 and uses her bake shop to make tasty, gluten-free cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, doughnuts, muffins, breads and even pizza. The cozy and kid-friendly Sweet Christine’s (132 W. State St., Kennett Square, Pa., 610-444-5542) opened November 7. Diggin’ on some organic cupcakes? Got a dining event up your sleve? Tell me about it.

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