Poppin' Them Bottles

The fizz on charitable happy hours, and a Cristal-kissed champagne shoot-out. (Jay-Z to boycott.)

Welcome to Home Skillet, where we’re still making turkey sandwiches, and will continue to do so well into February. Here is what’s on tap this week:

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Tuesday, December 1: Meals on Wheels Delaware and its Adopt A Senior campaign swings by Wilmo’s  chic Deep Blue Tuesday for a special fundraising happy hour. Drop in at 5 p.m. for drink specials and door prizes (courtesy of cookware giants Emile Henry USA) while you support the program, which helps gives provisions to Delawareans age 60 and older.

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Thursday, December 3: West Chester’s classy restaurant/glassmakers Simon Pearce on the Brandywine has hit the reset button. A new chef, a new approach and a new menu have all come into play in the past few weeks and the restaurant is celebrating with a special happy hour Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

New chef Karen Nicolas has injected S.P. with a new menu and a new tapas menu, available every weeknight at the bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. From the looks of things, the place is planning all sorts of cool wine flights and neat events throughout the week, so check them out here and report back ASAP.

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Friday, December 4: Wilmington’s glorious Kreston Wine & Spirits pairs with New Castle’s southern-kissed Augusta Grille at the Clarion Belle Hotel Friday for its 26th Annual Champagne Shoot-Out.

Need Cristal? There will be Cristal. In fact, there will be more than 40 varieties of champagne, sparkling wines, scotch, bourbon, craft beers and more for the tasting. Plus, a pasta station, a carving station, butlered and stationary hors d’oeuvres.

It all gets moving at 7 p.m. Friday. Call Kreston at 652-3792 for ticketing info.


Saturday, December 5: The Club Bistro and Pub, Pike Creek’s newest hotspot, is hosting a charity bartending event Saturday as a result of, well, a wacky fantasy football bet.

It seems that one employee’s fantasy football team lost to another employee’s fantasy football team, and the loser had to jump into the grimy pond that graces the club’s ninth hole. In November. Hey, that’s what happens when you try to start Ickey Woods.

The Club is celebrating its brush with hypothermia with a party and charging $5 admission—proceeds of which go to Kids with Cancer.

Call the Club at 533-5197 for more.


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