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    Welcome to Home Skillet, where the only thing more magical than the mushrooms is the sparkling wordplay. Here are your best bets for food and wine events this week:

    Thursday, September 10: Harry’s continues its end-of-the-summer-party ways with another of its famed Cigars and Stars dinners. We’ve plugged these before, so you can expect great food, classy cigars, live music and some serious hobnobbery.
    This dinner is all about oysters, with a family-style raw bar kicking things off. Roasted short ribs, mussels, an open bar and much more highlight the menu, which you can check out here.
    Call 475-3000 for reservations, which run $85 per head, plus gratuity.

    Friday, September 11: Are you a localvore and a total wino? Good news! Brandywine Prime, Dan Butler’s over-the-line chophouse, is hosting a late-summer wine dinner loaded with local produce and game, as well as wine selections from our Brandywine Valley winemakers—a few of which will be making their public debuts.
    A full menu can be found here, and things get started at 7 p.m. Seats cost $60 each.

    Saturday, September 12 – Sunday, September 13: Smell that? It’s mushroom time. For the 24th year, Kennett Square will celebrate it’s smelliest, most prolific crop, the mushroom, with a big ol’ festival.
    The Mushroom Festival gets going this weekend, with a two-day schedule packed with exhibits, cooking demos, game, rides, music, Bobbing for Mushrooms, and much, much more—all in praise of that funky fungi.
    One neat wrinkle for this year: Carla Hall, who competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef” last year, will appear at the Fest on Sunday for a cooking demo. Admission is still only $2, and if you’ll kindly click here, you’ll find all the info you’ll ever need.

    On Sunday, take part in the Soup & Wine event, where you can rock the vote among area chefs for the coveted title of best mushroom soup in the Brandywine Valley. Tickets for this event cost $15, and if you just want a little bit o’ soup, it’s $8. This happens on the corner of Willow and State streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.