Soul Theorem

Wilmington kicks off its first SoulFest and Dover welcomes real barbecue to town.

    Welcome to Home Skillet, a blog that has so much soul, we’re considering test-driving a Kia Soul. (Not really.) Here are some of the area’s hottest events for the week:

    Friday, October 16: Are you a sooooouuuul man? Soul lady? Soul train? Regardless, you’re going to want to check out the inaugural Wilmington SoulFest this Friday.
    Need a reason? How about a good ol’ Southern-style fish fry from the soul food mavens at The Rebel, who will also come strapped with macaroni and cheese, collard greens, potato salad and cornbread. Oh, and an open beer bar. Need another? How about a sangria station from tapas tastemakers at Orillas? The Exchange on Market will also be in attendance with a few goodies. Live sets from DJs will keep the party moving all night.
    The SoulFest will be located at 605 Market St. (the Crosby Hill Building) and doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $50 per person. Call The Rebel (658-2018) for more info.

    Saturday, October 17: Here at Delaware Today’s global headquarters on scenic Lancaster Pike, we often chase a hard day’s work with a cold drink from our neighbors at the Jackson Inn. The place isn’t fancy, and, luckily, neither are we.
    On Saturday, the historic Inn turns 80. Owner Fred Bourdon and his crew are celebrating with an all-day bash featuring live music, door prizes and, of course, a big old beer truck.
    Join Freddie and a good number of the DT crew at the Jackson Inn beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. Call 652-9972 to get  yours.

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    Saturday, October 17: We Yankees rarely get a chance to see barbecue done right, but on Saturday, as it has done for the past few years, the Diamond State BBQ Championships at Dover Downs will remind us of what we’re missing. Swarms of barbecue competitors will close on Dover, churning out delicious, slow-cooked brisket, pork, chicken, ribs, and more. I think Dover will be smelling pretty good Saturday.
    It all takes place on the infield of the famous Monster Mile, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7, but bring some extra cash to buy yourself some grub. You won’t be sorry. Get more info and order tickets here.

    Sunday, October 18: Classy, meet classy. In a collaboration with OperaDelaware, the Stone Balloon Winehouse is serving a three-course meal with three wine pairings and a three-part mini opera performance.
    “Opera Night,” which features performers from OperaDelaware’s production of “The Barber of Seville,” is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. for cocktails. Reservations are $49 per person. Click here to take a gander at the menu.

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