The Week and the Wicked

Beer, wine and a town on the rise celebrate in unison this week.

Welcome to Home Skillet, where every week is restaurant week. And, oh, hey, speaking of restaurant week, here’s what we have on tap this week.

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Monday, January 18 through Sunday, January 24: Newark folks whose palate extends beyond pizza and beer have this week circled on their calendars in red ink: It’s the fourth annual Downtown Newark Restaurant Week.

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Sixteen Newark hotspots, including Caffé Gelato, Home Grown Café, Iron Hill Brewery and The Stone Balloon Winehouse will offer special prix fixe menus in three different tiers.

To wit: The Friends and Family Fun meals will feed a group of four for $19. Luscious Lunches (oooh, “luscious”) include a two-course lunch for $10, and a Delightful Dinner is a two-course dinner for $19 or a three-course meal for $25.

To see which restaurants are on which tier, as well as other important details, click here.

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For more info, ring 366-7030.


Wednesday, January 20: It’s not wine and cheese, people. This here is Grapes and Cultures. Wilmo’s Union City Grille is ramping up its second G&C dinner, which features 30 wines, 15 artisanal cheeses, eight Scotches and six organic chocolates—all for the skimpy price of $24.

Frank Pagliaro of Frank’s Union Wine Mart hand-selected all the fancy booze and it all goes down in UCG’s cozy lounge. Call the Grille at 654-9780 to reserve your spot.


Thursday, January 21: McKenzie Brew House, an awesome gastropub/neat-o club just over the line in Chadds Ford, has made some big strides over the past few years. It’s renovated its downstairs bar into a chic, clubby lounge and expanded its outdoor patio to accommodate Unicorn Ale-lovin’ boozehounds like myself.

On Thursday, McKenzie will take another leap forward when it hosts its first-ever beer pairing dinner from the aforementioned downstairs lounge, Metro.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Philadelphia Daily News columnist and beer expert Don Russell, along with McKenzie brewers Ryan Michaels and Gerard Olson will dole out beer pairing wisdom, while rustic dishes like roast pork loin stuffed with apricot and golden raisins make the rounds.

The tasting dinner is priced at $49 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Click your way over here for a full rundown of the menu.


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