Two if by Sea

Beach dining heats up.

    Welcome to Home Skillet, where the siren song of beach dining is irresistible…

    Now thru Saturday, June 13: Rehoboth Beach Restaurant Week is already underway, and here’s something to ponder: Does Rehoboth Restaurant Week kick the butt of Wilmington Restaurant Week? Consider (a) More restaurants. Twenty-five to 10 in participating restaurants. (b) We won’t argue who has the better restaurants, but you really can’t touch the likes of Back Porch Café, Espuma, Eden and Planet X. And what about (c) better value? RRW is operating on a sliding scale, so depending on the restaurant, you’ll pay either $20 or $30 for a three-course prix fixe meal. $30 for three courses at a place like Eden (where some entrées alone are more than $30) is a huge bargain.
    Anyway, read all the menus at the above link, print them out, and take them with you to the beach this weekend. What, doesn’t everybody else do that? Totally not weird.

    Saturday, June 13: Hey, speaking of great beach restaurants, Nage is teaming up with Fifer Orchards Farm this summer to produce a Farm to Table dining series, which, each week will illuminate local growers and their fresh, organic crops through expertly-made dishes.
    On Saturday is a kick-off party at Fifer Orchards Farm in Wyoming that will include a tour of the farm, hors d’ oeuvres and a big ol’ family style three-course meal on the porch.
    Henceforth on Thursday nights through Labor Day, the restaurant will hold Farm to Table Nights. An area natural and organic grower will stop by Nage to greet guests and explain the benefits of a natural diet and on growing philosophy. On top of the usual Nage menu, chefs will spotlight the wares of all of our growers with special emphasis on the grower in attendance. Special tastings will be available to guests who request them.
    For more on the series and the kick-off party, click here.
    Reservations for the party are highly recommended, and a seat at the kick-off will cost $60 per person. Call 226-2037.

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    Now thru Sunday, June 14: The final days of the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival are upon us, and that means precious few opportunities to stuff your face with panzarotti, pork sandwiches and chicken spezzato.
    Remember, the Venice-themed throwdown is $5 at the gate this year. For directions, info and menus clickeroo here.

    Sunday, June 14: Can I plug one more beach thing? I can? Oh, awesome. This is a good one. AIDS Delaware on Sunday will host Dining Out for Life at the Beach, a fundraiser, just like the one in Wilmington in April, that sees participating restaurants donate 33 percent of the night’s take to AIDS Delaware.
    Twenty restaurants around Sussex are in on this, which is pretty phenomenal, considering they are giving up a portion of their profits during a summer weekend. Those restaurants are: Aqua Grill, Back Porch Café, Blue Moon, The Buttery, Café Solé, Cloud 9, Confucius, Dish!, Dos Locos, El Dorado, Eden, Mariachi Restaurant, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Ohana’s Seafood Shack, Shag, Stingray Sushi Bar and Asian Latino Grill. The message this weekend if you’re heading to the beach? Eat out, eat often.

    Much more to come from Home Skillet this summer, including lots more beach dining coverage with pictures, mini-reviews, and more. Stay tuned.

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