Yum-O: Home Skillet’s Exclusive Interview with Rachel Ray!

HS sits down for a candid and revealing interview with the Emmy-winning TV host and celebrity chef.

    Welcome to Home Skillet, a food blog that’s excited, nay enthralled, to welcome…
    SIKE SIKE SIKE, APRIL FOOL’S DAY LOL. No Rachel Ray, but plenty of Delaware dining events and, believe it or not, some actual (and exciting) Food Network news:

    Thursday, April 2: Back from a winter freeze are the great Domaine Hudson Chef’s Wine Dinners. On Thursday, meet host Georg Riedel, owner of Austrian-based Riedel Glass, for this month’s special offering, a multi-course wine pairing dinner, featuring Mr. Riedel’s new line of stemware. Reservations are required for the dinner, which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more, call 655-9463.

    Friday, April 3: Truly any alcoholic’s dream (or an AA member’s nightmare) is the annual Caps & Corks shindig at the Chase Center in Wilmington. This year marks the second coming of the event, where there will be more than 100 beers, 100 wines, a vodka-pumped martini lounge, and a Bubble Lounge featuring sparkling wine and Champagne scattered throughout the center.
    Local restaurants like Harry’s Seafood Grill, Klondike Kate’s, Kid Shelleen’s, Mikimotos, the Rebel, and more, will prepare tapas-style food to complement all the booze.
    As always, tons of plugged-in industry folks will mingle with our local luminaries and movers and shakers. Kristen and the Noise will provide the jams (and plenty of midriff), as will DJ Richie-O and DJ Zip (no word on these guys’ midriffs).
    A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. A ticket will run you $50. Click www.capscorks.com for more.

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    Forthcoming digs: Harry’s Seafood Grill, they of amazing fish tacos and Riverfront people watching, is expanding its empire to include Harry’s Fish Market + Grill—a fully-functioning fresh fish market and retail eatery located in the adjacent Riverfront Market.
    Lunch and breakfast to-go will begin sometime this spring, when Harry’s favorites like fish and chips, burgers and crab cakes hit the streets.
    Keep an eye out for this May and click here for a complete rundown.

    TV Eye: Chef and owner of Orillas Tapas Bar and Restaurant (and Jarvis Cocker look-alike) Julio Lazzarini is set to appear on an upcoming episode of “Chopped,” Food Network’s newest competition show hosted by former Queer Eye guy Ted Allen.
    On the show, four chefs from around the country are presented with a trio of unrelated mystery ingredients, and must quickly transform them into gourmet meals.
    After each course, one contestant gets “chopped” (get it?) until only one remains to collect $10,000 in prize money. The series, filmed in New York airs 10 p.m. on Tuesdays. No word yet on when chef Lazzarini’s episode airs, so keep your eyes glued to the TV. I know I will.

    That’s all for now, folks. Got an event you’d like to buzz? Enraged about the Rachel Ray thing? Let me know about it here.

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