Don't Miss the Vendemmia Da Vinci Wine & Food Celebration This Weekend

The annual event brings food, wine and live entertainment to the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana.


Forget football, cheap beer and bar food, spend Sunday afternoon sipping fine wines, enjoying live entertainment and devouring dishes from top chefs at the 15th annual Vendemmia Da Vinci Wine & Food Celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Wilmington/ Christiania Hilton Hotel.

 Expect the same great food, wine and music as years past, just with a slightly different format.

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“We are excited to bring a new indoor format to Vendemmia Da Vinci,” says Joe Richichi, the event chairman for the DaVinci Society. “Four renowned chefs will present an array of culinary masterpieces complemented by fine wines.”

Chef Pat D’Amico is one of America’s Best Chefs as nominated and recommended by peers in the culinary industry. He has worked at distinguished Wilmington restaurants such as Domaine Hudson and Harry’s Savoy Grill.

Chef Giuseppe Furio, currently of Trattoria in Bear and previously of V&M Bistro in North Wilmington, is noted for his authentic Italian cuisine that uses only the finest and freshest ingredients.

Chef John Constantinou is the executive chef and owner of Walter’s Steakhouse on Union Street in Wilmington. When his family began their first restaurant in the 1940’s, the premise was simple: keep the people coming back, with the finest food and products available. Serving the finest meat available guarantees two things wanted most in beef: flavor and tenderness.

Chef Robert Fratticcioli is the executive chef at the Wilmington/Christiana Hilton. He brings more than 26 years of meticulously crafted upscale American cuisine, combined with his original, innovative style of emphasizing regional culinary practices.

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When your belly is full and wine glass refilled, enjoy live music from the smooth sounds of Steve Silicato, opera star and Best of Delaware winner Andrea Arena and performer Ralph Salerno.



Farmers table of antipasti display

  • Wedges of local and Italian cheese served with local backyard jams, mustard and Christy honey accompanied by Italian bread
  • Grilled vegetables, asparagus, zucchini, mushroom, squash, carrots, peppers and eggplant with basil vinaigrette
  • Sliced Italian and local dried meats and sausage
  • Marinated beans, pepper shooters, artichokes, roasted peppers, olives and mushrooms
  • Dips: tomato bruschetta, olives bruschetta, hummus and baba gnaoush with crostini

Chef Patrick D’Amico

  • Wild boar bolognaise with handmade gnocchi
  • Caesar salad
  • Sliced Italian bread with herb flavored olive oil

Chef John Constantinou​

  • Roasted tenderloin with lobster sauce on a crostini
  • Roasted fingerling potatoes and tri colored peppers with rosemary garlic olive oil, and sautéed broccoli rabe and long hot peppers.
  • Arugula, figs, onion and feta salad

Chef Robert Fratticcioli

  • Sliced rosemary lamb loin with wild mushroom
  • Crispy brussel sprouts and pesto dumpling with parmesan and truffle oil

From Hilton chefs:

Pizza station
  • Roasted heirloom tomato, ricotta cheese, spinach, mozzarella and basil
Carved roasted herb salmon
  • Served over polenta with roasted heirloom tomatoes and a lemon caper sauce
Pasta station
  • Butternut squash ravioli
  • Served with kale pesto
Dessert station
  • Cinnamon and sugar fried dough with local Woodside Farm Creamery tiramisu ice cream
  • Hand filled cannoli
  • Italian pastries


All proceeds from the event will go back to the Delaware community to support the DaVinci Society’s mission to promote Italian culture through education, service, charity and community events.

More information:
Tickets are $95 in advance and $125 at the door.
The Hilton Wilmington/ Christiana
100 Continental Dr, Newark, DE 19713 • (302) 454-1500

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