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Restaurant Week is Here, a Kitchen to Call Your Own and Olé Travels the World


Restaurant Week is Here

City Restaurant Week has begun in Wilmington, one of the best dining bargains going. This year enjoy it until April 28 at any of 14 participating restaurants:

Big Fish Grill, Firestone Roasting House, Harry’s Seafood Grill and Ubon Thai Cuisine on the riverfront

Chelsea Tavern, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Orillas Tapas Bar Restaurant and World Cafe Live on Market Street

Cafe Mezzanotte, Deep Blue Bar and Grill, Domaine Hudson Wine Bar & Eatery, The Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, Mikimotos Asian Grill & Sushi Bar, Washington Street Ale House in the cluster from 11th to 13th streets, Market to Washington

What are you in for? Your Insider snuck a peek at one menu, chosen at random. Here are your dinner options at Harry’s Seafood Grill (choose one at each course):

First Course

Chilled cucumber soup with cilantro crème fraîche and crab-tomato salad

Kusshi oysters with apricot and ginger tobiko relish

Nuts, Roots & Berries (baby beets, baby carrots and pistachios)

Second Course

Pan-seared calamari and mussels with lemongrass nage, wild mushrooms, tempura bok choy

Grilled swordfish with savoy cabbage, carrots and white beans laced with pommerey mustard

Scallop carbonara of fresh English peas and pancetta with rosemary cream topped with a fried quail egg

Third Course

Crème brulee

Caramel-macchiato cheesecake

Gelato sampler

Prices vary by restaurant, but no matter which you choose, it’s a deal—and a treat. To see all restaurants and all menus, hit cityrestaurantweek.com.

Get Crabby

Mark your calendar: All-you-can-eat crab cruises on the Riverboat Queen start May 17. Yes, it’s a couple weeks off, but we love cracking steamed blues like no other eating experience. Cruises run Thursday and Friday evenings, leaving the dock near Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront promptly at 7 p.m. Dinners include fried chicken and corn on the cob. How many crabs can you clean in two hours? The race is on. Start buying your tickets now. wilmingtonriverboat.com

Now We’re Cookin’

Say you’re organizing a beef and beer, but you have no place to do the cooking. Fear not. Delaware Kitchen Share is here. Anyone can rent the new, licensed facility in New Castle by the hour for any reason at all—fundraisers, private parties, even to start your own food business. State licensed and state-of-art, it’s suitable for catering, food prep, specialty food production and storage. Attend the ribbon cutting on April 27 at 4 p.m., and take a tour. This might be the solution to all your cooking problems. Check it at 62 Southgate Blvd. 866-294-2046, dekitchenshare.com

Spanning the Globe…

Olé Tapas Lounge and Restaurant in Newark, best known for its authentic Spanish tapas, loves to travel the world. On April 25 it goes to Italy at 7:30 pm. For $55, you’ll tour a landscape of gastronomy. Start with an amuse of focaccia canapé with pancetta, parmesan, and rosemary. The first course is a mozzarella demonstration served with fresh bread, roasted garlic purée, balsamic red peppers jam and basil pesto, paired with a Prosecco Brut. The second course is fresh agnolotti with spinach and ricotta in lemon-garlic sauce, paired with a Santa Cristina Bianco. Course three: classic veal Parmagiana with Bertani Valpolicella. Finish with lemon panna cotta with orange caramel and raspberry fig compote and Folinari Moscat. Thank Tomasso P. Maimore, a wine concierge rated No. 11 out of 6,000 by the American Wine Society, for choosing the wines. Then begin a 10-day celebration of Latin American food starting April 27. Featured dishes include ceviche de camarón from Ecuador, empanada Chilena from Chile, chicken with rice from Puerto Rico, fish soup from Peru, bistec de palomilla and ropa viejo from Cuba, churrasco from Bazil and a host of traditional sides, plus tropical drinks and wines from South America. You have until May 6. 224-9378, oletapaslounge.com

Beer, Beer, Beer

Here are the Fordham Brewing Company brews: Copperhead Ale, Helles Lager, Tavern Ale, Spiced Harvest Ale, Scotch Ale, Doppelbock and Wisteria Wheat. That’s not to mention some occasional special brews. If you haven’t experienced Fordham yet, there are two special beer dinners on April 24: one at 1861 in Middletown, one at Matt’s Fish Camp in Bethany Beach. Check the Web site for a nifty chart of food pairings, appropriate glasses and ideal serving temps. Then call 1861 or Matt’s. Cheers. fordhambrewing.com

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