The Dining Insider: A blog about a new tavern at 16 Mile Brewery, holiday treats at Cake Bar, and cheeses and more at Janssen's

Tavern Talk

Here’s big news from 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown: It’s planning to add a tavern in January. Team 16’s Claus Hagelman describes it as “a tribute to the public house tavern of 150 years ago and back. They were a place were people came to communicate, learn, and enjoy a few pints.” An updated look and feel makes way for a pub, a stage, a prep area where chefs can cook for visitors and more. Look for more as the time draws near. Till then, check out If you’re looking for any of 16 Mile’s ales—Amber Sun, Old Court, Blues’ Golden, Inlet Indian Pale or one of the seasonal brews—check in with Standard Distributors. Then watch for new brewing partnerships, as well as new philanthropic partners. If you believe beer can change the world, you might be right.

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Sweet Treats

Cake Bar in Lewes may be a full-service restaurant, but having grown out of Sugarbakers of Baltimore, we still think of it for treats—especially during the holidays. So if you’re in the area, this newcomer will blow you away with its traditional and fancy cookies, pumpkin spice cake, gingerbread cookies and cakes, macaroons and the Berger cookie that Baltimore is famous for: soft, buttery cookies with dark chocolate fudge icing. Order quickly—Cake Bar’s secret is out, so traditional Yule logs are sure to sell fast. 645-2253,

Sale of the Year

The annual Emile Henry Warehouse Sale happens Dec. 9-11. Serious cooks will find an opportunity to buy serious kitchenware from the best makers in the business at up to 80 percent off retail prices. While shopping, enjoy cooking demonstrations by local Delebrity chefs Dan Butler and Robbie Jester, and learn about the important work of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Check out Then head to 802 Centerpoint Blvd. in New Castle. This is the sale of the year for serious home chefs.

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Party 911

If you need help with your holiday party planning, visit Janssen’s Market in Greenville Dec. 9 for a tasting of some of its finest wares. Drop in between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to try Janssen’s own house products—produce and fresh-squeezed orange juice, crab and shrimp, prepared holiday goods and samples from its renowned cheese counter. That’s more than 250 cheeses from around the world, people. You won’t want to miss this.,


One Spicy Contest

So you think you can build a gingerbread house? Test yourself against the area’s best at DelTech culinary arts department’s third annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana. The spicy structures are made by youth, amateur bakers and pros, and they’ll be on display for all the world to see Dec. 11-19. Judging takes place at 8 p.m. on Dec. 12. Try for Best in Show, Best Professional, Best Amateur and Best Youth based on creativity, originality, detail and theme. All ingredients must be edible, and no kits allowed. When you visit, check out lunch specials at the hotel’s excellent Brasserie Grill all week long. 454-1500,

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Strings Attached

If you’re looking for a different kind of brunch, visit World Cafe Live at the Queen on Dec. 11 for the first chance to accompany one of its Collage Concerts series. You’ll listen to the excellent Serafin String Quartet’s String Quartet Time Machine, which features works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Ravel, Martinu and Higdon, while you dine on anything from saffron French toast served with honey-maple-fig syrup and rosemary butter to three cheese omelets to smoked salmon bagels. A drink, a bite and outstanding music from the best musicians in the area add up to a terrific Sunday afternoon.

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