Jenny from the Block

The Dining Insider dives into Kid Shelleen’s newest burger creation (twice!) and previews a week’s worth of wine events.

Restaurant Riff: Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House and Saloon

Behold the Jenny Burger: eight ounces of juicy, grass-fed heaven.

When a group of big guns from Harry’s Hospitality Group (the people behind Harry’s Savoy, Seafood, and Market)—namely, Xavier Teixido, David Leo Banks and Kelly O’Hanlon—purchased Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House and Saloon in September, observers wondered what sort of changes might occur at the already well-established and popular neighborhood spot.

Certainly one big change I learned about after speaking with chef Banks last week is a renewed attention to fresh ingredients at Kid’s. The Jenny Farm Steakburger, a new signature item, is made from choice cuts of grass-fed beef (hence the “steak” in the name) from Green Valley Farms in Unionville, Pennsylvania.

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Kid’s Loaded Potato Skins

The Jenny is just plain made from superior beef that’s free of growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics. You can taste the difference. It comes topped with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese, and a side of hand-cut fries. I demolished one during a lunch meeting with chef Banks…then came back a few hours later to eat another one for dinner.

Kid’s crab and corn chowder

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Stay tuned for more on the Harry’s restaurants and Kid Sheleen’s in Delaware Today’s February dining guide. And if today is Tuesday, go get a Jenny Burger for half-price at Kid’s. If it’s any other day, go out and get one anyway. You’ll be happy you did. 

Wednesday, November 10: Frank’s Union Wine Mart is packing up the truck and bringing a haul to Six Paupers Tavern in Hockessin Wednesday. Twenty-one wines, four tables, four experts, and a fall tavern menu will comprise the first Franks/6P’s Wine & Dine Walk-about.

Beginning at 6:30 at Six Paupers is the first in a series of “Walk-about” tastings in Hockessin. Cost is just $25 per person including tax, gratuity and parking.

Click here to répondez online. Below, find the menu for the night.

Atlantic Salmon Risotto Cakes
Baked Brie with Caramelized Shallots
Steak Pinwheels with Spinach, Gorgonzola & Granny Smith Apple
Duck Confit with Orange Marmalade
Wild Mushroom & Goat Cheese Flatbread with a Roasted Red Pepper-Saffron Coulis
Roasted Root Vegetable & Bleu Cheese Tartlets
Brown Sugar-Panko Crusted Shrimp with Roasted Peach Chutney

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Table 1 ~ Hosted by Tom Weisler ~ Veneto, Italy
Borgo Stajnbech 2008 Pinot Grigio
Borgo Stajnbech 2008 Sauvignon Blanc
Borgo Stajnbech 2007 Chardonnay
Borgo Stajnbech 2007 Malbec
Borgo Stajnbech 2005 Rosso

Table 2 ~ Hosted by Patrick Travis ~ Tuscany, Italy
Panzanello 2006 Le Piazzole Baby Super Tuscan
Panzanello 2006 Chianti Classico
Panzanello 2003 Chianti Classico Riserva
Panzanello 2004 Chianti Classico Riserva
Panzanello 2003 Il Manuzio Super Tuscan

Table 3 ~ Hosted by Frank Pagliaro ~ Navarra, Spain
Leza Garcia 2005 Valdepalacios Rioja
Lasierpe 2007 Tempranillo Merlot 69
Lasierpe 2007 Garnacha Cabernet 69
Lasierpe 2008 Tempranillo Garnacha
Lasierpe 2008 Blanco de Viura
Lasierpe 2008 Rosado de Lagrima Garnacha

Table 4 Hosted by Stephan Fuchs ~ Chile & France
Furlan Giuliano NV Prosecco
Conde de Velazquez 2008 Chardonnay
Conde de Velazquez 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Domaine Borgeot 2008 Chardonnay
Domaine Borgeot 2008 Pinot Noir

Saturday, November 13: Swoon over Schoonover this weekend as you dine on a top-shelf farm-to-table dinner at the Biggs Museum of Art in Dover.

Chefs from Nage will prepare a three-course meal for guests, after which Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee will lecture on the importance of agriculture and how food makes its way from the farm to our tables. 

An Evening of Artful Dining costs only $45 for members, $50 for non-members. Call 674-2111, or click here to register. Here’s a gander at the menu:

First Course
Mixed greens with Fifer apples, walnuts, currants and goat cheese, with apple cider vinaigrette

Main Course
Herb-marinated chicken breast, Fifer sweet and white potato hash, braised Brussels sprouts with tomato Aurora sauce

Pumpkin mousse atop a Sable cookie

Saturday, November 13: Saturday brings about not one but two (2!) great wine tasting events in New Castle County.

Up in old Wilmington Town is the Let’s Talk Turkey wine tasting at Ryan’s Wines and Spirits in Independence Mall. Beginning at 2 p.m., guests will sip wines and have a chance to win a one-year membership to the Winerockz Wine Club. All you need is the winning recipe of the Best Thanksgiving Dish contest. Call Ryan’s at 655-8466 for more details.

A benefit wine tasting at Deerfield Fine Wines in Newark commences at 4 p.m. Saturday. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, secure baby sitting and a silent auction are all part of the action, and a suggested donation of $10 goes toward the Deirdre A. D’Aulerio Memorial Inflammatory Breast Cancer Fund. Call Deerfield at 266-8061 for more.

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