First there was Women and Wine at local restaurants. Now there is Men and Beer. Yes, Betty’s Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach will host a multi-course meal of original dishes with craft beers from Brooklyn Brewery on July 18. That means John Wayne movies with small plates by head chef Jesse Howell and Ben King of Brooklyn Brewery to explain the brews. Brooklyn Brewery, of Brooklyn, natch, has become one of the top 40 breweries in the country and the winner of national and international awards. So check it out. And if you like it, head back to Betty’s on August 17 for another special dinner featuring beer from Tröegs Brewing Company of Harrisburg, Pa. (645-6160)
More Wilmington Beer Week: On Thursday, July 14, the 10 participating restaurants will have a Citywide Happy Hour, with specials and Perfect Pairings of food and beers. Delaware Beer Night on Saturday will feature five Delaware beers—Dogfish Head, Twin Lakes, Fordham, 16 Mile and Evolution. The restaurants: Chelsea Tavern, Columbus Inn, Deep Blue, Domaine Hudson, Harry’s Seafood Grill, Piccolina Toscana, Union City Grille, Vinoteca 902, Washington Street Ale House and World Cafe Live at The Queen. Be the there so you can say you were present at the creation. wilmingtonbeerweek.com
So you think you can cook. And you can brew. And your kids can cook, too. Test yourself against the rest. Enter one of the culinary contests at the Delaware State Fair July 21-30. We’re telling you now so you can perfect your recipes. Prepare for any of the following: Battle of the Brews Home Brew Contest, Blueberry Blowout Contest, Chili vs Chowder Competition, Chocolate Temptation Competition, Crazy Over Cupcakes Contest, Gingerbread House Decorating Contest, Grand Bar Cookie Competition, Homemade Ice Cream Making, Kids Using Cake Mix, Peach Dessert Competition, Some Like It Hot Homemade Salsa, Wild Men & Women Cooking Contest. For the complete schedule, rules and regulations, visit delawarestatefair.com.