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Affordable food? We are so there. City Restaurant Week and more inside.

    Welcome to Home Skillet, where every week is Restaurant Week. Especially Restaurant Week.

    Before we delve (deeply) into Restaurant Week, I hope everybody took a peek at our fun foods feature that runs in the May issue of Delaware Today. We focus so much of our attention on fine dining, so it was fun to roll up our sleeves and gruffle some delicious junk food. Our recent heat surge has put me in a mood for burgers and dogs. And pizza? It’s always a good time for pizza. To the right is Brenda Rogers, who runs a mobile lunch truck outside of the Port of Wilmington. Brenda was kind enough to let us inside to see the operation. As Brenda said, “If good food is what you’re cravin’, come to Brenda’s Hot Dog Haven.” Right on, Brenda. Right on.

    Right Now-Saturday, May 2: We’re knees-deep into another rocking Wilmington City Restaurant Week. You know the deal by now: Participating restaurants offer special two-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $35.
    The restaurants involved are Ameritage Restaurant and Lounge, Café Mezzanotte, C.W. Harborside, Deep Blue Bar and Grill, Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, Harry’s Seafood Grill, Mikimotos, The Exchange on Market, Orillas Tapas Bar and Restaurant and Washington Street Ale House.
    For full details and complete menus, check out the Facebook-y website here.
    You’ll also notice there’s a dining “loop” event added this year called Dine Around, which happens Saturday, May 2. Here’s how it works: Go here, pick which of the four loops you’d like, then you’ll hop around town eating one course per restaurant.
    So get busy eating, everybody. I’ll be doing my part. I’m heading out to a bunch of places throughout the week, so keep tuned here for recaps and pictures.

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    Wednesday, April 29-Sunday, May 3: Free wine and beer? Yes, please.
    Stop into the brand new Veritas Wine and Spirits (321 Justison Landing, Wilmington, 543-6071) between now and Sunday to partake in the great tasting bar.
    The owners are excited to show you their Chilean wines and Belgian wits, even if it means giving the stuff away.

    Thursday, April 30: Amid all the restaurant craziness this week comes Dining Out for Life (maybe organizers figure people already have eating out on the brain), a fundraiser in which restaurants all over New Castle County donate 33 percent of the night’s take to AIDS Delaware.
    Here’s where to go Thursday: Bellefonte Café, Buckley’s Tavern, Caffé Gelato, Elements Restaurant and Piano Bar, E’s On Main Street Café, The Exchange on Market, Home Grown Café, Lamberti’s Cucina, Lucky’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant, Luigi Vitrone’s Pastabilities, the Melting Pot, Mikimotos Asian Grill, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Orillas Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Presto! Coffee Bar and Bistro, Prince on Delaware, Soffritto Italian Grill, Stewart’s Brewing Company, Stoney’s British Pub, Timothy’s of Newark, Timothy’s Riverfront Grill, Union City Grille and Walter’s Steakhouse.
    For more info, visit www.aidsdelaware.org or call 652-6776.

    Saturday, May 2: Domaine Hudson does wine right. Owner Tom Hudson and crew make their beefy wine list within the grasp of the common man.
    Not this time.
    On Saturday, DH will uncork some expensive wines. How expensive? Well, the restaurant got its hands on 2004 and 2005 vintages from Bond Estate and Harlan Estate, considered two of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards.
    So in other words, these are like the Honus Wagner and Billy Ripken for wine collectors, fetching thousands of dollars at auction. Mega rare. Mega sought-after.
    Domaine Hudson has eight different wines (six Bonds and two Harlans) and will pair them Saturday in a gourmet five-course dinner.
    Here’s the kicker: Entry into this soirée of opulence runs a whopping $500 per person, plus gratuity. Advance reservation, secured with credit card, required. Very limited seating.
    Call 655-9463 for more or to make reservations. Seating is, as you might guess, very limited.
    For a full menu, click here.
    For this year’s line of monocles, click here.


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