Must-See Events for the Delaware Foodie

"Things to do" for the beer, chocolate, tequila, or Mexican food lover (and we assume you're at least one of those).



For Beer Lovers

Uinta Brewing Company of Salt Lake City travels far to visit Catch 54 in Fenwick Island on Jan. 18 for a great beer dinner. To start: triple-creamed goat cheese with housemade crackers and cracked black pepper. Wash it down with Uinta’s Hop Notch IPA. Course two: flash-fired buttermilk duck livers with local mushrooms, organic grits and asparagus pickles, all served with Hoo Doo Kolsch-style ale. Continue with seared pheasant breast with barley risotto and baby herbs, served with Dubhe Imperial Black IPA. You get the picture. Book your place at 436-8600 or jim@sodelconcepts.com.

 


For Tequila Connoisseurs

Patron tequilas star in a special cocktail dinner at Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria in Fenwick Island on Jan. 17. To begin: seafood guacamole with lobster, shrimp and crab served with a Hibiscus Margarita. That’s Patron Silver, hibiscus aqua fresca, ginger liqueur and orange zest. With drinks like that, who needs to know about the food? We can assure you it’s great, so try this on for size: a Pomegranate Reposado Margarita made with Patron Anejo, Patron Citrage, fresh lime and agave. Need we say more? Didn’t think so. Call 436-7272 or kris@sodelconcepts.com.

 


Hola

This is why we’ve always loved Palacio Maya Mexican Restaurant in Hockessin: specials like red potato-leek-jalapeño soup, pomegranate salad and crispy duck breast over mole with mashed orange-leek sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts served with jalapeño corn bread. Find the same great food—but a new name—next time you visit. Palacio Maya is now Mexican Table, but it is still muy sabroso. 239-5590, mexicantablerestaurant.com

 


Chocolate Heaven

Calling all chocoholics. Hundreds of chocolate treats—cakes, brownies, candies, cookies and cupcakes—will be available for tasting during the Kennett Chocolate Festival on Feb. 9 to benefit the United Way of Southern Chester County. Bring your family and friends, then sample all you want—for a mere $5. Contestants will vie for ribbons in these categories: professionals, amateurs and students. Don't miss the fun Kennett High School. For the hardcore, check out the Salon du Chocolat Wine and Chocolate Evening, in a private home, on Feb 1. For more, hit kennettchocolate.org.

 


One of Our Favorite Festivals

Don’t forget: Tickets are on sale now for the 2014 MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival—42 food, wine, beer and spirits events across the state May 14-18. You know the event, the one that pairs local talents with celebrated chefs and winemakers from around the world in creating some of the most memorable meals ever. Festival founder and board president Ajit Matthew George expects that 46 local and regional chefs, as well as local culinary students, will share kitchens with the visiting chefs from six continents. Winemakers will be on hand at most events to talk about their wines, and regional products such as craft beer, small batch spirits, seafood and seasonal produce. “Our purpose is to be the premier food and wine event of the MidAtlantic featuring international vintners and chefs in collaboration with our local talent, to bring tourism to Delaware and to increase awareness of our cultural assets,” George says. “The festival organizers expressed their pride in offering something for every taste, from the most discerning wine enthusiasts and gastronomes to those just starting to explore the world of gourmet food, fine wines, premium spirits and craft beers.” As usual, it promises to be one great event. Tickets are on sale now. 660-2200 x105, mawff.org

 


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Mark Nardone
Wilmington, DE

From chocolate festivals to wine tastings to new restaurant openings, Dining Insider has the Delaware dining scene covered. Delaware Today's Mark Nardone shares the scoop each week on the food and wine events you simply can’t miss. Contact Mark at mnardone@delawaretoday.com.

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