Gabby: Hits the Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch for Meals on Wheels Delaware at Bank of America in Wilmington
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Your dear Gabby thinks it’s fabulous to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon schmoozing with the well-heeled, especially when I can dine on gourmet foods from around the nation. And on April 17, that’s just what I did. Off I went to the sun-dappled atrium at Bank of America to indulge and dish at the annual Meals from the Masters Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch to benefit Meals on Wheels Delaware. I should’ve worn shades because I was dazzled by Tatiana Copeland’s sassy eyeglasses. She and husband Gerret milled around the dining area in search of divine goodies to fill their platters and sparkled every step of the way. I spied Claire DeMatteis, general counsel for Catalina Marketing, looking smashing in a clingy red dress, a bold choice for a Sunday outing. Her fresh tan didn’t hurt, either. Apparently party lines mean nada when there’s duck confit mac-n-cheese with tomato confetti and braised short ribs on the menu, because State Treasurer Chip Flowers and Meals on Wheel’s board officer Donald Mell III filled their bellies with food and laughter as they took good-natured jabs at each other. (It would seem the Democrat of the two isn’t so great at returning phone calls and text messages. Tsk tsk.) The DuPont Co. was out in full effect: Ricky Deadwyler, Hinton Lucas and Sylvia Banks were kicking it at one of the high tables. Chicago’s Girl & The Goat chef Stephanie Izard (the season four Top Chef champ) garnered all kinds of fan frenzy for her offering: goat scrapple. A pitch-perfect choice for Delaware, no? Chris Kenny of Kenny Family ShopRite fame, cool in a tailored, baby pink button-down shirt, talked about the Wilmington Riverfront location—business sure seems to be booming. In a convo about grabbing a late lunch on Pizza by Elizabeths patio (how Kenny even considered the option of more food is beyond me), Kenny name-checked Todd Danner of arQitecture for the fab job he did at the hipster pizza joint, as well as other work around town. The silent auction boasted the best of the best from state faves but all eyes were on the ridiculously obscene 3-D television on the block.