a plate of food with broccoli

3 courses for $30: Newark Restaurant Week returns

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Newark dining spots start their annual winter Restaurant Week specials Friday, Jan. 20.     Development in downtown Newark has turned the college town into a dining destination, and you can witness that firsthand during the 2022 Newark Restaurant Week, which runs Jan. 20-26. Participating establishments will offer three-course dinners for $30. The event has been a much-loved winter promotion since …

Grain to expand with locations in Trolley Square, STAR campus

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Grain’s Hangover Helper Burger will be on the Trolley menu. Photo by Matt Urban   In December, restaurateur Jim O’Donoghue got a call from commercial real estate guru Joe Latina. A Trolley Square restaurant was now available, Latina said. Did O’Donoghue want it? “Absolutely,” said O’Donoghue, who owns Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen restaurants in Delaware and Pennsylvania with friend Lee Mikles. …

Food & fun: Music, games on menu at many Delaware restaurants

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Shrimpy’s Bar & Grill in Rehoboth has sold out 55 weekends in a row, which the owner credits to singer Bryan Clark performing. Melissa Ferraro is an innate event planner. Credit her tenure as president of Rolling Thunder, a Delaware food truck association. The owner of Outlandish also has Sonora in Newark. But having a bricks-and-mortar location hasn’t changed the need to “put …

a close up of a plate of food

Rebranded Newark pizza restaurant offers dish that beat Bobby Flay

Pam George Food, Headlines

Pizzeria Mariana offers a variety of pasta dishes in addition to pizza.   If you want to taste the dish that took down celebrity chef Bobby Flay, now is your chance. Former “Beat Bobby Flay” champion and local chef Robbie Jester has put his shrimp scampi on the menu of Pizzeria Mariana in Newark. Don’t recognize the East Cleveland Avenue restaurant’s name? …

a plastic container filled with different types of food

Home Appetit joins Full Circle Food to deliver meals in New Castle County

Pam George Food, Headlines

Home Appétit’s Veggie Trio offering highlights the fresh aspect of home-delivered meals. Photo by Home Appétit   There is no shortage of meal-delivery programs in the Wilmington area. HelloFresh, Green Chef and Blue Apron offer meal kits with ingredients and recipes, while the Farmers Fridge delivers ready-to-eat meals.  But there is one thing these large-scale programs lack — local flavor. …

Thierry Langer owns the three Kaisy’s Delights locations with his wife, Nathalie. (Kaisy's Delights)

Kaisy’s Delights opens full-service dining room in Lewes

Pam George Culture, Food, Headlines

Thierry and Nathalie Langer own the three Kaisy’s Delights locations. (Kaisy’s Delights) It is hard to miss Kaisy’s Delights in Lewes. The building at Savannah and Wescoats roads resembles a mountain chalet. And then there are the colors: Lily Pulitzer pink and lime green. Locals and frequent visitors belly up to the counter for the coffee — La Colombe — …

a plate of food on a table

Newark’s Peach Blossom Eatery expected to open in November

Pam George Food, Headlines

Peach Blossom Eatery will feature a vegan eggplant parmesan sandwich on ciabatta made with cashew-garlic ‘cheese’ and Calabrian chili marinara.   At 9 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, Olivia Brinton was busy experimenting. “I just made my first test batch of pistachio-matcha bear claws,” she announced.  The Japanese green tea “looks cool,” she acknowledged, but it can taste, well, grassy …

a group of people in a tent

Brandywine Festival of Arts makes sure shoppers are well-fed

Pam George Culture, Food, Headlines

Home Grown will offer veggie burgers, kielbasa, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, fries and hummus at the arts festival.   For more than 50 years, artists and collectors have celebrated autumn’s arrival at a Wilmington festival along the Brandywine River. This year is no different. Always the first weekend after Labor Day, The Brandywine Festival of the Arts is scheduled for Sept. 11, …

a dining room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table

Hotel du Pont unveils fresh ‘History Unscripted’ branding

Pam George Business, Headlines

The dining room of Le Cavalier at the Hotel Du Pont. Photo by Jason Varney.     When the Hotel du Pont opened on Jan. 15, 1913, a brand was something ranchers put on their cattle. But in today’s marketing parlance, a brand encompasses a logo, ad campaign, slogan and values. Together, these components evoke the “gut reaction” that customers feel …

S’mores lovers find ways to take campfire classic to next level

Pam George Culture, Food, Headlines

Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes and Bethany have S’mores cheesecake on their dessert menus.   At this time of year, people across the country gather around campfires, bonfires and chimineas to create s’mores, a dessert made by sandwiching melted marshmallows and chocolate between two graham crackers. The dessert first appeared in the 1927 edition of “Tramping and Trailing with the …