Chefs rocking it this weekend in Wilmington


Don't sell Delaware short.

Meals on Wheels Delaware is bringing in Food Network Canada’s Michael Blackie, Top Chef contestant Tyler Wiard, and two Philly guys - 2013 James Beard finalist Brad Spence of Amis and R2L owner Daniel Stern - for its 16th annual “Meals From the Masters” series of culinary events.

It starts Friday, April 19 from 6:30 pm to 10 p.m. at the Doubletree Wilmington Downtown. For a $75 ticket, attendees get food prepared by Amis in Philadelphia, Caffé Gelato in Newark, DE, Desserts by Dana in New Castle, La Fia( the forthcoming Bryan Sikora restaurant,) Ulysses American Gastropub in North Wilmington, and more. Craft beer from 16 Mile Brewery, Dogfish Head Brewery, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Twin Lakes Brewery, and Yards Brewing Co. is included, as are wines from Chaddsford Winery in Chadds Ford,  Standard Distributing in New Castle, and United Distributors of Delaware in New Castle.


On Sunday, April 21, the 16th annual Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. takes over the Hercules Plaza in Downtown Wilmington. For $175, guests can sample dishes by chefs including Norman Aitken from Juniper Restaurant and Wine Bar in Canada, Food Network Canada host Michael Blackie, Kurt Boucher (an Iron Chef contestant),  Jay Caputo (a 2012 James Beard semifinalist), Dana Cree (featured on Food Network’s “No Reservations”),  Francois Gagnon from Top Chef Canada, Rick Gresh (a James Beard Rising Star of American Cuisine),  Bruce Moffett (a 2009 James Beard nominee), Davide Pugliese (from the British Virgin Island), Nathan Rich (winner of the 2012 Relais and Chateaux Rising Chef Award), Matthew Ridgway (owner and chef of PorcSalt, a Bucks County charcuterie), Holly Smith (a 2008 James Beard Best Chef Northwest and Iron Chef contestant), Daniel Stern (chef of Philadelphia’s R2L), Giuseppe Tentori (a 2013 James Beard semifinalist – Best Chef Midwest), and Tyler Wiard (a 2012 Top Chef Seattle contestant). John Clark of NBC10 wil emcee.

“Meals from the Masters” is the largest fundraiser held by Meals on Wheels throughout the year, allowing meal delivery programs throughout Delaware to continue to provide 630,000 hot, nutritious meals on a daily basis to over 4,000 homebound seniors statewide. Without a resource like Meals On Wheels Delaware many of Delaware’s seniors would be placed on waiting list, unsure where or when their next meal was coming. These fundraising efforts ensure no eligible senior goes hungry throughout the year and even the most vulnerable citizens within our community are given something to look forward to each day: a caring volunteer bringing a hot meal, friendly smile and warm conversation. 

For tickets, go here.

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