Food Notes – Sept. 2015

Tasty things worth knowing

Evenings in the Orchard & Garden
Food Bank, UD host farm-fresh celebrations

Welcome fall with the Food Bank of Delaware and T.S. Smith & Sons at the third annual Dinner in the Orchard on Thursday, Sept. 3. Enjoy fresh foods straight from T.S. Smith & Sons’ 800-acre farm in Bridgeville, prepared by students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware. Tickets are $30 per person, covering dinner, live entertainment, wine and beer. The event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the expansion of the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford Branch.

On Thursday, Sept. 10, attend An Evening in the Garden to celebrate the bounty of the University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community. This is a community-wide effort to grow fresh produce for Delawareans in need. Enjoy garden-fresh foods, fine wine and live entertainment, while raising funds to help eliminate hunger. Featured beers are Dogfish Head, Mispillion River Brewing Co., Two Stones Brewing, Painted Stave Distillery and more. The event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at UD’s Community Garden on Rt. 896 in Newark. Tickets range from $20 to $50.

For more information, visit

A Fine Dining Deal
Restaurant Week showcases 19 of Brandywine’s best

Who couldn’t use a night off from kitchen duty in September? Now you have extra incentive.

Eighteen of the area’s finest restaurants are once again teaming up to present Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week, a celebration of the exceptional chefs and producers of this historic region. The promotion is set for Sept. 14-19 with two-course lunches offered for $15 and three-course dinners for $35.

A complete list of participating restaurants as well as their featured menus can be found at

St. Hedwig’s Polish Fest
59th celebration is set for Wilmington Riverfront

From Sept. 21-26, the 59th annual St. Hedwig Polish Festival will offer dancing, rides, music, food and drinks. This year, the festival is located in Wilmington at the Riverfront across from the Chase Center. Live music features Crab Town Sound and The Golden Tones.

For hours and more information, visit

Finger-Licking Good
Locale BBQ Post opens

The Locale BBQ Post opened on Aug. 17 on Lincoln Street in Wilmington, selling out its first day. The eatery offers reasonably-priced sandwiches, meats by the pound, ribs and whole chickens, and a variety of sides.

Sandwich offerings are brisket for $9, pork butt for $8, shredded chicken for $9, pulled ribs for $10, and bratwurst for $8. Half-pound and whole chickens, ribs or rib racks, and more range from $11 to $29. The menu, of course, also includes “the fixings”: $3 stewed tomatoes, coleslaw, collard greens, corn on the cob, pasta salad, side salad; and for $5, baked beans, creamed spinach, hand-cut fries, hush puppies, jalapeno cream corn, mac ‘n’ cheese, and more.

Sampler platters are available starting at $38, along with catering for the ultimate BBQ experience.

For more information, call 510-4929 or visit the Facebook page Locale BBQ Post.

Farm to Fork
Coverdale Farm Preserve hosts starlit dinner

On Saturday, Sept. 19, an autumn event, Farm to Fork at Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville, will highlight the abundance of the fall harvest and honor the important role of pollinators, which are critical for agriculture production.

There will be a cocktail reception overlooking the pasture, and a family-style, three-course seated dinner under the stars. The menu features food grown on the farm along with Dogfish Head beer.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Reserve tickets by Sept. 10. Individual tickets are $150 per person; a table of eight is $1,100.