Food Notes – Nov. 2015

Tasty things worth knowing

A New Beginning
French-style cafe opens in place of Fresh Thymes

Croissant

After Wilmington’s Fresh Thymes Cafe closed its doors recently, a new French-style eatery, De La Coeur Café et Patisserie, took its place. Alex Sianni and Pastry Chef Gretchen Brizendine helm the new café, whose name means “baking from the heart.” It features locally sourced, sustainably produced food.

Brizendine has been in the restaurant business for more than seven years, and Sianni has been in the business in three countries and the fine wine industry for more than 15 years.
The café’s food is sourced from Powers Farm in Townsend, Bayberry Farm in Middletown and Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative in Lancaster.

Located at 1836 Lovering Ave., it will serve breakfast, including sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, French toast, and crepes; lunch, featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and paninis, and of course a variety of pastries like éclairs, croissants, cookies, tartlettes, mousse cups, and more.

Visit the website at delacoeurcafe.com for the opening date and more information.

Expanding to Middletown
Wilmington chef has plans for three new eateries

Patrick D’Amico, Middletown native and chef at several Wilmington eateries like Eclipse Bistro, the Hotel du Pont Green Room, and Harry’s Savoy Grill, is opening three Middletown restaurants with RM Hospitality Group over the next few months.

Metro Pub & Grill is the first of the three, which will be a gastro-pub at 17 Wood St. off West Main Street. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner early this month.
Next, a fine dining establishment tentatively called The Bank will open in January.
Currently the site—an actual vacant bank building at West Main and North Broad streets—is undergoing renovations.

The third name and location are TBA.

Do Good This Season
Food Bank of Delaware needs help

This month, IHeartRadio in partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware will be collecting turkeys as part of the annual Turkey Round Up. Drop off your frozen birds and other holiday essentials at the following locations on Thursday, Nov. 12. and Friday, Nov. 13, between 5-7 p.m. both evenings: Food Lion grocery stores at 1607 Pulaski Highway in Bear, 501 W. Main St. in Middletown, and 1030 Forest Ave. in Dover.

Additionally, the Food Bank needs help filling 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes for Delaware families in need. The following items are requested: Canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, evaporated milk/shelf-stable milk, canned pumpkin, canned fruit, juice, corn muffin mix, mashed potatoes, gravy, and frozen turkeys (must be dropped off to Newark or Milford warehouses).

For more information about hosting a Thanksgiving For All food drive, please contact Angel Diaz, Fleet and Routing Coordinator, at 292-1305 ext. 260 or adiaz@fbd.org.

Dinner & a Documentary
Penn Cinema hosts a special one-night screening Nov. 5

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers one of the most destructive industries facing the planet today—large scale factory farming—and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. This 91-minute documentary will be featured at a one-night screening on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Penn Cinema on the Riverfront. Prior to the showing, guests are invited to dinner at Drop Squad Kitchen (serving dinner until 6:30 p.m.) or for happy hour at Veritas Wine (both also located at the Wilmington Riverfront). You can also enjoy the Riverwalk or one of the other dining attractions the Wilmington Riverfront has to offer.

Claymont Steak Expands
Third location opens on Concord Pike

ThinkstockPhotos-174449396Claymont Steak Shop opened a new location at 2720 Concord Pike this fall, making this the third restaurant in the local chain, with existing locations in Claymont and Newark.
Since 1966, Claymont Steak has been popular for its cheesesteaks, subs and pizza. The new location, with a contemporary interior, and online and delivery options, includes baklava and other snacks in addition to its staple plates.

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