Bites – Feb. 2016

Allison Hageman

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BIG FISH GROUP COMES TO TROLLEY

Trolley Square’s dining scene will get a boost this spring when the Big Fish Restaurant Group opens the Trolley Square Oyster House. The restaurant will operate in the former site of Satsuma (1707 Delaware Ave., Wilm.). According to BFRG managing partner Eric Sugrue, The Oyster House will have a “fun vibe in keeping with the traditionof Trolley Square” and offer a robust raw bar as well as high-quality salads, sandwiches, appetizers and entrees. Look for a late March or early April opening.

VEGAN COOKING CLASSES

Drop Squad Kitchen, which shares space with Molly’s Old-fashioned Ice Cream Shop on the Riverfront, holds vegan cooking classes on select Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. Classes feature topics such as Classic Comforts, VBQ (vegan barbeque), Soul Food Saturdays and Holiday Essentials. All recipes are made without meat, gluten or soy. Classes cost $100 per person.

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY EVENT

Ernest and Scott Taproom, at 902 N. Market St., will hold “the Ultimate Super Bowl combo” on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, from 3 – 11 p.m. The event includes a buffet with pretzels, tacos, chili dogs, wings and more. Tickets are $50.

SMYRNA’S FINE DINING SCENE GETS A BOOST

In December, The Inn at Duck Creek opened at what was Vance’s Barber Shop on Smyrna’s Four Corners. The décor, featuring vintage Smyrna photos, antique furniture, and fireplaces, creates an atmosphere that is sophisticated but warm. Guests can eat formally in the restaurant or enjoy a casual meal in the tavern. The Inn at Duck Creek also is a farm-to-table restaurant that supports local farmers, breweries, and wineries. For more information, visit theinnatduckcreek.com.

NEW CHEF AT FEAST

Moveable Feast, a Wilmington catering company and restaurant since 1988, rang in the New Year with new Executive Chef Lisa Scolaro, who previously performed similar duties at Swarthmore College, Mirage and Tiffan. She is expected to enhance Moveable Feast’s food and serving style and add a seasonal approach to the plant-based menu. Located at 2510 West 5th St., Moveable Feast will hold a hot-chocolate-themed dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Visit movablefeastde.com.

MERCHANT BAR DEBUTS

Owners of Wilmington restaurant La Fia Bakery + Market Bistro will open their new venture, Merchant Bar, at 426 N. Market St., this month. Andrea Sikora says she hopes to open by Valentine’s Day weekend.

Sikora, who owns La Fia with her husband, Chef Bryan Sikora, says Merchant will be a sophisticated bar with lounge-style seating and later hours than their other restaurants. The new eatery will serve a diverse menu, along with cocktails, beer and wine.

“The food at Merchant Bar will range from simple bar snacks such as spiced nuts, marinated olives, cheese and charcuterie,” says Sikora, “to small plates with a global focus, such as smoked short rib egg rolls, curried potato samosas, and crispy pork belly. We will also have a signature French onion soup.”

For more, visit lafiawilmington.com.

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