Bites – Dec. 2016

Give a Meal This Christmas

Until Dec. 31, Feeding America, in partnership with Bank of America, provides meals to families in need with the Give a Meal campaign. For every $1 donated, Bank of America will donate $2. Tax-deductible donations can be made at feedingamerica.org. Gifts designated to “Your Local Food Bank”—the Food Bank of Delaware—will benefit the food bank.

Blue Hen Treats

Last month, five students from Blue Hen Treats, a local organization run by high school students, and their business advisor, Charles Falletta, presented the Food Bank of Delaware with a check for $500. The money came from October sales of the dehydrated food and baked goods that they sell after preparing them in the commercial kitchen of the Belvedere Fire Hall. Proceeds are donated to Delaware nonprofits. Blue Hen Treats sells dehydrated apples, pineapples, lemons, zucchini and more. The business is focused on acquiring fresh local produce, like apples from Milburn Orchards. Products can be found at Milburn’s farm market and local craft and vendor fairs. The students made their Food Bank donation in honor of their friend, Josh Fickes. His father, Jerry, a Wilmington firefighter, lost his life battling a fire on Sept. 24. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the Food Bank of Delaware. For more information on the nonprofit, visit bluehentreats.com.

Klondike Kate’s Changes Hands

Last month, Alan Burkhard, owner of Newark mainstay Klondike Kate’s for 12 years, sold the restaurant to Gianmarco and Gilda Martuscelli. The couple also owns Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City, Md., and La Casa Pasta in Newark. The history of Kate’s traces back almost 300 years: it was a jail, a pool hall, a movie theater, skating rink and a gas station. The Martuscellis will adds more pasta dishes and seafood to the menu. The family has owned La Casa Pasta since 1978, and the couple has run the Chesapeake Inn for 20 years.

Food Network Star to Host Meals On Wheels Event

One of Delaware’s premier culinary charity events, the annual Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch, is getting a star chef host and a new location next year, on April 30. The Meals On Wheels fundraiser also will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of helping raise money for hungry seniors around the state. Anne Burrell, a chef and TV personality who is on several Food Network shows, including Worst Cooks in America, will host the fundraiser. In recent years the event has been held at Hercules Plaza in Wilmington, but the new location is the DuPont Country Club in Rockland. For more information, visit mealsonwheelsde.org.

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