A Weekend of Giving (and Eating and Drinking)

Krista Connor

Red Cross and Meals On Wheels host annual fundraisers April 17-19

On one weekend this month, two unrelated charities are throwing galas for good causes.

First, on Friday, April 17, the American Red Cross of Delmarva will host Caps n’ Corks, an evening of wine and craft beer tastings, savory food, live music by Blue Label, and a silent auction. New this year: a psychic reading and photo booth.

All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross of Delmarva, which provides lifesaving services to more than 1.4 million people in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The nonprofit helps those affected by disasters and aids the Delmarva community in preventing, preparing for, and responding to emergencies and disasters.

Caps n’ Corks is scheduled for 6-11 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. VIP tickets include premium balcony seating, upscale cuisine, rare select wines and craft beer. Tickets range from $75-$360. Caps n’ Corks is a 21 and over event.

For more information, visit redcross.org.

On Sunday, April 19, Meals On Wheels Delaware hosts its 18th annual Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hercules Plaza in Wilmington. The event will showcase delicious delights created by 30-35 national and international guest chefs. In addition to decadent food, wine and specialty cocktails, a silent auction will feature high-end culinary items, travel packages, one-of-a-kind experiences and luxury gifts.

Top Chef: New Orleans reality TV show winner Nicholas Elmi will prepare dishes, along with other renowned chefs like Hari Cameron and Jay Caputo of Rehoboth Beach, Don Drake of Magnolias in Charleston, S. C., and Cathy Whims of Nostrana in Portland, Ore.

The event, at $175 per ticket, helps to provide hot, nutritious meals delivered to homebound senior citizens throughout the state.

Unlike previous years, Meals On Wheels is not sponsoring three consecutive fundraisers in one weekend this year—Evening With the Masters, Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction, and the brunch. Instead, Evening with the Masters, which traditionally kicked off the weekend of culinary events, has been replaced with a new fundraiser, The Ultimate Tailgate, on Oct. 22 at the Sheraton Wilmington South. The culinary theme is tailgate cuisine, with wine, spirits and a beer garden. Tickets are $50 in advance.

The Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction, now a four-course dinner, will be at the Wilmington Country Club in Greenville on Saturday, April 18.

For more information, visit mealsonwheelsde.org.

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