11/15/11 - 11/15/11
2011 Taste of Independence
“A Taste of Independence- Progressive Dinner” is a neat concept in dining, designed to introduce Delawareans to the array of highly acclaimed international restaurants of Independence Mall.
“Usually a progressive dinner is one big meal that is planned to include different houses within a neighborhood,” says Celebrity Kitchens’ owner Angela Martinez. However, on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM, two groups of 24 diners will make their way around the dining establishments in the Independence Mall, Wilmington, Delaware, for the, “Taste of Independence – Progressive Dinner.” “What makes this night particularly fun for guests is the diversity of food found in this small Delaware shopping center. Once guests park their cars, they won’t have to leave the mall to enjoy a food and wine tasting trip which takes them to all corners of the globe,” said Martinez.
Independence Mall is comprised of an array of international restaurants, dining establishments, and unique retail stores. The Mall was built to resemble Philadelphia’s historic Independence Hall; the centerpiece of the mall is The Melting Pot Restaurant, in whose entrance hallway is a replica of the Liberty Bell.
The “Taste of Independence – Progressive Dinner” is an opportunity for the restaurants and retailers in the Mall to showcase what each offers. Participating eateries will make some of their special international creations for the dining enjoyment of the guests. Pre-registered guests will follow a planned itinerary, starting with a wine tasting in the boutique wine store, Ryans Wines and Spirits. To toast the start of the evening, guests will enjoy hors d’oeurves prepared by Chef/owner Steve Henretty of Henretty’s Crab Cakes. Henretty will serve up their famous crab cakes and jumbo shrimp cocktail.
Progressive diners will then head to Takumi Japanese Restaurant and Rasa Sayang Malaysian Restaurant for delicious appetizers. Guests will then be off to Nirvana Fine Indian Cuisine, voted “Best Indian Restaurant” by readers of Delaware Today, for a special trio of appetizers, representing Nirvana’s best; Veggie, Chicken or Beef Tikka Kabobs.
Diners will be escorted to their next destination, Celebrity Kitchens. In Celebrity Kitchens’ intimate cooking studio, the progressive diners will feast on theior second main course, Progressive dining guests will watch and some will be asked to participate in the creation of the filet mignon medallions in cognac sauce over creamy mashed potatoes. They will be entertained by the culinary talents and crowd pleasing antics of a guest chef . Wine will be provided by Ryan’s Wines to compliment the flavor of the entree. As an added bonus, guests will take home a copy of the recipes so that they can recreate the entrée again and again.
After feasting at Celebrity Kitchens, progressive diners will head to their final destination, The Melting Pot, named Best of Delaware’s “Most Romantic Restaurant”. General Manager Brad Oberholzer is most certain that diners will experience the perfect finale with decadent chocolate fondue creations. Dippers inculde fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, Rice Krispies Treats, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies to go along with the chocolate fondue.
In each of the dining locations, guests will learn about the food and wine they are consuming. They will experience an abundance of flavors which they will savor for a long time after their final stop.
The cost of the progressive dining experience is $75 per person, including all five courses and wine with each course. Advance reservations for the “Taste of Independence – Progressive Dinner” are required. For information and reservations, please call Celebrity Kitchens at (302) 427-COOK (2665). All reservations are non-refundable. The progressive dinner is expected to last approximately 2 ½ hours. On Monday, November 14, 2011, two seating times are available: 5:30pm and 6:30pm.
11/15/11 - 11/15/11
Federal Grant to Help Delaware's Small Business Exports
Delaware successfully applied for funding through the US Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion Grant (STEP) Pilot Grant Initiative to increase the number of small businesses in the First State that export their products and to increase the value of exports for those small businesses that are already exporting. STEP – a $90 million three-year funding initiative – aligns with President Obama’s National Export Initiative which calls for doubling U.S. exports in five years and, in so doing, supporting two million jobs.