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Meals from the Masters Weekend

Posted By: Sarah

Updated - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 6:02 AM

Posted - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Meals from the MastersMeals from the Masters is an event supporting Meals on Wheels Delaware - a nonprofit organization working with five meal-providing agencies -and really showcases the culinary talents from across the United States..  Last year, it is reported that they delivered nearly 635,000 meals throughout the state of Delaware.

2014 marks the 17th anniversary of the Meals from the Masters event.  So get ready to join us on April 25 and 27th.  Over the years, I have attended the Celebrity Chefs' Brunch on numerous opportunities.  Always a fun and tasty event and I will be going again this year.  The lineup of the chefs is very impressive.  My husband Gary and I are looking forward to it.

Meals from the Masters 2012New for me this year will be the Evening with the Masters and the Cellar Masters' Wine Auction.  I have heard many good things on both events.  The Evening with the Masters will bring 45+ top local and regional restaurants for some wonderful tastings.  I'm looking forward to the Wine Auction especially, just have to be careful not to make any big hand gestures or it could get expensive!

Sarah Willoughby
Executive Director
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

About Sarah
: With over 20 years in the industry, I am very passionate about tourism, especially here in Delaware. Through my blogs you will meet my husband, Gary, and our dog, Farley. And, I hope, you'll get a true sense of the love we have for Greater Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding Brandywine Valley area. We love the many festivals and events in the Greater Wilmington and want to share that love with you, the reader, the tourist, the local. Hope you enjoy.


 
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Spring @ Brandywine Creek State Park

Posted By: Drew

Updated - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 7:33 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Brandywine Creek State ParkThere's something about the cold of winter slowly disappearing and the month of April that gets me excited! As the cooler days still outnumber the warmer ones, April is one of my favorite months of the year. We're often pleasantly surprised with a few unseasonably warm days in April and those are the days you have to capitalize on here in the Brandywine Valley!

When the weather hit's the 70's in April I know it's time to get outside. I usually throw on my boots and head over to Brandywine Creek State Park. It's there where I can find an array of outdoor enthusiasts that are looking for the same adventures as me.

Brandywine Creek State ParkWith 14 miles of hiking trails and endless options for mountain bikes, this 933-acre park makes for a great day of fun after a long cold winter! After hours of exploring the park grounds, that extend from the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley down to the banks of the Brandywine River, you can cozy up to a table at one of my favorite local establishments - the Brandywine Brewing Company in nearby Greenville, Delaware.

If the weather has you down this winter, don't worry, the month of April is here. See you outside!

Drew Osberg
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Marketing & Social Media Specialist


 
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Wilminigton's Restaurant Week: Green Room Style

Posted By: Mary

Updated - Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 7:35 AM

Posted - Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM


Restaurant Week LogoHi! I'm Mary Simpson, director of finance and administration with the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau for 28 years. Our office staff looks forward to Wilmington's Restaurant Week each year. We usually choose a participating restaurant and lunch out of the office, as a group. Each restaurant offers a choice of two or three entrees for one very reasonable price. Last year most of the staff missed out due to a special off-site meeting, so four of us, Rose, Lyn, Ella and I, decided not to miss-out and went to the Green Room at the Hotel du Pont. What an easy choice! Honestly, you feel like a queen anytine you visit the "Hotel" as it's know by locals. On this day, the Green Room was offering an amazing selection of entrees, each more exceptional then the next.  

Hotel Dupont Food 1The highlight, though, was the dessert table. Of course, you couldn't choose just one! So, each of us splurged and chose an assortment-crème brule, cheesecake, carrot cake, mousse. They were "mini" desserts, though, so we didn't feel too guilty.

Can't wait to go again this year!

Wilmington City Restaurant Week: April 7 - 12, 2014

Mary Simpson
Director of Finance and Administration
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau


 
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Wilmington Blue Rocks; More Fun, Less Hassle

Posted By: Drew

Updated - Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 8:32 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM


Blue Rocks Logo"Long fly ball, it's outta here!" My earliest memory of a ball game rings back to the days as a kid where my family would make the 45 minute trek, with two screaming boys, to see the Philadelphia Phillies in the old Veteran's Stadium on Broad Street. It was a short-lived memory to say the least. See, we never made it a whole game as two youngsters in that blaring July heat of Downtown Philadelphia. My old man would then pack us up in the 6th inning and we would ship off back down the I-95 corridor to our home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Wilmington Blue RocksIn fact we never made it a whole game until we were older. That very first time we lasted the duration of a game was right here in our hometown. The Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Class A-Plus affiliate of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals had just moved in to the newly constructed Frawley Stadium along the Riverfront in Downtown Wilmington. It was there, for years, where we caught all the action of upcoming prospects like Johny Damon and Carlos Beltran that were looking to impress scouts so they could advance to the big leagues. The upside, my father no longer had to pack us up in the car for Philadelphia and you couldn't beat the cost for an evening of family entertainment at the ballpark!

They say every story has a beginning middle and end. Well, Frawley Stadium begins a lot of those stories for many ballplayers looking to make it to the next level. There's nothing like catching high profiled prospects that begin their professional careers right here in Wilmington, Delaware. You never know who you'll see from season to season, but, you're guaranteed to have a great evening out with your family at the expense of just a short drive away!

Don't miss out on the fun. The Wilmington Blue Rocks' 2014 home opener is April 8th at 6:35 pm.


Drew Osberg

Marketing and Social Media Specialist
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

 
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City Restaurant Week In Wilmington Delaware

Posted By: Rose

Updated - Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 12:26 PM

Posted - Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM


Restaurant Week LogoWhat  a great way to enjoy one (or more) of the many Wilmington restaurants you've been wanting to try but never had the chance or the one that you love and want to enjoy again - City Restaurant Week in Wilmington, Delaware is that opportunity.  For my husband and I this was our chance to taste many different delicious meals from well-known Wilmington restaurants and experience chefs delights at discounted prices.

With so many food types to choose from including Italian, Seafood, Steak, Classic American, Japanese, and so much more, my husband and I along with a few friends set off to enjoy dinner at two of our favorite restaurants and one new restaurant during City Restaurant Week.

outdoor diningWe had a delicious dinner at The Big Fish Grill and Eclipse Bistro, two restaurant establishments that we frequent regularly and one that we tried for the first time, Moro.  Each dinner included a 3 courses for just $35.  A few co-workers and I also took advantage of Wilmington Restaurant Week's lunch specials at Deep Blue which included 2 courses for $15; the seafood meal we ordered was oh so delicious and perfectly prepared.

One of the best things about Wilmington Restaurant Week is that there are no chain restaurants, all participants are local, home grown establishments - making each dining experience unique.  This year City Restaurant Week will take place Monday, April 7, and continue through Saturday, April 12, 2014 with 19 participating restaurants - including a few new restaurants which I am looking forward to trying.

Rose Roberts
Director of Visitor Services
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

Bar FoodAbout Rose: Hi I'm Rose, Director of Visitor Relations at the Greater Wilmington CVB (10+ years).  I am a Delaware native, born & raised who loves to promote and enjoy the beautiful Greater Wilmington and Brandywine Valley area.  I love visiting and attending all our events, performing arts and attractions and can't seem to get enough of it!  I look forward to yearly festivals, art loops, concerts, restaurants and trying new activities.  I'm very passionate about getting visitors and locals as excited as I am in taking advantage of all that the area has to offer.

They say I don't let any grass grow beneath my feet but I say, come on there's too much to see and do here to not get out there and enjoy a fun filled day or weekend in Greater Wilmington and the Beautiful Brandywine Valley! 


 
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Scoops of Deliciousness at Woodside Farm Creamery

Posted By: Scott

Updated - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 6:33 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 12:00 AM

Woodside Farms


Can I offer you a scoop of Dirt? Or, perhaps you'd prefer a scoop of Motor Oil? What's that? You're more traditional; then how about a double scoop of Bacon. What am I talking about? Ice cream, of course!

Woodside FarmsThese are just a few of the off-the-wall creations you'll find at Woodside Farm's Creamery in Hockessin, Delaware, but don't worry; they've got the less adventurous covered too. This family owned creamery serves fresh ice cream made from the very cows you see while ordering your cone. And it doesn't end at scoops - Milkshakes, Banana Splits, Cow Pie Sundays, Ice Cream Cakes and Ice Cream Pies - are all on the menu. In fact, their ice cream pies have become a Thanksgiving tradition in my house.

And Woodside isn't only about the ice cream. Bring the family along to see the cows and enjoy the farm or attend a movie night when the barn becomes the movie screen. But whatever you do, don't miss opening day's "bring your own banana" half-price banana splits - a true treat. For 2014, Woodside Creamery's opening day is March 22nd.

As a self-proclaimed ice cream aficionado Woodside Farms Creamery is among the very best ice cream I've ever eaten. My favorite is a waffle cone with a scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter and a scoop of Cake Batter. Take it from me, when things heat up this summer, forget that grocery store boxed stuff, go fresh, go Woodside. You won't regret it.

Scott Ciancio
Director of Marketing
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau


About Scott: As a lifelong Delawarean I love my State and am very proud to call it home. While I love to travel, I try not to forget how many amazing things there are to see and do right here in my own back yard. Stay tuned to my blog postings and you'll learn everything from my passion for a good movie to how much I enjoy local theatre, Wilmington festivals, art and so much more.


 
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March Bank in Full Bloom at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Posted By: Sarah

Updated - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 7:25 AM

Posted - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 12:00 AM

March Bank at Winterthur

Are you ready for some color?  After the winter most of our region has had this year, I certainly am.  I even have found myself watching golf just so I can see the green grass.

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library has a lot going on with the new exhibition - Costumes of Downton Abbey, an absolute must see!  This is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series, featuring forty historically inspired costumes.  I must admit - I can't wait to see this exhibition.

But another "don't miss" is the Winterthur garden, particularly if you are able to visit in the month of March.  It is one of my cherished times in the garden.  This year, has definitely not been our typical weather year, but Winterthur does provide a bloom hotline - (302) 888 - 4856 for up-to-date information.

March Bank at WinterthurThe March Bank is an area that has several phases.  It is this area of the massive garden at Winterthur where the first signs of spring start showing with white snowdrops and the yellow adonis, as well as the native and hybrid witch-hazels (one of my favorites).

In the next phase, the ground is covered with thousands of the bright yellow blossoms from the adonis.  Then followed by the white snowdrops, yellow winter aconite and adonis to croscus (shades of purple and lavender) - no shades of grey here!

As the "yellow phase" fades blue squills and glory-of-the-snow come to the surface.  Near the end of March - the change from yellow to blue occurs.  As the March Bank reaches its peak - you will be a in a sea of millions of scilla and glory-of-the-snow.

Again, this is for a typical weather year.  But as a novice gardener, I can't wait to see what the garden and the March Bank have in store this year.

Sarah Willoughby
Executive Director
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

About Sarah: With over 20 years in the industry, I am very passionate about tourism, especially here in Delaware. Through my blogs you will meet my husband, Gary, and our dog, Farley. And, I hope, you'll get a true sense of the love we have for Greater Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding Brandywine Valley area. We love the many festivals and events in the Greater Wilmington and want to share that love with you, the reader, the tourist, the local. Hope you enjoy.

 
 
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Delaware city was a gracious host

Posted By: Drew

Updated - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 1:44 PM

Posted - Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 12:00 AM

 

In Wilmington, shelter from the storm


Written By: Beth Kephart and featured on The Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Photo Credit: Beth Kephart

Original Story: The Philadelphia Inquirer

We were refugees - two of among hundreds of thousands in the sudden snap of cold and dark. We had listened to the savaging of trees, the terrible torque and release of high-up limbs. We had feared for our rooftops, our abandoned cars, the iced utility lines that hung like glassy staffs between tilting poles. We had succumbed to the dissipation of heat and waited for trains that did not run and there was the sound of sirens farther on - trouble that far exceeded ours.

Feb. 5, 2014. The ice storm had come

We drove the dystopian landscape looking for proof that help was on its way. We listened to generators jabber and groan like so many old secrets, watched smoke huff through chimney stacks, wondered about the birds and how far they'd flown. We pitied the jackknifed trees, the bushes iced to the ground, the power lines that had been indiscriminately flung over buried gardens, sidewalks, roads. We took shelter on streets miraculous with power, in the still-percolated coffee shops, over communal power strips, and one day went by, and then two and, family by family, we had to choose.

When our own house filled with smoke after a misbegotten fireplace fire, we packed our bags for Wilmington. Forty minutes later, we arrived to a hushed midafternoon. Trailing ashes, still warming our hands, we checked into a modest Delaware Avenue hotel, and soon set out by foot to explore Delaware's largest city and New Castle's county seat.

How many times had we passed her by on our way down I-95, toward more distant Southern climes? How often had we looked up from our seats on the Amtrak train and wondered about the city that lay beyond the rails? Now here we were, walking Rodney Square and organizing the buildings in our mind - classical revival, Beaux-Arts, contemporary. We stood beneath the towering steeple of First and Central Presbyterian Church. We entered the lobby of the grand Hotel du Pont, 101 years old and full of flourish. We followed the sloping streets toward the broad arm of the Christina River and whatever lay beyond her.

There was no ice to speak of, no hurry. The only crowd was the bus-stop queue. There was a butter glow in the faces of old buildings, spots of sun on a tower, light in the broad windows of the public library. Accidental tourists with neither map nor plan, we circled and walked on.

There are countless ways to come to know a city. I prefer - a novelist's bad habit - to imagine my way in, collecting feelings ahead of facts. I talk to the people who will talk to me. I eavesdrop on the everyday. I pay attention to the places that I, in another lifetime, might decide to call my own.

In Wilmington, we discovered the exuberantly restored Grand (Opera House) scrubbed into a shine. We nodded to the Queen, now home of WXPN's World Cafe Live. We stopped inside the quiet parenthesis of Willington Square - a "representative" courtyard of mid-18th-century brick houses that had been uprooted and relocated to suggest the city's mercantile past. We headed toward the train station, the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, and (at last and again) the Christina herself and all that has been set down beside her. The Penn Cinema. The Chase Center. The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. The Delaware Theatre Company. Restaurants. A collection of painted birdhouses sits along the river walk - fanciful, inviting. The old stuff of the city's shipbuilding past has been restored. And in the Riverfront Market - a revitalized warehouse built of thick walls and massive timbers - the commerce of the day was getting done.

We had found, during our meanderings, a restaurant on Market Street called La Fia Bakery + Market + Bistro - tin ceilings, light wood, big windows, an easy, unpretentious storefront. We returned that night for a meal. Nothing was playing at either the Grand or the Queen, and so the waiter had time to answer questions. The poached salmon with the crème fraîche was a favorite, he said. The grilled octopus was very nice. The mural above the bar was painted by the owner/chef, whose name, it became clear, is Bryan Sikora, once of Philadelphia's own Django and a.kitchen. La Fia opened last year, we were told. People came from all across the country just to try the lamb.

We ate. We believed. We ordered dessert.

The next night we found Market Street crowded with cars and alive with artists and the people who support them, which is to say: We found the people of Wilmington. A high school talent show playing at the Queen. An exhibit of art by bird preservationists at the library. A concoction of artists - photographers, sculptors, painters - at the Delaware College of Art and Design. We wandered in, we wandered out. We listened in. In a city famous for setting so many free, we were not turned away. We were alerted, most of all, to the hospitality of the place as 40 minutes north the nights stayed dark and the air was cold, but help was finally on its way.


**Beth Kephart is the author, most recently, of "Nest. Flight. Sky.: On love and loss, one wing at a time" (Shebooks). She blogs daily at www.beth-kephart.blogspot.com.

 
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The Delaware History Museum is Forging Faith and Building Freedom

Posted By: Scott

Updated - Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 2:17 PM

Posted - Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 12:00 AM

Delaware History CenterThe Delaware Historical Society collaborated with the Delaware History Museum to pay tribute to African American history in the form of an ambitious exhibit entitled Forging Faith, Building Freedom. The widely acclaimed exhibition has been on display since September of 2013 and it will remain there until July 2014. For the bargain price of just $6, Greater Wilmington residents and visitors to the area can bear witness to this inspiring showcase of African American history which highlights faith, freedom, and educational endeavors.

This unique, interactive exhibit focuses heavily on scripture and culture and was designed to promote cultural awareness and spirituality. Participants can delve deep into the history of African American religions and learn about the ways that spiritual leaders impacted civil rights and equality across the nation, and particularly in the state of Delaware. Community leaders such as Peter Spencer, founder of the now 200 year old African Union Church will receive special recognition.

Peter SpencerWhile religious institutions are the main focus of the exhibit, other highlights include the examination of education and community developments that have risen up over the past century and a half and the ways these institutions have changed the American landscape. Anyone with an interest in cultural diversity and racial equality will find themselves captivated by this exhibit. It is both inspiring and informative; shedding a much deserved light on the historical contributions African Americans have made over the years.

The Delaware History Museum, a building which is rich in history itself, houses a wide assortment of nostalgic objects geared towards local and visiting history buffs. This institution has been publicly accessible for 150 years, largely due to the hard work and efforts of diligent staff members who strive to preserve accurate evidence of the nation's first official state. Heritage and cultivation are the heart of this museum, and the proof is in the objects on display.

Visitors can tour a wide range of exhibits Wednesday through Saturday, between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm, with group tours starting at just $2 per person. That $2 admission fee will buy you a front row seat to some of the finest collections Delaware has to offer. Making a day out of exploring this institution is convenient and affordable.

The Delaware History Museum gives back to the city of Wilmington in a wide variety of ways. This museum hosts several community outreach programs geared towards students and educators. They provide a platform for entrepreneurship and a showcase for local artisans. Unlike many state of the art museums who often utilize interns and volunteer workers, The Delaware History Museum is an equal opportunity employer with full and part time positions available to Wilmington residents.  Forging faith and building freedom is more than just an exhibit at this institution, it is also a way of life.

The Delaware History Museum is just one of many historical sites in the city of Wilmington, Delaware. For more information on other attractions please go to VisitWilmingtonDE.com and to learn more about life in Wilmington contact a Live, Work, Play ambassador.



Abut the Author: Cynthia Griffith got her start in the freelance world as a songwriter and has been juggling music, fashion and literature for almost a decade. In 2012, Cynthia published her debut novel, The Sun Village Project, which broke into the Amazon Top 100 at number 92 in April 2012. She is also the great, great, granddaughter of James Fennimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans and many other classic American tales. She hopes to follow in the family footsteps and looks forward to a life of writing and content creation. Read Cynthia's contributions to Live Work Play Wilmington and their Blog.


 
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Preview: 2014 Mid Atlantic Wine and Food Festival

Posted By: Scott

Updated - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 10:18 AM

Posted - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM


MidAtlantic Wine & Food FestivalThe Mid Atlantic Wine and Food Festival is coming back to Wilmington, Delaware for its third consecutive year. If you missed festivities in previous years, rest assured that you are truly in for a treat! Crafty chefs along with wine and beer connoisseurs from five different continents are scheduled to gather in Wilmington May 18 - 18, 2014, where their talents will be combined with that of local chefs for the ultimate food and wine tasting experience.

This international festival is comprised of over 40 events, some of which take place in historical sites that are usually off limits to the general public. A ticket to the wine and food festival is like a VIP pass that grants you access to some of the most exclusive venues Greater Wilmington has to offer. In addition to the wide variety of featured recipes, attendees will also be introduced to delightful entertainment in the Grand Opera House and World Café Live, and educational presentations via the Delaware Art Museum.

The Mid Atlantic Wine and Food Festival is a unique event that combines the love of food, the thirst for knowledge, and the passion for history, all while promoting cultural diversity and local charity. The event itself is charity driven, as it came into existence via a grant from the Longwood Foundation, a Delaware non profit organization that was introduced in 1937 and has generated more than two billion dollars worth of local funding. This particularly tasty festival is aimed at community bonding and supporting the arts. The ticket sales from 2013 have fueled this year's festival, which is anticipated to be bigger, better, and, if possible, even tastier.

MidAtlantic Wine & Food FestivalSince the festival features food from five different continents, ticket holders can expect an international smorgasbord of culturally diverse dishes, as well as exotic wines and craft beers. The posted menu features everything from hand rolled sushi to farm fresh entrees to full on three and four course meals. Many of these events feature interactive food experiences, where diners participate in every step of the food process and often engage in meet and greets with internationally acclaimed chefs. Many of these chefs have appeared on television shows such as Hell's Kitchen, while others are regional or even local favorites.

Anyone with a passion for the culinary arts is certain to enjoy this food fabulous festival. The event will begin on May 14th, in the heart of Wilmington's Live, Work, Play community.


Author Bio: Cynthia Griffith got her start in the freelance world as a songwriter and has been juggling music, fashion and literature for almost a decade. In 2012, Cynthia published her debut novel, The Sun Village Project, which broke into the Amazon Top 100 at number 92 in April 2012. She is also the great, great, granddaughter of James Fennimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans and many other classic American tales. She hopes to follow in the family footsteps and looks forward to a life of writing and content creation. Read Cynthia's contributions to Live Work Play Wilmington and their Blog.


 
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