Delaware Food Battles isholding the second annual Grilled Cheese Battle will be held in a new downtown Wilmington location: The Queen, 500 N. Market Street, on Weds., May 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The indoor competition challenges participants to battle for a single People’s Choice trophy, with the winner determined by guest votes. Fifteen chefs signed up.
Says founder JulieAnne Cross, “It entertains me how the simple combination of bread and cheese fires people up so passionately. There are purists who believe bread and cheese should be the only ingredients, and there are those who love fancy grilled cheese ingredients like bacon, other savories, and even fruit. I love to see how chefs interpret this classic item. It’s a guarantee that you’re going to get great food at this battle, but the question always is: how does a chef win a trophy with bread and cheese?”
Tickets, already on sale, entitle guests to a sample of each entry and two drink tickets for beer or wine, as well as entertainment. Pricing is $40 in advance, $50 at the door.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will support the Food Bank of Delaware, which provides nutritious foods to Delawareans in need and facilitates long-term solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty through community education and advocacy.
The 2018 battle featured 11 competitors, with food truck Mojo Loco taking home a trophy from their first-ever Delaware Food Battle entry. They will return to defend their title, along with Home Grown Café and Maiale Deli and Salumeria (both multiple trophy winners in the Delaware Burger Battle), Brandywine Prime, Brick Works Brewing and Eats, Chuck Lager – America’s Tavern, Delicious Craving, Drip Cafe, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Lefty’s Alley & Eats, Sonora at the David Finney Inn, Stitch House Brewery, Uncle John’s BBQ and WildWich. Beneficiary Food Bank of Delaware will also serve samples prepared by their Culinary School students.