Sampling the best

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Good afternoon everyone,

Last night, we took a couple of hours off from putting together this newsletter to catch the Best of Delaware party at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

The Delaware Today magazine event, touted as the best party in Delaware, lives up to its billing after all these years.

It doesn’t hurt that you have some of the best locally owned dining spots in Delaware offering samples of their top offerings, along with samples of various beverages.

Getting a chance to listen to Jellyroll – the Philadelphia-area horn band and a perennial favorite for large weddings– was worth the price of admission at the event that benefits charities in the state.

Then you have the food and drink.

There was everything from the Hotel duPont’s macaroons to another long-time award winner, the crab cakes at the Courtyard by Marriott University of Delaware.

In addition to the Courtyard, the Christiana Hilton and The Reef also had their versions of the coastal mainstay. All three restaurants were at the top of their game. In our opinion, the Courtyard edged out the other two offerings, thanks in part to the Remoulade sauce that added a touch of New Orleans.

(Full disclosure: The Courtyard is a long-time supporter of Delaware Business Now).

A few offerings we came across (my apologies for not sampling more ) came from the beef at Limestone Barbecue and Bourbon, Iron Hill’s pork sandwich, a sampling of beeffrom Harry’s Savoy Grill, and sushi from Mikimoto’s, and a deconstructed roll with Asian touch from Smyrna’s Brick House brewpub.

Samples of wine and otheradult beverages were plentiful.Distributors were pushingalcoholic seltzers, a beverage that makes no sense to anyone other than an individual who likes fizzy water. Many attendees opted for a bigger sample of Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s Stella Artois, complete with a nice glass. Also popular were more exotic vodkas.

The crowd was large, but with all of the food and drink options,lines rare. It was a great night, with the only downside being that this event reminds of that summer is beginning to slip away.

Enjoy what is shaping up to be a nice weekend. We’ll be back on Monday.

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