Food and drink: Burger Battle nears sellout, Squisito opens in Christiana, Rosenfeld’s closes Wilmington location;

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The 9th  Delaware Burger Battle is nearly sold out.

The event returns on Aug. 27 to Rockford Park.

Before its Covid hiatus, the  2019 Battle broke attendance records and raised more than $14,000 for its beneficiaries.


“After experiencing our first ‘sold out’ Battle in 2019, the pandemic hiatus broke my heart, especially as our charitable purposes—alleviating food insecurity and supporting culinary careers—became ever more important,” said DBB founder JulieAnne Cross. “Based on the response so far to the 2022 Battle, I’m not the only one overjoyed by its return.”

The majority of burger entries are beef, but with a trophy reserved for “alternative” entries.

Confirmed restaurants include newcomers Cromwell’s American Tavern & Taqueria, DE Slider Co., Hamilton’s on Main, Makers Alley, Vita Nova (with multi-trophy winning Billy Rawstrom of Maiale Deli & Salumeria at the grill), and Zach’s Grille; returning trophy winners Chelsea Tavern and RedFire Grill & Steakhouse; and veterans Farmer & the Cow and Uncle John’s BBQ. The ten restaurants will serve up 13 different burgers.

Burger Battle attendees enjoy burger samples from all participating restaurants. Beer and wine are included in the ticket price for adults, while soft drinks are available for children and designated drivers.

Tickets are $54 (plus processing fees) through 6 p.m. Aug. 26 or until they sell out.  Any unsold tickets will be $65 at the door. Tickets for designated drivers and teens ages 13-20 are $32, and children ages 5-12 are $13. Children under five are free.

In 2022, all proceeds from this volunteer-run event will again benefit Food Bank of Delaware and the ProStart Program of the Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, with ten percent of the proceeds set aside for small food pantries statewide.

The Delaware ProStart Program is currently in place at 18 high schools and reaches more than 3,000 students.

Any restaurant interested in entering the Burger Battle Arena can contact JulieAnne Cross at

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Squisito opens at Christiana Fashion Center
Squisito Pizza & Pasta
opened at the Christiana Fashion Center in the former location of  Midici, a California-based pizza franchise chain location that closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The closest Medici is Providence, RI.

Squisito is more of a New York-style neighborhood establishment with a variety of pizza slices available along with a selection of Italian dishes, all at competitive price points.

Christiana will be the northern outpost for Squisito, a small chain with most of its restaurants in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Rosenfeld’s serves last pastrami sandwich at  Wilmington location.

Rosenfeld’s closed  its Washington Street location in Wilmington on Sunday.

A social media message indicated that the Jewish delicatessen found that the newly opened location on Marsh Road in north Wilmington was doing so well that the Wilmington location was not worth keeping.

The expansion of Rosenfeld’s, which got its start in Ocean City, MD, and expanded to the Lewes-Rehoboth area, came as part of a partnership  with the Big Fish Restaurant Group.

Big Fish owns the nearby Washington House and Mikimoto’s. on Washington Street near the ChristianaCare Wilmington medical campus.