Food & Drink – Wine dinner at Newark Courtyard, Pond closing, Oktoberfest options, DE Slider pop-up


You still have a day or so to visit Delaware Saengerbund and Library Association’s Oktoberfest at its grounds on Salem Church Road south of Newark. Beer, Brats, and other German offerings are available. The Saengerbund is a German singing and social society that dates back to 1850s Wilmington and the German migration to Delaware.

Also, Iron Hill, the brewery-restaurant group that got its start in Newark a quarter century ago, is continuing its tradition of offering an Oktoberfest menu from Sept. 22 until Oct. 9 at its 20 restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Offerings will include three different types of schnitzels, German meatloaf, and a meat plate.

Sorry, there’s no bratwurstst on the menu. You can get a reasonably authentic brat year-round at the German-owned Aldi or Lidl markets in Delaware. Schnitzels and strudels sometimes show up around the holidays at the two chains.

Iron Hill has three locations in Delaware and recently announced plans for a new restaurant-brewery in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.


The company is now based in Exton, PA.

You can also check out a round-up of Oktoberfest brews and events from the state Division of Tourism. Many, if not most, of the state’s more than two dozen breweries will have Oktoberfest brews and, in some cases, food.

Courtyard wine dinner

The Courtyard by Marriott Newark-University of Delaware will hold a wine dinner with an Italian touch on Sept. 20.

The hotel is located off New London Road on the north edge of the University of Delaware campus.The cost is $85, plus a $20 gratuity. See the flyer at left for the menu and reservation number.

The Courtyard operates a Bistro restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner.

A new addition is a Starbucks coffee machine that offers the company’s coffee around the clock with payment via credit card.

The Bistro will still serve Starbucks coffee at meals.

Rehoboth’s Pond closes

Sad news out of Rehoboth Beach. The Pond has closed after four decades. The announcement was made via social media.

The restaurant was known as a locals hangout in the touristy beach town and was also a venue for live music.

The Pond moved out of downtown Rehoboth a couple of years ago to a location on Coastal Highway that formerly housed a chain restaurant. No reason was given for the closing.

DE Slider returns to UD

DE Slider Co. will return for the start of the fall 2023 semester at the University of Delaware.

Located in Wilmington, Slider Co offers 15 different sliders.

DE Sliders is part of a pop-up restaurant program at the Perkins dining hall on the Newark campus.

DE Sliders will be in Perkins Food Court from through Oct. 20. Further information on their Wilmington restaurant is available on their website.