Celebrity Chef Brunch 2014 – Meals on Wheels Delaware
I am angry. I am furious. I am embarrassed. I am also disappointed. Last but not least, I am STUFFED. I do not know why it took me over sixteen years to find out about the Meals on Wheels Delaware – Masters Weekend – that culminated with their Seventeenth Annual Celebrity Chef Brunch, but I am certainly looking forward to this event every year now. An organization that served meals to over four thousand homebound seniors last year you would think would be too busy to plan such a grand weekend, but a grand weekend and Celebrity Chef Brunch to end it all they did, and did it all with style and gusto. The food and beverages overtook two full stories of the Hercules Plaza in Downtown Wilmington, Delaware. The silent auction featured everything, shore getaways, autographed items, high-end wine chillers and service ware, and even a VIP package in Los Angeles with tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres Show. If you could not find something you liked to eat or to bid on at the auction, you must have no taste buds in your mouth or you need to seek psychiatric help immediately. The amazing aroma of everything being cooked smacked you right in the face as soon as you stepped through the revolving door entrance and permeated for the rest of the day. From Rendezvous Café out of Denver, Colorado – Chef Kurt Boucher’s Duck Confit Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Rhubarb Maple Syrup being the first station I visited all the way through to NEXT from Kanato, Ontario – Chef Michael Blackie’s Bourbon and Brown Sugar Braised Beef Short Rib – Applewood Cheddar Scone – Kozlik’s Triple Crunch Hollandaise being the final station on my journey, I could not have had a better time with better company than with my other Philanthropic Foodies attending. If you were you there, you know what a great time this was, for those of you who were not, MARK YOUR CALENDARS, it is only a year away until they do this all again, and I cannot wait.
Other highlights would be:
Sodexo: Seared Barnegat Light Scallop, Creamy Grits, Crispy Pork Belly with Maple Glaze
Vesta Dipping Grill – Denver, Colorado – Chef Brandon Foster – Spiced Ham, Duck Salad, Rye and Gruyere Croutons with Sweet and Spicy Mustard
Grand Tour – Chicago, Illinois – Chef Roger Herring – Duck Biscuits and Gravy
Terranea Resort – Ranchos Palos, California – Chef Pierino Jermonti – Raspberry Vanilla Cake Souffle
Perspectives Restaurant at Brookstreet Hotel – Ottawa, Ontario – Chef Clifford Lyness – Honey Heat Pork Sirlion, Maple Baked Beans and Belly, Pickled Mustard Seed, 64 Degree Yolk
Salty Sow – Austin, Texas – Chef Harold Marmulstein – Molasses Cured Bacon
Bar Eolo Pastai – New York, New York – Chef Melissa Muller Daka – Cannoli Crisps with Whipped Ricotta Cream, Candied Fruit and Pistachio Couscous
Wali Nikiti – Tortola, British Virgin Islands – Chef Davide Pugliese – Trippa alla Fiorentina
Waterbar and EPIC Roasthouse – San Francisco, California – Chef Parke Ulrich- Scrapple with Salmon Pastrami, Calvados and Apples
Sadly, I forget to write down who served it, but also had Beef Tongue Hash. Sorry to whoever made that dish and I apologize profusely for not giving you your due respect and credit. *****
( I was contacted by the Chef Brandt Evans – thank you – after article was posted, so let me give him his proper listing as well below )
Pura Vida – Cleveland, Ohia – Chef Brandt Evans – Beef Tongue Hash
Photos of some of the dishes are below. More info on Meals on Wheels Delaware and how you can contribute or volunteer CLICK HERE and I hope to see you all next year at this great event and cause.