Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch returns April 30 to DuPont Country Club

Meals on Wheels Delaware’s annual Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch returns on April 30 to the DuPont Country Club in Rockland.

The event is now in its 26th year. Guests pay one fee and visit tables overflowing with cocktails, wine and small plates of food made by local and visiting chefs.

In this 2017 photo, Chef Patrick Bradley of Tonic Bar and Grill prepares his dish, lobster crepe topped with lobster mascarpone and served with a ginger carrot salad and english pea emulsion, at the 20th Annual Celebrity Chefs Brunch held at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington

The brunch has long been a lavish, elbow-to-elbow tasting event although it was downsized during the pandemic.

This year, more than 700 guests are expected to sample food and cocktails from 25 chefs from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Frequent attendees over the years look forward to returning visiting chefs such as Don Drake from Charleston, South Carolina, who is well-known for his shrimp and grits.

In this 2015 photo, Bubba Jones plates up some shrimp and grits for Taylor Rosenblit at the Celebrity Chefs' Brunch in the Hercules Plaza in Wilmington. The brunch is now held at the DuPont Country Club. It will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30.

Other returning chefs include Bruce Moffett and Larry Schreiber, both of Charlotte, North Carolina; Alex Seidel of Denver; Jose Salazar of Cincinnati; Casey Vires of St. Louis; Ontario’s Michael Blackie; Deb Paquette of Nashville, Tennessee; and Denver’s Paul Reilly. Newcomers include chefs Jacob Barrios and Brent Weathers, both of Texas; and Loryn Nalic of Missouri.

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Participating Delaware chefs include Tyler Akin, Patrick Bradley, Dan Butler, Hari Cameron, Mark Daggett, Antimo DiMeo, Dana Herbert, Ken Hodanics, Victoria Jeker, Robbie Jester, Robert Lhulier and Dru Tevis.

“We are always grateful for the enthusiasm from the chefs who share their talents for a good cause,” said Regina Dodds, director of events for Meals on Wheels Delaware.

Hundreds of guests packed the DuPont Country Club for the 20th Annual Celebrity Chefs' Brunch in 2016.

Tickets range from $75 to $175 and can be purchased at mealsonwheelsde.org/event/celebrity-chefs-brunch-2023.

Live entertainment will be provided by Bare Soul and the Philip Berger Jazz Trio.

Proceeds will support Meals on Wheels Delaware, which raises funds to support five meal programs statewide that allow seniors to remain independent in their homes while maintaining a healthy diet.

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