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7, riD'r, EFTEMER 0- MONDAY, EPTEMBER 9, ZO13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette Derek Bowley, left, and Tim Prestridge of Washington, D.C. are joined by New York City resident Marty Johnson at Taste of Rehoboth. MOLLY MACMILLAN PHOTOS JOSEPH GONZALES AND NICOLE KROM traveled from Philadelphia to volunteer at Taste of Rehoboth, serving masa cakes for Hobos Taste of Rehoboth deemed a success Event sells out, raises funds for Food Bank By Molly MacMillan When a handful of inspired chefs and an off-centered .beer Brewer got together in July and agreed to host a food, wine and beer festival for the Food Bank of Delaware the following month, it may have been divine inter- vention or the delirium of heat exhaustion that led them to be- lieve it was possible Fortunately, with the aid of participating chefs and bartend- ers, retailers, distributors, local farmers, a willing public and more than 60 volunteers, the ent surpassed expectations. "We decided to do this at the height of our season," Re- [!oboth Inspired Chefs Initiative President lay Caputo said. "The people you see here are the peo- ple who shape the food of the town and the culture of our town in chef-driven restaurants." Regardless of the already- ticking clock and seemingly off-the-cuff inception, most of the more than 500 who attend- ed agreed the last-minute plan succeeded in showcasing gas- tronomical talents of the area and raising money for a worthy ause. Annapolis resident Matt ]a- cobs said he was pleased with the authenticity and preparation of the food offered at Taste of Rehoboth. "These gUys are really cooking from the het," ]acobs said, Caputo revealed this event is a starting point for future festivals RICI hopes to host. "What we want to do is grow this event to become a downtown food, wine and beer festwal, Ca- puto said. "in addition to ticket prices and money spent for items in the live land silent auction, every penn you donate helps someone get food in Delaware." For this dvent, unique tastes such as seared scallops and sweet corn maque choux with peaches from the Blue Moon and chicken masa cakes from Hobos were paired with original libations like white peach and mint martinis , also from Hobos, and prickly pear margaritas from Cabo to wash down the creative cuisine. : In additi6n to more than 15 different restaurants and eater, ies, the event also featured face painting, a silent and live auction, and live musical entertainment from Paul Cllen, Chapel Street ]unction and The Dug. Chef Hri Gameron of a(MUSE,) organized much of the entertainment and said despite the time crunch, he was happy to help out. i "This has ibeen a wonderful I success from all of our sponsors and volunteers," Cameron said. "In the.middle of our season it was a sheer joy to put on.and fill the convention center to capac- ity." Drawing guests from nearby metropolitan areas like New York City and Washington, D.C.; and across the state, those who attended were typically happy to eat, drink and be merry for a good cause. Dee Rivard of Harrington said she was happy to leave work early and head south for a finger- licking gogd time in support of the food bank, a cause close to her heart. "We came especially for this to help out the food bank," Ri- vard said. "I've tried a lot of things. I even tried chicken liver mousse surrounding chocolate and wrapped in peppercorns. It didn't taste like chicken liver at allI" Despite all the fanfare, baccha- nalia and celebration of the first Taste of Rehoboth, the festival started off on a somber note, ob- serving a moment of silence for Chef Leo Medisch, co-owner of the Back Porch Cafe, who passed Aug. 21. "We lost one of our own," said Danielle Panarello, board member of RICI and pastry chef at Eden. "We wanted to take a moment to honor him." According to members of RICI,preliminary numbers show Taste of Rehoboth raised more than $20,000 for the Food Bank of Delaware, in addition to the nonperishables collected on-site. "There has been an amazing response," Panarello said, as the first large container of nonper- ishables was rolled out for the Food Bank of Delaware before even an hour of the event had passed. "This event has risen above our expectations." Karen Rhodes, left, jumps in a picture with Dogfish Head Brewery owner and Taste of Rehoboth cosponsor Sam Calagione, joined by her friend and fellow Lewes resident Lola Achtermann. Annapo s resident Matt Jacobs fills his plate with freshly shucked oysters from Henlopen City Oyster House. Rehoboth Inspired Chefs Initiative President Jay Caputo gives opening re- marks at the first Taste of Rehoboth festival.