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7@ FRIDAY~ 5EFTEMI~ER O - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 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. JOSEPH GONZALES AND NICOLE cakes for Hobos MOLLY MACMILLAN PHOTOS KROM traveled from Philadelphia to volunteer at Taste of Rehoboth, serving masa Event sells out, raises funds for Food Bank By Molly MacMillan When a handful of inspired chefs and an off-centered .beer l rewer got together in ]uly 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- 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 heart," ]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 tobecome a downtown food, wine and beer festival," 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 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 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 such as seared scallops and Taste of Rehoboth, the festival lieve it was possible, sweet corn!maque choux with started off on a somber note, ob- Fortunately, with the aid of . peaches from the Blue Moon serving a moment of silence for participating chefs and bartend- and chicken masa cakes from Chef Leo Medisch, co-owner of ers, retailers, distributors, local Hobos werepaired with original the Back Porch Cafe, who passed farmers, a willing public and libations like white peach and Aug. 21. more than 60 volunteers, the . L "We ev,ent surpassed expectations, rmnt martlms, also from Hobos,lost one of our own," and prickly pear margaritas from said Danielle Panarello, board We decided to do this at Cabo to wash down the creative member of RICI and pastry chef 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- cuisine. In additi6n to more than 15 different restaurants and eater, ies, the eve. t also featured face painting, a silent and live auction, and live musical entertainment from Paul Cullen, Chapel Street lunction and The Dug. Chef H ri 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 success from all of our sponsors and volunteers," Cameron said. "In the.middle of our season it 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 Taste of Rehoboth cosponsor Sam Calagione, Lewes resident Lola Achtermann. Annapolis resident Matt Jacobs fills his plate from Henlopen City Oyster House. Rehoboth Inspired Chefs Initiative President Jay marks at the first Taste of Rehoboth festival, Head Brewery owner and joined by her friend and fellow with freshly shucked oysters Caputo gives opening re-