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Celebrity Chefs Visit Wilmington For Dinner Series Benefiting The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC)

Updated November 10, 2021
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The Buccini/Pollin Group, Chef Tyler Akin, Mayor Mike Purzycki and Delaware’s independent restaurants join the Independent Restaurant Coalition to announce IRC x Wilmington. IRAC x Wilmington is a series of mission-driven dinners and experiences to benefit neighborhood restaurants and bars across the country. 

IRC x Wilmington, DE

IRC x Wilmington will occur December through March, and there will be celebrity guest chefs cooking in partnership with some of Wilmington’s most esteemed restaurants. The first event is with Ashley Christensen, owner of AC Restaurants, author and “Outstanding Chef” JBFA winner, with Culinary Director Jim Burke of Philadelphia’s acclaimed Wm. Mulherin’s & Sons and the Method Co. boutique hotel project. The event will be hosted at Le Cavalier on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 6:30PM. 

This dinner series is curated by Tyler Akin, Wilmington native chef-partner of Le Cavalier at the Hotel Du Pont and member of IRC’s board of directors.

The IRC was created in March 2020 to save independent restaurants and bars as well as the jobs within the industry affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. IRC x Wilmington has played a big part in the mission of supporting independent restaurants nationwide. 

The line-up of visiting chefs includes:

Local chef talent featured includes:

There will be a series of ticketed multi-course dinners around Wilmington co-hosted by BPG and IRC Board Member Tyler Akin. The schedule for these events is listed below.

  • December 9, 6:30PM — Ashley Christensen in partnership with Culinary Director Jim Burke of the forthcoming Method Co. boutique hotel project hosted at Le Cavalier (42 W. 11th Street, Wilmington)
  • January 20, 6:30PM — Jennifer Carroll and Tom Colicchio in partnership with Tyler Akin of Le Cavalier hosted at Le Cavalier (42 W. 11th Street, Wilmington)
  • January 30, 12PM — Niki Russ Federman in partnership with Dan Sheridan of Stitch House Brewery hosted at Le Cavalier (42 W. 11th Street, Wilmington)
  • February 17, 6:30PM — Andrew Zimmern in partnership with Antimo DiMeo of Bardea hosted at Bardea (620 N. Market Street, Wilmington)
  • March 10, 6:30PM — Gregory Gourdet in partnership with Chef Bryan Sikora of La Fia hosted at La Fia (421 N. Market Street, Wilmington)

Tickets for the events are available and can be purchased here.

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