Playing with Your Food


Eating out should be an experience, so why not have some fun while sipping or eating. Here are some of the establishments around Wilmington that offer some extra add-ons for diners looking for a little something extra to do.

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FRONT STREET BREWERY (9 N. Front St., 251-1935) Free brewery tour and samples, 3-5 p.m.


THE FORTUNATE GLASS (29 S. Front St., 399-4292) Free wine tastings 6-8 p.m.

MANNA (123 Princess St., 763-5252) Speakeasy Tuesdays, serving specialty pre/post Prohibition cocktails and 1920s and ‘40s music.


COPPER PENNY (109 Chestnut St., 762-1373) Pub Trivia at 8 p.m. Prizes for teams who know the most answers on questions ranging from current events to sports and movies.

WILD WING CAFE (1331 Military Cutoff Road, 256-3838) Karaoke nights on Wednesdays; trivia night on Thursdays.

SWEET & SAVORY (1611 Pavilion Place, 256-0115): Music with Benny Hill on Wednesdays and Fried Lot on Thursdays.

EL CERRO GRANDE (341 South College Road, 793-0035): Margaritas and Karaoke, Wednesday nights.


NONI BACCA (420 Eastwood Road, 397-7617) Music and wine, reduced prices on  wine, starts at 7 p.m.

THE WINE SAMPLER (4107 Oleander Drive, 796-9463) Wine tastings, Thursdays 3-8 p.m., Fridays 3-9 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

PROJEKTE GALLERY & LOUNGE (523 S. 3rd St., 508-8982): Free wine tastings, 7-10 p.m.

EAST OCEANFRONT DINING (275 Waynick Blvd.,256-2251): Manager’s Reception, which includes a cruise on the sound, drinks and appetizers on Thursdays 5:30-7 p.m. Chef’s tasting table on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.


TASTE THE OLIVE (1125 Military Cutoff Road, 256-6457) Free wine tastings Fridays 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays noon-5 p.m.

WILMINGTON WINE (605 Castle St., 202-4749) Free Friday wine tastings 5-8 p.m.

TED’S FUN ON THE RIVER (2 Castle St., 231-3379) Free live acoustic music every Friday and Saturday, 7-9 p.m.


THEATRENOW (19 South 10th St., 399-3669) Saturday Night Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. 6:30 p.m. Murder at the Bellamy Mansion runs through November. Tickets are $38 for adults and $32 for children. The two-hour show and dinner includes a three-course menu.

WILMINGTON HOMEBREW SUPPLY (4405 Wrightsville Ave., 392-3315) Free brewing demonstrations, 1:30 p.m.

TEMPTATIONS EVERYDAY GOURMET (8207 Market St., 686-9343) Free wine tastings noon-4 p.m.

CAPE FEAR RIVERBOATS (Corner of South Water and Dock streets, 343-1611) Dinner dance cruises on the Henrietta III 6:30-9:30 p.m. through December, with boarding a half hour before. Tickets are $49.50 for adults and $35 for children.


THEATRENOW (19 South 10th St., 399-3669) Sunday Jazz Gospel Brunch. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children. Southern brunch buffet is accompanied by Marc Sielgel and Friends.

LULA’S A PUB (138 S. Front St., 523-5450) Pub trivia at 8 p.m.


TASTE THE OLIVE (1125 Military Cutoff Road, 256-6457) Free olive oil classes. Reservations required for limited seating. For info, go to

CULINARY ADVENTURES WITH LIZ BIRO (downtown Wilmington, 545-8055) Walking tours of several different restaurants downtown, along with a tasting at each, a chance to meet the chefs and a cooking lesson. For info, go to

TASTING HISTORY (Carolina Beach, 622-6046) Walking history tours of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher, stopping at five restaurants for a tasting along the way. For info, go to

SEASONED GOURMET (1930 Eastwood Road, Suite 105, 256-9488) Ongoing schedule of cooking classes with topics and tastings such as seasonal cooking, rustic breads and wine pairing lessons. For info, go to