Great events are happening in and around Wilmington. Children and adults alike can celebrate the new year by attending any of these great events.
Saturday, December 31 – 11am to 1 pm at the Brandywine Zoo. Join the countdown starting at Noon and celebrating the coming of 2012. Registrations is closed, but will take walk ins. Cost is $3 per person and $2 for zoo members. The zoo is located at 1001 North Park Drive Brandywine Park Wilmington, Delaware. For more information call 302/571-7747
A New Year’s Eve Party with hot/cold hors d’euvres, full dinner buffet and an open bar begins at 8pm. DJ music, 50/50 raffle help to bring the celebration to the Elsmere Fire Company. The fire company is located at 1107 New Road, Elsmere, DE. Price is $40-$75 and reservations are suggested. For information call 302/633-1746.
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra will entertain on New Year’s Eve with a blend of Hollywood and old Vienna. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand, conductor David Amado leads the orchestra in music from Max Steiner’s “Gone with the Wind,” Maurice Jarre’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and John Williams’ “Suite from Jaws” and “Raiders March” along with other compositions. Afterwards there is a program of Viennese waltzes and polkas. The festivities continue at the Delaware Art Museum with food, music, champagne and more. Tickets for the music part of the evening are $55 to $75. For more information call 652-5577 or visit www.ticketsatthegrand.org.
Private parties bring magic to the celebration. Many families throughout Wilmington are planning menus for an appetizers and desserts. Menus might include Crab wontons, brie cheese platters and chocolate tarts.
1 package cream cheese, softened
1 envelope buttermilk ranch dressing
3 tbsp. diced celery
3 tbsp. diced red pepper
1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
1 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1 minced garlic clove
2 cans crab meat, drained
60 to 70 wonton wrappers
Oil for frying
Sweet and sour sauce
In a small mixing bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Stir in crab. Place 1 tsp. crab mixture off center of each wonton wrapper. Fold the point of the wrapper nearest the filling over the top of the filling and gently tuck under filling. Gently roll toward center to within 1 in. from the opposite point. Moisten the right point. Fold over the left point, pressing ends together to seal. Moisten the overlapping points.
In a skillet, heat 1 in of oil to 375 degrees. Fry wontons in batches for about 2 minutes on each side. They should have a golden brown look. Drain on paper towels. Serve with a warm weet and sour sauce of your choice. Yields about 5 dozen pieces.