You may have heard that April Fools’ Day is partnering with the egg-laying bunny this year. Go figure.
So, if you find a plastic egg in the seat of your car on the big day, think twice about opening it. And, if you fell for this headline, well….
Seriously though, when you saw it, don’t tell us you didn’t feel like throwing a small party for yourself. Holidays can make you need a drink just thinking about them, especially if dinner’s at your house this year.
Cancel the Cooking
You’re normal if the thought of ten or more family members, neighbors, and Easter egg colored children hovering around the kitchen drooling makes you want to run as far away from home as possible. We get it. That’s why we have restaurants.
If home is where your Easter-loving heart is, we get that too. That’s where catering companies and bakeries come in.
Easter Feast Elsewhere
To the Beach
To start exploring options for the former, think all-day Easter Buffet and kids running around an ocean front garden while you graze along the dessert table, sip on mimosas, and don’t lift a finger. That’s how the Blockade Runner rolls. Not to mention, BR is where the fuzzy-tailed bunny himself plans to land on the big day. Jessica Cabo, executive chef and Hell’s Kitchen star, has a few surprises up her sleeve, and the hotel’s massive garden will be lit with spring color. Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1:45pm.
Off-island, Boca Bay and Sweet and Savory will send you and yours to Easter dinner cloud nine without sending you far from the beach. Sweet and Savory will also bring it to you if you decide to go the catering route.
All three are in pretty high demand, so getting on the list soon is recommended.
Thinking Easter brunch? Downtown has more than a few good eggs.
If you haven’t been to Dram + Morsel, one of Wilmington’s newest brunch spots, Easter Sunday would be a great first, especially if you’re bringing a crowd. The atmosphere there is both hip and homey, with a rustic elegance, cozy couches and lots of space. Be sure to reserve soon though, this trendy spot has a following. Brunch is from 10am to 3pm.
A few blocks down Front in the Cotton Exchange, is The Basics, serving brunch that’s anything but basic. A long-standing brunch spot, they’ve got a fun, eclectic thing going on and a bright, urban energy that elevates any mood. It’s an intimate spot, better-suited for smaller gatherings. The word on brunch at The Basics has been out a while, so get reservations in asap.
Is your crowd the buffet-type? Hit Innovations, at The Hilton Wilmington Riverside (soon to be the Hotel Ballast Wilmington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton). You can’t lose. They take the standard breakfast/brunch buffet up about a thousand notches. Brunch will be served from 11:30am to 3:30pm.
Attached to the idea of a backyard egg hunt, and sitting around the dining room table in the comfort of your own home?
You know you can get that feast delivered, right?
Middle of the Island Catering Company has been in Wilmington for nearly 60 years, and has seafood and southern style down. Bon Appetite and A Thyme Savor are other popular options for party and holiday dinner orders.
Go ahead and put away the measuring cups too. Nothing Bundt Cakes is kind of the master of the holiday dessert table. With NBT cakes and bundtlets no additional table decor is required. Seriously. A quick tip, though: Wait to break out the bundtlets until after the hunt, or you’ll be finding plastic eggs for months.
For pastries, pies, and other sweets, call Sweet & Savory to get your order in. Name the dessert, they’ve perfected it.