At ShoreBread, we never pass up a chance to enjoy a street fair or food festival, which is why our interests were piqued when we caught wind of Touch of Italy’s Carnevale event. Set for Tuesday, March 8, attendees will enjoy an Italian street fair at Touch of Italy Rehoboth, complete with all-you-can-eat Italian specialties and top-of-the-line wines. Entertainment, food, auctions, beer, wine, prizes…you can see where our excitement stemmed from.


Tuesday, March 8 at 6pm


Touch of Italy Rehoboth

19724 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971


Purchase Tickets ($150 per ticket)

What to Expect:

Food! Beer! Wine! Entertainment! The evening is chocked full of festive fun as the restaurant transforms itself into an Italian street fair. We’ll start with the wine…ticket-holders will sample wines both locally and from around the world, including wines from Abruzzo, Paglia, Veneto, Campania and Piemonte. For the craft beer connoisseur, don’t worry, you’ll be enjoying Dogfish Head brews all night long! There’s also nitro-coffee from The Point Coffee House, which will pair perfectly with some of Touch of Italy’s heavenly desserts and cookies. Expect a wide range of Italian cuisine (did we mention it was all-you-can-eat!) along with the Rehoboth Foodie’s famous fried chicken. If you haven’t had the pleasure of digging into the Rehoboth Foodie’s homemade fried chicken yet, you’re in a for a sinfully delicious treat.

Once you’ve appropriately stuffed yourself, grab a glass of wine and enjoy the auctions and entertainment. Auction items include everything from a wheelbarrow full of Dogfish Head beer to a wine basket valued at over $4,000 to a progressive dinner with private limo service to three SoDel Concept restaurants. As if those prizes couldn’t be topped, there’s also the Grand Prize (drum roll please)…an all expenses paid trip for two to Italy! Details below…

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

So about that trip for two to Italy…Raffle tickets are on sale both at the event and online but only 250 will be sold. The drawing will be held on April 30, live on the air, during Sip & Bite with the Rehoboth Foodie on Delaware 105.9. The lucky winner will receive an all expenses paid (valuing at $8,000) 7-night trip for two to Florence, Italy. The trip will focus on Florence and Tuscany, but there will also be plenty of time for exploring the Italian countryside on your own. The trip will also include breakfast everyday at your hotel, along with $1,000 for you to spend on meals and shopping. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at the Carnevale event March 8th OR by clicking here.


So all of this terrific food and fabulous prizes aren’t entirely just for fun (although plenty of fun will be had); proceeds from the raffle ticket sales and from the entire event will benefit the Touch of Italy/ Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition assistance for Sussex County high schoolers who further their education at accredited culinary schools. Your donations could help foster a future Sussex County chef! What’s more, if you can’t make it to the event, there are still plenty of opportunities to contribute to the scholarship fund. Start by clicking here.

“The Carnevale fundraiser is Touch of Italy and’s attempt to keep our fledgling chefs, line cooks, restaurant owners and managers right here in Sussex County. Our local restaurants give so much to our local charities, and we feel that it’s time to give something back to them,” said organizer Bob Yesbek, adding that area chefs and restaurant owners agree that skilled help in professional kitchens is getting harder to find. “The Delaware Restaurant Association offers the well-regarded ProStart program; a nationwide, two-year industry-written culinary/management curriculum for high school students. To that end, Touch of Italy restaurants and have formed the 501(c)(3) Culinary Scholarship Fund to provide tuition assistance to Sussex County students who successfully complete the classroom/practical levels of ProStart,” said Yesbek.


For more on the event, the raffle tickets, or the scholarship fund, contact