We were told it was a multi course "Iron Chef Challenge" style dinner. It was anything but. We arrived at Manna and sat in our assigned seats amidst an array of production cameras, sound guys and monitors. (more on that later) Soon after the meal began we realized that the chefs in the competition were cooking BUT ONLY FOR THE JUDGES. The meals they prepared were not for us but for three local idiots(judges), one even being dressed as a wizard with a ventriloquist doll. We were given a first course of old lettuce with no dressing and a small slice of fruit about half a bite size. Then as we watched the amazing dishes being prepared by the chefs for the judges we were then given a completely different dish, a single medium size shrimp over a small grit cake with some shavings of pork. More like a few bacon bits. The TV crew the whole time trying to engage us with a badly synced microphone & ventriloquist doll which nobody could make out what they were saying. Quite honestly we didn't really care at that moment. So, the second so called course arrives its another single shrimp over a teaspoon of greens(actually the greens were great but only enough for one bite) with a brown sauce and a chunk of BBQ pork. Chunk in this case equals about the size of a ping-pong ball. At this point the chefs are continuing to throw out amazing looking dishes to the judges while we are taunted by the images of nicely sized portions on the TV monitors while having only our Charles Dickens size portions of quickly prepared banquet food to nibble and savor. Dessert was slightly better meaning that mass wise it equaled all the others dishes combined.
This was a complete scam by Billy and the folks at Manna. They had the balls to charge 50 or 60 bucks a head plus drinks plus tip! All so they could have a marketing tool and some guy can have a pilot TV show to try and sell. We were taken advantage of and used. As a customer of Manna in the past I have always enjoyed their food but this was such a ripoff, $175 for food and drinks for two is absurd. There are plenty of places to eat in Wilmington and Manna is off my list as it should be yours. The chefs from the other restaurants created some fine meals that we only wish we could have tasted. My business will be going to these places rather than to the ripoff artist Bill and Manna. The other chefs were not involved in this scheme and turned out some fine dishes. Please go see them at their locations: Catch 22, Yosake, 1900 all are great places to eat and they would never pull a stunt like this. Manna=FAIL