Summer House

Beach’s iconic Summer House sold to Nalu’s owner

Pam George Culture, Headlines

  When Regan Derrickson was 21, he left work at the SandCastle Motel and crossed Rehoboth Avenue for his doorman shift at the Summer House, where he checked patrons’ identification. It was a fast-paced job. The restaurant, which had opened in 1977, was a happening nightspot after 9 p.m. The establishment personified the beach vibe, and it was the inspiration …

Falafel is having a moment in Delaware

Falafels seem to be having a moment in Delaware

Pam George Food, Headlines

  For me, it started with the 1995 film “Party Girl.” Parker Posey’s funky character, Mary, regularly visited the same food cart to request a falafel with hot sauce, a side order of baba ghanoush and a seltzer. I was fascinated, having never had a falafel. So, what was this dish that seemed so cosmopolitan? Why did street food sound …

Drift white dressed stones oysters

Catch the Drift: Beach restaurant relaxed, refined

Pam George Food, Headlines

    In the late 19th century, Methodists traveled to Rehoboth Beach to renew their spirit beside the sea. These “campers” stayed in rudimentary wood houses known as tents. However, they spent most of their time listening to the Rev. Robert W. Todd’s sermons in the tabernacle. Things have changed. Zealous foodies have replaced the faithful, and the modern getaway to …

Beergarden

11 Del. food, beverage festivals to ease into fall

Pam George Headlines, Culture

If you missed getting tickets to the Burger Battle on Aug. 27, you’re out of luck — they’re sold out. But plenty of events are coming up that focus on tasty fare. Saturday, Aug. 13 Constitution Yards Beer Fest 2022 Twelve breweries are visiting the Wilmington Riverfront venue to pour their wares and discuss the inspiration behind them. Buy a …

State Fair

Baking up a good time: State Fair’s culinary competitors

Pam George Culture, Headlines

The third time was a charm for baker Amy Watson Bish. At the 2022 Delaware State Fair in Harrington, which continues through July 30, she finally won a blue ribbon for her apple pie with a brown sugar crumb. “If you know me, you know I’ve been determined since the first year,” she told her Facebook friends, many of whom …

Bluecoast in Rehoboth

9 Delaware restaurants earn Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Pam George Culture, Food, Headlines

It’s not unusual for an Italian restaurant to offer Italian wines, but at Lupo Italian Kitchen in Rehoboth Beach, nearly all wine on the list comes from that country. (Two dessert wines are from Portugal.) The carefully cultivated list is one reason why Lupo Italian Kitchen is one of nine Delaware establishments receiving the Wine Spectator’s 2022 Award of Excellence, …

Italian-Indian fusion

Italian-Indian fusion to pop up at Kozy Korner July 23

Pam George Food, Headlines

  Fusion cuisine is nothing new, but Nick Vouras of Kozy Korner and Nick’s Pizza in Wilmington and “Chopped” alum Reuben Dhanawade are taking it to the next level. The friends will hold a “Pizza and Sandos” popup Saturday, July 23 featuring Vouras’ Detroit-style pizza (either red or white) and Dhanawade’s fried butter chicken “sando,” short for a sandwich. The cuisines will collide on the special …

Barbecue BBQ Bethany Blues

Summer & barbecue: Try these finger-lickin’ spots

Pam George Headlines, Food

  Recent culinary headlines in Delaware have titillated coastal diners’ taste buds. The team behind Bethany Blues plans to put a barbecue joint in the heart of Rehoboth Beach. Downtown Blues — a departure from the name of the Lewes and Bethany Beach locations — will move into the original Nicola Pizza site on North First Street. (Nicola is moving …

Delaware 'Chopped' finalist

Delaware’s ‘Chopped’ finalist says to stay tuned

Pam George Food, Headlines

  Delaware chef Reuben Dhanawade faced stiff competition on the Tuesday night finale of Food Network’s “Chopped: Desperately Seeking Sous Chef.” At stake: a sous chef position with judges Chris Santos, Maneet Chauhan or Scott Conant. “If you want to work for me, you’re going to have to stay composed, be creative and manage the clock,” Santos told the four contestants, …

Ciro restaurant's tasting menu

Ciro’s tasting menu highlights hidden jewel’s offering

Pam George Food, Headlines

In Delaware, status is bestowed to those with low-digit license plates, an address in the 19807 zip code and beachfront property. But in culinary circles, you can display your cultural or financial wealth by posting your tasting menu on Facebook. At Snuff Mill Restaurant, Butchery & Wine Bar, the “Off the Chain” six-course menu runs $200 per person sans wine. The …