Souither Delaware Tourism Award

Jolly Trolley, Margarita Crawl among winners of tourism awards

Pam GeorgeBusiness, Headlines

Tourism is big business in Sussex County, Delaware, and the proof is in the numbers, according to Matt Parker, chair of Southern Delaware Tourism and a financial planner. In fiscal year 2023, Sussex County generated $2.7 billion in visitor spending, he noted at the Annual Tourism Awards Luncheon, held Wednesday at Lighthouse Cove Event Center in Dewey Beach. “This is real money and …

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

Iron Hill’s new menu: Regional favorites and lots of shrimp

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

In the early 1990s, brewpubs were an anomaly in Delaware—hard as that is to believe.  Then Stewart’s Brewing Co. in Bear, Dogfish Head Brewery & Eats in Rehoboth Beach and Brandywine Brewing Co. in Greenville quickly opened. (The latter has since closed.) Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant was the tortoise in the local race, owing to the lack of available space. …

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Fall benefits: Some restaurants lower prices after Labor Day

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

People have a tenancy to rush into fall, and when it comes to food, that’s not a bad thing, particularly if you like pumpkin, squashes, apples and heartier fare. Restaurants are revising menus, coastal eateries are reinstating specials, and special events are kicking into high gear throughout the state. The second season Coastal locals rejoice once Labor Day rolls around. …

Dru Tevis

Rehoboth’s Dru Tevis wins Food Network’s baking title

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

Ultimately, it was the choice between a mountain in Switzerland or a hammock in the Caribbean. The countries were cake themes in the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” finale on Monday, Dec. 19. The ombre blue mountain cake belonged to Dru Tevis, director of the pastry program for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware-based SoDel Concepts, who had consistently wowed the judges during the eight-week program. …

Dru Tevis Holiday Baking Championship

Will Delaware pastry chef Dru Tevis take $25,000 prize?

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

When we last left Delaware’s “Dru-nicorn,” he made it through the second episode of “Holiday Banking Championship” on the Food Network. But could Dru Tevis survive another round? First State residents, friends, family and his SoDel Concepts colleagues tuned in last night to watch. Indeed, many gathered at Thompson Island Brewing Co. in Rehoboth to watch alongside the pastry chef — and taste the …

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Delaware pastry chef competes tonight on Food Network

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

Dru Tevis is typically a man with a plan. “When I was in school, I handed in term papers early,” explained the Rehoboth Beach resident. “I studied for all my tests — nothing was ever done at the last minute.” But cooking show contestants rarely get to prepare. So, when Tevis — who oversees the dessert program for SoDel Concepts …

Bluecoast in Rehoboth

9 Delaware restaurants earn Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Pam GeorgeCulture, 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, …

Workers -- pre-COVID -- in the kitchen of El Camino Mexican Restaurant in Wilmington.

Talk of raising minimum wage worries restaurants still reeling from COVID-19

Betsy PriceBusiness, Food & Dining, Government, Headlines, Scene About Town

    Restaurateurs are listening with great alarm to state and national talk about raising minimum wage to $15 an hour. Carl Georigi, CEO of the Platinum Dining Group, says that raising minimum wage from $9.25 an hour to $11 by next year — the first hike a state bill proposes on the way to $15 by 2026 —  would …