Food


Ryan Parrill, the supervisor of Hocker’s soups and prepared foods department, preaches the ‘keep it simple’ mantra.

Team of cooks provides comfort food for locals, visitors

With temperatures starting their slow slide toward freezing, there’s usually a shift in eating patterns as well — toward warm, filling meals that simmer on the stove or bake in the oven for hours.

Comfort food. Soups and stews. Meatloaf...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:13pm

Lions Club’s Fritter Shack returns in Millsboro

Seafood lovers with a particular fondness for oyster fritters may be pleased to see the Millsboro Lions Club’s Fritter Shack recently re-opened on Friday in the Millsboro Town Hall parking lot.

Also offering crabcake sandwiches, soft-crab...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:02am

Lobster Fest to benefit local charities

The Knights of Columbus of the Parish of St. Ann know a good thing when they see it, so this weekend they are hosting their second annual Lobster Fest on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Although the later of the event’s two seating times, at 5 p.m.,...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 8:42pm

Wings & Wheels 2019 set to take flight

With Wings & Wheels 2019 set to take place the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5, planning is nearly complete.

Things will kick off that Friday with Pathways to Aviation Day, in which 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:41am

Chocolate Tasting celebrating 13th year, Sept. 7

It has been said that there’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate. 

Saturday, Sept. 7, is the date of the 13th Annual Chocolate Tasting, sponsored by the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park, and held at...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:58am

Two Meatballs keeps it ‘real Italian’

Hungry customers dining at Two Meatballs Italian Deli generally don’t know the new Long Neck restaurant was named, with a twist of humor, for the brothers who own it.

If it was mentioned to a customer enjoying a big sub, on fresh bread...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:55am

Chefs, judges needed for Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-off

Coast Day organizers are seeking participants and judges for this year’s Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes.

Interested participants are being...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:19am

Chefs, judges needed for Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-off

Coast Day organizers are seeking participants and judges for this year’s Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes.

Interested participants are being...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 11:02am

Plate & Palette owner Frank Dubinski poses by his new restaurant’s center feature; a private table inside of a bank vault.

Plate & Palette puts patrons in bank and vault

Frank Dubinski was on his way to the beach when he drove past the historic bank in downtown Millsboro — a building that had been a restaurant a time or two, but had closed.

In the restaurant business for many years, and an experienced...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:59pm

Omar Hernandez received the Shining Star Award for his contributions at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Bethany Beach.

SoDel Concepts employees receive Shining Star Awards

Scott Kammerer, president of Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts, recently announced the recipients of the company’s Shining Star Awards for the second quarter of 2019.

“It’s so important to recognize all of the hard work our employees do...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:27pm

Brimming Horn Meadery brings home state’s first Mazer Cup gold medal

Brimming Horn Meadery’s mead-maker Jon Talkington won a gold medal at the 2019 Mazer Cup International mead competition in March. The Mazer Cup International is known as the biggest mead competition in the world. There are more than 500 entries...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:37am

Patron’s enjoy last year’s Indian River Life-Saving Station’s surfman’s dinner.

Museum to host a historical feast by lantern light

It was a dark and stormy night … but inside, the food and fellowship were cozy.

The staff of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station are inviting people to experience the 1800s, with lantern-lit museum tours and a locally-sourced...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:20am

Samantha Reynolds' Mermaid Galley features Eastern Shore recipes passed down to her from her grandparents, including the much-beloved Smith Island cake.

Millville’s Mermaid Galley offers fare for merfolk and more

The bright teal structure next to the Millville Town Peddler is brand new, as are the shiny appliances lining the interior of Millville’s newest eatery — the Mermaid Galley.

The food, however, is classic Eastern Shore. Crabcakes, oyster...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:23pm

Beans, Birds, & Beer on tap for March 9

The 2019 Beans, Birds, & Beer (BB&B) series is in full swing, with the next trip scheduled for March 9 in Southern Delaware.

Locally-based Delmarva Birding Weekends is inviting hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore for year-...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:20pm

For the sixth annual Girl Scout Cookie promotion in SoDel Concepts restaurants, Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria has whipped up fried ice cream made with Samoas. All 10 restaurants will bring their desserts to the Girl Scout Cookie Throw Down on March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro.

SoDel Concepts’ Girl Scout Cookie promotion returns

For the sixth year, SoDel Concepts is featuring its Girl Scout Cookie dessert promotion. On Feb. 13 to March 14, each of the company’s 10 restaurants featured a dessert made with a flavor of the cookies.

The friendly contest between the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:46am

Chef Shaun O’Neale, winner of Season 7 of “MasterChef” will be spotlighting at the 45th Annual Ocean City Hotel & Restaurant Trade Expo, March 3-4

Hotel & Restaurant Trade Expo set for March 3-4 in O.C.

Shaun O’Neale, winner of “MasterChef” Season 7, will entertain the audience on both days of the 45th Annual Ocean City Hotel & Restaurant Trade Expo, March 3-4, in Ocean City, Md., an industry-only event.

“Shaun’s initial obsession was...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:37am

Dinner with truffle chef Carlo Zarri

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert

Italian chef Carlo Zarri visited Café on 26  in Ocean View on Friday, Feb. 1, to treat locals to a truffle and hazelnut dinner. The world-reknowned chef shared a grilled halibut dish topped with a...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:21pm

Italian truffle chef to make guest appearance in Ocean View

Those looking to enjoy the authentic taste of the Piedmont region of Italy can stay right in Sussex County, as world-renowned Chef Carlo Zarri will be serving a truffle and hazelnut dinner at The Café on 26 this week.

“He comes with his...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:07am

Matt Patton, center, a Certified Cicerone and director of SoDel Concepts’ beer program, recently led a class to help the company’s employees increase their knowledge of every aspect of beer, including flavors and ingredients, ways to help guests select beer, and the proper way to pour and serve beer. The hospitality group currently has 25 certified beer servers.

SoDel Concepts holds certified beer-server training for employees

SoDel Concepts, a hospitality group with 10 restaurants, recently held its first class for employees interested in becoming certified beer servers.

“We used study guides provided by the Cicerone Certification program, which is considered...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:57am

Matt Patton, center, a Certified Cicerone and director of SoDel Concepts’ beer program, recently led a class to help the company’s employees increase their knowledge of every aspect of beer, including flavors and ingredients, ways to help guests select beer, and the proper way to pour and serve beer. The hospitality group currently has 25 certified beer servers.

SoDel Concepts holds certified beer-server training for employees

SoDel Concepts, a hospitality group with 10 restaurants, recently held its first class for employees interested in becoming certified beer servers.

“We used study guides provided by the Cicerone Certification program, which is considered...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:57am

Food & Wine Festival planned for Nov. 17 in Bethany

The second annual Food & Wine Festival at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites and 99 Sea Level Restaurant & Raw Bar in Bethany Beach will offer live music, food from area restaurants, wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass and a silent auction...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:06am

Blake Gilbert was named Best Server, Sussex County, by the readers of Coastal Style magazine.

Gilbert named Best Server in Sussex County

Blake Gilbert, a server at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in North Bethany, was recently named Best Server, Sussex County, in Coastal Style magazine’s annual reader poll.

“Blake is the epitome of professionalism in the hospitality...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 2:53pm

Ben and Brea Wang stand in front of their new Wang’s World food truck in South Bethany.

Wang’s World … party time … egg rolls

Schwing! Wang’s World food truck has rolled into the Bethany Beach area with homemade Asian cuisine.

Ben and Brea Wang celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary in June by parking Wang’s World next to their Sandy Pony Donuts food truck...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 2:46pm

SoDel’s Ruley takes part in sustainable-seafood roundtable

Doug Ruley, vice president of SoDel Concepts, recently attended an invitation-only summit on sustainable seafood sponsored by the James Beard Foundation.

At the event, held in Washington, D.C., on June 5, seafood experts, academics, chefs...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:57pm

Millsboro starts approval process to add Taco Bell to the menu

Add another option for the fast-food connoisseur dining in Millsboro.

Millsboro Town Council members voted unanimously on Monday, June 4, to approve preliminary site plans for a new Taco Bell restaurant in the Peninsula Crossing Shopping...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 6:28pm

Radishes fresh from the farm are on display at a local farmers’ markets.

Savor the flavor of Delmarva

Farmers’ markets rev up for the 2018 season

With the Delmarva Peninsula bursting into bloom, it’s time to start thinking about the fresh produce local farmers will be selling.

Besides shopping the roadside stands, people can browse weekly farmers’ markets across rural Delaware,...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:12pm

Charles Armstrong was recently promoted to the position of executive chef at Catch 54, one of SoDel Concepts’ 10 restaurants in coastal Delaware.

SoDel Concepts promotes Armstrong to executive chef at Catch 54

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced the promotion of Charles Armstrong to the position of executive chef at Catch 54 near Fenwick Island, one of the hospitality group’s 10 restaurants.

“Charles is one of our...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

Bryan Muzik is returning to the DiFebo’s family of restaurants. Above, Muzik stands outside the new Berlin, Md., DiFebo’s location.

Muzik returns home to DiFebo’s

One could argue that Bryan Muzik has been in the restaurant business since he could walk, having “joined” the staff of DiFebo’s when his mom became the restaurant’s accountant.

“My godparents, Bob and Charlotte DiFebo, brought my mom on as...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:36pm

JR Walker and Jon Talkington, owners of The Brimming Horn Meadery in Lewes.

Brimming Horn takes home silver medal in international mead competition

Brimming Horn Meadery’s Jon Talkington returned home from the Mazer Cup International competition last weekend with a silver medal in hand. Their Freya’s Kiss mead won Talkington and Milton-based Brimming Horn their first commercial medal in the...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:30pm

Marie's Kitchen – SoDel VP Ruley offers recipes worth waiting for

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Chef Doug Ruley, vice-president of SoDel Concepts, shared some of his favorite recipes with Marie Cook.You know the old saying: “Good things come to those who wait.”

Before local restaurateur Matt...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 4:41am

Marie's Kitchen: A taste of good luck for the new year

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Chef Robbie Bedell shares some of the recipes that make the Jetty Deli & Coffee Shop a favorite of Marie’s Kitchen writer Marie Cook.Chef Robbie Bedell would like to dedicate this column to...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:42am

Marie's Kitchen: Therapy and a side of Cuban cuisine

We all say it: You have to take the good with the bad. That’s what life is all about — a balancing act between good times and bad. That’s actually how today’s column fell into my lap. The bad news is that I needed another surgery — left partial-...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 8:58am

Marie's KitchenSoft-shell a(Muse.)-ments with Hari Cameron

Coastal Point • Submitted: The beautiful softshell crab dish at a(MUSE.) Owner and chef Hari Cameron shares a few of his recipes with Marie Cook.Major changes have taken place in Chef Hari Cameron’s career since I first highlighted him in June...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 8:48am

Marie's KitchenSoft-shell a(Muse.)-ments with Hari Cameron

Coastal Point • Submitted: The beautiful softshell crab dish at a(MUSE.) Owner and chef Hari Cameron shares a few of his recipes with Marie Cook.Major changes have taken place in Chef Hari Cameron’s career since I first highlighted him in June...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 8:48am

Marie's Kitchen: Dioramic artist arranges tasty recipes, too

Before I introduce you to my new friend, dioramic artist Debbie Martucci, I must share with you why this week’s “Marie’s Kitchen” will be my final regularly scheduled column. After more than seven years of bi-weekly deadlines, I realized that the...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 10:42am

Marie's Kitchen: A taste of good luck for the new year

With this column, I complete eight full years writing “Marie’s Kitchen.” Without faithful readers, and great chefs and cooks who agreed to be highlighted in the column, this would not have been possible. My heartfelt thanks and sincere wishes to...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 8:10am

Marie's Kitchen: Good-neighbor cooking with Mary Bayliss

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Mary Bayliss with her ‘sous chef’ Sassy Jane. In the background is one of Bayliss’ favorite treasures, a stained-glass Celtic knot.Mary Bayliss loves to cook and she loves to share. She is one of those...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 8:41am

Marie's Kitchen: An angel in the kitchen

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Arline Simpson, is a Wednesday volunteer in the medical oncology infusion room at the Tunnell Cancer Center in Lewes. Here Simpson is in her kitchen at her home in Lewes.Every Wednesday, Arline Simpson...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:47pm

Marie's Kitchen: Marie’s favorites and some recipe/reader inspiration

I received a lovely note from a reader in Lewes who has been trying to get the recipe for Outback Steakhouse’s Tangy Tomato Dressing. They wouldn’t give her the recipe. That’s not nice, is it? But it’s also very common, because large chain...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:35am

Marie's Kitchen: Therapist at work, and the kitchen

Dana Kylen has been my massage/Reiki therapist for more than three years. She is a certified massage therapist, Reiki master teacher, raindrop technique practitioner, and clairvoyant spiritual guide. Her additional massage certifications include...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 6:59am

Marie's Kitchen: Taking lunch in The Boardroom

For quite some time, I’ve watched renovations in preparation for the opening of The Boardroom Restaurant — a new lunch and dinner venue in Bethany Beach west of Route 1 in the shopping center between Wawa and Valero. When I received a call from...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 4:52am

Marie's Kitchen -- A buffet of summer recipes from Studio 26

Janet Charlsen has been working at Studio 26 Salon & Spa since the doors first opened in September 2008. The spa, owned by Mark and Terry King, is located at 6 Town Road in Ocean View. I pass their doors every morning when I drive Town Road...

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 7:13am

Marie's Kitchen: La Vita Bella staff offers Italian tastes and more

Happy Father’s Day! The recipes in today’s column would make any man happy. So, gals, tie on an apron and hop to it! Let’s show our appreciation for those we love and honor and call “Dad.”

In 2007, I highlighted Lois Saraceni and several...

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 2:05am

Marie's Kitchen: Physical Fitness 101

Here we are again — at the beginning of a brand new year. With this column, I begin my seventh year writing “Marie’s Kitchen” for the Coastal Point and, as is my tradition, the first column of the new year revolves around health and fitness....

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 2:45am

Marie's Kitchen -- Giving thanks for seven courses of Italian cooking

Due to circumstances beyond my control (please don’t ask), this is not a traditional Thanksgiving column. But when you read about Loretta Conti Montone and her family feasts, you will see that this column is all about giving thanks and preparing...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:17am

Marie's Kitchen -- A taste of Alsace and more with Steve Ryall

I met and interviewed Jenn Ryall in August 2012, when I highlighted the Mom’s Club of Bethany Beach. Jenn, Mom’s Club secretary and activities coordinator, told me that her husband, Steve, is a great cook and used to work in high-end restaurants...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:43am

Marie's Kitchen -- A fest for Passover and Easter

Easter Sunday is April 8, and Passover is celebrated from sunset of April 6 through nightfall of April 14. Today’s recipes honor both.

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook
Dad’s best Haroset and a glass of kosher wine, perfect...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 4:03am

Marie's Kitchen: Don Murray — King of the Crockpot

Don Murray and I met at World Gym. (Folks, don’t you think World Gym should give me a free membership for all the times I’ve mentioned them in this column?) I must be slipping, though, because it took me a long time to find out that Don was the...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:09am

Marie's Kitchen -- Feed My Sheep

Welcome to 2012! I wish for you in the new year good health, happiness and success in all of your endeavors. My hope is that when you’re planning your New Year’s resolutions, that you add volunteerism to the list. Our community has many needs –...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 3:00am

Marie's Kitchen: Giving thanks--with a recipe or three

“He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part;

The full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart.”

— J.A. Shedd

As I type this column, it is late October and I’m already looking forward to Thanksgiving Day – my...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:57am