The annual Taste of Coastal Delaware is nothing new to restaurant owner Jerry Richard, who has premiered his cooks’ talents with his seven-year stint as owner of the former Big Easy in Bethany. But this year, he’s bringing some different flavor from his new restaurant, Steakhouse 26.
“We’re excited about putting out good-quality food that represents us,” said Richard. “We’re really looking forward to that opportunity. Being that we’re the only real steakhouse in southern Delaware this side of the Indian River Bridge, people will be sure to find samplings of our highest-quality beef.”
Richard will be accompanied at Taste by the restaurant’s chef, Steve Hagan, who helped run the kitchen at the Rehoboth Beach area’s Big Fish Grill.
In addition to top-of-the-line steak, Richard said they will also be presenting some seafood, as well.
“We have some great customers,” Richard added. “People seem to really love this place.”
Joining Taste of Coastal Delaware with their debut, as well, is neighboring Banks Liquors, the only liquor and wine distributor premiering this year.
“I don’t know what to expect,” said owner Ted Banks. “It’s a new event for me, but it’s a great idea to get all these restaurants in one place so people can figure out what they want.”
Banks Liquors will feature several selections: Sam Adams beer, Milagro Silver tequila, Sailor Jerry spiced rum and three Pinot Grigios. “Pinot Grigios are popular wines in the summer,” noted Banks. “They’re nice because they’re light, fruity and real easy to drink. Everybody loves them.” Representatives from Sam Adams and Sailor Jerry will also be on hand at the event.
“I’m thinking we’ll have a pretty good turnout,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about it. Hopefully, we’ll pick up some business from it, too. We have a lot of people working and helping us out, and we’ll be able to service everyone.”
Banks and Richard have worked together since Steakhouse opened, cross-marketing some of their products. Washington state-based wine CMS is featured at Steakhouse 26, while Banks carries it at his store.
“It’s nice to be able to work with local restaurants this way,” said Banks. “The local businesses can really stick together and feed off of each other. It works out well.”
Both Richard and Banks’ locations have front row seats at this year’s Taste of Coastal Delaware, as the event set for Sunday, June 3, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. will take place right in the Millville Town Center. “Being that we’re right here,” said Richard, “it will give people a chance to stop by and see the restaurant. That helps us, too.”
Tickets for the event cost $30. For information and tickets to Taste of Coastal Delaware, stop by the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center, just south of the Fenwick Island State Park on Route 1 in Fenwick Island, or call (302) 539-2100.