In My Kitchen: Tacos, grits & misfit plates

Ruley, who is today the corporate chef for SoDel Concepts with responsibility for all culinary operations, had worked at the beach as a teenager in various restaurants, including the Country Squire in Rehoboth Beach next to the boardwalk (“I was a busboy, a server, and then one day a chef didn’t show up for work so I went back there and never left.”)

August is Local Produce Month at SoDel Concepts’ Restaurants

In coastal Sussex County, summer is a great time to be a chef,” said Doug Ruley, vice president of culinary operations. “Our mission is to present beautiful, simple food, so that the natural flavors shine. This month, we’re highlighting some of the best that our farmers have to offer.

SoDel Cares 5K won by engaged couple

Matt Latimore and Katie Tomlinson, both 31 years old from Virginia, are engaged to be married. An April wedding is planned for the elite runners and Races2Run’s Barbara Kursh will officiate.

At the inaugural SoDel Cares 5K at Bluecoast in Rehoboth Beach, Matt was the overall winner in 17:53, while Katie was the first woman and third overall in 19:09.

Teamwork and common goals: A recipe for success

Director of Training & Development Meghan King and Corporate Chef Ronnie Burkle outlined for me the “culture of training” that is the hallmark of service at SoDel Concepts. Both Meghan and Ronnie remember late founder Matt Haley’s insistence on adherence to standards. So the cornerstone of their program rests on “food, cleanliness, service, and keeping people accountable.” The practical and written exercises impart certain expectations to trainees; underlining the practical reasons for the training and what is expected after each level is completed.

SoDel Concepts promotes Chad McMaster to general manager of Lupo Italian Kitchen

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, announced that Chad McMaster was promoted to the position of general manager at Lupo Italian Kitchen in Rehoboth Beach, one of the hospitality company’s 11 restaurants in coastal Sussex County.