Meghan King named director of training and development for SoDel Concepts

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced the promotion of Meghan King to the position of director of training and development for the hospitality group, which has 10 restaurants along the coast and The Clubhouse at Baywood in Long Neck. King was previously the general manager of Lupo Italian Kitchen, SoDel's Italian restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

4 Beach-Area Happy Hours Where Food Steals the Show

t the Delaware beaches, happy hour has all the festivity—and often the frenzy—of a college town. The distinct difference, though, is that many establishments along the Culinary Coast tailor their specials to more discerning palates. They go beyond discounted nachos or hummus plates, making the food as much of a draw as the drinks.

Here are four of my favorite spots for memorable libations and noshes.

SoDel Concepts employees win awards from Coastal Style

Emily Aisquith and Kaya White, employees with SoDel Concepts, recently won accolades as a result of Coastal Style magazine's annual readers poll. Aisquith received Best Server in Sussex County honors, and White was named Best Bartender in Sussex County.  "We appreciate that the readers of Coastal Style have noticed how hard our team members work to create a memorable guest experience," said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts. "We agree that Emily and Kaya are exemplary and exceptional. They go above and beyond to serve our guests."

SoDel Chef Maurice Catlett to participate in cookoff for Milton Historical Society Sept. 9

The Milton Historical Society announced that Chef Maurice Catlett from Matt's Fish Camp Lewes will participate in the second annual King Cole Cannery Celebrity Chef Cookoff and Basket Raffle fundraiser set for 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Milton Fire Hall.

SoDel Concepts holds third Summer Softball Showdown

As far as company-wide activities go, SoDel Concepts’ Summer Softball Showdown, held July 19 at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown, was a home run. More than 120 of the hospitality group’s employees signed up for the draft, which resulted in six teams. This year, Yellow Fever, led by Kris Medford, took home the trophy. 

Lupo Italian Kitchen wins Wine Spectator Award

Lupo Italian Kitchen in Rehoboth Beach is one of six restaurants in Delaware to win a 2017 Wine Spectator Award. "Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year's winners," said Marvin R. Shank, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator.  Lupo, one of SoDel Concepts' 10 coastal Delaware restaurants, received an Award of Excellence for its well-chosen assortment of quality producers and a thematic match to the menu in price and style.

Chef's Corner: At Lupo in Rehoboth Beach, chef Chris Parks has been shining

As many stories go around these parts, Chef Chris Parks found his way to SoDel Concepts thanks to the area’s small-town feel.  A few years ago, Parks and his wife, Korin Miller, a writer, along with their oldest son Miles, now 4, were looking to relocate to the Delaware beach area having grown out of their small New York City apartment.  One thing led to another, Parks interviewed with the late Matt Haley in 2014 and Parks started anew with SoDel.

Ruley, Diettrick, Viselli headline SoDel stars behind new Bluecoast location

Choosing the right menu took about 10 months. Choosing the right blueprint for their now 10th restaurant took nearly that long, too.  But even with the layout designed entirely around the restaurant’s open kitchen — setting the stage for the chefs of SoDel Concepts more so than ever before — choosing the right chefs for the job took hardly any time at all for SoDel Concepts President Scott Kammerer and Vice President/Corporate Chef Doug Ruley.

Clubhouse at Baywood hosts luncheon for wedding professionals

The Clubhouse at Baywood, a full-service restaurant and banquet facility in Baywood Greens, recently hosted a Delaware Perfect Wedding Guide networking event for wedding professionals. Delaware Perfect Wedding Guide helps link couples to a wide variety of vendors statewide."We were thrilled that Delaware Perfect Wedding Guide chose Baywood for their spring luncheon," said Sarah Dickinson, director of events. "It gave us the chance to showcase our recently renovated venue and the professionalism of our event staff."

Two Highly Anticipated Restaurants Debut in Rehoboth Beach

Last weekend, two long-awaited restaurants—Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar and The Vineyard Bar & Bistro—debuted in Rehoboth Beach.  Located on Route 1 near the new Fresh Market and Bed Bath and Beyond, Bluecoast is the 10th restaurant under the SoDel Concepts umbrella and the second Bluecoast in the group. The first, situated in North Bethany Beach, is SoDel’s flagship restaurant and the business on which SoDel’s founder, Matt Haley, built a culinary empire along the coast.

SoDel celebrates 10th restaurant with opening of new Bluecoast in Rehoboth

The 10th restaurant to open in the empire that has become SoDel Concepts looks and feels like a celebration.  So, fittingly enough, No. 10 is a bigger — much bigger — version of No. 1.  SoDel Concepts opened the doors Thursday night to the brand-new Bluecoast Seafood and Raw Bar Thursday night in Rehoboth, 12 miles north on Coastal Highway from the original Bluecoast restaurant in Bethany Beach.

Number Ten's the Charm

Last week I got a sneak peek at the soon-to-open Bluecoast Rehoboth in Gateway center - the 10th of SoDel Concepts’ owned and operated restaurants in Coastal Delaware.  The simplicity of the all-white structure follows you through the double doors and into the 4,500-square-foot restaurant. Sparkling white kitchen tile is reinforced by whitewashed woods and white window frames that reach up to the soaring, open-plan ceiling.  The kitchen is a chef’s dream, with roomy prep stations, sparkling new equipment and a walk-in refrigerator that’s bigger than many Manhattan apartments.

New Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar to showcase seasoned chefs' talents

The new Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar, scheduled to open in early June on Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach, has been built from the ground up, but the faces in the kitchen will be familiar to SoDel Concepts' longtime customers. The veteran chefs represent some of the finest in the SoDel Concepts hospitality group, which owns Bluecoast and nine other restaurants.

Two Papa Grande's Coastal Taqueria restaurants to open decks on Cinco de Mayo

The decks at Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria locations in Fenwick Island and Rehoboth Beach will open on Cinco de Mayo, May 5. The second-floor deck at the Rehoboth Beach restaurant makes guests feel like they are dining in a festive treehouse.  Papa Grande’s Coastal Taquerias in Fenwick Island and Rehoboth Beach are celebrating Cinco de Mayo May 5 with drink and food specials, including $3 fish or pork tacos. 

SoDel Cares donated $10K to Freeman Stage at Bayside

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, donated $10,000 to The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an open-air performing arts venue near Fenwick Island that is celebrating its 10th season.The Freeman Stage is part of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which also brings arts education to southern Delaware.

Three SoDel Concepts restaurants to serve brunch on Easter and Mother's Day

This year, Lupo Italian Kitchen in Rehoboth Beach, Bluecoast Seafood Grill in Bethany Beach and Catch 54 in Fenwick Island will feature a lavish brunch that aptly salutes these spring holidays. Easter is April 16; Mother's Day is May 14. Brunch on Easter and Mother's Day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lupo and Catch 54, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bluecoast. To make reservations, call Lupo at 302-226-2240, Bluecoast at 302-539-7111 or Catch 54 at 302-436-8600.