Chef Doug Ruley to replicate Bouchaine dinner at Bluecoast Oct. 26

Fresh off his success at the James Beard House in New York City, Chef Doug Ruley of SoDel Concepts headed off to Napa Valley, Calif., to participate in Bouchaine Vineyards' Chef Series Sept. 30. Bouchaine, the oldest continuously operating winery in the Carneros District, is owned by Gerret and Tatiana Copeland of Wilmington.  Coastal residents and visitors who couldn't make the wine dinner shouldn't despair. On Thursday, Oct. 26, beginning at 6 p.m., Ruley and wine director Mike Zygmonski will recreate the Bouchaine dinner at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach.

Let's Talk Wine #5

This week I want to continue our conversation about Bouchaine Winery. If you missed our last post. let me bring you up to speed. Chef Doug Ruley and I just returned from Napa Valley where SoDel Concepts was invited to cook at the famous Bouchaine Chef Series.  So, this week on Let’s Talk Wine, we will be featuring the 2014 Bouchaine, Carneros, Chardonnay. 

Napa’s Bouchaine Vineyards Chef Series Finishes Strong

If you’ve had a meal that you never wanted to end, then you have some idea what last weekend’s Bouchaine Vineyards wine dinner was like.  The last in this season’s Chef Series, the event was choreographed by Douglas Ruley, executive chef for the Delaware-based SoDel Concepts restaurant group. The theme was Coastal Harvest.

SoDel Cares donates $2.5K to Read Aloud Delaware

SoDel Cares, the nonprofit arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $2,500 to Read Aloud Delaware, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting reading in Delaware.  Read Aloud Delaware’s 250 volunteers read in more than 41 centers, including Head Start locations, child care centers and elementary schools. In 2016, more than 2,500 children benefited from more than 3,200 reading sessions.

Let's Talk Wine #4

This week I want to talk about the great winery of Bouchaine, and specifically, the 2014 Bouchaine Carneros, Pinot Noir.  The owners of the winery, Mr. and Mrs. Copeland, are from Delaware and are good friends of the company.  In fact, they have invited SoDel Concepts to be a part of their famous chef series at the winery on September 30th, so Chef Doug Ruley and I will be heading to Napa soon!

Let's Talk Wine #3

We are back for week two of Let’s Talk Wine.  My name is Mike Zygmonski, and I am a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.  This week I will be talking about the 2014 Felsina Chianti Classico 'Riserva'. Hailing from Tuscany, Felsina is hands down one of the best.

Let's Talk Wine #2

This week on, Let’s Talk Wine, I will be discussing the 2015 Pazo Castrelo, Albarino.  This wine is 100% Albarino from Rias Baixas, which is in Northwestern Spain, right over the top of Portugal.  This wine is unique because the grapes are grown on such steep slopes close to the Atlantic Ocean which gives the wine a saline character.

Let's Talk Wine #1

This is our first blog post in our new series, Let's Talk Wine.  Each week we will be featuring a new wine selected by Mike Zygmonski, SoDel Concepts wine director and a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. The Produttori Barbresco is a beautiful expression of the Nebbiolo grape showcasing bright, red cherry and pomegranate as well as hints of dried mushrooms and roses with fine tannins and fresh acidity.

Chef Doug Ruley to cook at James Beard House for fourth time Sept. 15

For the fourth time, Doug Ruley, executive chef for SoDel Concepts, has been asked to cook at the James Beard House in New York, which puts him in a tie for the most times a chef has cooked at the former home of cookbook author and TV personality James Beard. The dinner, a salute to Delmarva, is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, in the Greenwich Village townhouse.

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.