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.
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, 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.
SoDel Cares, the nonprofit foundation arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $4,000 to Surfers Healing, which holds volunteer-staffed surf camps for more than 4,500 children with autism.
Mike Zygmonski, the wine director for SoDel Concepts, was invited to attend Full Circle BevCon 2017, an industry event with more than 15 master classes and tastings from producers around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce welcomed Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar to the resort community with a ribbon cutting June 26. Bluecoast Rehoboth is the newest SoDel Concepts restaurant, rounding the number to 10 locations on the Delaware Coast.
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.
The Rehoboth Beach–Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce welcomed Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar to the resort community with a ribbon cutting June 26.
Sen. Chris Coons recently visited Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar to meet the staff and tour the new restaurant, which was built from the ground up on Route 1 near the entrance to downtown Rehoboth Beach.
SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $2,500 to the Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, part of a global organization of business and professional leaders providing humanitarian services in their communities.
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.
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."
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.