Blake Gilbert named best server in Sussex County

Coastal Style magazine’s annual reader poll named Blake Gilbert, a server at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in North Bethany Beach, the best server in Sussex County.

“Blake is the epitome of professionalism in the hospitality industry,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which has 10 restaurants along the Delaware coast. “He’s knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. He’s able to tailor his service to each guest, so they have the best possible experience.”

Julie Hemp named manager of Catch 54 in Fenwick Island

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced that Julie Hemp was named general manager of Catch 54 in Fenwick Island, one of SoDel Concepts' 10 restaurants along the Delaware coast.

"Julie has extensive experience in the restaurant industry, including more than 14 years in the resort area," said Kammerer. "She has worked in kitchens and dining rooms, which makes her a valuable asset to our company."

Share: SoDel Chef Ruley attends summit on sustainable seafood

Doug Ruley, vice president of SoDel Concepts, recently attended an invitation-only summit on sustainable seafood sponsored by the James Beard Foundation.

At the June 5 event held in Washington, D.C., seafood experts, academics, chefs and purveyors discussed the issues in both domestic and international fisheries."Seven of our 10 concepts focus on seafood, and all of our restaurants showcase seafood dishes," said Ruley. "Sustainability is of critical importance to our business and the environment."

Cellitto named executive chef at Matt’s Fish Camp in Bethany Beach

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, announced that Maggie Cellitto is the executive chef of Matt's Fish Camp in Bethany Beach, one of SoDel Concepts' 10 restaurants along the Delaware coast. Cellitto is well known for her talent with both the savory and sweet side of the kitchen, as well as for her management skills.

SoDel Concepts chefs battle it out in chicken challenge

Four chefs with SoDel Concepts put their fried chicken dishes to the test in a friendly face-off May 17 at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach. The contest – a finale to the hospitality group's fried chicken month – was sponsored by Allen Harim, a poultry grower and processor, which provided the chicken.

"We're always looking for fun ways to collaborate with other businesses," said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts. "Working on the contest with Allen Harim demonstrates our commitment to local, fresh and sustainable foods."

Share: SoDel Cares donates $15,000 to Joshua M. Freeman Foundation

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $15,000 to the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which operates The Freeman Stage, a performing arts venue in Selbyville.

Established in 2007 to honor Josh Freeman, former chair of the Carl. M. Freeman Foundation, the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation’s mission is to provide memorable performances and inspire arts education. The Freeman Stage attracts more than 50,000 visitors a year.

SoDel Concepts receives Restaurant Neighbor Award from National Restaurant Association

Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts, a hospitality group with 10 restaurants, recently received the Restaurant Neighbor Award for Delaware. The award was created by the National Restaurant Association and American Express to honor outstanding community service and involvement. According to the National Restaurant Association, 90 percent of restaurants are involved in community activities in some fashion.

SoDel Concepts to receive small business chamber award for excellence April 12

REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL. (May 3, 2018) — The Delaware Small Business Chamber on April 12 honored Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts with the President’s Award for Excellence during the Seventh Annual Blue Ribbon Awards Brunch.

Scott Kammerer, the president of SoDel Concepts, accepted the award at the event, which was held at Deerfield, a banquet facility on a public golf course in Newark, Delaware. More than 150 people attended the ceremony.

“This award means so much to us considering that it comes from our small business peers,” Kammerer said. “They can fully appreciate how much work it takes to succeed, particularly in an industry with large-scale operators. Our team at SoDel Concepts is committed to our business, to Delaware — which is a great state for business — and to our community.”

Chris Carmean named general manager of Lupo Italian Kitchen

“Chris is a great example of how a hardworking employee in our company can rise through the ranks,” said Kammerer. “He’s ready for new challenges, and I know he has a great future ahead of him. We look forward to watching him succeed in his new position, and continue to grow professionally.”

SoDel Concepts employees earn accommodations in Tuscan resort

Ten SoDel Concepts employees recently earned a two- or three-night stay at the Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort in Tuscany, Italy.

The winners participated in a contest to see who could rack up the most points by selling Conti di San Bonifacio wines by the bottle and glass, as well as Conti di San Bonifacio olive oil during a specified time period.

SoDel Cares fundraiser set for Nov. 17

SoDel Cares will hold its third annual fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at Fish On, 17300 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes.  The event, which raises funds for the nonprofit foundation, pays tribute to the late Matt Haley, SoDel Concepts’ founder, who received the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2014.  The nonprofit has made contributions to organizations that help children, at-risk youth and adults and the elderly. 

SoDel Concepts’ Oct. 27 fundraiser to benefit California wildfire relief efforts

The deadly wildfires that consumed communities and property in northern California have left many wineries - and the resort areas that depend on them - in limbo. The devastating fires have affected homeowners, jobs and tourism. On Friday, Oct. 27, SoDel Concepts will donate a dollar for every glass or bottle of wine ordered that day to relief efforts.  "The California wine country is near and dear to our hearts," said Mike Zygmonski, wine director for SoDel Concepts. 

How Scott Kammerer Transformed Delaware's Hospitality Industry

Since Haley’s death, Kammerer, 43, has already earned the Delaware Restaurant Association’s 2016 Cornerstone Award and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Marvin S. Gilman Superstar in Business Award. He makes it look easy. It’s not. While he likes to have a plan, his path toward success was paved with big bumps and sharp detours.