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.
"Doug's talent is evident in the number of requests that he receives to be a guest chef," said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which owns 10 restaurants along the Delaware coast and operates The Clubhouse at Baywood, which is a few miles inland in Long Neck. "Cooking four times at the James Beard House is a coup. He can clearly hold his own in New York City. Now he is achieving similar recognition in Napa, a capital for gourmands."
The Oct. 26 dinner at Bluecoast will feature five courses paired with Bouchaine wines. Seating is limited to just 30 people. The cost is $69. For information call 302-278-7395 or go to www.bluecoastrehoboth.com