Like bonnets, baskets and flowers, brunch is a spring tradition closely affiliated with 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.
"Brunch is a leisurely meal often spent with family and friends," said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts. "But at the beach, brunch is an art form: It must meet the guests' high expectations."
Doug Ruley, corporate chef for SoDel Concepts, said, "Brunch is a versatile meal, and we're challenging our chefs to come up with the unusual as well as the traditional. This is an outlet for their creativity."
Dishes at Lupo Italian Kitchen include eggs Benedict on a buttermilk biscuit with prosciutto di Parma, basil, hollandaise and roasted potatoes; a spring frittata with English peas, young onions, fava beans, prosciutto and provolone; and baked eggs with Anson Mills polenta, guanciale (a cured meat), parmesan and tomato-basil jam. Those who want more lunch-like items can select panini with buffalo mozzarella, tomato-basil jam, pesto and soppressata, or rigatoni Bolognese.
At Bluecoast, the menu will include eggs Chesapeake with a crab cake; lobster scramble; and grilled ham steak with pineapple, chorizo, country hash and country gravy. Catch 54 plans to feature quiche with ham, broccoli, cheddar and home fries; a white omelet with baby spinach, onion, super lump crab and Monterey Jack cheese; fish and chips; a fried oyster Caesar; and the 54 Burger with cheddar cheese, secret dressing, fries, house pickles, tomato and lettuce on a toasted bun.