Delaware chef Robbie Jester demonstrates how to build a brunch board. Photo by Pam George.

Celebrity chef Robbie Jester reveals brunch board secrets

Pam George Culture, Headlines

On a Sunday afternoon in January, about 30 men and women packed a room at Bellefonte Brewing Co. in north Wilmington. Although they were sipping pints of beer, they were there for more than the craft brews. It was another sold-out class on board making taught by Robbie Jester, owner of Pizzeria Mariana and In Jest Events. The attendees were brushing elbows with a TV …

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Espresso yourself: 4 new coffee shops open in Delaware

Pam George Culture, Headlines

  In Delaware, the new year started with a jolt — and that’s a good thing. Three independently owned coffee shops opened last month, proving that you can never have too many lattes. Like cleaners, banks and drug stores, every neighborhood seems to need a coffee shop — which is as it should be, according to Nicholas Qaabar, owner of …

Delaware chef Robbie Jester celebrates winning Netflix's 'Under Pressure' cooking competition

Delaware’s Robbie Jester wins ‘Pressure Cooker,’ $100,000

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Robbie Jester is not one to sleep late. But on Monday, Jan. 9, he snoozed until 10:30 a.m. “I almost felt guilty,” the chef acknowledged. Almost. But just about anyone would forgive the owner of Pizzeria Mariana in Newark. After all, it’s not every weekend that you celebrate winning $100,000 on Netflix. Jester is the champion of “Pressure Cooker,” a culinary competition that is a …

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12 Delaware dishes worthy of trying in 2023

Pam George Culture, Headlines

As my friends persistently point out, I eat out — a lot. But, hey, it’s part of my job and something my husband and I enjoy doing together. Consider it a hobby. While I’ve had many excellent meals since COVID-19 restaurant restrictions relaxed, some dishes stand out for one reason or another. Some are seasonal, others are specials, and several …

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Robbie Jester is next Del. chef to compete on Netflix

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Delaware’s food fans have a new reason to subscribe to Netflix. Local chef Robbie Jester is one of 11 contestants on “Pressure Cooker,” a reality competition starting on Friday, Jan. 6. To celebrate his TV appearance, Jester and friends are throwing a premier party at Bellefonte Brewing Co.’s North Wilmington location starting at 6 p.m. The public is invited, but Jester isn’t allowed to comment until …

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Rehoboth’s Dru Tevis wins Food Network’s baking title

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Ultimately, it was the choice between a mountain in Switzerland or a hammock in the Caribbean. The countries were cake themes in the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” finale on Monday, Dec. 19. The ombre blue mountain cake belonged to Dru Tevis, director of the pastry program for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware-based SoDel Concepts, who had consistently wowed the judges during the eight-week program. …

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Uncle John’s BBQ opens in former Claymont gas station

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John Berl doesn’t like to sit still, and his average walking pace would make some breathless. A few weeks after the long-awaited Uncle John’s BBQ Stand finally opened, he was zipping from the dining room through the open kitchen to the area holding the giant smoker — and back again. The restaurant at 2509 Philadelphia Pike in Claymont debuted Nov 15, but …

The Chancery Market Food Hall & Bar

Sneak Peek: Chancery Market Food Hall and Bar

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  In downtown Wilmington, dining options are abundant, from Le Cavalier to La Fia and The Quoin. But if residents and workers near the Brandywine River crave a variety of culinary choices, they have to schlep for their meals. No longer. On Thursday, Dec. 1, The Chancery Market Food Hall &  Bar will open at 1313 N. Market Street, which longtime …

Dru Tevis Holiday Baking Championship

Will Delaware pastry chef Dru Tevis take $25,000 prize?

Pam George Culture, Headlines

When we last left Delaware’s “Dru-nicorn,” he made it through the second episode of “Holiday Banking Championship” on the Food Network. But could Dru Tevis survive another round? First State residents, friends, family and his SoDel Concepts colleagues tuned in last night to watch. Indeed, many gathered at Thompson Island Brewing Co. in Rehoboth to watch alongside the pastry chef — and taste the …

Festive holiday dining for 2022

5 festive holiday places to drink, dine

Pam George Culture, Headlines

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in these tasty Delaware spaces decorated for a festive holiday. Klondike Kate’s Sleigh Bar in Newark and Blitzen in Wilmington have returned to serve a cup of good cheer. To the south, Above the Dunes in Rehoboth is debuting a Miracle Pop-Up on Nov. 21. Schellville in Rehoboth has expanded its food and beer offerings, and Benvenuto in Milford has become a …