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 …

Secret Delaware

‘Secret Delaware’ uncovers First State’s fun facts, figures

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

A border marker buried under a manhole, a fiberglass presidential candidate and lots and lots of lima beans are some of the “weird, wonderful and obscure” elements that define Delaware in a new book. “Secret Delaware” is the second book written together by Rachel Kipp and Dan Shortridge, a married couple who have lived or worked in all three counties. …

KJ Johnson's Young Simba in "The Lion King" on Broadway. (Courtesy of Kenneth E Johnson)

Cab student plays Young Simba in ‘Lion King’ on Broadway

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

The first Broadway show that KJ Johnson saw was “The Lion King.” And now the Cab Calloway School of the Arts student is in the hit Disney musical, as one of two actors playing Young Simba. When KJ and his father, Kenneth E. Johnson, got the news that he was cast, “There was a lot of jumping and screaming and …

Coffee shop coffee shops new coffee shops in Delaware

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 …

Photo from West Side Grows Together MLK cleanup from last year.

8 ways to mark MLK Day in the First State

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Culture

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, and Delawareans have numerous ways to commemorate his legacy. Many will look for ways to give back to the community on their day off, a now-traditional way to honor the Civil Rights activist.  Lucky for them, the weather will favor them this weekend with clear skis and highs between 40 and 50, with …

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 …

Tim Letts, left, alongside Bill Sumiel after the kidney transplant surgery.

Former Uber driver: Giving rider kidney ‘easiest decision’

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Culture

An Uber driver wanted to give one last ride on the day before he was due to trade in his car. Tim Letts, an Army veteran who lived in Cape May, New Jersey, was matched with a request to take Bill Sumiel to his Salem, New Jersey, home from the Vascular Institute in Vineland, New Jersey. “I kind of knew …

12 Delaware dishes

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 …

Great Stuff Resale

Great Stuff Savvy Resale & Home can help declutter your New Year

Terry Rogers Culture

Becoming the best version of ourselves is something everyone wants to achieve in 2023 and Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Great Stuff Savvy Resale & Home may be able to help you cross one of your resolutions off your list. If one of the things you hope to do in the new year is to declutter your home and live a …

Wilmington Riverfront fireworks

Wilmington moves NYE fireworks to Sunday night

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The Wilmington riverfront fireworks have been moved to Sunday, Jan. 1, because of predicted bad weather. The show, sponsored by the Riverfront Development Corp., is expected to take place shortly after 9 p.m. over the Christina River. It can be seen from most parts of the Riverwalk, with the best viewing between the public dock and the Riverfront Market. RELATED: …