Matt Kern, chef/owner of One Coastal.

Delaware’s Matt Kern of One Coastal is a James Beard Finalist

Pam GeorgeHeadlines, Culture

When Matt Kern was growing up in the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, area, he often felt like he didn’t belong. That changed when he was 14 and started working in a restaurant kitchen. “I immediately felt comfortable,” recalled Kern, who couldn’t afford culinary school tuition. His sense of belonging has reached a new level. This morning, the James Beard Foundation released the Restaurant and …

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Delaware Food Bank opens new Milford facility

Terry RogersCulture, Headlines

The Food Bank of Delaware new 71,000-square-foot Milford Branch was officially opened with a ribbon cutting by the employee who had worked there the longest. Delaware dignitaries looked on as Frank Coverdale cut the ribbon as dignitaries watched during a brisk Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The ceremony capped a nearly three-year project to build a new facility to enhance …

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Donuts, barbecue, pizza, sausage and French fries

Pam GeorgeHeadlines, Culture

Barbecue and donuts are big news in Delaware, and one newcomer has decided to package them together.  But word on the street also has good eats in Newark, where a West African restaurant just opened, and La Casa Pasta prepares to celebrate its 45th anniversarye.  Barbecue and breakfast  Those who commute via Marsh Road in Brandywine Hundred may have noticed …

Taste Kennett Kennett Square Brewing Co.

Taste Kennett tour showcases Pa. town’s culinary diversity

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

Most people leave the Eating Rehoboth walking tour with a full belly. That’s because the 2½-hour trek through downtown Rehoboth Beach pauses at five eateries for samples. Ann Vaughan, however, took home an idea.  “Oh, my God, this would be so great in Kennett Square,” she told herself. That was in 2013. By 2014, Taste Kennett Food Tours was operating …


Grotto’s birch beer; Bardea back on Mondays; Restaurant Week

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

If you can taste the difference between birch and root beer, you’ll be happy to know that Grotto Pizza is once again serving the soda. What’s the difference? Birch beer is made for birch, while the original root beer contained sassafras vines and roots.  The product is not the only popular item back in local chain restaurants. The healthy, fast-casual …

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A chef shakeup. A new Brandywine Restaurant. A look at old faves

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

  Manisha Collet-Govinden, the opening chef at Bar Reverie in Greenville, is no longer at the restaurant.   Owner David Dietz had “moved mountains” to bring the family to Delaware. (They previously owned a restaurant in Paris.) But ultimately, it was not a good fit. The new chef, Steve Taplin, started Sept. 17 after working on new dishes at Dietz’s BBC …


Fall benefits: Some restaurants lower prices after Labor Day

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

People have a tenancy to rush into fall, and when it comes to food, that’s not a bad thing, particularly if you like pumpkin, squashes, apples and heartier fare. Restaurants are revising menus, coastal eateries are reinstating specials, and special events are kicking into high gear throughout the state. The second season Coastal locals rejoice once Labor Day rolls around. …


Grocery delivery changes behind Giant closing Milford warehouse

Betsy PriceBusiness, Headlines

Changes in customer demand for grocery delivery is the reason the Giant Co. is closing its Milford warehouse, a company spokesman said. Giant, which operates six grocery stores in Delaware, will be closing Milford site, which was opened to guarantee grocery delivery in three hours, starting Oct. 21. “Our ambition is to meet the changing needs of our customers who …


More Mexican restaurants headed to Newark, Dover

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

When it comes to Delaware’s dining scene, there is rarely has a slow news day, and that’s been particularly true this summer.  There are new restaurants in the works, and plenty of opportunities to try new foods. More Mexican In fall, Greg Vogely, owner of two Delaware Drip Café locations, plans to open Roja & Verde Taqueria next to the …


Milton’s Zava adds dinner; alfresco beach dining heats up

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

Now that the Fourth of July is in the rearview window, it’s time to truly celebrate summer. Dining outside and enjoying live music, sipping vino in a vineyard and bubbles on a farm, enjoying fresh produce and preparing delicious dishes at home all have their place. Dinner is served Zava Café in Milton, which opened as a breakfast and lunch spot, …