Cape Gazette

Local chefs and farmers combine for a cause

By Deny Howeth | Jun 26, 2014
Northeast Seafood Kitchen Chef Ronnie Burkle presents his tasty concoction.

The first Top Chef of the Culinary Coast event June 12 in Rehoboth Beach Convention Center raised funds for Lewes-Rehoboth Meals on Wheels.

The following categories were voted on by hundreds of supporters. The ticketholders voted, and the winners were: Chef Paul Gallo at Nage for Sexiest Food; Hobos’ Chef Gretchen Hanson for Most Creative Chef; and Chef Kevin Reading’s Abbott’s Grill for Best Reinvention of a Delmarva Tradition.

Salt Air Chef Matt Kern walked off with two awards: Food You Couldn’t Live Without and Top Chef.


Jen Blakeman of Fish On, left, and Lisa Wheeler of Plate Catering take advantage of down time and try the red, white and blue pistachio ice cream from Hopkins Farm Creamery. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Angie Watkins, flanked by her daughters Kathy McGuiness, left, and Beth Thomas, were on hand to volunteer. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
A large crowd estimated at 500 people was on hand to taste the culinary delights at the benefit. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Kathy McDonald and Executive Chef Paul Gallo of Nage pose for a photo after the rush of tasters. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Store Manager Paula Pepper and Production Manager Rodney Wilson dip Hopkins Farm Creamery ice cream. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Delaware Distilling Company offered its homemade spirits. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Paul Cullen provides continuous music during the event. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Sean Hixon from The Point Coffee House and Bake Shoppe serves hops-infused coffee. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Enjoying  the samples are (l-r) Ray and Gina Woods, Tom Schmitt and Abbey Feierstein. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Chad Campbell pours 16 Mile Tiller Brown. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Abbots Grill chef Kevin Reading offered a surf and turf Reinvention of a Delmarva Tradition. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Top Chef of the Culinary Coast committee (l-r) Kathleen Keuski, director, Meals on Wheels Lewes/Rehoboth; the Rehoboth Foodie and Lana O'Hollaren, event committee co-chairpersons; John Wolfle, event committee member and Meals on Wheels Lewes/Rehoboth board member; Jenna Beard, event committee member and Southern Delaware Tourism marketing program manager; Bob Derrickson, President, Meals on Wheels Lewes/Rehoboth; Gretchen Hanson, event committee member and chef/owner of Hobos restaurant; Scott Thomas, executive director, Southern Delaware Tourism. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
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