Developing the Delaware Culinary Trail with the Delaware Economic Development Office

This month’s dining feature tell you where to go, what to eat and how to make it at home, plus industry insight as to why your favorite dining destinations thrive or dive in this economy.

Rejoice, All Ye Foodies

Our readers love dining guides. But this month’s feature is special because it’s a collaboration among friends.

Last year, Charlie Tomlinson, Mark Nardone, Rob Martinelli, and I met with Linda Parkowski and Heather Kenton. Linda, as you may know, is the director of tourism at the Delaware Economic Development Office. Heather is DEDO’s tourism development leader. We met for lunch at Harry’s Seafood to discuss a partnership that concerned Delaware’s new Culinary Trail. The trail, as designated by DEDO, is focused on 24 of our most iconic restaurants. (There are more, of course.) Linda and Heather thought of a cookbook that would offer recipes from chefs at these locales.

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Another fabulous woman, Pam George, wrote the cookbook“First State Plates: Iconic Delaware Restaurants and Recipes,” which was designed by Media Two in Baltimore, part of our Today Media company. I can’t wait to get my copy.

Mark Nardone’s dining feature complements the cookbook by showcasing the restaurants. Online, we offer a report on new restaurant openings statewide. Combine our feature and online offerings with this cookbook, and you’ll know where to go, what to eat, and how to make the entrées.

Other features include Doug Rainey’s “The Butts-in-Seats Conundrum,” a piece explaining why arts organizations struggle to survive. We touch the surface here, but there is still more to discuss. And just for fun, writer Shari Short gets Delawareans to spill about their Valentine’s Day disasters.

Our former assistant creative director, Louise Bolin-Woods, now shares her fabulousness with the IT department. She was offered a promotion she couldn’t refuse. We miss her very much, but we’re thrilled that she’s been recognized.

I welcome your comments.

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Team Notes

Mark Nardone 
It was a perfect night for the holiday tree lighting and caroling in Rehoboth Beach after Thanksgiving. Everyone’s pipes seemed to be in order, and spirits were high. It was a joy to watch the kids dancing at the edge of the bandstand. It was almost as great a joy to demolish a serving of Alison Blyth’s sticky toffee pudding at Go Fish! after the festivities.

Ron Dubick
So, here it is Christmas and I’m shooting images for February. Everywhere I go there are poinsettias, wreaths, Christmas trees, and one elf’s cap that I had to ask a waitress to remove. She was not pleased, especially when the cap got caught on her earring. So, I felt the Holiday Spirit while moving all the decorations out of view of my camera. Now it’s Valentines everywhere!

Drew Ostroski  
Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day. While we don’t have a Punxsutawney Phil, Delaware does seem to possess more than its share of groundhogs. Are groundhogs and turkey vultures (aka buzzards) taking over? As a child I enjoyed spotting tiny quail scurrying into the brush along the road. I don’t see many quail these days. I think they’ve been replaced by groundhogs and buzzards.

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