patsys restaurant bethany beach

Patsy’s Restaurant used to be the new kid on the block, then one day it was part of the establishment. When her mom, Patsy, opened the now-iconic Bethany Beach restaurant Robin Rankin took up running the front of the house, hostessing, waiting tables, whatever was needed to help get the family restaurant on its feet. Before too long, though, she made her way back into the kitchen. After all, the mother/daughter team each had attended L’academie de Cuisine in Bethesda to help them each elevate their cooking skills. Patsy’s focus had been in bread and pastries when the family lived in Washington D.C. and she brought those sensibilities to bear when she opened her eponymous restaurant, which started with more of a sandwich shop vibe. By the time Robin moved into the kitchen in 2005 Patsy’s Restaurant in Bethany Beach was transitioning to more of a casual/fine dining place. Patsy’sContinue Reading

salad dressing secrets

The most important of all salad dressing secrets is take care and make an effort. The rest comest down to taste. With the last of the tomatoes coming off the vine and the first of the fresh fall greens, like kale and spinach just starting to come into their own it’s a good time to start to reimagine the possibilities of having something fresh every night. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to put together a fresh dressing to go with it. It also provides an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen quickly. Salad is the one thing almost everyone has time to make, even when you’re just stopping off for a pizza or burgers on the way home. Some cheats and general principles can set you loose in the kitchen before dinner in a kind of meditative state. The 10-minute investment can be satisfying all on itsContinue Reading

nanticoke watershed alliance kids

Each year as volunteers for the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) wade in at Trap Pond to measure the water clarity it is about more than just collecting information, it is about an attitude. As the nonprofit that is responsible for tracking the health of the watershed, the NWA is cultivating a culture of people who both understand and care about the ecosystem’s health. That is why it is so important to have kids involved. Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, Del. is a campground as well as a nature preserve, where people travel in to kayak, canoe, fish and even birdwatch. The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance Wade In incorporates kids as well as adult volunteers in the event as a way of recruiting conservationists of the future as much as to bring a little depth to the children’s day camp experience.  For the adults, the idea is to give them anContinue Reading

southern boys concepts Evo restaurant salisbury

For Southern Boys Concepts, which owns and operates five restaurants in the region, developing a culture of quality always has been a priority. As owners Tom and John Knorr worked with their chefs to develop the particulars of each restaurant, they retained an imprint that ran through all the company’s endeavors. Although each place specializes in a different style and presentation, respect for the guest experience and a commitment to a spectacular culinary experience is present across the spectrum. Since putting their own imprint on the Red Roost Crabhouse and Restaurant in 1996, Southern Boys Concepts has specialized in identifying a culinary niche and developing the restaurant around it. Boonies Restaurant and Tiki Bar in Tyaskin, for example, emphasizes the family night out experience both in its menu and pricing, while the upscale SoBo’s Wine Beerstro in Salisbury is a place for grownups to spend a quality night out. SpecificContinue Reading

It has been more than a decade since George Sakellis and his sister, Maria Sakellis, moved to the area and established Laurel Pizzeria and more has happened in the ensuing decade than either originally had imagined. They were drawn to Laurel because of the opportunity the town presented. It was a town, they thought, on the move with a nice balance of older people and young families. From George’s perspective, it was a great place for a start. If you had asked him then, his 10 year plan might not have included growing old in Laurel but times change and roots get planted. Within the first few years both he and Maria had become attached to the town and its people. George has begun raising a family in town and the siblings have become not only prominent and respected business owners, but also good friends and neighbors both personally andContinue Reading