Delaware’s Culinary Coast™ Takes to the Road with Rockefeller Center Pop-Up

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Local business leaders team up with Southern Delaware Tourism to Celebrate Summer Solstice in New York City

Southern Delaware Tourism, as part of an ongoing campaign promoting the Culinary Coast™, partnered with Sussex County businesses to celebrate summer solstice with food and travel writers in New York City. The pop-up event, which took place on the plaza outside the Other Half Brewery at NYC’s famed Rockefeller Center, featured small bites from local chefs along with beverages from local producers.


Participating chefs included Doug Ruley and Ronnie Burkle of SoDel Concepts, Zach Dick of Dogfish Head, Ted Deptula of Crooked Hammock, Michael McNutt of Big Fish Grill, and Hari Cameron. The menu – served as small plates in a strolling-style event – showcased Southern Delaware’s bounty from land to sea. Guest writers enjoyed highlights including Arrowhead Point Oysters with local tuna, cantaloupe and hot sauce from SoDel Concepts, Sweet Corn Panna Cotta from Dogfish Head, Return Day Ox from Crooked Hammock, Local corn, tomato and asparagus salad from Big Fish Grill, and Heirloom Carrot Tart with lima bean ricotta from Hari Cameron.


Representing The Culinary Coast™ beverage community were Dogfish Head, Crooked Hammock, Thompson Island Brewing, Brimming Horn Meadery, Nassau Valley Vineyards, and Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery. Representatives from The Starboard in Dewey Beach, meanwhile, served up orange and grapefruit crushes in true Southern Delaware Style.


“We wanted to take Southern Delaware’s Culinary Coast to the heart of New York City to celebrate the start of summer,” says Southern Delaware Tourism Executive Director, Scott Thomas. “It was a great opportunity to have our chefs and bartenders connect with national media to enlighten them on the flavors and stories that set us apart as a culinary destination.”


The Culinary Coast™ campaign continues to be a key focus for Southern Delaware Tourism, as the team works to raise awareness of the region’s unique offerings. For more information about Southern Delaware Tourism please go to, or follow us on social media ( or on Instagram @visitsouthdel and @CulinaryCoastDE.)


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Southern Delaware Tourism supports and encourages the identification, development and promotion of sustainable, year-round tourism in Southern Delaware that contributes to economic growth and improves the quality of life. For more information, call Southern Delaware Tourism at 302-856-1818 or visit their website,