King Cole Cannery Celebrity Chef Cook-off set Oct. 15 in Milton

September 24, 2016

The Milton Historical Society is pleased to announce the participation of chefs Kevin Reading (Abbott's Grill), Chris Parks (Lupo Italian Kitchen) and Stephanie Wampole (Bacchus Wine Bar) in the first ever King Cole Cannery Celebrity Chef Cook-off and Gourmet Wine Basket Raffle fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 15, at Milton ire Hall, sponsored by the Milton Historical Society.

Reading is the owner and founder of Abbott's Grill and Abbott's on Broad Creek. He has over 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry both as a restaurateur and chef. A graduate of the Philadelphia Restaurant School in 1994, Reading went on to open the acclaimed Fox Point Grill in Wilmington that same year. In the following years, he ventured to southern Delaware to open Rehoboth Beach favorites Espuma and Nage. Reading has won several awards, including Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year. Most recently, he's partnered with the owners of Mispillion River Brewing Company to open Smyrna' first brewpub, Brick Words Brewing & Eating.

Parks hails from New Jersey. He graduated from The Restaurant School in Philadelphia with a culinary degree in specialized technology. He began his career working for Capital Restaurant Concepts in Washington, D.C. in 2002. In 2007 he moved up to New York City to work under acclaimed chefs Tom Colicchio and then later Andrew Carmellini. In January 2014, Parks joined SoDel Concepts and currently works as executive chef at Lupo Italian Kitchen. Parks resides in Lewes with his wife, Korine, their two sons, Miles and Bodhi, and their Labrador Eddie.

Wampole is originally from Baltimore, Md. She moved to the Eastern Shore to attend Salisbury University where she received her bachelor‘s degree in communications. A few years later Wampole attended Wor-Wic Community College studying culinary arts. While finishing her culinary degree, Wampole worked at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. After graduating she was a garde manger and prep cook at the four diamond rated restaurant STARS located in the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael's, Md. She is now head chef at Bacchus Wine Bar of Milton which will be celebrating its one year anniversary in October.

Both the cook-off and raffle will be held Oct. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Milton Fire Hall. Tickets to the cook-off are $25 each, and are limited to the first 200 reservations. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste offerings from chefs Reading, Parks and Wampole. All chefs will be competing using fruits and vegetables in their recipes that would have been canned at a local King Cole Cannery. Attendees will have a vote in deciding the winner of the King Cole Cannery Celebrity Chef Cook-off.

A cash bar will offer a selection of wine, Dogfish Head beer, and soft drinks. 

To purchase event tickets, email or call 302-684-1010. Funds raised at this event go to support the museum's programs, walking tours, lectures, new exhibitions and a wide variety of educational programs for local children.

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