Are you having a party? Buy local!

During the holiday season, one of the challenges is to feed your guests, even if it’s just a cocktail. Unlike my mom who insisted that everything be homemade, I am grateful to carry out local restaurants and specialty shops.

A starting point is Touch of Italy, which has branches in Lewes and Rehoboth. I buy some homemade mozzarella from Lewes, then roast my own tomatoes and garlic and grab a baguette. The Antipasti Della Casa and the Garlic Cheese Bread from the Rehoboth store are quite filling. No time for a fresh pasta salad? Take a look at the dining menus at both locations.

The day after Thanksgiving, I was to give lunch to the family members who had come to help decorate the tree. I ordered six different big submarines from Casapulla in Lighthouse Square near Giant on Route 1. I cut them in half so everyone could taste what they wanted. My husband’s favorite sub was called Old School, and it had sweet soppressata, tangy provolone, capicola, and prosciutto. My sister-in-law René, who missed the Thanksgiving feast, ordered the Turkey Stuffer Sub, which was really stuffed with roast turkey, mayonnaise, flavorful stuffing, and whole cranberries. I slipped the other half, and oh my god was that good!

When I visit Nectar in downtown Lewes, I order the Quinoa Salad, which is a tasty dish with feta cheese. I often buy a couple of containers to go. Nectar also offers a generous salad sampler with three selections, your choice, beet salad, chicken salad, egg salad or hummus. Order the citrus salmon for all of your guests if your budget allows.

We love Crust and Craft’s pizza, but they also serve great appetizers, like wood-fired spinach dip and homemade ricotta. You enjoyed Surf Bagel’s bagels, but did you know their shrimp salad is always available in the take out deli crate? My guests love it!

Finally, the piece de resistance is the specialty store Patty’s. Its motto is “Serve food from submarines to the sublime”. Many of you may remember that Patty Jacobs had a store in Georgetown for over 10 years and added a second location in Lewes, where Half Full was located. In March 2020, she moved to the Hazzard Auto Repair Complex on Savannah Road in Lewes.

says Patty, “My love of food started at an early age, helping my Italian grandmother in her vegetable garden and later helping my mother in her catering and catering establishment. “

There is no better chicken salad on the planet! She offers two kinds, one traditional and the other with Granny Smith apples and currants. They might seem a bit pricey, but trust me they are worth every penny. Choose a take-out menu or ask to be on its daily email specials list where you might be tempted to purchase from over two dozen items, such as polpette (Italian meatloaf) with mash of potatoes and peas in butter.

Patty explained, “I want my clients to know that they can set up an impromptu meeting. They don’t need to worry. They can stop by anytime to purchase a variety of cheeses, pasta salads, homemade dips, salsas, olives, nuts, and even cocktail mixers.

Patty’s is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. Go to

I love to entertain and appreciate all the help I can get. If your budget allows, support local businesses so everyone wins!

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