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The Hump Continued from page 58 This seldom happens, however, whether it's the felafel (ground chick peas, cilantro, Italian pars- ley, garlic and spices, formed into balls and deep fried), lamb shish kebab, the kibbe kufta (ground beef, lightly spiced and char- broiled), or the dulma (stuffed grape leaves), the latter of which Marsha said has been gaining in popularity. She believes this is due to the fact that it reminds peo- ple of sushi, which is no longer a novelty, either. One problem faced by all resort businesses has also plagued The Camel's Hump to an extent - "try- ing to find dedicated employees. All too often, they want the mon- ey, but they don't want to work for it," Marsha explained, even though she has been fortunate to keep a number of waitresses on staff from their teenage years well into adulthood. Years of help from various family members has also been a factor. Admitting to being a stern taskmaster, she notes her cus- tomers expect things to be done a certain way and at times her sav- ing grace has been the influx of foreign summer workers. "The workers are asked to eval- uate their employer when they re- turn at the end of the summer and we received such a good report that we've had close to 100 appli- cants for this year," she said. Another trend, but a pleasant one, is that more families with younger children are trying the somewhat exotic fare. "They used to come in with piz- za or burgers for their kids, but now they're more open-minded and adventurous," Marsha said. There is also less of a leaning toward all-vegetarian fare, even though they offer a variety of such items - mint and lemon-soaked taboulee, feta sandwiches and couscous - to name a few. "I think people have decided that when they are going to eat meat, it's go- ing to be something top notch," Marsha said. Another aspect of consistency is the decor - a rich warm pastiche of Middle Eastern tapestries and draperies, gleaming copper, plants and colorful lamps. Customers re- serve the popular tent room well in advance for special occasions and larger parties and all variety of camels (most gifts from cus- tomers) grace the glass cases, some guarding the trays of bakla- va and cheese pies offered for dessert. If the Republicans ever regain the White House, Marsha said, she'll see the return of some fa- miliar faces after a few years' ab- sence. "We've found this happen whenever there's a change in the administration in Washington. They come in and eat and tell us 'it's still as good as we remem- CAPE GAZE'I'll, Friday, April 10 . April 16, 1998 - 59 Shown during the ribbon cutting when The Camel's Hump first opened its doors on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach 20 years ago, are (l-r) proprietors Marsha and Richie Shihadeh; the late Miriam Howard, who was mayor of Re- hoboth Beach at the time; and Adele Vignola, who was execu- tive director of the Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce. In the background, customers Richard Derrickson, Nancy Fifer, the late Peck Pleasanton and Betty Mann-Beebe can be much as ever - it's safe and retains that small-town charm, with some of the most beautiful homes and gardens anywhere," they both agreed. The Shihadehs aren't promising a 40th Annual Champagne Buffet to welcome in the spring of 2018, however, and carrying on their tradition would be a difficult feat for anyone else, even if Richie were willing to divulge his recipes. So it's best to savor the unique flavors and atmosphere nOW. seen. ber!'" Marsha noted. 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