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Business & Real Estate Cape Gazette FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 37 B y virtue of my involve- ment with the Rehoboth- Foodie.com/Touch of Italy Culinary Scholarship Foun- dation, I was honored to attend last week's Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foun- dation Banquet. The annual event is held at Harry's Savoy Grill in Wilmington, owned by seasoned restaurateur Xavier Teixido (pronounced: TISH- a-doe). The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the DRAEF and to honor Delaware high school students who have distinguished themselves in the 19 schools that offer DRA's ProStart culinary program. These budding chefs pre- pared the entire banquet - from the passed hors d'oeuvres to the lavish desserts - under the watchful eyes of a team of consummate professionals that included such downstate luminaries as SoDel Concepts Vice President Doug Ruley, Corporate Chef Ronnie Burkle and Executive Chefs Jason Dietterick, Maurice Catlett and Andy Feeley. Blue Moon co- owner and Executive Chef Lion Gardner lent an experienced hand, along with Fork + Flask @ Nage Corporate Chef Sean Corea. Gardner's wife and busi- ness partner Meghan recently served as executive director of the DRAEF. The small army of fledgling toques did an amazing job of prepping, cooking and serving the huge ballroom full of DRA ProStart supporters.  Harry's Hospitality Group owner Xavier Teixido (Harry's Savoy Grill, Harry's Seafood Grill and Kid Shelleen's res- taurant) was recently honored with the 2017 Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospi- tality Award at the National Restaurant Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C. And he was in good company: Past winners include Chef Paul Prudhomme, celebrated Louisi- ana restaurateur Ralph Brennan, Chik-fil-A's S. Truett Cathy and Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities President Rich- ard E. Marriott.  Teixido has chaired both the National Restaurant As- sociation and National Restau- rant Association Educational Foundation. He's also on the board of the Delaware Restau- rant Association. He played a big part in the development of the ProStart program for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, raising more than $1 million with the Upstate restaurateur spearheads culinary education in Delaware Bob Yesbek » THE BUSINESS OF EATING PHOTOS COURTESY DELAWARE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION AMBASSADOR OF HOSPITALITY AWARD Sponsor and 4th District State Sen. Greg Lavelle, left, Delaware Restaurant Association Executive Director Carrie Leishman and Harry's Hospitality Group boss Xavier Teixido. It was a tired but happy group of ProStart graduates who provided a four-course dinner and service to last week's packed house at Harry's Savoy Ballroom. Continued on page 40 By Maddy Lauria maddy@capegazette.com More than 100 volunteers from Dogfish Head raced against the rain April 24 during a “framing frenzy” for five Habitat for Hu- manity homes in Sussex County. Hundreds of 2-by-4s were piled in the back parking lot of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton as volunteers donned safety glasses and tool belts to as- semble frames needed for future homes to be built in Ellendale's Ingram Village and just outside Milton. “This is one of my favorite days of work,” said Dogfish Founder and President Sam Calagione as he took a break from hammering a frame. “The mission of Habitat for Humanity is all about the reward of working hard and col- laborating, and that mission is part of what we do at Dogfish. We see it as an opportunity to give back to the community that supports us.” Habitat for Humanity Execu- tive Director Kevin Gilmore said in the eight years Dogfish has participated in the framing fren- zy, volunteers from the business have helped build 26 homes. This year, about 170 Dogfish employ- ees signed up to volunteer, he said. “It's a great demonstration to other businesses about giving back to the community,” Gilmore said. “It's really a great way to bring people together to help the community.” Korah West, who worked on the frame of her future house, said she was stunned by the turn- out of volunteers. “I've never been to something like this, and it's overwhelming that it's my house,” the single mom said. “This is absolutely amazing.” Deandria Morris, another soon-to-be-homeowner benefit- ting from the Habitat builds, also said she was blown away. “I just think it's a blessing that people can volunteer their time to other people they don't even know,” she said. For more about Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, go to sus- sexcountyhabitat.org. Framing frenzy takes over Dogfish Volunteers tackle five house frames in one day Dogfish Head Craft Brewery employee Tara Bowden, left, hammers a nail while co-worker Kerry Ferber holds the boards in place during a framing frenzy build event at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery April 24. MADDY LAURIA PHOTOS SUSSEX COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Executive Director Kevin Gilmore, left, joins Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione dur- ing the framing frenzy. Dozens of volunteers fill the parking lot at Dogfish Head to help build frames for five houses. Korah West, left, and Deandria Mor- ris have been working hard to own their future homes, thanks to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.