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52 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 11 - July 17, 1997 Celsius brings French, New York influence to Rehoboth By Trish Vernon Celsius Restaurant has built a reputation of being a degree or two above the rest over its fairly short but illustrious Rehoboth Beach history. Founded by Aaron Flamm and the late Michael Bros- sette, Celsius is now operating without skipping a beat under the able auspices of Jean-Luc Charp- entier and Mary Jan e Stanton: The duo has transformed the menu -adding a "little bit of Paris and a little bit of New York," as Cfiarpentier brings his French.in- fluence and Stanton her Manhat- tan experience. A native of the Big Apple, exec- utive chef Stanton has trained in the finest French restaurants in the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, having al- so worked in Paris, where she met Charpentier. A native of the City of Lights, he brings his wide back- ground in pastry and French cui- sine to the Nation's Summer Cap- ital. They both worked in such fine establishments as Le Chateau, Auberge Maxime and Daniel's, as well as owned "It's My Party Catering" for 10 years, serving New York and Connecticut "We want people to experience a little bit of Paris and a whole lot of Rehoboth Beach," Stanton ex- plained of their goal to make their own definitive niche here. This also extends to the warmth and hospitality of the staff - a point sometimes lost in the hustle and bustle of the resort restaurant scene. Employing only the freshest and finest ingredients, appetizers refuse to take a back seat to the creativity of the entr6es on the well-rounded but not overwhelm- ing menu. (There are special dish- es offered in both categories each evening as well.) A sunflower seared tuna starter arrives in a cloud of rice noodles, accented by wasabe cream and topped with a delicate flower, causing one to stop and admire the artistry before.savoring the deli- cate flavor. Making a stronger statement is the chicken curry dumplings, pan seared wantons accompanied by oriental vegeta- bles and laced with plum sauce. There is also a soup of the day - a crab corn chowder may be of- fered - a salmon terrine with dill sauce; a sampling of humus; and carmelized onion tart with pine nuts and goat cheese on foccacia. Three salads grace the menu - from a Caesar to a spinach and duck with nuts, roquefort and wal- nut rabalais. Celsius prides itself on its fresh fish and unusual crab cakes served with wilted spinach, risotto cake and sun-dried tomato buerre blanc. But those who order the duck (served one evening either accompanied by a not cloying mango coutis or a tri-peppercorn sauce) are not surprised to learn this is Stanton's specialty. While duck can often brought to table a bit dry and stringy or greasy, eel-: sius duck entr6es are fresh, per- fectly cooked masterpieces. Another dish on which Celsius prides itself is the macadamia en- crusted mahi mahi served with a bright rice confetti and surround- ed by tomato coconut sauce. The wine list is extensive, with French, Australian and California vintages taking the spotlight- the price range not discriminating against those who may not have unlimited financial resources. Cocktails are also available in the expanded dining area, "which still features the cheerful but sophisti- cated yellow walls, blue ceilings and red trim - warmed by original art and crystal chandeliers - tailor- made for a convivial evening on the town. Desserts are to be savored as well, including the crusty topped creme brul6e, a trio of sorbets and chocolate ganache. For those unable to enjoy the ambiance of the 50-C Wilmington Avenue rest.aurant, there's always Celsius to Go? as well as catering of at-home parties and special events of every ilk. Celsius will be the scene of cigar dinners/wine tastings twice monthly, along with weekend brunches this season. Also, expect other innovations after the high season, as the crew at Celsius isn't planning to break camp at the first frost. In fact, as Stanton said, the plan is to become an integral part of the Cape Re- gion community. They are also going to get on the Sea Witch Pa- rade bandwagon in October with Stanton playing Cruela of "101 Dalmatians" fame. She needs children six and under to help with the theme by wearing black spotted shirts as the part of the Dalmatians; if anyone wished to volunteer. For more information and reser- vations call Celsius Restaurant at 227-5767. Milton Chamber faces full agenda July 15 Plans for upcoming activities and special events fill the agenda of the Tuesday, July 15 Milton Chamber of Commerce meeting. Scheduled for 2 p.m. in the library, topics to be covered at the meeting include committee reports for Bargains on the Broadkill and discussion of fall events. Plans will be announced for the first Downtown Clean-up set for Sunday, August 3. Everyone is invited to BYOB (Bring Your Own Broom), and join in the spruce-up effort. The general clean-up day is one of the first new activities scheduled by the new board of directors of the Milton chamber. President Ed Harris said, "I want to see you out there in your shorts, with your brooms and hoses. People need to see a clean, professional appearing downtowrt Milton. The chamber will provide refreshments for all who help. Celsius A Restaurant has reopened under new ownership at 50-C Wilmington Avenue in Re- hoboth Beach. Among those gathered for the ribbon cutting are (l-r) Becky Donovan, Re- hoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce membership chairman; the Celsius crew - Diana Spar- row, Bob Hope-Miller, Rachel Bone, Monique Charpentier, Pascal Sagues, co-owner Mary Jane Stanton performing the honors; her business partner Jean Luc Charpentier, Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick and daughter Jillian, along with Carol Everhart, executive direc- tor of the chamber. That is, unle.,,' s you have a Rate Enhancer CD from County Bank. . Who ta Imu clott't get a m:ot ltsnce? With the lte  CD from Caxmty Bmk, lmu get t crest interest " ratt to begin wlth. Then, ifthattaremkatumforthebetrer, tl otmm td'" t=d 1o  t tl hi# m! Amlar tttt amlm not , but twice. It', em,/.lmt trivet $5,000 or mote,   Ik =,d mnr.h ur mo. ,. Our 2 o 5 l=r Rm  CD is FDIC  up to $100,000. Just .i anl00. ! ,,s,,,,, 302 226 9800 302.'947-7300 302"424-2500