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62 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 22. August 28, 1997 Seaside's Julia Child dinner a success Seaside Training and Employment Partnership held its first Tribute to Julia Child on Friday, Aug. 15, at its head- quarters located in Henlopen Junction, Rehoboth Beach. Those who attended were treated to a gourmet dinner, com- plete with wines, and the proceeds benefited the Julia Child Educational Foundation, raising over $1,000. The funds are used to provide culinary scholarships for worthy students. Shown (above left) enjoying the repast are (l-r) Dennis Roehford, president of the Maritime Exchange of the Delaware River and Bay Authority; Rep. Donna Stone of Dover, along With Mary and Fred Kaltrieder of the Dover Post. Below are the chefs who contributed to the evening's suc- cess, donating their time and expertise to the cause. They are (back row, l-r) Ted Robinson of Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats; Dennis Yatuzis of the Sea Grille; (front row) Jeff Thie- mann of Fusion; Ellen McKenzie of Chez La Mer; Bonnie Aronson, head chef at Seaside Training; and Jonathan Spi- vak, also of Fusion. It was decided to hold the dinners around the country to celebrate Child's 80th birthday, said Toni Allegra, president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). The Julia Child Endowment Fund specifically sup- ports culinary education programs to create scholarships that allow others to continue in the tradition of Child, whose creativity, passion and pioneering spirit have elevated the status of the culinary arts in recent years. They have set a goal of $200,000. S FISHHOUSE & PRODUCE Delaware cukes, lopes and watermelon rely on busy bees to survive Next time you take a bite of a sweet, juicy Delaware watermel- on, consider the honey bee that helped make it possible. While recognized for producing honey, this industrious insect serves an even more vital purpose. The honey bee is the primary source of pollination for fruits and vegetables, oilseeds and legume seed crops. "The honey bee's value to farm- ers and consumers is significant," said Dewey Carom cooperative extension apiculturalist at the Uni- versity of Delaware. "About one- third of the food Americans eat comes directly from the pollina- tion honey bees perform." A 1989 Cornell University study calculated the direct value of honey bee pollination to U.S. agriculture at $9.7 billion a year. Moreover, the bee's contribution to home vegetable and flower gar- dens as well as wildlife habitat is incalculable. In Delaware, apple, blueberry, watermelon, cantaloupe and cu- cumber crops depend on bee polli- nation. Figures for 1995 indicate that bees are responsible for $10 million in vegetable production annually in this state. "It takes one bee colony to pol- linate an acre of cucumbers, a ma- jor vegetable crop in this state," Caron said. "During the growing season beekeepers move their bees from farm to farm and or- chard to orchard. Farmers hire the pollination services their crops re- quire, and beekeepers harvest the honey." Nationally, more than 200,000 beekeepers tend four mil- lion beehives. Although the vast majority of beekeepers are hobby- ists, some 10,000 Americans keep bees as a part-time job. Only about 1,600 are "commercial" beekeepers, whose colonies pro- duce 60 percent of U.S. honey. Commercial beekeeping opera- tions are frequently family busi- ness that are handed down from generation to generation. McNeill, Inc. web site wins award McNeill, Inc., a Delaware-based hot sauce, salsa and seasoning man- ufacturer, has announced that its web site has won the "King of the Jun- gle Award," given to web sites which have all the elements of fine HTML coding, including style, continuity, reliability and a good theme. The site was designed by Harris Design of Hockessin, and features il- lustrations by internationally famous artist Jack Harris. - ,,S.OURMET mY THE SEA A SPECIALTY GOURMET & GIFT SHOP Over 3,000 food items from around the world ? Vietri & Mariposi serving pieces Gift Baskets made up to order & sent anywhere Fresh pate, mousses & cheeses during the summer 10% Discount June, July and August when you shop before 10 a.m. daily. You'll save on parking too: 37 BALTIMORE AVENUE REHOBOTH BEACH 302-226-2344 {NEXT DOOR TO THE BLUE MOON}