March 22, 2015

The Global Delaware Fund, founded by Matt Haley and Scott Kammerer of SoDel Concepts, presented a check for $1,000 to the Rehoboth Elementary School Art Docent Program. The money was raised at the Feb. 19 Women & Wine event at Lupo di Mare Italian Kitchen, one of SoDel Concepts’ eight restaurants.

“We are happy to host the Women & Wine fundraiser each month at Lupo Italian Kitchen because it benefits the community in which we do business,” said Kammerer, president and CEO of SoDel Concepts, which also owns and operates Plate Catering and Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen, a food truck. “We love that the February event benefitted a local elementary school.”

The Rehoboth Elementary School Art Docent Program introduces art history and art discussions into every classroom. Involved parents write seven lessons a year on an artist or a style of art. They also come up with an idea for a related art project for the students. About 40 docents teach the lessons, discuss the artwork and supervise the art project.

Each year, there’s a theme. For the 2014-15 school year, students are learning about American artists. Past themes include architecture from Ancient Greece to the 20th century, and female artists from the Renaissance to the present.

“This program would not be possible without all of our great parent volunteers and the support of the local community,” said Nelia Dolan, director of the RES Art Docent Program. “Providing art supplies for 600 students each month is costly. The program has always relied on the generosity of the local business community, whose support of Rehoboth Elementary School this year has been overwhelming.”

The crowd came not only to support the organization but also to enjoy a four-course meal with complementary wines, which included tuna crudo, baby kale salad, roasted porchetta and mascarpone panna cotta.

The evening also included a raffle with prizes donated by moms who participate in program, including Tiffany Caldwell of Tiffany Caldwell Photography, Kelly Bisaha of Henlopen City Oyster House, Jeane Cohen from Bad Hair Day, Lori Dinger, Karen Falk, Christina DiSalvo, Jen Barrows and Liza Dolan. Mike Dickinson, director of operations for SoDel Concepts, and Kammerer donated two Lupo gift certificates, and Dave Hill of Outlet Liquors also donated a prize.

“The event at Lupo was on the coldest night of this very cold winter, but all in attendance were so generous, the food was so delicious, and it was just a really fun night,” Dolan said. “I cannot thank the staff of Lupo enough for both hosting the fundraiser and giving so generously to our program.”

It’s all part of the way SoDel Concepts does business, Kammerer said. “This is what we are all about: Creating beautiful, simple food, giving our employees opportunities to show their talent and giving back to others.” For more information, go to