In its sixteenth year as a Rehoboth Beach dining hot spot, Eden Restaurant, located at 23 Baltimore Avenue, was originally located on Rehoboth Avenue. In 2005, Jeff McCracken and Mark Hinker took over ownership of the restaurant, opening JAM Bistro next door in 2009. With the opening of JAM Bistro, named by using the first initials of both owners, diners have the option of both fine and casual dining within steps of each other.
Danielle Panarello, Director of Operations and the pastry chef at the Eden, has been in the restaurant industry for 22 years, while Chris Capriotti, General Manager at JAM Bistro, began busing tables at 16, working his way up in the restaurant business. As Eden has grown, the staff has grown with the company. The sous chef at Eden became the head chef at JAM Bistro when they opened. The company is proud that many of those who began by busing tables have grown into servers, and the clientele often comments that it is nice to see the same faces when they return each year to the beach.
Eden focuses on bold American food, as Head Chef Andy Fealey creates local, seasonal menu items. All seafood is delivered fresh daily, and many of the spices and produce are picked from the garden that both Eden and JAM Bistro share. JAM Bistro is open for lunch and features more casual fare, such as burgers, salads and lighter entrees, created by Head Chef, Gary Johnson. JAM Bistro features entrees priced from $18 to $25, while Eden’s entrees range between $25 and $33. Danielle creates all desserts in-house as well.
Each month, Eden, a Wine Spectator Award Winner, offers a special wine dinner where they pair four courses and present five wines. The dinner is community style, and each has a specific theme. In July, the dinner theme was designed to celebrate Bastille Day, with French foods and wines from HP Wine Merchants. In September, the theme is Italian. On the day after Thanksgiving, the theme is “Say No to Leftovers” and on New Year’s Day they offer a “Hangover Cure” with Eden’s twist on comfort foods. Reservations are required as there are only 50 seats available for the wine dinners.
The bars at both Eden and JAM Bistro focus on infusion cocktails, creating unique drinks based on classic cocktails. They make their own liquors, bourbons and other spirits, including a mango jalapeno tequila. The drinks are created using herbs from the garden, and bar preparation can take as much as ten to twelve hours per week.
Eden begins serving dinner nightly at 6:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 302-227-3330, or through their website. JAM Bistro serves lunch from 12 Noon until 3:00 p.m., and dinner starting at 5:00 p.m. daily. For more information, visit them online or call 302-226-JAMM.