James Taylor once said, “Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not.”
On four Friday evenings throughout this past summer, the Food Bank of Delaware helped to make things clear for some supporters in Kent County. Earlier this summer, the Captain’s Lady Charters reached out to the Food Bank of Delaware with an idea for a fundraiser. The Captain’s Lady Charters is a headboat, maintained and piloted by Captain Bob Trowbridge and docked out of Paskey’s Wharf in Bowers Beach, Delaware. Throughout the summer, the Captain’s Lady offers fishing trips and cruises in the Chesapeake Bay. In the recent years, Captain Trowbridge and his team have offered fundraising cruises throughout the summer months. This year the team decided to offer the proceeds of all four of their fundraising cruises to the Food Bank of Delaware.
On four Friday evenings, May 20, June 24, July 29 and August 26, over 80 individuals boarded the Captain’s Lady for a cruise on the Delaware Bay. Each cruise was catered by The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford branch. In addition, each cruise menu was paired with a local beer or wine. The May cruise was paired with Mispillion River Brewing, the June cruise with Harvest Ridge Winery, the July cruise with Dogfish Head Brewery and the August cruise with Fordham and Dominion Brewing. The menus for each cruise were selected to highlight local produce and bring out the flavors of the locally crafted beer. Of the many fan favorites throughout the summer were hoagies on a stick, shrimp tacos, watermelon gazpacho and cucumber mango soup. Each cruise was scheduled from 7 to 10 PM and included a visit to two lighthouses in the bay where guests could take pictures.
“The Sunset Cruises were a highlight to the summer for the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Chad Robinson, Milford Branch Director. “These cruises were a fun way to introduce new folks to the Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford and let them enjoy good food. It gave everyone a chance to relax with friends, be on the bay and enjoy great food.”
The Sunset Cruises were extremely successful in supporting scholarships for the Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford branch. In the course of the four cruises, we were able to raise over $3000.
“I look forward to hopefully continuing these events next summer with the Captain’s Lady. I can’t thank them enough for offering these great events for our community and supporting us with this unique event,” said Robinson.