The Best of Delaware 2009
From crab cakes and cheesesteaks to prime rib and clam bakes, little Delaware is packed with great places to eat and terrific places to shop. Here’s the cream of the crop.
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Best Event Planners
Critics, upstate: Planning an event—from a cocktail party to a wedding—can be a lot to handle. So let Samantha Diedrick and Secretariat wedding and event planners manage every detail. “We work with a lot of event planners, and one of the best is Secretariat,” Butler says. “Samantha is totally hands-on, which makes the guests—and the caterer—very comfortable.” The company has been woman-owned since 1968. Diedrick is the fourth woman to take the helm. Customers love her attention to detail and her ability to manage a budget. “In this economy, people are scaling back on their celebrations,” she says. “I like getting to know the planners and finding out what they want.” (P.O. Box 3509, Wilmington, 654-4479)
Critics, downstate: Seventy percent of Make My Day event planning’s customers are brides- and grooms-to-be, but Leanne Silicato and Casey Kieffer can also pull off any kind of celebration without a hitch. That’s what they did in 2006, when Lewes was recognizing its 375th anniversary. The day-long event took a year to plan and involved inviting overseas dignitaries and several VIP cocktail parties that spanned an entire town. Silicato and Kieffer have also made the day of many a beneficiary by organizing fundraising events. The key? These local gals have longstanding relationships with local vendors. And don’t tell anyone, but they also know the best spots on the beach to tie the knot. (701 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7111)