Gilbert named Best Server in Sussex County

Blake Gilbert, a server at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in North Bethany, was recently named Best Server, Sussex County, in Coastal Style magazine’s annual reader poll.

“Blake is the epitome of professionalism in the hospitality industry,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which has 10 restaurants along the Delaware coast. “He’s knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. He’s able to tailor his service to each guest, so they have the best possible experience.”

Originally from Bethlehem, Pa., Gilbert vacationed in Bethany Beach as a child. After attending the University of Delaware, he moved to the beach in 1997. A seasoned traveler, he worked for SoDel Concepts between adventures. He’s been working full-time with SoDel Concepts since 2014, although he still takes some time off to satisfy his wanderlust.

His professional and travel experience have made him an accomplished server, said Shannon Colburn, director of operations for SoDel Concepts, who oversees Bluecoast.

“Blake can handle any situation with poise,” she said. “He is the kind of server who can tell what a guest needs — another fork, more water, a sharing plate — often before they do. He is amazing to watch.”

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