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Hemingway’s Announces Arrival of Chef/Genral Manager Charles Coe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHemingway’s is pleased to announce the arrival of Chef Charles Coe as General Manager of the restaurant. Chef Charles is passionate about cooking and creating memorable dishes that are made from the finest ingredients available. “This is my life. I invest about 140 hours a week into this. I love the restaurant business. I tell everyone this isn’t for everyone but this is for me. You’re not opening a can; you’re devoting hundreds of hours a week. And that’s what it’s about. We have a great opportunity in this restaurant,” states Coe. A certified green chef in the state of Florida, Chef Charles plans to bring that concept to Hemingway’s. New menus are being prepared and will be introduced in the coming weeks. “The menus will be constantly evolving based on what’s available. I think that you have to concentrate on finding the best ingredients and focus on how you prepare them,” says Coe.

About Chef Charles:
Chef Charles Coe’s culinary career began early in childhood, where his family’s extensive travels exposed him to a myriad of cuisines and tastes most children would only dream of. It was this wide range of experiences that led him into the kitchen at a very young age.

Many years later Charles graduated Valedictorian from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He quickly began to refine his skills working alongside some of the finest Chefs in the Industry, including a stint with world renowned Certified Master Chef Soran Gerhard Arnaldi. Subsequent accomplishments included being appointed one of the youngest head chefs for the Marriott Corporation, where his assignments included the Boston Copley Place.

Charles continued to expand his horizons with the opening of several of his own restaurants in Florida, where he played an instrumental role in the design and production of the kitchen(s). From here, Charles started to consult for a number of restaurants both nationally and internationally. He began taping food shows all over the world and even started his own line of kitchen products, “The Perfect Product” by Chef Charles. Recently, Charles worked as Executive Chef for The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa; and he is the featured Executive Chef for a national television series, “Catch Clean Cook”. Chef Charles most recent

About Hemingway’s Restaurant:
Hemingway’s Restaurant is located on Kent Island, at the east end of the Bay Bridge. Completely rebuilt and redesigned in 2010, Hemingway’s features waterfront dining in a casual, relaxed atmosphere, with incredible sunsets daily. Enjoy dining inside or outside at either the Sunset Tiki Bar or the Upper Deck Bar. Open daily from 11am-10pm. Call (410) 604-0999 for reservations or more information. www.hemingwaysbaybridge.com.

Hemingways Band Schedule

July 13 – Keri Glorioso

July 14- Cuzzin Mark and Sean

July 15 – Dave Majerowicz

July 20 – Perry Watson

July 21 – Mark Derouches

July 22 – D’Vibe & Conga

July 27 – Sean Pelan

July 28 – Dave Majerowicz

July 29 – Dave & Stix

Hospice of Queen Anne’s Thanks Steve & Biana Arentz

Hospice of Queen Anne’s would like to send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to Steve and Biana Arentz, owners of Hemingway’s and Lola’s in Stevensville, Maryland. On Saturday, October 23rd, they held “the last sunset” to benefit Hospice of Queen Anne’s. Steve and Biana opened Hemingway’s 20 years ago and have given back to the community for the entire 20 years. “We are so honored that they selected Hospice of Queen Anne’s as the charity to benefit this historic event.”

Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live music by Jack Selway and D’vibe and Conga as well as a silent auction highlighted the evening’s festivities. $4,800 was raised to support Hospice of Queen Anne’s which will help enormously in continuing the services they provide to the community.

“It is community involvement and the generosity of the citizens of Queen Anne’s that make our work possible. When individuals like Steve and Biana step up, it makes a huge difference.” said Heather Guerieri, Executive Director of Hospice of Queen Anne’s.

For more information, contact Hospice of Queen Anne’s at 443-262-4100 or Biana Arentz biana@hemingwaysmaryland.com

Iconic Eastern Shore Restaurant Closing After 20 Years

Hemingway’s Restaurant and Lola’s Sunset Grill, at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, announce their last week with mixed emotions and years of fond memories. Hemingway’s remains open until October 23rd and will be celebrating ONE LAST SUNSET this Saturday. Owners Biana and Steve Arentz are busy finalizing the details of the landmark restaurant’s closing party.

“We’d like to invite the community to come out and celebrate with us. Over the last twenty years we’ve truly enjoyed serving and supporting the local community and would feel honored to have ‘One Last Sunset’ together”. The couple is happily donating a generous portion of the proceeds from the closing event to the Hospice of Queens Anne’s County. The party will take place at Hemingway’s and Lola’s on Saturday October 23rd starting at 5:30 PM. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live music, silent auction and raffles will be part of the celebration. Tickets are $25 and are available for sale at Hemingway’s.
Why did they choose the Hospice? Steve has stated before “If you want to meet an Angel, meet someone at Hospice. We have had the privilege of the experience of Hospice and we support Hospice of Queen Anne’s, but we celebrate the work of Hospice everywhere. They help make the toughest times a little easier. Please join us to celebrate and help us make our last day at Hemingway’s a memorable one, as Hospice has helped make so many Last Sunsets for our loved ones and us a memorable and less painful experience.”

The Arentz’s have been featuring Thankful Thursdays at their restaurant as a way of giving back to the community that has given them so much. Every month a different local charity is featured and 20 percent of the restaurant sales for lunch and dinner are donated. Hospice of Queen Anne’s, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC), Character Counts, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Animal Resource Foundation (ARF), Partnering for Youth After School Program and The Chesterwye Center are some of the recipients of Thankful Thursdays in 2010. The last Thursday’s in October, prior to their closing, will be dedicated to Grasonville Elementary School’s new playground fund (where their son Steven attends 3rd grade and where Elizabeth, now attending Stevensville Middle School, went to school).

The downstairs restaurant, Lola’s, officially closed Saturday, October 2nd with a great farewell party featuring D’Vibe and Conga, a regular band at Lola’s this last decade…they even played at the Arentz’s wedding fourteen years ago.

Besides operating Hemingway’s Restaurant, Steve and Biana are realtors with Long and Foster in Kent Island and are active in the community. Steve is currently running for Commissioner at Large for Queen Anne’s County, is a member of the Economic Development Commission, past president of the QAC Chamber and past director of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Biana is currently a Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, vice-president of the Board of Trustees of Anne Arundel Medical Center, founding board member of Bosom Buddies Charities and is involved with a number of other local organizations. They are most of all, proud parents of Elizabeth, 12 and Steven 9.

It is fitting that in their final year the Arentz’s were awarded the Bay Area Association of Realtor’s Community Service Award, What’s Up? Magazine’s “Best View 2010” and Best Crabcake and Best Realtor from the Update Magazine.

The Arentz’s leave Hemingway’s after twenty years with a mixture of sadness and excitement. In 2005 Hemingway’s closed for a short time due to a legal battle with their Landlord. The Arentz’s fought back and were named by the Capital Newspaper One of the Most Interesting Business People of 2005 for “doing what few would: took a multi-billion-dollar public company to court, claiming it wasn’t honoring the their lease with the previous landlord and brought hope to other small businesses that face incredible odds in just making it. Not to mention in fighting an 800-pound gorilla”. After settling on an extension and negotiating an end they are now, sadly, at the end.

Their future plans include opening another smaller restaurant on the lower level of the Chester River Inn (Castle River Inn) just below Café Sado. They will open it as Lola’s and bring to the Chester River the fun atmosphere of Lola’s we have all known for the last 20 years.

Twenty years is a long time and the Arentz’s thank you for all the special memories. Please come back for Hemingway’s closing party, “One Last Sunset” or simply come and visit us before we close our doors. For tickets or information please call Hemingway’s at 410-643-2722.

QAC Character Counts! Program Appreciates Recent Contributions

The Character Counts! Advisory Council is delighted to announce that due to recent contributions from the community, the Laws of Life Essay Contest will once again be offered to local students as a way to express how the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship) have positively affected their lives.

As a part of their Thankful Thursdays, Hemingway’s Restaurant donated 20% of all dinners ordered on Thursdays in July to the QAC Character Counts! Program. The owners, Steve and Biana Arentz, presented the check for $1085 to Jacki Carter, Positive Youth Development Coordinator, at the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce After Hours Mixer on September 16, 2010.

Also that evening, Biana Arentz donated her part of the winning 50/50 raffle ticket to Character Counts!, which added $65 to the contributions for Character Counts! After a brief announcement from Carter that the contributions would all be applied to the Laws of Life Essay Contest, which was only $150 short of being fully funded for this year, Mr. Mareen Waterman stepped up with a donation to fulfill that requirement.

The Character Counts! Advisory Council is very grateful for the community and individual support, which enables us to continue our efforts to strengthen the personal character traits of the youth in our county and empower them to share their stories through this outstanding essay contest.

Feel free to contact Jacki at 410-758-6677 or jcarter@qac.org if you have any questions.  QAC Character Counts! is a part of Community Partnerships for Children & Families, our Local Management Board.

Thankful Thursdays in July

Starting July 1, 2010, continuing through each Thursday in July ending on July 29, 2010, Hemingway’s Restaurant is donating 20% of purchased meals to benefit the Character Counts! program in Queen Anne’s County.  Patrons must present a coupon in order to participate in this effort.  The coupon can be downloaded from Hemingway’s website www.hemingwaysmaryland.com).  Look on the left-hand side for newsletter sign-up.

According to Steve Arentz, proprietor of Hemingway’s with his wife, Biana, “We will be working with the many volunteers for Queen Anne’s County “Character Counts”.  I have seen this working in the school system and know many of the volunteers.  This is an important part of children’s social and personal development.”

Due to state and county budget cuts, Character Counts in Queen Anne’s County will be starting a fundraising campaign.  The Arentz’s generous offer comes at a most opportune time.  Help QAC Character Counts! continue to work with our children and adults by enjoying good food in a relaxing dining atmosphere on a Thankful Thursday in July which happens to be Citizenship month.  Bon appétit!

Further information:  contact Jacki Carter at 410-758-6677 or jcarter@qac.org.  QAC Character Counts! is a part of the county’s local management board, Community Partnerships for Children and Families.

Hemingway’s Restaurant Supports CASA

Every Thursday in January, Hemingway’s Restaurant donated 20% of dinner and lunch checks to CASA of Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties. Biana Arentz of Hemingway’s Restaurant (center) presented a generous donation from the proceeds of that fundraiser to Cheryl Fisher, CASA Executive Director, (left) and Kathy Sells, CASA Board of Director’s President, (right) who presented her with a plaque in recognition of Hemingway’s support of CASA.  CASA fundraising continues at Rustico Restaurant & Wine Bar who will be donating 20% of lunch and dinner checks every Thursday in March. You must present a special CASA coupon, which can be downloaded from www.casaqackent.org.

CASA screens, trains, and supervises volunteers who advocates for children who are in the foster care system due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, please call 410-758-8610 or visit www.casaqackent.org.

Holiday Cooking Class

Michael Chef Hat (265 x 400)Hemingway’s Executive Chef, Michael Rork, will be giving a cooking class on Thursday, December 3rd.  The cooking class will include a demonstration and instruction class room style in the main dining room overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.  Each course will be paired with a wine (or beer).  Guests will receive a take home cookbook with the recipes from the evening.  Chef Rork came to Hemingway’s from the Town Dock Restaurant in St. Michael’s, Maryland a few months ago and has since made great improvements to the menu.  Chef Rork has prepared meals for some high ranking politicians; entertainers; famous athletes and actors and many other celebrities.  The topic will be holiday cooking but the actual dishes will remain a surprise until that evening.  For an intimate experience with the Chef, seating is limited so advanced reservations are required. The ticket price is $75.00 per person and includes tax and gratuity.  Hemingway’s Restaurant and Chef Rork plan to make the Cooking Class a regular monthly event that will feature menus that change with the holidays and the seasons.  Anyone who loves entertaining and cooking will enjoy this special experience.  For more information and reservations, please call the restaurant at 410-643-2722.