/ Touch of Italy Culinary Scholarship Fund

Mission / Touch Of Italy Culinary Scholarship Fund is a Component Fund of the Greater Lewes Foundation focused on providing tuition assistance to qualified Delaware high school graduates who successfully complete the classroom/practical levels of DRA’s ProStart program and wish to further their education at accredited culinary schools.

Why did we start this?

New hires for restaurant kitchen duty are getting more and more difficult to find, and often the ones who do apply are not as skilled as they say they are. Applicants for upper-level positions that required certifiable experience, such as executive chef or general manager, are fewer and farther between. New hires sometimes didn’t make it through the season. And nowhere is this trend more obvious than in seasonal resort communities; none the least of which Delaware’s Cape Region.

Chefs and restaurant owners all agree on one thing: The love of food brings people together. With that in mind, it’s important that we continue to provide opportunities for those who love food and wish to turn their passion into a career, while also helping to alleviate the shortage of qualified kitchen personnel available to our Cape Region restaurants.

What better partner to work with than the Delaware Restaurant Association. They stepped up to the plate with the ProStart program; a nationwide, two-year industry-written curriculum for high school students that teaches culinary and management skills needed for an entry-level position in the restaurant and foodservice industry. A significant number of these students continue into nationally accredited culinary schools.


Our donations are managed by the Greater Lewes Foundation. Click on the button below to make your gift. Thank you!

Scholarship Winners

2017 scholarship winner Beatriz Balderas-Ramirez excelled in the ProStart Programs and is now attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
2017 scholarship winner Fatima Flores is presently attending Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
2017 scholarship winner Zoe Jeffrey is currently attending Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
2016 scholarship winner Brent Hillard excels at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
2016 scholarship winner Jalil Cowan entered The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

Are you a Delaware ProStart student about to graduate from high school? Do you plan to continue your education at a culinary school?


"Family Dinner The service and food were excellent. There was adequate parking and the restaurant had ambiance. There was a good wine list and a good selection of domestic and imported beers. I would definitely recommend this as a dinner destination."
- John W.
"Rigatoni alla Burrata: can't go wrong with the house-specialty pasta! It was yummy and even better with heavy sprinkling of hot peppers."
- Barbara C.
"That's Italian! We've bought plenty of authentic Italian food at each of Touch of Italy's locations on the MD/DE shore but this was the first time we ate at the Rehoboth location. We had four kids with us, ages 9-13, and ordered fried calamari, burrata, and margarita pizza. All were excellent as […]"
- Frank M.
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