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Uncommon Chefs

Chef/Manager Dan Stripp of Shawnee Inn’s The Gem and Keystone Brewpub

Gem & Keystone Brewpub’s Dan Stripp and his team of “artists, skateboarders and rock stars” are unconcerned they’re on the cutting edge of national trends.


Gem and Keystone Brewpub: (clockwise) Limestone Springs Trout with Asian sauted vegetables, cold smoked Baby Back Ribs, Soft Pretzels with Cheddar Ale Dip, Lettuce Wedge salad with Calkins Creamery Blue Cheese, Jumbo Lump Crabcakes

Sous Chef Corey Scott could have inherited his family’s 480 acre resort but why do something predictable? Sous Chef Travis Dente, a dishwasher a few years ago, created the recipe for their cold smoked wood grilled baby backed ribs with a deep flavored smoky BBQ sauce that sent me over heaven.

Sous Chefs Travis Dente and Corey Scott of Shawnee Inn’s The Gem and Keystone Brewpub

From India to rural Pennsylvania, Chef Gaurav Navin brings a world’s experience to Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort’s menu using locally sourced products.


Chef Gaurav Navin of Shawnee Inn’s River Room

“I knew where the kitchen was in my house but that was all.”

(clockwise) The River Room, Shrimp Tandoori, White Haven Sauvignon Blanc, Duck Confit with Asian 4-spice blend, Stuffed Grilled Lamb Chops


Shawnee Inn’s Own Local Sourcing

Great Shawna Island Farm at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Pennsylvania’s Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort takes food sustainability seriously, and creates profits, taking food from their farm to their tables.


Shawnee’s beekeeper Erin Schroll

ShawneeCraft Brewery: aging beer in oak casks & hand bottled
Foodshed Alliance products at Shawnee Inn’s Tuesday market



Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort: Preserving Pennsylvania’s Best for a Century

Jackie Gleason learned how to play golf at Shawnee in 1959

“Out with the old and in with the older.”

Shawnee’s Centenary motto


On Pennsylvania’s Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort’s spacious and secluded grounds guard bees congregate on the porch of the hives providing ventilation for the life of the queen. Six varieties of tomatoes, white eggplant, Chinese five-color peppers and multi-colored chard thrive in the middle of one of America’s oldest award-winning golf courses. Micro-beers are being bottled by a former electronics engineer of advanced defense weapons. Goat cheese is delivered fresh from a local farm. The mist on the Delaware River swirls through the tree-covered Pocono Mountains, and Frank Sinatra’s voice croons softly through the 100 year old lobby. This is the 21st Century?


The River Sanctuary
Shawnee Inn (1911)
guard bees in the Apiary – they’re providing cooling ventilation for the Queen
Chinese 5-color pepper at the Shawnee Farm
The Verandah at Shawnee Inn
The Inn in the evening


Galveston Gourmet Photo Essay

Saltwater Cafe’s decorative lamp, soft sculptures and Silver Spoon Award hanging just below the 6′ Ike water level marker

Galveston, Texas, from breakfast at the Tremont through a late night cocktail at  M & M’s, this city should be on any foodie’s culinary map.

Mosquito Cafe
Ship Channel from Willy G’s
M & M Restaurant & Bar
Tremont House Hotel’s restored 1888 Henry Toujouse rosewood bar from the former First Henry’s Cafe
Tremont House Hotel lounge from the Cafe

Star Drug Store, 1906


Galveston Rising: A Photo Essay


Port of Galveston

Galveston, Texas, once the New York of the Southeast, is struggling to regain its much deserved prominence among America’s ocean side retreats.


Galveston: Birthplace of “Juneteenth”
Galveston Beach, (lower right) Jamaica Beach area of Galveston island
Stately Oak trees once shaded all of Galveston but Ike’s tidal surge killed most of the trees. A city art project has turned dozens of trunks into fanciful sculptures. This one (lower right) is in front of the fire station. (upper right) house in the 1930’s Cedar Lawn district

The free ferry service (both car & pedestrian) to Bolivar Peninsula across the Ship Channel and Galveston Bay




Teaching, Cooking, Writing and Travel

“I was born with “wanderlust” according to the Minneapolis Multi Phasic Personality Inventory, a psych test I took in my 20′s.”

A great web site, has just published an interview article they requested that I write:

“I’m a teacher. If I can teach hundreds of kids, I can teach myself.”

Parque National Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks: Days of Food and Wine

From the moment you drive across the 1931 Bagnell Dam you know you’ve entered a different world.

Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks: Days of Food and Wine

Read more at Global Writes, the journal of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association