June 21, 2011—Situated in a hip and bustling enclave of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is the wildly popular Hobos Restaurant & Bar (56 Baltimore Avenue; 302-226-2226; www.myhobos.com). Owned by Chef Gretchen Hanson who tantalizes the senses with her self-described “eco-global fusion” cuisine—a sublime celebration of the delicious, simple, wholesome foods of Mexico, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean—she is poised to take the culinary world by storm with her passionate yet non-didactic approach to eating a plant-based diet and healthy living.
Since the opening of Hobos in 2009, Hanson’s talents have earned her critical acclaim and have captured the imagination of local residents who flock in droves to the bohemian-chic eatery for its innovative eat-in and carry-out menus and signature cocktails. With her commitment to community and ingredients that are locally grown, organic and Fair Trade, it’s no wonder the readers of Delaware Today magazine have just bestowed the honors of “Best Area Restaurant” to Hobos and “Best Chef Downstate” to Hanson—the first time one individual has earned both distinctions. “I am really thrilled with the designation,” Hanson says. “It’s wonderful to be recognized for something others enjoy but also for something I love to do. For me, food is love, food is healing, food is community.”
Along with her responsibilities as a chef and proprietor, Hanson is also an avid practitioner of yoga and throughout the fall and spring, she regularly conducts a “Healthy Happy and Wellness” series—interactive cooking classes (with eating!) that utilize organic, clean, green, and local ingredients. “The effects of a predominately plant-based diet are astronomical when you consider the environmental impact of livestock on our water supply, watershed and utilization of precious dwindling natural resources,” Hanson notes. “By eating vegan, you reduce the chances of contracting western style diseases to such an extent that a nationwide move towards less destructive eating patterns would have a significant impact on the healthcare costs crippling our national and personal fiscal health. Want to feel great, have more energy and better sex? What is the answer? Vegan again. One simple change in the way you live your life and your whole world—our whole world—changes.”
For more information or for an interview with Gretchen Hanson, please contact Simone Cooper, Simone Cooper Public Relations, at (252) 338-6389 or at SCPR@aol.com.