Meet the Culinary Legends of Cape May and the Barrister behind the Alchemist & Barrister’s 4 Decades

The First Ladies of the Chalfonte

Edible Jersey spring 2015It is with a tinge of sadness that I share the link to my latest work. Recently, for the spring 2015 issue of Edible Jersey I interviewed sisters Dorothy Burton & Lucille Thompson, both in their late eighties. They have been in charge of the kitchen at Cape May’s venerable Chalfonte Hotel for decades, having followed their mother and grandmother before them.

The sisters, who arrived at the hotel at the tender ages of 9 and 7, became famous for their skillet-fried chicken and crab croquettes. Interviewing these warm and indomitable women and recording their story was my honor and privilege.

Dot Burton. Lucille Thompson & the skillet that Ms. Burton wielded to make her famous fried chicken

Dot Burton. Lucille Thompson & the skillet that Ms. Burton wielded to make her famous fried chicken

Just as the magazine hit newsstands, I learned that Dorothy (“Dot”) Burton died on February 24th. The latest word from the Chalfonte is that “Lucille will be back this summer,” as will Dot’s daughter, Tina Bowser, who has worked alongside her mother and aunt for several years.

My story begins on page 46.

Meet Frank Armenante of Princeton’s Perennially Popular Alchemist & Barrister

3-11 Cover & Front (1-7).inddWhen I was assigned to interview the lawyer who in 1974 bought the old King’s Court bar-restaurant with his cousin-chemist (aka alchemist), I expected a buttoned-up, old-school Princeton type. What I encountered, to my delight, was a bit different. Read his take on the A&B’s past, present, and future here, in the March 11 issue of U.S. 1.

One response to “Meet the Culinary Legends of Cape May and the Barrister behind the Alchemist & Barrister’s 4 Decades

  1. O, Pat, we always know that loss is a possibility. I regret that this legendary woman and spirit is gone from Cape May and this earth. How perfect that you were able to chronicle their accomplishments before the end. I look forward to finding this issue.

    Carolyn

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