Kelso’s pastries winning in impressive fashion
Wilmington, Del., October 4, 2013 — If success were measured in smiles, then the pastries at Kelso’s would be winning in the same fashion as the namesake of the popular coffee bar. Kelso’s, which is conveniently located on the first floor of the Casino at Delaware Park next to the Slots Valet entrance, specializes in items from lattes to Breyers Ice Cream with homemade waffle cones to David’s cookies. But it is the pastries that draws the people to right about where the eighth pole is located on the racetrack at Delaware Park.
Just as the Hall of Fame horse had a great a trainer in Carl Hanford to guide him through five consecutive Horse of the Year campaigns (1960-64), so to does the famed coffee shop in Chef Volker Voege.
“I have been in the culinary arts since I was 15-year-old,” Volker Voege said. “My great grandfather was a baker in Alsace Loraine, France, and my grandmother was a chef as well. I got it from the genes, and I always loved to help in the kitchen from an early age.”
A selection of 13 assorted pastries, for as low as $4.95 for the Volker’s Lemon Squares to as high as $6.95 for the Big Apple Pie, are available on the menu.
“My signature items are the Napoleons and Carrot Cake,” said the native of Dueren, Germany. “I like to cook and bake through my life experiences in my travels abroad and in the United States. I have learned how to speak two languages in addition to German. So, I have been exposed to numerous places and cultures, which has influenced and shaped my approach to cooking. I hope my life experience is reflected in my presentations. Cooking and baking for me is much like the way an artist would approach his craft.”
In addition, to the pastries, Kelso’s offers fresh baked muffins, fresh baked scones, chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels, milk shakes and waffle cone sundaes.
The horse, who was locally-owned by Mrs. Richard C. duPont’s Bohemia Stable, retired from racing in 1966 as the all-time leading money winner with purses earned of $1,977,896. The son of Your Host had a career record of 39 wins from 63 starts, including a victory in the Diamond State Handicap at Delaware Park in 1965.
About Delaware Park
Delaware Park is a multi-faceted gaming facility offering guests live seasonal thoroughbred racing for more than 76 years, year-round simulcasting from around the globe, 2,500 of the best paying slot machines on two spacious levels, sports parlay betting and White Clay Creek Country Club, featuring a world-class 18-hole championship golf course. Delaware Park offers live table games including poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. Delaware Park is located minutes south of Wilmington and the Delaware Memorial Bridge and just north of the Maryland state line on I-95 exit 4B. For more information on Delaware Park, visit www.delawarepark.com.