County fam­ily starts up Elk Mt. BBQ


While I was out and about ... I talked with the owner of a new mo­bile lunch busi­ness called Elk Mt. BBQ to find out more about the menu, hours and lo­ca­tions.

It turns out that life­long Ris­ing Sun-area res­i­dent Jim Pelham and his nephew, Tom Pelham, put their love of cook­ing and own­ing their own busi­ness to­gether to launch Elk Mt. BBQ over the week­end from a park­ing lot by a gar­den cen­ter near 450 Conowingo Road.

“It was pretty ex­cit­ing,” Jim Pelham said Mon­day, re­port­ing they to­taled about 150 sales while open dur­ing mid­day hours Satur­day and Sun­day. “We or­dered sup­plies con­ser­va­tively to test the mar­ket.”

Start­ing Tues­day, the men will of­fer a va­ri­ety of smoked, bar­be­cued meats and side dishes from the park­ing lot ad­ja­cent to Happy 40 Liquors on Route 40 in Elk­ton.

The ini­tial plan is to lo­cate on Conowingo Road on week­ends and on Route 40 in Elk­ton dur­ing the week. The busi­ness is op­er­ated from a 32-foot long, pull-be­hind trailer equipped with a com­mer­cial smoker and a full kitchen.

The menu in­cludes beef brisket, pulled pork, pit beef and ribs, along with a va­ri­ety of chang­ing side dishes, such as coleslaw, french fries, hush pup­pies and baked beans.

Jim Pelham, who has been a self­em­ployed trac­tor-trailer driver for the last 19 years, said he en­joys cook­ing for friends and fam­ily.

“My nephew was a chef at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Myr­tle Beach, S.C.,” he said.

Pelham said he’s al­ways been pretty ad­ven­tur­ous and has been think­ing about do­ing this for a while. For now, the hours of op­er­a­tion will be from about 10:30 a.m. un­til 3 p.m., or when­ever the food runs out.

Keep your eyes open for this new food truck and stop and give it a try.

*** Hey, this Satur­day is the sec­ond Satur­day of April — April 9 to be pre­cise.

That means it’s time for The Pal­ette & The Page on Elk­ton’s Main Street to host a spe­cial event. This Satur­day fea­tures lo­cal au­thor Michele Chynoweth and lo­cal artist Su­san O’Han­lon.

Chynoweth will be there from noon to 2:30 p.m. sign­ing books, in­clud­ing her new­est re­lease, “The Run­away Prophet,” and she will be talk­ing about her writ­ing pro- cess and the three books she has pub­lished be­gin­ning at 2 p.m.

O’Han­lon will be shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about mak­ing ce­ram­ics and what in­spired her in­ter­est in the process, start­ing about noon. She will talk about her new jew­elry bowl re­lease and For Pete’s Sake, a fundraiser she pro­motes. All year, she do­nates 10 per­cent of all of her sales to the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion; but in April she do­nates 37 per­cent of the sales of her new jew­elry bowl to the group that pro­vides respite va­ca­tions to cancer pa­tients and their care­givers.

O’Han­lon’s lim­ited edi­tion of 30 jew­elry bowls will be avail­able for sale at a re­duced price ex­clu­sively at The Pal­ette & The Page from April 1 to 10 be­fore they are made avail­able to a larger au­di­ence at a higher price.

*** Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials told me last week they are mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to be­gin con­struc­tion of the traf­fic cir­cle at Route 273 and Ap­ple­ton Road within the next few weeks.

An of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment will be re­leased to no­tify the pub­lic ahead of time.

*** Cristy Galasso, or­ga­nizer of an an­nual large chil­dren’s re­sale event, tells me she will be hav­ing a three day sale April 8 to 10 at the YMCA of Ce­cil County on Route 279 in Elk­ton.

There is no ad­mis­sion if you bring a non-per­ish­able food do­na­tion, which Galasso will drop off at the Elk­ton Pres­by­te­rian Church Food Pantry and the Ch­e­sa­peake City Ec­u­meni­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Fam­i­lies can shop for used cloth­ing, baby gear, toys, shoes, books and more at the event, which is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri­day, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. kids­grow­elk­ on­line.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­, or call her at 443-9078440.


Tom Pelham and his un­cle Jim Pelham now op­er­ate their own food truck, Elk Mt. BBQ.

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