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