Culinary Team

Rocky Denson was born and raised in Colonial Beach, Virginia.  He is married to his best friend, Blaire, and they have four children and three grandchildren.  Rocky attended York College of Pennsylvania and earned his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College. His parents and grandparents owned and operated Denson’s Grocery which was established in 1912.  After many years in financial services, Rocky and Blaire reopened the family business in 2011 and rebranded the grocery with a focus on specialty items and Chesapeake Bay farm to table fare. In 2013 they introduced R&B Oyster Bar.  Rocky loves good, fresh food, and has a very distinct palate. He enjoys working with local watermen and farmers to obtain the freshest ingredients for his kitchen.  He is a self-taught chef but gives much credit to travel, and the culinary influences he has been fortunate to eat and cook with over the years.  Rocky is proud of being voted Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce business of the year in 2012, 1st place in the Maryland Chef Seafood Competition for his crab cake in 2014, Best of Virginia (Virginia Living Magazine) in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019, Maryland Seafood Festival Chef Demonstration in 2015, the Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Challenge: Fresh Catch, Seafood and Oysters in 2016, and one of the 18 Best Seafood Restaurants in Virginia in 2017.
 

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Blaire Denson is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina.  She met the love of her life, Rocky in Disney World in 2000, and relocated to Virginia in 2001. Blaire and Rocky have four children and three grandchildren.  Blaire is the Executive Director of the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST) on faculty at James Madison University working with key partners to develop, lead, coordinate, and drive the network’s initiatives. She holds her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a member of the inaugural class of White Riley Peterson Policy Fellows at Furman University.   Blaire moonlights at Denson’s Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar.  She manages the market, catering, and all operational aspects of the business. Blaire loves children and is often found in the courtyard holding babies while their parents enjoy Rocky’s delicious cuisine. She also loves to cook and has offered her southern flair to the menu at Denson’s Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar.
 

 Shirley Mae Shirley Setliff is a Colonial Beach native and a graduate of Colonial Beach High School.  She is the widow of her loving husband, Tommy who was our resident delivery guy and go-to for anything Rocky needed. Shirley has three children, and seven grandchildren, a puppy, Charlie, a kitty, Jackie, and two birds, Sugar and Spice. Shirley is the Denson's Grocery comedian and news reporter.  She joined Denson's team in May 2011 and is the most tenured and loved by all members of Denson's team.
 David David Taylor is a Colonial Beach native and a graduate of Colonial Beach High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Radford University.  David is an avid sports enthusiast and loves to cook. He spends much of his spare time researching recipes and cooking for his family and friends. David joined the Denson's in the Summer of 2011.
 blue Wayne Schultz was a retired software engineer, having worked for Lockheed Martin for 40 years.  He was married to Cathy for 33 years, and they enjoyed their first grandchild's arrival together. Wayne was a previous native and resident of northern Virginia.  He and Cathy bought their house in McLean that he grew up in, raising their son there, and sending him to the same schools that Wayne attended in McLean.  He and Cathy moved to Ebb Tide and took over his parent's home where he and Cathy retired there with their dogs. Wayne started working at Denson's after he got tired of eating there all the time, thinking he would earn some of the money back that he was spending there. Wayne in his off time liked to stay busy working on 'His to-do list', turning wrenches, pounding nails, gardening, driving the community tractor, bush hogging the fields, and grading the roads that he maintained for the Ebb Tide community. Wayne joined the Denson's in March 2017, and suddenly left us in June 2019. RIP Wayne, AKA our Boy Blue. You are forever a part of the Denson family.
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Shelby King is from King George and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in education in 2019. Shelby plans to go back to school to obtain her Masters in Teaching and hopes to coach softball. Affectionately known as our Shelby Girl, she loves walking around The Point with her precious dog, Lincoln, binge-watching Harry Potter, and eating Denson's burgers and oysters when she is not working. Shelby Girl joined the Denson's in May 2017.
 trevah Trevor Acosta is a 2018 graduate of Colonial Beach High School. He is a sophomore at Virginia Tech. He joined the Denson's in June 2017.
 ty guy Tyler Hicks is a Colonial Beach native. He started in the DishPit, and is now Rocky's right-hand guy during dinner service. Tyler hopes to go to culinary school. He joined the Denson's in November 2017.
 anne Anne Wright is from Montross, Virginia. She loves music and the Redskins and joined the Denson's in December 2017.
 taylor2 Taylor Carlton is a Tennessee Native. She loves to travel and is an artist. Taylor joined the Denson's in February 2018.
 angel Angel Hurt is a King George native. She has four children. Angel and Shirley are the lunch duo, and Angel returns to run the dinner line. Her nickname is Picasso...she makes some really pretty plates and is an integral part of our catering team. Angel joined Denson's in 2018
Lisa Lisa Purkey is a New York native. She taught in Colonial Beach for several years prior to crossing the bridge to Maryland to teach. Lisa is married to Dustin and joined Denson's in 2019.
Bree Bree Thoren joined Denson's in 2016 and left to get married and have a baby in 2018. Bree is married to Brad and they have three children. Bree is mastering oyster shucking with Rocky, among many other duties she has. She rejoined our family in 2019.
Brooke Brooke Miller is a former United States Marine - Oorah! She is currently in college. Brooke is married to Joey and they have one son. Brooke joined Denson's in 2019.