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 waterman 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, Maryland Seafood Festival Chef Demonstration in 2015, and the Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Challenge: Fresh Catch, Seafood and Oysters in 2016.

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 director of the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST), and works 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 graduate of Colonial Beach High School.  She is married to Tommy, has three children, and seven grandchildren.  Shirley has a puppy, Charlie, a kitty, Jackie, and two birds, Sugar and Spice. Shirley is the Denson's Grocery comedian, and news reporter.  She joined the Denson's team in May 2011, and is the most tenured member of the team.
 David David Taylor is a Colonial Beach native and 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 team in the Summer of 2011.

Briana Ruzcynski

  McKenzie Conway is a Junior at James Madison University. She graduated from Colonila Beach High School. Kenzie is the granddaughter of the famed Denson's Deli Queen, Shirley Setliff. Kenzie joined the Denson's team in 2014.
Lillian Baggett graduated from Colonial Beach High School in 2014. While working at Denson's, she will be going to school to study nursing.  Lillian enjoys baking, reading, and her two dogs in her spare time. She joined the Denson's team in July 2015.

Beth Fisher (Bowie) was born and raised on her family's farm in Oak Grove, VA right outside of Colonial Beach. She is a true descendant of the Washington family, a waterman's daughter, and graduate of Colonial Beach High School and Rappahannock Community College (Warsaw, VA). With her knowledgeable upbringing both on the farm and on the water, she truly understands the business model of Denson's Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar farm to table, fresh LOCAL seafood, and the "how grandma use to make it" style behind what is offered in our courtyard. Currently employed full-time as a Loan Officer in Tappahannock, VA, Beth is only with us part-time on the weekends. In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and two loyal beagles, relaxing on the river shore with friends, and spending time with her constantly growing family. Even though she is "new to us" she is not "new to the job". Beth has several years under her belt in the restaurant industry as she worked for Bowie's Restaurant for 8 years before they closed their doors in 2013. Having known the Denson family for most of her life, when the opportunity to join our team presented itself, she couldn't help but say yes, so she joined the team in August 2015.

  Thomas Proffitt
  Ryan Valentine
 wayne schultz1 Wayne Schultz is a retired software engineer, having worked for Lockheed Martian for 40 years.  He has been married to Cathy for 31 years, and they are enjoying their first grandchild. Wayne is 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 7 years ago and took over his parents home where he and Cathy have retired there with their 3 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 likes 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 maintains for the Ebb Tide community. Wayne joined the Denson team in March 2017.
  Isaak Norman
  Molly Bowling
 Shelby King1
Shelby King graduated from King George High School in 2015. She is an upcoming junior at Radford University, majoring in education. Shelby loves dogs and baseball. She joined the Denson team in May 2017.
  Tommy Donahue