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 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 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 Sophomore 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.

maggie Maggie Lane is a Freshman at James Madison University. She graduated from Colonial Beach High School. She was a competition cheerleader and has played competitive soccer for 14 years as well. Maggie loves to cook and is a real 'Foodie'. Maggie joined Denson's team in June 2015
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.

  Harlan Baggett is a senior at King George High School, and will graduate in 2017.  He is on the swim team, loves to cook, and plans to join the military after graduation.  Harlan joined the Denson's team in August 2015.
After a lifetime of moving and too many years in Northern Virginia, Sarah Lane and her daughter, Maggie, happily settled in Colonial Beach in 2014. Sarah works for The Washington Post, where she covers Prince William County for the Local Living section. When she is not working, she enjoys hanging out with family and her menagerie of dogs, or can be found across the street from Denson's at the gym.
Diana Morton
Robbie Andrews is a senior at King George High School, and will graduate in 2017. He is on the track, cross country, and soccer teams. Robbie is an Eagle Scout and enjoys snow skiing and boating. He joined the Denson's team in November 2015.
Stephen Klopp is a senior at King George High School, and will graduate in 2017. He is on the track, cross country, and soccer teams. He joined the Denson's team in December 2015.
Thomas Proffitt
Ryan Valentine
Hailey Lawrence
Jared Sowell