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, 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.
 

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 a 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 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.
  Thomas Proffitt has known Rocky and Blaire his whole life, so it was only right for his first job to be at Denson's. He is a Senior at Colonial Beach High School and plays football and baseball. Thomas grills the BEST oysters! He joined the Denson's in May 2015.
  Ryan Valentine can shuck some oysters! He can do just about anything Rocky asks of him. Ryan joined the Denson's in June 2016.
  Alan St. John is a culinary wiz and loves to help out in any way he can. A Richmond native who is truly a Colonial Beach guy now, Alan joined the Denson's in November 2016. 
 wayne schultz1 Wayne Schultz is a retired software engineer, having worked for Lockheed Martin 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's in March 2017.
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Shelby King graduated from King George High School in 2015. She is a Senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in education. Affectionately known as our Shelby Girl, she loves dogs and baseball. Shelby Girl joined the Denson's in May 2017.
Bridget Fay has been on the Denson's catering team since 2014 and joined the restaurant team in 2017. She is by day a Dental Practice Management Consultant, blogger, writer, speaker, and pet parent to Koda. Bridget works with the Denson's on nights and weekends. 
  Tommy Donohue was the valedictorian of Colonial Beach High School 2018! He is a freshman at Virginia Tech. He joined the Denson's in May 2017. 
Trevor Acosta is a 2018 graduate of Colonial Beach High School. He is a freshman at Virginia Tech. He joined the Denson's in June 2017.
Tyler Hicks is a senior at Colonial Beach High School. 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 Wright is from Montross, Virginia. she joined the Denson's in December 2017.
  Taylor Carlton is a Tennessee Native. She joined the Denson's in February 2018.