Meet Our Team
We are here to make your stay at The Addy Sea memorable. If you have any questions or concerns during before or during your stay, please reach out to any member of our team.
LeRoy T Gravatte III
Born in Philly, raised in South Jersey, educated at University of Delaware and then law school at American University in the District of Columbia, Donna’s experience and travels in life have brought her back to the mid-Atlantic.
As a litigation attorney in the D.C. area, she handled medical malpractice and general civil litigation in private practice, then 7+ years at the State Department working on international litigation. After the State Department, Donna was the Legal Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). She has appeared on national radio and television, has written Supreme Court briefs, published a novel, and won numerous legal and culinary awards. During her entire working life, Donna provided food, organized holiday parties and co-worker celebrations, and cooked for her family, friends and neighbors. Her FIRST love, it turned out, wasn’t The Law, or even Elvis (although Elvis was in the running for several years). It was cooking.
Donna eventually attended culinary school at L’Academie de Cuisine and has been studying nutrition and food trends for 17 years. With her husband Steve, she purchased and operated The Yellow House in North Carolina where she also opened a restaurant and a catering business. She has cooked privately and publicly, for members of Congress, for ambassadors, and for soup kitchens. After she sold the inn, Donna moved across the country for several years and was the Catering Director for Whole Foods in Campbell, CA.
Back in Delaware to stay, Donna has resumed cooking for guests using the freshest, local, seasonal ingredients. She is an avid bicyclist, voracious reader, and fitness nut. Married for 35 years, she also has one magnificent son, in Brooklyn, and 4 cats.
With over twenty years experience, Debbie has created and brought to life over two thousand clients’ visions. From “High Noon White Tie Affairs” to “Rustic” Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions, Debbie Wayland of DW Fine Events has impressed the most discerning clients and their guests. Starting her career in Richmond, Virginia, she worked with some of the best vendors to train and learn all aspects of the event industry. Debbie created and executed successful social and political events , gaining her an excellent reputation which led her to being recognized as “The Best Wedding Planner” in Richmond. Relocating with her family in 2007, she again started her own company and took the Eastern Shore by storm. Winning many awards such as The Coastal Style “Best Wedding Planner” in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the community has embraced her professionalism and creativity.
Jeff & Sherene Gravatte
In 2016 Jeff and Sherene Gravatte returned as Innkeepers of the Addy Sea. Jeff is the son of Leroy Gravatte who is the owner of the historic oceanfront inn that he purchased from Ed Addy in 1974. Ed’s great-grandfather, John Addy, built the house which was completed in 1901.
Jeff and his wife, Sherene, first managed the Inn from 1993 to 1997. Prior to 1993 Jeff’s grandmother, Frances Gravatte, was the Inn’s manager from 1974- 1993. Jeff and Sherene took a break from Innkeeping to raise their three daughters, Addy, Jamie and Sarah, in Fairfax Station, Virginia.
In her role as Innkeeper, Sherene most enjoys spending time with the guests, and consulting with the staff to ensure we deliver an outstanding guest experience. Jeff focuses on the financial aspects of the Inn as well as its facilities and grounds to make sure that the guests home-away-from-home is beautiful, functional and comfortable for their stay.
Prior to being an Innkeeper in 2016, Sherene was a Preschool teacher for 11 years in Springfield, Virginia. Jeff is currently the CEO of a computer software sales and consulting firm that he co-founded in 1987 in Alexandria, Virginia
With one daughter still in high school in Virginia, Sherene and Jeff are splitting time between their home in Bethany Beach and Northern Virginia. Sherene and Jeff are thankful for the outstanding staff that takes genuine loving care of the historic Inn and its guests. The day is soon where Jeff and Sherene will call beautiful Bethany Beach their permanent home.
Chef Jason Bostaph began working in the restaurant industry in 1996 at the age of 15. Since then he has cooked in over a dozen restaurants and hotels in Delaware, Maryland & Pennsylvania. He owned and operated Buntings Popcorn Station on Garfield PKWY in Bethany Beach from 1999- 2002 before selling the business to attend Culinary School at Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh. He graduated in 2004 and with his degree he worked in several Chef positions honing his skills in Delaware before accepting the Executive Chef position at both the Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast and the Café 26 in 2010.
In 2013, he was awarded “Best Chef” from Coastal Style Magazine. In 2015, he was awarded the “Culinary Genius” title for the northeast region in a nationwide competition for Food Fanatics Magazine as well as taking 1st place in the Battle at the Beach Cook-off, benefitting Meals on Wheels.
In 2017, Café 26 was awarded “Best American Restaurant Downstate” from Delaware Today. In 2018, Café 26 became the first restaurant in the history of that publication to be nominated for five “Best Of” categories including: “Best Chef”, “Best American Restaurant”, “Best Restaurant Downstate”, “Best Restaurant in Ocean View, Delaware” and “Best Romantic Restaurant”.
In 2018, he passed the Executive Chef position to Chef Donna Shea in order to focus completely on weddings and events at the Addy Sea Bed & Breakfast.
Since 2010, Chef Bostaph’s recipes and interviews have been published in Coastal Point, Cape Gazette, Delaware Today, The Washington Post, Coastal Style, The Metropolitan Magazine, Delaware Seaside Bride, Beach Life and others.