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Our Annual Dining Issue Shining Through the Struggles of Showtime Once is Not Enough for Some Restaurateurs The Spinto Band: Following Their Journey

AN EVENING with the MASTERS

50 restaurants showcased at culinary extravaganza

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Out & About Magazine Published each month by TSN Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Mailing & business address: 307 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

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Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller • jmiller@tsnpub.com Director of Sales Marie Graham Poot • mgraham@tsnpub.com Creative/Production Manager Matthew Loeb • mloeb@tsnpub.com Art Director Shawna Sneath • ssneath@tsnpub.com Contributing Writers Matt Amis, Krista Connor, Ed Dwornik, Christine Facciolo, Mark Fields, Pam George, Robert Lhulier, Allan McKinley, J. Burke Morrison, John Murray, Larry Nagengast, Scott Pruden Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Tim Hawk, Donnell Hill, Les Kipp, Tony Kukulich, Matt Urban Contributing Designer Tyler Mitchell Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb For editorial & advertising information: 302.655.6483 • Fax 302.654.0569 Website: outandaboutnow.com Email: contact@tsnpub.com

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7 War On Words

56 Band of Brothers

9 Worth Trying

60 Tuned In

17 By the Numbers

64 Seeing the Light

Focus 24 Trendy Eats Kale, Brussels sprouts and shared portions join everpopular bacon on area menus

19 Q&A: Chris Castellani 21 Day Trippin’

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30 Once is Not Enough Area restaurant owners open multiple locations for a multiplicity of reasons

71 Kitchens in the Movies

35 Taste 40 Chefs Supporting a Good Cause 45 5 Questions with Mike Stiglitz

Play 73 Snap Shots

Drink 47 Welcome Back, Natty Preme 51 Spirited 53 Beer Buzz

on the cover With an esprit de corps characteristic of An Evening with the Masters, chefs Robert Lhulier (University & Whist Club), Matthew Crist (Union City Grille) and Willaim Hoffman (House of William & Mary) got together at the University & Whist Club last month to create some culinary magic for our April cover. Photo/Joe del Tufo

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A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

THE WAR ON WORDS Wherein we attempt, however futilely, to correct some of the most common errors in English usage

Media Watch

• The recent shootings at the Wilmington court house brought forth a police spokesman, always a dicey situation for the language. Asked why two guards had survived the shoot-out, he said, “I contribute it to the Kevlar vests they wear.” The word he wanted: attribute. • A Philadelphia TV weatherlady had this to say about a recent snow storm: “New England will receive the blunt o it.” The word is brunt, and you would think she would know this since that’s a stock phrase uttered by all weather people. • Jason Whitlock, Fox sportswriter: “Penn Staters can no longer flout the Paterno name as proo o their superior integrity . . .” Close, Jason, but the word you were reaching for is flaunt—to display, exhibit, lourish. Flout has an almost opposite meaning: ignore, disobey, defy. • Headline from an online story: “Hoda, Kathie Lee squash rumors about feud.” When it comes to rumors, the word, as explained here some time ago, is quash. Kathie Lee added to the fun, commenting, “I don’t know where they got that from.” • The infamous (in my mind) “double is” reared its ugly head on the Imus in the Morning show not long ago when a lawyer repeatedly said, “The point is is that . . .” Never noticed that strange oral tic? Pay attention from now on. Take notes. Report back.

Not Exactly Grammar, But...

Further on the snow storm, reader Larry Kerchner says he heard a Fox News reporter intone thusly: “Many places got over three feet o snow. Some, even more.” We recently called our health supplier and got a recorded message that instructed: “Enter your Social Security number, one number at a time.” And please remember: Just because a word is in the dictionary doesn't make it correct. Examples: irregardless and ain’t.

By Bob Yearick

distortion o the phrase “by accident” into “on accident.” I had never heard it mysel until Daniel Tosh recently uttered it on his show, Tosh.0. And the supremely competent Shawna Sneath, noting that she is deinitely “not a grammar Nazi,” is peeved by people who add an apostrophe when referring to decades—e.g., 1900’s. As is the case with almost all plurals, no apostrophe is needed. It’s 1900s. Which leads us to . . .

How Long, Oh Lord, How Long?

(In which we chronicle the abuse o that most misused punctuation mark, the apostrophe.) From a press release by the Delaware State Lottery about the debut o keno: “Additionally, player’s will receive Keno Free Play for the irst hour o the event.” (Remember, every time you use an apostrophe to make a plural, a puppy dies.)

Clarifications

Disinterested does not mean uninterested. It means impartial, neutral. As in, “We need a disinterested party to decide this issue.” Bemused does not mean amused. It means confused, puzzled, bewildered. As in, “He was bemused by her failure to respond to his emails.”

Literally of the Month

“It literally came from left ield”—Rob Eiter, head wrestling coach at Penn, about the announcement that wrestling would not be part o the 2020 Olympics. That left ield— it’s everywhere.

Department of Redundancies Dept.

A couple o common ones: “It’s raining outside.” “We made a left-hand turn.”

Staff Peeves

All o us, including O&A staffers, have our pet peeves. Take the unfailingly cheerful Marie Graham Poot. She notes the

Seen a good (bad) one lately? Send your candidates to ryearick@comcast.net

Words of the Month

mondegreen Pronounced MON-di-green, it’s a noun meaning a word or phrase resulting from mishearing a word or phrase, especially in song lyrics. For example: “The girl with colitis goes by” for “The girl with kaleidoscope eyes” in the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”

eggcorn

Pronounced EG-korn, it’s a noun meaning an erroneous alteration of a word or phrase by replacing an original word with a similar sounding word, such that the new word or phrase also makes a kind of sense. For example: “ex-patriot” instead of “expatriate” and “mating name” instead of “maiden name.” It was coined by linguist Geoffrey Pullum, who noted the substitution of the word “acorn” with “eggcorn.”

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Worth Trying Random suggestions from our staff and readers

Parks and Recreation

The Brandywine Treasure Trail passport This summer, I promise to add culture to my life. The Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport is all I’ll need! Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, I can visit 11 of the Brandywine Valley’s most renowned museums and gardens for just one low price. Available for individuals or families, and a great gift, with savings of over $380 in admission fees for a family of 5. What are you waiting for? This summer, join me and visit the treasures in our own back yard. brandywinetreasures.org — Sara Teixido, The DCCA

I may have stumbled upon this witty delight of a show four years late, but Parks and Recreation is my newest obsession. I was immediately invested in the life of Pawnee, Indiana’s quirky Parks Department deputy director and city council member, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), who relentlessly tries to make her fictional small town a harmonious and beautiful place to live. This “mockumentary,” featuring Leslie and her eccentric coworkers and friends, can be expected from the creators of The Office, but it manages to stand firmly on its own. And don’t be surprised—or mildly ashamed—if you devour an entire season on a single rainy Saturday. I did. — Krista Connor, Out & About

Take a Hike Looking for something to do as the weather warms up? I recommend biking or hiking on the new Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail! Built along the former PomeroyNewark railroad line, the two-mile trail provides safe and continuous pedestrian and bike access from the James Hall Trail to the south and to White Clay Creek State Park to the north, and beyond. And the best part? It goes right through the heart of downtown Newark. So you can bike or hike for your physical health and eat, shop and enjoy downtown for your mental health at the same time. — Maureen Feeney Roser, Director of Planning & Development, City of Newark

Good Eats The egg sandwich at the European Bistro on Naamans Road is a pleasant reminder that this breakfast staple can be anything but boring. They call it the Omeletta Tostarello, a somewhat fancy name for a somewhat fancy sandwich. They start with one of their already super delicious omelets, put it on an Italian roll with lettuce, tomato, and onion and toast the whole thing panini style. The sandwich is available all day for those who, like me, enjoy eggs at any time. — Dean Vilone, El Diablo Burrito

Have something you think is worth trying? Send an email to Shawna with your suggestion by scanning this QR code ►

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2nd Annual Weight-Loss Challenge Participants’ losses are NCC Boys & Girls Clubs' gain

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he inaugural Weight Loss Challenge of the New Castle County Boys and Girls Clubs was such a success that it’s back again this year, with three times as many participants expected. Last year, 20 people took up the challenge. They exercised, dieted, and shed pounds over a three-month period to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs. This year, the goal is 60 participants. They will recruit friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their participation per pound lost or for achieving their overall total weight loss goal. The Challenge is backed by founding sponsors Plexus Fitness and Out & About Magazine plus three new gyms: Hockessin Athletic Club, 1614, and Fusion. Each participating gym has donated a 90-day membership to participants. It began last month with participants receiving fitness evaluations that included weight, body measurements and blood pressure. Working with a trainer from the participating gyms, each participant has set a realistic, healthy weight loss and exercise plan.

“The success of the inaugural Weight Loss Challenge exceeded our expectations and the addition of our new partners will do nothing but ensure our continued success,” said Scott Ciabattoni, vice chair of the Metro Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs Board and the co-chair of the event. Delaware’s Congressman, John Carney, is a fitness enthusiast who is also a strong supporter of the Boy & Girls Clubs. “I’m pleased that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware are continuing their Weight Loss Challenge for a second year,” Carney said. “Teaching young people healthy habits makes it much more likely that they will continue to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet as they grow older. I encourage Delaware children and their parents to take this challenge.” Anyone wishing to participate or to support one or more of the participants can contact Ciabattoni at scottchab@ gmail.com. — Bob Yearick

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HARVEST MARKET KITCHEN NOW OPEN The market offers grab-and-go deli items

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DELAWARE CULINARYTRAIL Hit the road on a journey to discover Delaware’s great tastes

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n February, the Delaware Tourism Office launched its new Delaware Culinary Trail, which features 24 of Delaware’s most iconic restaurants. The trail, which is similar to the Delaware History Trail, Delaware Wine and Ale Trail and Delaware Geocaching Trail, includes Deer Park in Newark, Grotto Pizza downstate, and the Green Room at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington. Food lovers must download a passport from the website and obtain codes from restaurants to complete the trail. The completed passport can be sent to the Delaware Tourism Office. Those who complete the trail will receive a collection of recipes in a limited-edition, hardbound cookbook, First State Plates: Iconic Delaware Restaurants and Recipes. For a list of restaurants featured on the trail, addresses, passports, and weekend trips, visit the website at visitdelaware. com/culinary.

The Queen celebrates with weekly craft beer and grilled cheese events

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ince 2010, World Cafe Live at The Queen has hosted monthly four-course grilled cheese and craft beer pairings and dessert. Since April is officially dubbed National Grilled Cheese Month, The Queen will celebrate by offering tastings each Monday night at 7 p.m., featuring a different brewery each week: Sly Fox Brewery, Victory Brewery, Evil Genius, Dogfish and Allagash, and 16 Mile. Tickets are $38 per event (ages 21 and over).

CANCER*B*WARE Cancer victim’s charity raises funds to fight colon cancer

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ancer*B*Ware, started last year by Newark attorney Brian Ware before he succumbed to cancer at the age of 43, is continuing to raise funds to support KRAS mutation colon cancer research, treatment and the eventual eradication of colon cancer. A support group of friends and family has created a Facebook page—which got 1,000 “likes” in a few days—a logo, and T-shirts. In January the charity donated $10,000 to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center in Newark. For more information and to donate, visit facebook.com/cancerbware or cancerbware.org. APRIL 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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For complete details on all Point-to-Point activities and to purchase admission, call 800.448.3883 or visit winterthur.org/ptp. Trackside tailgate parking spaces are available by calling 302.888.4994. Advance sales only. Rain-or-shine event. No refunds. All wristbands must be purchased by May 4. Adult general admission $30 (March 1–April 26), $50 (April 27–May 4). No tickets will be mailed after April 26. Children under 12 free. Discount for Winterthur Members. Proceeds benefit the continued maintenance and preservation of Winterthur’s garden and estate. 12 April 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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Sat, April 6 | 5pm Barclays on the Riverfront, 125 S. West St, Wilmington, DE All proceeds benefit the Emmanuel Dining Room’s three locations. Call 302.652.3228 for more info. Event & raffle tickets on sale now at MinistryOfCaring.org

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number of restaurant industry employees in the U.S.

44,100 number of Delawareans working in the restaurant industry.

$1.6 billion projected sales total for Delaware restaurants this year.

1849 The year the first Chinese Restaurant in the United States, Macao and Woosung, was founded

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1902 The year the first Horn & Hardart Automat opened. It was the precursor to modern fast food businesses.

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survivorsofabuse.org April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SOAR has a number of events this month including: 1. A month long Art is Healing and Healing is an Art exhibit at the Rehoboth Art League 2. A series of experiential workshops in Sussex County combining Art and Therapy 3. April 20th Delaware Clothesline Project, part of a national project fighting violence against women. For more information about these events please visit www.survivorsofabuse.org

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Q&A:

Christopher Castellani Wilmington plays major role in Sallies graduate's third novel By Bob Yearick O&A: Do you get back to Wilmington often? CC: Pretty much every six weeks or so. We have a very tight-knit Italian family. I come home mainly to enjoy my parents’ cooking. O&A: When you do go out eat, do you have some favorite places? CC: We like Caffé Gelato [Newark], and my dad worked for years at Ciao’s Pizza in Prices Corner, so we often go there.

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ith his third novel, All This Talk of Love, Christopher Castellani can conceivably lay claim to being the most prominent native Wilmingtonian currently writing fiction. The son of Italian immigrants, Castellani grew up in the Marshallton-Prices Corner area and graduated from Salesianum School in 1990. In his youth he made frequent visits to relatives in Wilmington’s Little Italy, where his parents first lived, and he accompanied his parents to Italy to visit their home towns. His first two novels drew heavily on these experiences, as he examined the lives of rural Italians during World War II and of Italian-Americans in Wilmington following immigration to the U. S. in the 1950s. All This Talk of Love, published in February by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, focuses on a contemporary ItalianAmerican family dealing with the duality of their identities as the older generation faces infirmity and their American children seek answers in the family’s roots. Says one reviewer: “At turns funny and tragic, Castellani’s third novel... recalls similar contemporary family sagas, such as Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, but is far less cynical. Literary scholar Frankie reviles sentimentality, and the author manages to stop short of it while still making the story emotionally resonant.” Castellani earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from Tufts University, both in English literature, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. He lives in Boston, where he is artistic director of the creative writing non-profit Grub Street, Inc., and serves on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. We caught up with him while he was driving to Wichita, Kan., in the midst of a cross-country tour to promote All This Talk of Love.

O&A: Was there anyone who was a particular influence on your career while you were growing up here? CC: Definitely. A teacher at Sallies, Chuck Selvaggio, was the one who encouraged me and said I had some sort of talent. So I credit him for kind of getting things started. And spending a lot of time in Little Italy visiting my aunt and cousins on Eighth Street and Union Street definitely gave me some inspiration [for my books]. O&A: It’s extremely tough for a beginning writer to find an agent or publisher. How did you find yours? CC: I had a classmate at BU who was already a novelist and she really liked the novel I was working on. She referred me to her agent, and the agent liked it and took it on. And once she worked on it with me for a while, she was able to sell it very quickly. That was in 2000, and the book came out in 2003. O&A: Did you have to do much revising? CC: A ton, on all three books. One was 350 pages, and I cut out 150 and started basically from scratch. O&A: What advice do you have for beginning writers? CC: Treat writing like a part-time job and carve out time every day to work on it. [Once you complete the manuscript], show it to someone who is objective, some kind of consultant or mentor, and get the craft of it right. Then you can send it to friends and family and get their feedback. Then you can start looking for an agent. Go to writing conferences and talk to agents, or go to writing centers, which are all over the country. If a writer is speaking nearby, go talk to him. It’s really, really hard to get an agent if you don’t know anybody. It’s just as important to be a “social author” and network as it is to be a [writing] author. O&A: Are you working on another novel? CC: Oh, yes. It’s completely different from the first three. It’s not about the same family. It does involve Italy, but not Delaware. April 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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DAY Trippin’ This narrow little state and the surrounding areas conceal many fun, quirky and fascinating destinations. Sometimes we just have to veer off the highways to find them. That’s what Day Trippin’ is all about. Have ideas? Send them to Krista at kconnor@tsnpub.com.

Delaware’s Underground Railroad By Krista Connor

he back road flowed like a stream through flat, open fields flanked by forests. I drove solo through lower Delaware on a spring-like afternoon, enjoying the euphoric sense always provided by sunlight, a snappy breeze, historic towns and indie rock on the radio. But flash back more than 150 years, to a time of petticoats and plantations, and the scene is not so cheery. Imagine yourself a slave, peering about, half-breathless, as you travel through these same fields and woods, on a journey that can lead to freedom or recapture. Last month marked the 100th anniversary of Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman’s death, so in honor of this great lady I made a pilgrimage along the Delaware portion of the U.R. to hopefully uproot some latent history. Tubman, who was born a slave in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, became a renowned conductor after her 1849 escape. She returned 19 times to Maryland to lead more than 300

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slaves through Delaware into Pennsylvania. She also served as a cook, nurse and spy for the Union Army throughout the Civil War. Tubman’s Delaware legacy is a 95-mile byway starting in Sandtown, Md., weaving through Camden, Dover, Smyrna, Odessa, up Route 9 through Old New Castle into Wilmington, then into Pennsylvania through Centreville. I admit to initially being a bit foggy about 19th century history (Whom did Abe Lincoln describe as the “little woman who wrote the book that made this great war,” Harriet Beecher Stowe or Harriet Tubman? And wasn’t Rosa Parks somehow involved?), but each stop helped me revisit ninth grade American history as I pieced together and learned a few new facts about Delaware and some of its surprisingly spunky citizens’ defiant roles. ► April 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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START The second segment of the map continued along Route 15 through farmland and woods around Cheswold and Smyrna. The colonial-structured Appoquinimink Friends Meetinghouse and Corbit-Sharp House in Odessa hid fugitives in attics and closets during the mid-1800s. Next, I traveled east, picking up my old friend Route 9, and headed north along marshes and reeds. By the time I reached Old New Castle, I concluded that I’ll never understand how slaves made the real journey on foot, most likely fighting exhaustion, malnourishment and terror. (I, on the other hand, stopped at Dairy Queen for dinner.) The New Castle Court House Museum was the scene of the 1848 trial of famous conductor Thomas Garrett and John Hunn. Garrett participated in the U.R. for 30 years, and in the process allegedly sheltered 2,700 runaways in his home on Shipley Street in Wilmington. When convicted and charged, like Hunn, Garrett lost everything, but he too continued to aid freedom-seekers. After the Civil War ended in 1865 and black men were given the right to vote in 1870, Garrett’s supporters carried him on their shoulders through the streets of Wilmington, hailing him as their Moses. Onward to Wilmington, I passed the Shipley Street marker near where Garrett’s home once stood, and made a stop at the Delaware Historical Society and Old Town Hall. A friendly employee, Thomas, led me through a wrought iron gate at Old Town Hall and down steep steps for a tour of the not-so-amiable prison that held captured slaves about to be returned to slavery. I spent 10 minutes exploring the cells. Their dim lighting, low ceilings, and heavy chains attached to the walls left me with a cold, empty feeling as I imagined being imprisoned here. Out into daylight and the road once more, I followed the map’s sharp turns

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block by block until I escaped the city, and with quickening speed I rolled past the hills of Winterthur and made it through Centreville to the Pennsylvania border, my gas tank on E. At the end of the journey, a surge of victory overcame me, and I found myself rolling down my window and shouting, “I’ did it” before making the trip home.

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pairs them with chicken and pork, but many customers order the sprouts as a side dish. Two Stones Pub in Wilmington gives the little green goodies an upscale treatment with a splash of truffle oil. Nardozzi roasts Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar, and “it’s always good to add some bacon,” he says. Indeed, bacon is to Brussels sprouts what peanut butter is to jelly. At Redfire Grill Steakhouse in Hockessin, chef Eric Huntley cooks shredded Brussels sprouts with duck fat and bacon. While Huntley quips, “You should cook everything with bacon,” there’s a practical reason for the pairing. The bacon’s smoky flavor cuts through any bitterness, Nardozzi notes. He likes to search for baby Brussels because they’re less bitter than their full-grown counterparts. As with Brussels sprouts, micro-greens and mini vegetables continue to make an impact. Baby arugula, basil, and Chinese mustard are a manageable bite and a pretty presentation. But some minis—a baby beet, micro-carrot, or tiny radish, for instance—can go too far. “I’d feel like I’m planning dinner for Barbie,” Huntley says. In some instances, Merrill agrees, the baby veggie isn’t worth the big price tag. It’s often better as a garnish than a side dish. Pickled vegetables and fruit, meanwhile, is a dish that has picked up steam in some kitchens. “It seems it’s not going out of style,” Merrill says. “It adds a little acidity to a dish.” At Krazy Kat’s, he pickles radishes, onions and watermelon. ► APRIL 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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Salty Sensation Visit the bulk section in Whole Foods and you might notice a table devoted to flavored sea salts in big glass jars. While the customers aren’t bellying up to the table in droves, area chefs are enthusiastic about them. Sriracha salt is the new plaything at Two Stones. “It’s just like bacon—it makes everything better,” Muse says. (Obviously, bacon is a trend that just may be here to stay.) The spicy salt is officially used around the rim of a Crazy 88, an Asian-influenced Bloody Mary with house-infused lemongrass and ginger vodka in the mix. “But we’ll put it on just about anything else,” Muse says. Huntley has used citrus salt and smoked salt for a finishing touch on dishes. Home chefs use caution: A little goes a long way, he says.

Corner Bistro has started to make pickles in-house. “You can make it spicier or sweeter, depending on the dish,” Nardozzi says. But chefs have yet to see the kimchee craze hit Delaware. Also known as kimchi, the fermented dish, which usually includes cabbage, scallions, and cucumber, is showing up on burgers, hotdogs and chicken in other parts of the country. People here would rather just have sauerkraut, Huntley says.

Fresh from the Garden You’re not likely to see farm-to-table go away anytime soon. If anything, the locavore concept is bigger than ever. But you may notice an increase in the number of restaurants with their own gardens, even if they’re in pots. Merrill this year is planting a garden on the hotel grounds. (Krazy Kat’s is part of the Inn at Montchanin Village.) Union City Grille recently secured a plot in the community gardens at Cool Springs. This year, Two Stones is putting greenhouses on the grounds of Elbow Farm in Landenberg, which has provided fresh herbs and veggies to the restaurant in the past. Both Two Stones locations will benefit from cauliflower, artichokes, peas and cucumber grown on the farm.

Big Buns Speaking of burgers, Lucky’s Coffee Shop serves its burger on brioche, a rich roll with a high egg and butter content, instead of a pedestrian bun, and it’s not the only restaurant to embrace the French delight, which seems to have replaced the potato roll at upscale spots. Pretzel rolls are coming in a close second. Some chefs take creative license when it comes to the bun. Krazy Kat’s has served turkey burgers on sliced cornbread. (In part, the alternative appeases gluten-free diners, whose numbers are increasing.) — Ben Muse, operating partner of both Two Stones locations On Sundays, Two Stones has slid a burger topped with bacon-infused syrup and an over-easy egg on blueberry waffles. “It’s just a fun way to give our guests Share Alike a different burger than they normally see,” says Ben Muse, Small plates and shared portions have become mainstream, operating partner of the two locations. to the point that some Redfire diners ask the kitchen to divide While sliders have been waning in popularity in trendsetting entrees into equal portions for the table rather than do it areas, they’re still strong in Delaware. Merrill makes them bigger, themselves. however. Instead of three or four bite-sized sandwiches, you But the dedicated small plate section of a menu is still common. might get two large ones.The burger in general simply won’t Crist, who’s spent months in Spain, home to the small plate concept, budge off its pedestal. Witness Union City Grille’s popular has developed a small plates selection for Union City Grille’s new half-priced burgers on Burger Mondays—“Don’t ever mention menu, which includes steak wontons, mozzarella bites, and Prince Meatless Mondays,” Curtis warns—and Kid Shelleen’s half-priced Edward Island mussels served with a pretzel baguette. ► burger special on Tuesdays.

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The mini-maxi concept extends to drinks. Domaine Hudson in Wilmington has long received toasts for its 1 ½-, 3-, and 5-ounce pours. Two Stones since its start has offered draft beer in full- and half-pour sizes. “The half-pour helps you pace yourself better, and you get to try a much wider range of beers,” Muse says. And being adventurous is catching on in traditionally conservative Delaware. Krazy Kat’s, Merrill says, has become known for its antelope, wild boar, and duck dishes. “I always tell guests I have everything that was on the Ark.” A SWEET FINISH Guests are also experimenting with dessert. At the Harry’s Seafood Grill lunch that was part of the MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival last month, guests sampled Camembert gelato with a sweet potato biscuit and fig confit. To be sure, the mix of savory and sweet is becoming common. Crist makes a mean pear-and-ricotta empanada, Curtis says. Savory or sweet, dessert orders are gaining ground after taking a plunge in January. “Lately, we’ve been selling a ton of desserts,” agrees Muse, who’s passionate about Two Stones bourbon-butter bread pudding. “It’s definitely a great way to end your meal.”

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s the 1990s wound to a close, Harry’s Savoy Grill in Brandywine Hundred was picking up steam. The classic red meat restaurant, which opened in 1988, was varying its menu with numerous raw bar items and seafood dishes, and customers were showing their appreciation. Although the crab cake became nearly as popular as the prime rib, the tasty patty was overlooked in readers’ choice awards. Owner Xavier Teixido realized that Harry’s Savoy was stereotyped as a good steak spot, despite the solid seafood menu that he and David Leo Banks, the executive chef, wanted to expand further. The solution: “We had to do a Harry’s Seafood Grill,” Teixido says. Shortly after opening, Harry’s Seafood Grill on the Wilmington Riverfront received an award for its crab cake. The need to explore a new concept prompts many restaurateurs to open a second, third, or even a fourth restaurant. But there are other reasons, including offering staff advancement opportunities, reaching new markets, and, of course, making more money. In Teixido’s case, two of the restaurants are owned and not leased, making them good real estate deals as well.

“But with success comes the temptation to see if you can do it again,” he says. “That is why we decided to open a second location.” (The second restaurant, Dome in Hockessin, is now Redfire Steakhouse.) Dan Butler had a similar experience. His first restaurant, Griglia Toscana, now Piccolina Toscana, was “wildly successful when we first opened,” he says. The to-go shop in the same Trolley Square strip center was a natural offshoot.

“It’s kind of like an author whose first book is successful: I wanted to prove that I wasn’t a one-trick pony.” —Dan Butler, Wilmington Restaurateur

The opening of Deep Blue in downtown Wilmington, however, was more about artistic expression. “It’s kind of like an author whose first book is successful: I wanted to prove that I wasn’t a one-trick pony,” Butler says. “I wanted to show that I could cook fish as well as pasta and do it in a creative way.” Brandywine Prime Seafood and Chops in Chadds Ford added steak to his repertoire. For brothers and partners Michael and Stephen Lucey, opening another restaurant helped them “stay sharp,” Michael says. “After years of walking into the same place day after day, it’s easy to become complacent and risk doing the same thing over and over.” The brothers first opened Dead Presidents in Little Italy. They now own Six Paupers in Hockessin and Ulysses Gastropub in North Wilmington. Opening a restaurant with a new focus helps keep them fresh and interested, he says. “It also puts us in contact with Harry’s Seafood Grill executive chef and different groups of customers, Then there’s Matt Haley. One of Delaware’s most prolific partner Dave Banks (front) and cook Santos Castro prepare for a Saturday managers, and employees who restaurateurs, Haley owns six beach spots and will open a lunch crowd. photo/Tim Hawk help us to ‘shake off the cobwebs’ seventh, Papa Grande’s, a Mexican concept, this spring. He takes and grow,” he says. “You gotta a long pause before explaining why he has more than one eatery. keep moving.” “I just love to design and build restaurants,” he says finally. Few would deny that expansion helps a restaurant operation Indeed, there’s a certain thrill to creating a new restaurant. Just recruit, train, retain, and promote staff. Teixido made Banks a ask Carl Georigi, whose Platinum Dining Group now has four partner at Harry’s Seafood Grill and Kid Shelleen’s. Longtime locations with more on the way. Opening Eclipse in Wilmington’s manager Kelly O’Hanlon is also a partner at Kid’s. Former Harry’s► Little Italy was the fulfillment of a dream, Georigi says.

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Savoy Grill chef Kate Applebaum is now the chef at Harry’s Seafood Grill. “I have to provide sous chefs with the opportunity to move up,” Teixido says. Without the chance for advancement, he was training them to work at competitors’ restaurants, he explains. “You need a feeder system.” Some Platinum Dining Group employees have been with the restaurants for 10 to 17 years, Georigi says. “Every successful business owner has a responsibility to provide growth opportunities for its employees and a social conscience to give back to the community,” he says. Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery, which started in Newark and now has 10 locations, is also a good example of the philosophy in action. However, new restaurants must continue to support the company’s current pay structure, Teixido notes. He won’t pay a manager or chef at a larger location more than one at a smaller site. Before opening a new restaurant, he makes sure it can meet the restaurant group’s budget. Another advantage to multiple locations is enhanced buying power. Haley’s restaurant group, SoDel Concepts, often realizes a 12 percent savings. Haley’s restaurant management company, Highwater Management, can pass that discount on to its clients. But multiple restaurants can also present headaches. Like children, one might be fine while another has issues. You just get accustomed to handling the catastrophes, Lucey says. While putting out fires, restaurateurs must maintain a steady reputation throughout the operation. Consistency is also important. “We need to maintain a level of quality, from the iced tea to a piece of tuna,” Haley says. In either case, if customers have a poor experience at one restaurant, they might not visit a second or third restaurant in the group, Lucey says. Keeping things fresh is another challenge. “We’re always tweaking and growing the businesses,” Butler says. “I have to make them more appealing, better, and fresher for the audience.” A recent Dogfish Head dinner attracted people in their 20s and 30s to Harry’s Savoy Grill, which resides in an established community. In the past 10 years, area retirees’ gray hair has given way to the hipsters’ shaved heads. Harry’s Savoy, now 25 years old, has kept up with the shifting demographics. When it comes to new restaurants, Teixido and his partners are “poking around a bit,” he says. He wants to make sure everything is manageable. “Restaurants coast like tanks: When you turn them off, they stop in their tracks, and getting restarted takes a lot of energy.” Georigi and Butler have no shortage of energy. Georigi is exploring offers for a second Capers & Lemons location, as well as locations for a modern Mexican restaurant and a French bistro. Butler says he’s always on the lookout for other opportunities —if they make sense. “I will have a major announcement to share —hopefully soon,” he promises. Lucey, though, is more hesitant to leap in again. “I always say no,” he says, “but it never seems to work out that way—kind of like every Eagles farewell tour.” april 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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for hours on end and not having a chance to eat or drink is commonplace for chefs at these events. It’s like drowning in an inch of water. And then the gates open. Depending on the time of the event, you can be in for a raucous and bruising ride. Those coming directly from work to the Evening from the Masters are ready to get their grub on. There is no noshing; these people aren’t here to rub elbows with friends over a nice chardonnay and spanakopita, then meet later for dinner. No, it’s throw-down time. Chefs are up on that wire, trying to balance delivering the message of their food, their location and maybe a word or two on their style, while trying to keep up with the increasingly serpentine line that has formed at their table. After all, this is marketing as well as charity and celebration. Remarkably elaborate table displays, clever eating and drinking vessels, lights, smoke, banners—all come into play as you vie to be a standout. Over the years, I’ve seen colorfully painted, half-naked girls delivering sushi, and I’ve seen icy vodka luges, intricate watermelon sculptures and live goldfish centerpieces. As the event begins to wind down, the inevitable question for chefs becomes, “Where’s the after party?” You didn’t think we do all this out of the kindness and generosity of our heart just to support a cause, did you? Well, yes, we do, but, when we do, we’re going out with a Bang! After some 30-40 exhibitors wrestle for one of the three hand carts provided, it’s time to head home, unload, meet up and take a deep breath to enjoy the company and unique nature of the ones who made it all happen. And instantly, the memory of long hours and grueling conditions fade amid clinking glasses and rosycheeked revelers.

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sterno, and then haul it all back. You lack the comfort of your professionally designed kitchen with its running water and large refrigerated areas. It’s camping for the culinary arts. These events begin with choosing a venue, preferably one that is accessible, user-friendly and appealing. This is followed by a pitch to the chef: Are you in? Great. Recipe, please. This is where it gets tricky. A chef wants to shine when doing an away game, but you have to consider that almost none of the chefs attending normally cook for 1,000-plus people in one shot. How complicated the dish is can determine how successful or hellish those three or four hours will be for them and their team. A really nice cheese and crostini is sounding good about now, yes? This is where finer chefs excel. Despite the adversity of work conditions or the danger of compromising the quality of the final product, they choose what we would describe as “high-wire” stuff. You want to wow the crowd. Granted, I’ve seen my fair share of easily ladled soups with a single garnish; I’ve done it, too. But the dishes with the higher degree of difficulty, presentation and execution get the evening’s highest marks. But cooking is only half of it. In this extremely small state, most chefs have worked together at one point or another. So when one of these a culinary reunions occurs, it becomes a party, and we wonder why we don’t do it more often. Wait—did I just say that? Weren’t we just complaining about all the drudgery of such events? But once you’re there and you see old teammates, all that is forgotten. It’s the beverage guys who love you the most, tortured as they are by the aroma of hickory-scented pork, caramelizing sugar or garlic and yeast. Veteran chefs know to make up a dozen plates before paying attendees arrive so they can trade with their compatriots in a consummation of the relationship for the evening. Being surrounded by food

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On April 15th, At Two Stones Pub we don’t serve beer this way. We serve it with respect in nice glasses. We’re in Newark and Wilmington, and on the internet thingy too.

Before the internets were invented, when you Googled “two-fisted” you would get a very wholesome definition involving the consumption of a great American beverage no, THE great American beverage - beer. Really? that makes absolutely no sense. How could you Google something before the Internet? I suggest you keep your beers down to one at a time, and don’t Google “two-fisted”. If you read through this entire ad, then you are one of the cool people, and you know the way we roll. Two-fisted. Also, spend your tax refund on beer at Two Stones Pub. That’s the tie-in with Uncle Sam.

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Showcasing Chefs and Supporting a Cause

L–R: Chef Willam Hoffman of the House of William and Merry, chef Matt Crist of Union City Grill, and chef Robert Lhulier of the University and Whist Club are just three of the participants in this years’ event. These three created the beautiful dishes you see featured on O&A’s cover this month. photo/Joe del Tufo

The fundraiser enables Meals On Wheels to serve 600,000 meals to 4,000 Delaware seniors annually

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hen Meals On Wheels Delaware formed in 1993, the organization had one major goal: that no homebound senior in the state would be placed on a waiting list for a daily nutritious meal. While MOW services have come to a halt in many states due to decreased federal and state funding, MOW Delaware has remained waitlist-free and continues to serve more than 600,000 meals to 4,000 seniors a year—thanks primarily to fundraising events such as Meals from the Masters, which is celebrating its 16th annual Celebrity Chef Brunch, along with Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction and Evening with the Masters this month.

The 11th annual Evening with the Masters on Friday, April 19, will provide an opportunity to raise more than $100,000 for MOW Delaware, Cassandra Boyce of MOW Delaware says. Hosted by NBC 10’s Jesse Gary and held at DoubleTree Downtown in Wilmington from 6:30 to 10 p.m., the evening will boast renowned chefs and beverage purveyors who represent 50 restaurants and breweries, including Home Grown Café, Pizza By Elizabeths and Dogfish Head Brewery. Live music will be provided by Philly-based dance band Back2Life. Tickets are $75 and $125 for VIP tickets, which include Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction from 6 to 10 p.m. along

with early entrance to Evening with the Masters. Event parking at the DoubleTree is free for all ticketholders. This year, an outdoor tented craft beer garden, spearheaded by longtime MOW Delaware supporter and Two Stones Pub owner and chef Michael Stiglitz, will offer some of the best local brews, including 16 Mile Brewery, Dogfish Head Brewery, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Standard Distributing, Twin Lakes Brewery, Two Stones Pub, Yards Brewery Company, NKS Distributors and United Distributors of Delaware. Boyce says Evening with the Masters is a great way to spread awareness to the community and event guests about the MOW Delaware mission and its ► april 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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continued need for assistance in combatting hunger among the state’s senior population. “Without Meals On Wheels Delaware’s fundraising efforts, many of our seniors would be placed on a waiting list for meal delivery without knowing when or where their next meal will come from,” says Boyce. “It is crucial in these tough economic times that we raise the funds needed to feed the most vulnerable in our community.” For tickets and weekend getaway packages, visit the website at: mealsonwheelsde.org. — Krista Connor

Mow Fast Facts • According to Boyce, alternatives to food for homebound seniors are few. Ill health, lack of resources or age-related conditions often inhibit seniors from grocery shopping or preparing their own meals. • Consistent meal deliveries go beyond the nutritional value. Boyce says that while wholesome meals sustain the seniors’ physical strength, the dedicated volunteers also bring them hope. “Sometimes a Meals On Wheels Delaware volunteer is the only contact a senior may have with the outside world throughout the day,” she says. “A warm conversation, checking in on how things are going, asking if they need help taking out the trash or changing a light bulb, can mean the world to our homebound seniors. Our volunteers go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our seniors are fed, safe and cared for.” • Recently, a first-time volunteer was unable to get into a senior’s home. Worried about why the senior wasn’t answering the door, the volunteer enlisted the help of the building manager, and found the senior inside with a broken leg after a fall. “The senior could have gone unnoticed for days,” says Boyce. “It’s moments like these when our volunteers become true lifelines to the seniors they serve.” • For info on how to get involved, visit mealsonwheelsde.org/volunteeropportunities.

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Michael Stiglitz For the owner and executive chef of Two Stones Pub, Evening with the Masters is a great way to give back to the community

1) What are the highlights of Evening with the Masters for you—why should people attend other than to help Meals On Wheels Delaware? The highlights are plenty. We have many great chefs and restaurants as well as fine craft brews and vineyards represented. As if that’s not enough, we have the wine auction, which always has some incredible offerings, and usually a crazy beer (six pack) or bottle that’s super special. 2) In your opinion, in what ways do events like this one help non-profit organizations other than just the financial proceeds? The awareness it brings to the plight of many people is the big win. No one thinks about the older generation any more. All the younger folks hear is how the baby boomers are sucking up Social Security. But without them we wouldn’t be here. We need to support everyone when needed.

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3) You have been a consistent champion of Meals On Wheels Delaware. What is it about the organization that appeals to your sense of generosity? I decided a long time ago that if I ever had the opportunity to help out with a charity, it would be for children and older folks. They are the two parts of the population that should not be forgotten. Certainly the children have many champions, but we always forget that our past is our future, so protect it. That’s why I am very much a supporter of Meals On Wheels.

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ichael Stiglitz always wears a big smile when he writes a check to Meals On Wheels after hosting a fundraiser at his restaurant, Two Stones Pub. For eight years now, whether he’s initiating benefit events such as Giving On Tap or participating in nights like Evening with the Masters, Stiglitz says that for him, one of his roles as a restaurateur is simply giving back to the community. It builds good will and strengthens the relationship between restaurant staff and customers—and gives customers an opportunity to help those in need. O&A talked with Stiglitz about reasons to attend Evening with the Masters, the particular draw that Meals On Wheels has for him, a craft beer garden, ambitious goals for future events and more.

4) As you know, this year’s Evening with the Masters has a new component, a craft beer garden, in which Two Stones is a participant. What should guests look forward to from the Two Stones table? This year’s craft brew tent will feature many breweries, most local, but it will be a great chance for people to try great beers they maybe never had before. All of this will be coordinated by our beer guy, Ben Gumbo, and he is putting together a very balanced list of many great brews. Two Stones is trying to secure some very special bottles through our distributors right now. There are a lot of new breweries entering Delaware and we are trying to showcase some great new beers.

“I decided a long time ago that if I ever had the opportunity to help out with a charity, it would be for children and older folks. They are the two parts of the population that should not be forgotten.” 5) You also launched Giving On Tap in November of last year as Two Stones’ own benefit to Meals On Wheels Delaware. How did you feel that went and what can folks look forward to this year? Giving On Tap was a huge success. We raised well over $6,000 at very little cost to the charity because we did it onsite at 2SP Wilmington with our staff. We poured over 30 awesome beers and a little wine, of course. We also had the VIP tables full and phenomenal dining—a four-course beer dinner by our chefs in the middle of the event. This year our goal is to clear $10,000 for the charity, which will be quite a feat. But we always shoot high and work very hard at reaching the goal. We are in the planning stages now and are looking to add more tickets this year, but with the space being tight, we are going to have to get creative. Maybe a VIP “Craft Brew Cocktail Hour” will kick things off this year, with some specially-donated bottles by distributors and breweries, as well as some celebrity bartenders. Stay tuned. — Krista Connor april 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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Tim Miller, president of National Premium, inside the Fordham and Old Dominion Brewery in Dover that is now the new brew place for National Premium. Photo/Tim Hawk

Thanks to the relentless Tim Miller, a Dover brewery helps re-introduce a favorite Pilsner By Allan McKinley

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he Fordham and Old Dominion Brewery in Dover certainly fits in with the modern craft beer movement. Aggressively hopped IPAs, espresso stouts, and even Belgian styles are among its bold offerings. But while the brewery stays focused on craft beer’s present and future, it’s quietly playing a role in keeping a tradition alive with its National Premium. Once marketed and sold as the “premium” alternative to National Bohemian, National Premium is currently experiencing an unexpected rebirth at the Fordham and Old Dominion Brewery. “Natty Preme,” as it was known in its heyday, originally was brewed by National

Brewing Company, and enjoyed a strong following, particularly in the Baltimore area. But after a series of ownership changes, National discontinued production in 1996. The unlikely revival of this brand is due to the unrelenting efforts of one man, who is leading the charge to bring it back to the main stream. Tim Miller, a former real estate agent in Easton, Md., and self-proclaimed nostalgic, has always appreciated vintage products, branding and memorabilia. Miller, 44, grew up in the oil business—his father owned McMahon Oil in Easton. McMahon consisted of several gas stations and a distribution shop. Miller

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old Baltimore staple. In 2004, he approached Jim Lutz, president of Fordham Brewery and Old Dominion, and asked him what he thought of the idea of bringing back a dead beer brand. Lutz was unable to accommodate Miller at the time, but he did give him some advice. “He told me two things,” Miller recalls. “He said if you’re gonna do this, do one beer and do it well. “He also told me, ‘you’re crazy to try and get into this business.’” Miller decided to focus on the former and ignore the latter part of that message. Still, he failed to persuade any area breweries to go along with his idea. Finally, in 2010, he came across an ad for an unusual auction being held in New York City. The auction was selling off the rights to dozens of dead trademarks, including brands like HandiWrap, General Cinema and Meister-Brau. One in particular caught his eye. “When I saw National Premium, I was like, ‘get out of my way, I’m going for it,’” Miller says. Despite some initial reluctance from his wife, he trekked to New York and bought the rights to National Premium beer for an undisclosed amount. “Now what?” he asked himself immediately after the auction. While he owned National Premium, he had nothing physically to show for it: no brewery, no equipment, no merchandise.

“All I bought was the name,” Miller says. So he set to work building a website and getting the brand back in the public eye. But the basic problem remained: how was he going to actually make the beer? With no commercial or homebrewing experience of his own, he began working the phones to find brewers. Through a series of connections from his lacrosse days—“friends of friends of friends,” Miller says—he was able to track down a former brewer from National Premium. “He basically put together from memory [a formula for] the beer that was produced in the mid-to-late-‘60s,” Miller says. ►

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In yet another instance of relentlessness and good fortune, he happened to connect with Jack Ehmann, a retired professional brewer and former president of the Master Brewers Association. Miller brought Ehmann on as Brewmaster to help oversee the quality control aspects of the brand. Finally, in 2011, he called Lutz at Fordham and Old Dominion again— this time with a viable plan. He had Ehmann and a legit recipe. With enough capacity to accommodate Miller this time, Lutz took him up on his idea. In March of 2012, after several test runs, National Premium launched its first 50-barrel batch in its new incarnation. To help scratch out some additional funds (and sneak in some free publicity), Miller reached out to the History Channel’s American Pickers. The show responded, and last July sent its team to scour Miller’s old oil plant for antiques and collectibles. The Pickers wound up buying a few thousand dollars worth of old gear that had been sitting in Miller’s shop. As a bonus, the name “National Premium” was mentioned on the show a few times. According to Ehmann, the product is a close approximation to the original. “This beer is more of what I remember as a young man,” Ehmann says. “Most craft brewers today don’t make Pilsners.” Miller refers to the beer as a “tweener”— something that straddles the line between heady craft beer and light macro lagers. “It’s a session beer,” Miller says. “Our unofficial motto is this is ‘a beer you can go the distance with.’” He is pushing to get bottles of National Premium into as many hands as possible. It can now be found in several of Delaware’s larger beer stores. “The foundation is in place,” Miller says. “Now it’s time to drive this baby.” Reflecting on the unlikely manner in which this once proud, old-school beer made its way to a small corner of the Delaware beer scene, Miller says he’s not sure he believes it either. “This whole thing has been like a dream,” Miller says. “A really crazy story.”

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his is a mindset that is at the core of each of our restaurants, a mantra that often echoes from corner to corner in our kitchens. Start with two or three humble ingredients and “make them great!” Don’t manipulate them too much. Allow their greatness to shine on the plate. This same philosophy is reflected in Cantina del Taburno’s Falanghina offering, and it’s why I love it so much. This exhaustively enjoyable wine from Campagna, Italy, is said to have a historic pedigree. Believed to be one of the oldest cultivated grapes in Italy, it was brought by the Greeks to the Romans in 7th century B.C. It’s unassuming, yet nothing short of remarkable in the glass, brimming with a soft, gentle hue that calls to mind the early days of spring. Ripe peach and a whisper of lemon open the way to a lip-smacking finish that’s bright, clean, and refreshingly rewarding.

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From Rich Snyder, General Manager at Ulysses American Gastropub

WEYERBACHER’S MERRY MONKS

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ver since my first managing job, which happened to be at a brewpub, I had been told the Belgians make the best beers in the world, particularly the Trappist Ales, of which only six remain. But try as I might, I failed to develop a yen for these beers; a respect, yes, but never an appreciation. I always preferred the lower alcohol and ease of consumption that British session beers offer. Then I started working at Ulysses American Gastropub, where, like anything involving alcohol, developing your palate involves immersion. Soon dubbels, tripels and quads were my go-to beers. And I found that Weyerbacher’s Merry Monk can hold its own against even the best Belgians. Weyerbacher beers just came to Delaware in February (See March O&A). They are relatively local—brewing in Easton, Pa.—and have developed quite a reputation. The Merry Monk is a 9.3 percent ABV Belgian-Styled Tripel. Sugar and Belgian yeast are added just prior to bottling, thus allowing these beers to mellow and develop complexity with aging, but you can also enjoy it immediately. All the classic Belgian Tripel characteristics apply here: banana, citrus, clove, malty sweetness and creaminess, and that classic Belgian yeast taste. Yet with all these flavors the Merry Monk is moderately dry. And with its subtle citrus backbone, the flavors are represented in proper proportions without lingering or being cloying. I find balance to be the most important characteristic of any libation, be it wine, beer or even cocktails. But it is the often discarded in the quest for extreme beers or fruit-bomb wines. Weyerbacher got it right. I continue to be impressed by their beers and I love the Merry Monk, and I think you will too. But do yourself a favor: drink it from a wine glass; it’ll yield way more flavor than a pint.

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At the press conference at Peco’s Liquors to announce the Heffernan Bill (L-R): Sam Hobbs of Twin Lakes Brewing Company; Jeff Kreston of Kreston Wine & Spirits; Mike Contreras of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Rep. Debra Heffernan; Claus Hagelman and Chad Campbell of 16 Mile Brewing Company; Robert Kreston of Kreston Wine & Spirits; Ed Mulvihill of Peco’s Liquors, and Mike Whitwell of Premier Wine & Spirits. Photo/Jim Miller

RAISE A GLASS! Heffernan bill would allow liquor stores to sell growlers on site

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“All indications look very positive,� says Edward Mulvihill, of Peco’s Liquor Store in Wilmington. Growlers are glasses or ceramic jugs filled with draught beer, usually in 64-ounce (halfgallon) sizes. Heffernan’s bill, supported by Peco’s and other Delaware liquor stores as well as craft brewery owners, would allow liquor stores to fill and sell growlers of draught beer from local breweries on-site. Currently, growlers can only be sold by craft brewers at their own brewery or brewpub. Allowing liquor stores to sell growlers, Heffernan says, would expand the market for Delaware’s small craft breweries, and liquor stores would be able to compete with stores in neighboring states. Pennsylvania and New Jersey allow liquor stores to sell growlers, and Maryland’s law is on a county-by-county basis. Delaware is a hotbed of the growing craft brewing industry, ranking 10th per capita with nine breweries: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Stewarts Brew Co. & Restaurant, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Dogfish Brewings & Eats Restaurant, Argilla Brewing Company at Pietro’s Pizza, Fordham Brewing Company, Twin Lakes Brewing Company, 3rd Wave Brewing, and 16 Mile Brewing Company. —O&A

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“I would consider that being lucky, because nowadays, music blogs are just everywhere,” says Thomas. “There was a ‘right place, right time aspect,’ and our music happened to resonate with whatever was bubbling up at the time.” After college, in 2005, they released their first album, Nice and Nicely Done, with Bar/None Records in Hoboken, N.J. “Our musical ideas started to become complete thoughts, rather than just random ideas,” says Krill. “And then when we sort of started to be professional musicians, we’d spend a lot of time in larger studios. During that time we started learning more about song craft and arrangement.” The album was released in Europe the next year, and they spent nine months touring the continent, which included a “crazy European music festival” with the Arctic Monkeys.

says Krill. “After that, we started to go back to more simple songs again.” Before the release, the band spent a month touring Europe in November, and returned again in February for a tour of France and in March for a festival in Switzerland, with a few shows in Paris and Italy. Krill says that although he doesn’t know why, the band is more popular in Europe than in the U.S., so they try to get over there a few times for each album. “Maybe it’s just some kind of cultural thing that somehow we resonate with the musical history that’s been rattling around their brains for years,” he says. Thomas Hughes agrees, saying the band initially fit in with what was popular in European music scenes when their first album released, rather than what was happening in the United States, possibly due to complex cultural differences. “There was a hole we could fit in over there, more so than here,” he says. They’re certainly not ignored in the U.S. They will perform in June at Firefly, the East Coast’s biggest music festival, in Dover. Other than a few other local shows, Krill says they’re going to take a little “summer vacation,” and pick up recording again a year from now. With the short time between albums and — Vocalist and guitarist Nick Krill tours, he says they all feel like they’ve run a February brought the band’s most marathon and need to take it easy. recent release, Cool Cocoon, which “As everybody gets older, it’s harder represents a balance between old Spinto to throw yourselves into the van for a and a more mature band. They are inspired five-week tour again, with different by the way they worked as high schoolers responsibilities back home to deal with,” with a four-track for recording. But instead he says. “Who knows what we’ll be able to of cramming the songs with a musical part accomplish. I’m sure we’ll still make music like they used to, they now leave space. together, but I don’t know on what scale “We were interested in making tight it will be.” little arrangements that fit together Krill says the almost telepathic precisely, jam-packed with musical ideas,” communication among the band members

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is something he took for granted until a few years ago when he began doing studio work for other bands and realized how “crazy” their 15-year situation is. “It just sort of luckily fell into that, and we’ve been lucky enough to do it the way we’ve been doing it,” he says. After a long pause, he says he can’t think of any “profound thing” that he’s learned and what has kept the band together for 15 years. “It’s more just learning about people, about personalities,” he says. “We’re pretty democratic and understanding. Maybe that’s the biggest lesson, being understanding— not creating too much conflict, and trying to resolve it in a way that nobody is mad. Having known each other for as long as we did, it’s easier to understand each other . . . You understand how someone may react to some situation, and you’re able to navigate it in a way everybody is okay with.” Thomas Hughes agrees, saying that because they were best friends since childhood, the band members have an intense knowledge of each others’ personalities and what buttons need to be pushed to set people off or what buttons need to be avoided. “It goes back very deep and far. We’ve always been friends before we’ve been band mates.” Neither Krill nor Hughes ever expected their lives to go in this direction, but that it just “luckily happened” that people like their music. There are no big egos, and no members of the band are steamrolling each other. Because of this, there has never been a possibility of the band falling apart or any thought of “we can’t do this anymore.” “Now, it’s really no different from when we were in high school, self-releasing CDROMS, selling them to our classmates and our parents,” says Hughes. “In a way, we’ve reverted back to that. We’ll see what the rest of the world wants us to do—but we’ll continue making music.” The Spinto Band will appear with Buried Beds at the Arden Concert Gild in Arden on Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 at ardenconcerts. com. Check out the band’s Facebook and website for more information: facebook.com/SpintoBand and spintonic.net/splash.

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L-R: Stuart Robinson, Daniel Michalak and James Philips of Bombadil.

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uring their first tour in three years, North Carolinabased melodic indie folk pop band Bombadil will make a stop at The Grand Opera House on Friday, April 5. For the past three years, drummer James Philips, piano and ukulele player Stuart Robinson, and bass, piano and harmonica player Daniel Michalak have been on hiatus due to Michalak’s debilitating nerve injury that affected his hands. In 2009, the band was set to release an album and play at Bonnaroo and other festivals, but Bombadil—named after a character in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings—had to cancel their tour. Now, Michalak’s hands are improved and the band can tour once more, and will be releasing a new album, Metrics of Affection, on July 23. North Carolina-based Carolina Chocolate Drops, an oldtime string band, will perform with Bombadil at The Grand. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $28.

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he Spartan Alumni Jazz Band will return to bassist Joe Dawson’s alma mater, St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington—home of the St. Mark’s Spartans—on Saturday, April 6, for a free spring concert. Formed in 1992 by Dawson, this 17-member, Wilmington-based group plays big band music with instruments that include sax, trumpet, trombone and percussion. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and will feature special guest Dave Schiff, virtuoso jazz tenor saxophonist who has worked with Aretha Franklin and others.

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Vince Cirino (l) and Rod Kim of RKVC.

15 – Spotlight Series: Lincoln University X-press Jazz Combo (LUX)

RKVC Unveils New Release at The Queen

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ast September, local solo pop-rock artists Rod Kim and Vince Cirino joined forces to form an electronic pop duo, RKVC. The duo is well-known in area music circles and is a favorite of WSTW’s Hometown Heroes. Calling their style “self-deprecating romantic pop rock,” they will be at The Queen on Saturday, April 6, for their record release show. RKVC’s debut project, We Got Tonight, is a mix of high energy pop-rock, EDM and swagger pop. It will be available in CD format and digital albums (iTunes, Amazon). “We bridge the gap between songs of heartbreak and love with out making you want to jump off that bridge,” says Kim. The album includes a special guest appearance by Jessica Latshaw, the ukuleleplaying sensation with local ties whose YouTube subway video went viral last year. Special guests for The Queen show include Splashing Pearls, Jacopo De Nicola & The Younger Hebbels and DJ EA. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 online at queentickets.worldcafelive.com.

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Chip Porter of Montana Wildaxe.

the structure of the event had to resonate with the volunteers in order for them to get behind it with so much energy. Having all of this in place allowed the large group of players and helpers to get down to the business of building the show. Freed of worrying about the details, the musicians were able to get right to work on rehearsing the 34 tunes that made up the show. They had their work cut out for them. The Rolling Stones’ material has a direct and simple feel to it, but in fact it is nuanced in timing, dynamics and arrangements. The performers tackled this challenge with more than eight rehearsals, including a full dress rehearsal at The Queen on the afternoon of the show. Prior to rehearsals, organizers created and emailed to everyone complex Excel sheets detailing who was to play on what songs. A work group went up on Facebook to communicate rehearsal times, song lineups and other information leading up to the show. The list was tweaked as rehearsals progressed. The players were assigned between three and six tunes, with the female singers, horn sections and pedal steel players doing much of the heavy lifting. Individual preparation involved downloading and practicing charts and listening to versions of the songs on YouTube. Most tunes were run through at least eight times during rehearsals. When questions came up in rehearsals about a section of a song, the players would crowd around a smart phone, listen to the song and work through ► APRIL MARCH 2013 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM 65

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Gordon Lippencott of Mad Sweet Pangs

Randy Waters of Brixton Saint.

“From the first rehearsal ‘til the end of the ‘craziness’ after the show, egos were checked at the door and there were no real conflicts among players, resulting in a laser focus on the music.”

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the bumps in real time. From the first rehearsal ‘til the end of the “craziness” after the show, egos were checked at the door and there were no real conflicts among players, resulting in a laser focus on the music. As in last year’s show, the material really fell in place at the dress rehearsal the day of the show and was still fresh heading into the full performance. The dedicated back-stage crew worked hard to keep instruments in tune and players moving on and off the stage in changeovers that generally ran under 60 seconds. As a result, the flow of music never let up. Shine a Light on The Queen built powerful bonds among the crew, musicians and fans. More important, the hard work and cooperative effort molded the players into a community —a community that is already looking forward to getting started on the third annual Shine a Light on The Queen show on Feb. 22, 2014. Get your tickets early, because it’s sure to be another sell-out! Ed Dwornik has been a part of the Delaware music scene since the late 1970s. He has produced more than 50 shows and concerts for causes as varied as tsunami and Katrina Relief for the Red Cross and Haiti Relief for the Delaware Medical Relief Teams and the Haiti Family initiative. His company, Aztec Printing and Design, has been an in-kind sponsor for the Shine a Light on The Queen show. Ed performed in the show and participated in production, promotion and logistics for the event.

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in rural New Hampshire. Pressman, a lifelong flouter of expectations and custom, crosses several of Portia’s and Princeton’s boundaries in his efforts to get one of his promising students into the Ivy League school. Of course, sparks fly between Portia and John. Of course, obstacles appear to keep them apart until the final minutes of the movie. And of course, witty banter, mild titillation, and quirky supporting characters are all present in abundance. Briskly directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy) from a screenplay by Karen Croner, Admission has a little bit more on its mind than the average rom-com, but not too much. There are some interesting exchanges about the perils and comforts of both convention and lack of convention. Fey also is given the opportunity to demonstrate that she can do more with a character than just whip off a well-crafted zinger with a knowing wink. There are a few moments when she becomes a flesh-and-blood person… convincingly. I enjoyed the humorous treatment of the excruciating college admission process in the ultra-competitive environment of Princeton. Portia imagines her candidates in front of her as she decides their scholastic fate, a device that is often winsome and occasionally

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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994; directed by Ang Lee; Chinese with subtitles) Food is the symbol of joy in this early film directed by this year’s Oscar winner for Best Director. But the long-widowed Chu, a professional chef who can whip together intricate feasts, has lost his ability to taste the gorgeous food he cooks. He trudges through life while each of his adult daughters feels stymied in hers. This wry and gentle film is like a sumptuous Chinese banquet.

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It’s Complicated (2009; directed by Nancy Meyer) This romantic comedy takes kitchen porn to new heights as divorced caterer Jane (Meryl Streep, slumming) responds to overtures from her confused ex-husband, Jake (Alec Baldwin). Tired of the demands of his new trophy wife, Jake tries to come home. The fact that Jane is in a budding relationship with a handsome architect (Steve Martin) only complicates matters with her ex—or is it the other way around? The resulting confusion makes for some very funny scenes in a slight but diverting comedy. Julie and Julia (2009; directed by Nora Ephron) Meryl Streep is in the kitchen again (twice in the same year!)—this time as Julia Child, and she has great fun exploring French cooking. Amy Adams has considerably less fun as the Julia wanna-be Julie, who thinks she can escape from her pointless life by trying to become Julia Child, cooking one recipe a day from Julia’s famous cookbook and blogging about the sometimes disastrous results. Streep’s Julia is so engaging that you can almost ignore the sad and desperate Julie who misses the chance to be herself while trying to be Julia.

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A Taste of the City Wilmington’s fine-dining scene showcased April 22-27 during 9th annual City Restaurant Week.

7 The Arts imPERFECT City New interactive exhibit at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts challenges visitors to build their own city. By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

8 On the Riverfront South Pacific, Earth Day Celebration, Blue Rocks’ season-opener... the Riverfront’s April calendar features a full slate of activities.

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WHAT’S ‘IN’ FOR

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MUSIC

TUES, APRIL 2 - SUN, APRIL 7

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

FRI, APRIL 5 - SUN, MAY 19

FOOD & DRINK

FRI, APRIL 5 - SUN, APRIL 7

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

OperaDelaware Studio Series

Nylon Exhibit Opening: Fashion, Sports, & Fun!

Dreamgirls

Legally Blonde: The Musical

DuPont Theatre • 11th & Market Streets 302.656.4401 • bitly.com/VICBBY

New Candlelight Theatre • 2208 Millers Rd. 302.475.2313 • bitly.com/VICA0O

OperaDelaware Studios 4 South Poplar Street • 302.658.8063 bitly.com/mV4lPe

Hagley Museum & Library • 200 Hagley Rd. 302.658.2400 • bitly.com/YTb8uN

WED, APRIL 10 - SUN, MAY 5

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 8PM

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 5:30PM

FRI, APRIL 12 - SUN, APRIL 14

South Pacific

BCTA & WCL present Dave Mason Unplugged

Spring 2013 Fundraiser: From My Collection to Yours

Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water Street • 302.594.1100 bitly.com/VICBC7

SAT, APRIL 13 & SUN, APRIL 14

First State Ballet Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream

DSO: Tchaikovsky's World Laird Performing Arts Center at The Tatnall School • 1501 Barley Mill Road 302.998.2292 • bitly.com/YTb6TF

World Cafe Live at the Queen 500 North Market Street • 302.994.1400 bitly.com/VICBSl

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street • 302.656.6466 bitly.com/VICA0W

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 6:30PM

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 8PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 1-3PM

Evening with The Masters

Ralphie May: Too Big To Ignore Tour

Brandywine Creek State Park's Annual Kite Day

The Grand • 818 N. Market Street 302.658.7897 • bitly.com/YTb8uT

DoubleTree Downtown 700 King Street • 302.656.6451 bit.ly/VICCWt

DuPont Theatre • 11th & Market Streets 302.656.4401 • bit.ly/ZvAP6V

41 Adams Dam Rd • 302.577.3534 bitly.com/VICy9k

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 7:30AM

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 8PM

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 12:30PM

The Arts at Trinity presents Serafin String Quartet

WRC's State of the Downtown

Esperanza Spalding

World Cafe Live at the Queen 500 North Market Street • 302.994.1400 bitly.com/YTb4Lu

The Grand • 818 N. Market Street 302.658.7897 • bitly.com/YTb4Lw

Market St. Music presents: Copeland String Quartet

Trinity Episcopal Parish • 1108 N. Adams St. 302.652.8605 • bitly.com/YTb4vf

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• The Storyteller’s Art: Reimagining America through Illustration thru Apr 30 302.571.9590 • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

• Kerry Adams’ This Space is Intentionally Left Blank thru Apr 21 • Sam Blanchard thru Apr 28 • Taxonomy of Trash Apr 6 thru Jul 21 302.656.6466 • 200 South Madison Street

The Station Gallery

• Helena van Emmerik-Finn thru Apr 27 302.654.8638 • 3922 Kennett Pike

SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH

Museum • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Family In Conflict: Rockwood & The Civil War daily thru May 25

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway• 302.571.9590

(Artsy) Noise! • DCCA 300 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

Melomanie presents Alfred: A Masque by Thomas Arne

Cauffiel House Tour • Bellevue State

Delaware Historical Society (Old Town Hall) 5th & Market Streets • 302.655.7161

Arturo Sandoval

The Grand 818 North Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

Rainbow Chorale of Delaware: Family Gathering First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371

SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH Christina River Cleanup Bellevue State Park 800 Carr Rd. • 302.761.6963

Classic Albums Live - Who's Next The Grand 818 North Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

Melomanie Wilmington Series: April Concert Grace United Methodist Church 900 Washington Street • 302.655.8847

XPN Welcomes Spinto Band w/ special guest, Buried Beds Arden Concert Gild 2126 The Highway • 302.475.3126

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH Clay Date

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

Exhibited - The Play

Brandywine Hundred Library 1300 Foulk Rd • 302.477.3150

Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz w/

Mama's Blacksheep • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

World Cafe Live & Bob Rose Productions present Renaissance 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH

SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH

Blue Grass Jams

every Sat 1-5pm • Woodside Farm Creamery 1310 Little Baltimore Road • 302.239.9847

Dare 2 Draw: Drawing for Kids Who Don’t Stay in the Lines

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 300 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

Gateway to the Stars

Gateway Lab School 2501 Centerville Road • 302.633.4091

Inside the Artist’s Studio

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

Festival Concert: Mastersingers of Wilmington – Rich Increase: Shakespeare to Spirituals

TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH

First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371

IN the Classroom: Teaching Opportunities for Artists

The Melton Brothers Band w/ Alfie Moss

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 300 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Diana Krall FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH

The Grand 818 North Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

Monthly Birdwalk

Brandywine Creek State Park 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302.577.3534

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Thursday Noontime Concerts: Dave Posmontier Quartet

Dave Holland - Kenny Barron Duo

First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371

The Grand 818 North Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

Candlelight Comedy Club

TUESDAY, APRIL 30 TH

2208 Millers Rd. • 302.475.2313

Memphis

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 TH

thru May 5 • DuPont Theatre 11th & Market Streets • 302.656.4401

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

An Evening with the DSO Winds

thru Jan 2014 • Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library • 5105 Kennett Pike • 800.448.3883

Gold Ballroom at the Hotel du Pont 11th & Market Streets • 800.37.GRAND

New Castle County’s 7th Annual Safe Kids Day Bellevue State Park 800 Carr Rd. • 302.761.6963

Peanut Butter and Jams welcomes Alastair Moock • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Attracting Butterflies Bellevue State Park 800 Carr Rd. • 302.761.6963

What Are You Working On?

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 300 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

Graham Parker & The Rumour World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

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Leo Kottke & Jake Shimabukuro

2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.332.3788

The Grand 818 North Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

Fine Art Sale

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Quizzo • Delaware Art Museum

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Buses leave 5:45pm from the DCCA, making the last return at approx. 9:10pm 302.576.2135 • 200 S. Madison St.

An Evening with Janis Ian

FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH

First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371

Art on the Town

THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

THURSDAY, APRIL 4TH

2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Thursday Noontime Concerts: Celtic music w/ Charlie Zahm

Chelsea Tavern • 821 N. Market Street

Art is Tasty: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Grace Hartigan • Delaware Art Museum

Aimee Mann

THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH

Flight Club every Tuesday 5:30-7:30

FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24TH

The Grand 818 North Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH

Blue Ball Barn 1914 W. Park Drive • 302.456.3242

Church of the Holy City 1118 N. Broom Street • 302.654.5014

Hot Club of Cowtown

thru April 5 Brandywine Creek State Park 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302.577.3534

Jim Malcolm (Green Willow 30th Anniversary Concert)

800 Carr Road • 302.761.6963

Copeland String Quartet FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH

The Music School of Delaware 4101 Washington St. • 302.762.1132

The Reverend Horton Heat

Art Salad 12pm every Thurs Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 300 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

Earth Day Hike • Bellevue State Park

MUSIC MASTERS: Lotus, Lynne & Friends—Celebrating 30 Years!

Spring Break Camp

Market Street Music Noontime Concerts: No Name Trio

Cashore Marionettes • The Grand 818 N. Market • 800.37.GRAND

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 TH

First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371

Spring Break Camp

Park • 800 Carr Road • 302.761.6963

Barn at Flintwoods 205 Center Meeting Road • 877.594.4546

4651 Washington St. Extension • 302.761.4340 thru April 5 Bellevue State Park 800 Carr Rd. • 302.761.6963

Surround Sound: Make Some

Poetry & Painting

MONDAY, APRIL 1ST DCM Gym thru Apr 28 • Delaware Children's

SUNDAY, APRIL 21ST

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ilmington’s fine dining scene is marked by a distinguishing characteristic: It is dominated by owner-operators. In other words, there is not a chain restaurant in the bunch. So each spring, when those restaurateurs team to present City Restaurant Week, they view it as a personal invitation. It’s the equivalent of your neighbor inviting you for dinner. “City Restaurant Week puts spirit in our community, encouraging people to get out, connect with friends and try new restaurants,” says Xavier Teixido, an owner of Harry’s Seafood Grill on the Riverfront. “It highlights the diversity and depth of quality of dining options in our neighborhoods.” This year, that diversity will be front and center because for the first time in nine years, City Restaurant Week has expanded to include fine dining restaurants on Wilmington’s West End. Previous years were focused on fine dining establishments Downtown and the Riverfront. The result is a menu of 17 restaurants to select from, offering everything from Thai to Chilean to Italian. Better yet, you get to sample the creative cuisine of these fine dining spots with prix-fixe prices of $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner. “CRW is the great reminder of what a wonderful, interesting, eclectic city Wilmington is,” says Beth Ross, co-owner of Domaine Hudson. “CRW is not just about experiencing what the city has to offer for a discounted price, but reminding everyone of just what Wilmington is about.” This year’s City Restaurant Week will begin Monday, April 22, and continue through Saturday, April 27. For an overview of the restaurants participating, read on.

BIG FISH GRILL

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720 Justison St. 652-FISH

2216 Pennsylvania Ave. 571-1492

After years of success in Sussex County, the Big Fish Restaurant Group has brought the great Big Fish Grill experience to Wilmington. Stop by the new location on the scenic Wilmington Riverfront for the freshest seafood, juicy, hand-cut steaks, savory pastas and delicious salads. The reasonably priced menu, generous portions, family friendly atmosphere and impeccable service make Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront a casual dining destination and a great addition to the Wilmington restaurant scene.

CAFE MEZZANOTTE 1007 N. Orange St. 658-7050

Since opening in June of 2003, Café Mezzanotte has built a reputation as Delaware’s premier spot to enjoy classical pan-Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Sergio Pellegrino immigrated to Wilmington 18 years ago from the small town of Scalea, located in the southern region of Calabria, Italy. For the past 10 years, Sergio has been bringing a piece of his hometown’s cuisine to Wilmington. Scalea is a town known for its fresh seafood mixed with hearty vegetables, pasta dishes and filling soups. With intimate atmosphere and exceptional service, Café Mezzanotte is the best place to enjoy pan-Mediterranean cuisine.

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Columbus Inn, a Wilmington tradition since 1849, is a premier American tavern and restaurant that seamlessly combines the best of “old and new,” serving seasonally inspired, market fresh, progressive yet playful modern cuisine paired with an amazing selection of old and new world wines, micro and macro brews, as well as traditional and new style spirits. The creative menus for dinner, brunches and private events feature new and classic dishes with an approachable, new age twist at an affordable value. From happy hour to special events, there is always a good reason to come “inn.”

DEEP BLUE BAR & GRILL 111 West 11th St. 777-2040

Featuring innovative preparations of fresh fish, a selection of oysters from around the world, and a newly added steakhouse menu, Chef Dan Butler’s Deep Blue Bar and Grill is one of Wilmington’s most creative restaurants. Its location in the heart of the city makes it a convenient choice for patrons of the DuPont Theatre and the Grand Opera House. Business entertaining and special events, sophisticated happy hours and special weekend dining are a natural fit in this upscale locale.

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DOMAINE HUDSON WINE BAR & EATERY 1314 N. Washington St. 655-WINE Domaine Hudson opened in 2005, with the idea that it’s possible to enjoy fine wine and award-winning food for a reasonable price. DH is Wilmington’s wine tasting destination, with an expansive cellar that holds 2,000 bottles with 40 wines offered by the glass (to pair with a farm-fresh cheese plate, perhaps?). Whether it’s a weeknight dinner or the special occasion of a lifetime, Executive Chef and sommelier Roger Surpin artfully prepares world-class cuisine, with complementing wines. Zagat rates the food as “perfection” and service as “excellent.”

FIRESTONE 110 S. West St., Riverfront 658-6626

Sit along the water, soak in the sun and sample some of the signature brick oven pizzas, fresh seafood and slow roasted meats. More in the mood for nightlife? FireStone offers live entertainment every weekend, featuring some of the best up and coming artists in the area. No other venue in the city can offer a little bit of the beach in your own backyard.

HARRY’S SEAFOOD GRILL 101 South Market St. 777-1500

The name Harry’s has always been recognized for its tradition of fresh ingredients, innovative cuisine and unsurpassed service. That tradition can be found on Wilmington’s Riverfront at Harry’s Seafood Grill. Adjacent to the Riverwalk, Harry’s Seafood Grill is the place for lunch, dinner, cocktails and a late night in Wilmington. A chic atmosphere, fresh raw bar, award-winning crab cakes, outstanding lobsters, imaginatively prepared seafood, great martinis and 50 wines by the glass are some of the keys to an exciting experience. Harry’s is a coveted spot for patio dining or cocktails on the waterfront.

MORO RESTAURANT 1307 N. Scott St. 777-1800

Moro Restaurant opened in 2002, and over the past 10 years has received many accolades—three bells from Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan, four stars from The News Journal, four stars from Delaware Today, and two James Beard nominations. The approach to food involves sourcing seasonal ingredients, while the menu changes weekly to reflect what is available at the market. The culinary team comprises people who are inspired by food and have a strong work ethic. It is best known for its “Maple Glazed Salmon” and “Duck Confit Salad,” which have been on the menu since day one.

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Eclipse Bistro 1020 N. Union St. 658-1588

A cornerstone of the Wilmington dining scene since 1996, Eclipse Bistro has cemented its reputation as a neighborhood hangout as well as a destination for travelers near and far. The kitchen, led by Chef Ryan Marchetta, sources the finest ingredients while employing classic and modern techniques to create a menu sure to satisfy guests of all tastes. Eclipse offers a well-regarded and flexible wine list thoughtfully designed to pair with its diverse and familiar fare. Its hospitable, knowledgeable staff complements the food, consistently delivering an excellent dining experience.

THE GREEN ROOM 100 West 11th St. 594-3154

Enjoy French cuisine in the 100-year-old Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, an unforgettable setting of oak paneling, coffered oak beamed ceilings, gold chandeliers, and original oil paintings. The world-class Green Room is a winner of the Four-Diamond AAA Award for 28 consecutive years. Featuring a colorful combination of shimmering draperies, wingback chairs, and Versace patterned china, the historic elegance of the Green Room is complemented by a fresh, seasonallyinspired menu under the direction of Executive Chef Keith Miller. An award-winning wine collection and impeccable service will further enhance your fine dining experience.

MIKIMOTOS 1212 North Washington St. 656-8638

In August 2000, owner Darius Mansoory added a second restaurant to his portfolio when he opened Mikimotos Asian Grill & Sushi Bar. Like its older sister, Washington Street Ale House, Mikimotos continues to surpass the expectations of its guests. Mikimotos is a high-energy restaurant sheathed in contemporary urban décor. Walls and tables are dressed in bold reds and yellows with black accents. The half-moon bar, a Wilmington hotspot, delivers creative cocktails along with old favorites, and the unusual circleshaped 24-seat sushi bar serves the freshest fish in the city.

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PICCOLINA Toscana

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1412 N. DuPont St. 654-8001

220 W. 9th St. 384-6654

Dan Butler opened Toscana upon returning home to Wilmington in 1990. His vision was a contemporary Italian restaurant with the big city feel of the places that he had seen in his travels and work experience in Europe, Washington, D.C and Florida. His education and the kitchens he has worked in since taught him to cook everything from scratch, using the best, freshest ingredients in a simple way that lets the natural goodness shine. Toscana has been renovated and updated several times over the years, including a to-go and catering shop adjacent to the restaurant, but the core concept of nice people serving “really good food” has never changed.

Owners Patricia and Braulio were both raised in Chile, one from the north and one from Santiago. Their experiences gave them a unique insight into the vast contrasts of food that Chile has to offer. Their philosophy is “Do the best you can, and then do it better.” This enables them to give customers the best Chilean wine selection and 100 percent fresh traditional Chilean cuisine, with a twist.

Union City Grille 805 N. Union St. 654-9780

Ubon Thai Cuisine 936 Justison St. 656-1706

Jeenwong Thai Cuisine has been in Wilmington for about 13 years now, and is proud to have chosen to stay here and present Ubon Thai Cuisine. The culinary team consists of Executive Chef Norrawit J. Milburn and Sous Chef Marco Escofie’. Their goal is to bring exotic flavors to Wilmington, such as “Thai Guy’s Wings” and “Yai’s Rolls,” with service that makes customers feel like they’re with family. They take all the fresh ingredients that you would see in Thailand, along with local produce, to create family Thai dishes, including“Yai’s Rolls” and the “Momochas” —from scratch.

Matthew Curtis opened UCG in Wilmington because he loved the warm feel of community. Executive Chef Matt Crist, who recently left his chef position at Deep Blue and spent the last year on a culinary journey in Spain, heads the kitchen. UCG is a place “where food tastes the way it should.” Wilmington’s most exciting bar menu, handmade pasta and the tastiest steaks are UCG hits. Then there’s the award-winning short rib chili and silky crab bisque. Sunday features include the area’s only “name your cut” filet for $2 an ounce. Come casual or come ready for hand-picked, elegant wines and craft brews (72, to be exact).

WASHINGTON STREET ALE HOUSE Walter’s Steakhouse 802 N. Union St. 652-6780

Walter’s Steakhouse is synonymous with great beef in Wilmington and throughout the world. Serving the finest beef available guarantees the two things customers desire most: flavor and tenderness. The slow-roasted prime rib is the sweetest and juiciest, the filet is so tender you can cut it with a fork. Or enjoy the New York strip or Delmonico for a more savory cut. Seafood and poultry entrees are available, also. Every Sunday, Monday and Thursday features a complimentary seafood bar (with oysters and clams on the half shell). Every Friday night is Prime Rib Night. Choose from 250 highly-rated wines by the bottle or 24 wines by the glass.

1206 North Washington St. 658-2537

Opened in 1997 by Darius Mansoory, Washington Street Ale House specializes in great food and handcrafted beers. With an extensive selection of 24 beers on tap, this is the best place in the city to enjoy great drinks with family and friends. Guests are able to relax and unwind in the inviting dining room, which is the perfect location for evening dates, family outings and friendly get-togethers. And the year-round deck offers a premier atmosphere to enjoy dinner and appetizers for any occasion.

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There are at least a dozen elements to the current exhibition: • A”disORIENTATION desk,” where you are welcomed with an exhibit map and a customized YOUtopian tour, complete with fun courses like civility treatments, unpopular behavior lessons, spontaneous athletics and mad vegetable farming • The People’s Park project, where visitors and artists have collaborated to create a semi-permanent public space on the 400 block of Market Street (installment will happen this month and will include a mural, seating and greenery) • Civic Seats, a restructure-able seating circle that promotes spontaneous exchange • The DCCA Athletic Club enables visitors to actually “get fit” inside the galleries with yoga, aerobics, and other activities • Museum of the Hand invites visitors to type on a keyboard while their text is simultaneously transcribed into cursive by a computer-controlled machine • The Radical Reading Room, a library of formerly-banned books and other texts • A micro-farm of mobile vegetable and fruit planters within the DCCA Cyber Café • imPERFECT CITY/imPERFECT STATE, an exhibit of roadside memorials in Delaware.

imPERFECT City… the Perfect Addition to Wilmo Art Scene By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

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’m a lover of the Arts in all its forms. But I have to admit, when the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA) launched its current interactive exhibit, imPERFECT City—I didn’t get it. By Michelle How couldKramer-Fitzgerald building a city really be considered “art”? In investigating a bit more, I’ve found this project is all about art: The art of imagination, the art of collaboration, the art of looking beyond ourselves, the art of creating for the greater good. imPERFECT City—funded by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation and running through June—is an ever-evolving, community participatory exhibit that will eventually develop into a museum-scale city. It relies not only on the talent of its visiting artists and scholars but also on the creativity and imagination of visitors to create their vision of what constitutes a “perfect city.” As I sat in the middle of imPERFECT City at the Wilmington INBassadors meeting in March, it was apparent to me just how much a part the visitor plays—meeting on the Civic Seats, we became a living part of the exhibit. Whether sharing a comment on the UTOPIA wall, joining a yoga class in the athletic club, adding a “banned” book to the Radical Reading Room, or simply walking through and taking it all in, we participated in the exhibit at many levels. “This is a people-powered exhibit, created by and for the people of Wilmington,” says Sara Teixido, director of marketing and communications for DCCA. “Our ‘city’ comes alive with your participation.” And it will continually evolve; Exhibit Curator Maiza Hixson encourages repeat visits to see how the exhibit grows and changes with each week.

Hixson is thrilled with the exhibit’s progression, which launched with a series of open town hall meetings in February. “I started this project to call attention to the fact that exhibitions can be more than stuffy displays of art,” Hixson notes. “They can be a creative medium for political and social engagement.” The project requires people from all walks of life to converge around a common goal. It allows everyone—not only artists—to use their imagination and build a “city” that challenges existing paradigms. The town hall meetings are some of Hixson’s favorite aspects of the exhibit. “I love the idea that anyone can suggest ‘weird’ ideas for the city, and we’ll try to implement them,” she says. “For example, our micro-farmer invented a new currency called micropia. I have no idea what it means but it instantly makes me rethink our existing monetary system—what it’s based on and why it couldn’t be based on something else.” Hixson feels the DCCA’s role in the project is to make people aware of the museum’s relevance to the city: Museums are spaces of free thought where powerful ideas are allowed to emerge; a lot of significant change can come from people simply being exposed to new ideas. DCCA Artist in Residence Eric Leshinsky is overseeing the People’s Park component of the exhibit and is excited about the community’s response to it. “I probably talked to a few hundred people over four weeks [of the project’s development]; I was inspired by folks’ willingness to participate—how eager people were to share ideas for a park that will be temporary, on a narrow piece of land, which many of them will never use,” he says. “For me, that’s a real testament to how people value public space and their desire to have some role in how it gets created.” Leshinsky anticipates that the actual site installation on Market Street will have the most impact because of its visibility and accessibility. “If [People’s Park] works the way I’m envisioning it, a formerly vacant lot on Market Street will become a functional piece of the city again.” I asked both Mazia and Eric what they would to do make Wilmington a “perfect city.” Here’s what they said: Maiza Hixson: “I would provide cheap studio space to artists downtown, provide seed money for innovative businesses in Wilmington, and encourage everyone to walk more rather than drive.” Eric Leshinsky: “I’d ask every person in Wilmington what their idea of a perfect city is…and then make a To-Do list.” I encourage you to visit and become part of this exhibit. But before you do, visit the imPERFECT City blog (imperfectcitydcca.wordpress.com) and LIKE the Facebook page (facebook.com/ImperfectCity). Want more ArtStuff ? Follow me @ArtsinMedia! 7

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APRIL RIVERFRONT EVENTS

Spring Break: Nature Day Camp at the Riverfront April 1-5, 8:30-3:30pm Spend all or part of your spring break exploring the freshwater tidal marsh and Wilmington’s Riverfront. • Monday, April 1: Reptiles Revealed • Tuesday, April 2: Aquatic Exploration • Wednesday, April 3: Marsh Mammals • Thursday, April 4: DEEC Treasure Hunters • Friday, April 5: Nature Photography Registration fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org 8th Annual Race Judicata 5K Run/Walk April 6 Sponsored by Delaware State Bar Association Registration opens at 8am, Race begins at 9am Joe’s Crab Shack Races2run.com BBB of Delaware 48th Annual Dinner April 9, 4:45pm Network with 250 business and community leaders; Enjoy a fabulous silent auction and reception prior to dinner; and Celebrate the winners of the BBB Student Ethics Scholarships as well as the Torch and Rush Award winners. Chase Center on the Riverfront Delaware.bbb.org/annualdinner 2013 Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner April 10, 5pm Catholic Charities is pleased to honor Terri Kelly, President & CEO of W. L. Gore & Associates, with the 2013 Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award for Community Leadership. Chase Center on the Riverfront cdow.org/tribute.html South Pacific Opens April 10 thru May 5 Music by Richer Rogers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein & Joshua Logan Directed by Bud Martin An island paradise is the setting for two enchanting love stories, both threatened by the perils of World War II and racial prejudice. Spunky and charming Nellie Forbush falls in love with French planter Emile de Becque, as the bewitchingly beautiful Tonkinese girl, Liat, steals the heart of strapping Joe Cable. For tickets and show times, please visit our website. Delaware Theatre Company DelawareTheatre.org 10

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Parents Night Out- Hunt for Reptile and Amphibians April 12, 6:30-8:30pm Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront while you stay at DEEC and have all the fun with games, a scavenger hunt and an evening hike. Dinner provided. Parents receive a coupon for Timothy’s Riverfront Grill. Registration fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org Blue Rocks vs. Frederick Keys 2013 Season Opening Weekend April 12-14 Visit BlueRocks.com for more information on game times and promotions. Frawley Stadium Walk MS: Wilmington Riverfront 2013 April 13 Registration begins at 8am Walk begins at 9am When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 1,550 people living with MS in Delaware. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Frawley Stadium Walkded.nationalmssociety.org 3rd Annual Thin Mint 5K April 14 Registration begins at 9am Race begins at 10am Benefits Girls Scouts of Chesapeake Bay Dravo Plaza Races2Run.com Blue Rock vs. Carolina Mudcats April 15-17 Visit BlueRocks.com for more information on game times and promotions. Frawley Stadium From Tadpole to Toad April 17, 10-11:30am Search for tadpoles in the marsh and learn how they live and grow. Feed a toad a tasty snack. Then enjoy your own snack. Registration fee required DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org 3rd Annual DNS Earth Day Festival April 20, 11-3pm As a tribute to Delaware’s Governor Russell W. Peterson, DEEC will host an Earth Day festival and offer free programs to educate the community and families about Delaware’s marshes and its residents, and more! Festival Activities: Composting demonstrations, canoe trips, hikes to a beaver lodge, live

critters and creepy crawlies, catching fish and aquatic insects with nets, green living exhibitors, face painting and crafts and music DuPont Environmental Education Center Delawarenaturesociety.org/earthday 24th Ronald McDonald House of DE 5K April 20 Registration begins at 8am Race begins at 9am Benefits Ronald McDonald House of Delaware Frawley Stadium Races2Run.com Surround Sound: Make Some (Artsy) Noise! April 21, 12-3pm POP! CRINKLE! CRUNCH! Join us as we make a symphony of sound during this unique (and noisy!) family program inspired by the exhibition Taxonomy of Trash. So go ahead and pop that bubble wrap, snap those rubber bands, and bang those cans all the way to the DCCA! Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org Blue Rocks vs. Winston-Salem Dash April 26-28 Visit BlueRocks.com for more information on game times and promotions. Frawley Stadium Brain Tumor Walk April 27 Registration begins at 11:30am Program and Activities begins at 12:30pm This family-friendly walk and community day benefits the National Brain Tumor Society Dravo Plaza BrainTumorCommunity.org Canoeing the River and Marsh April 27, 12:30-4:30pm Canoe along the Christina River and through the marshes’ winding channels in search of wildlife. No experience necessary. Registration fee required DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org Delaware Hope Ball- Port of Call: A Cure April 27, 6:00pm An elegant evening of auctions, cocktails, fabulous food and of course, raising money to help cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. Chase Center on the Riverfront Delaware.jdrf.org Blue Rocks vs. Salem Red Sox April 29-May2 Visit BlueRocks.com for more information on game times and promotions. Frawley Stadium April 2013

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FRIDAY, MAY 17 MONKEY HILL TIME TRIAL

4-8PM Tailgate Party in Brandywine Park and watch racers race against the clock on a course made famous by the Tour DuPont

SATURDAY, MAY 18

DOWNTOWN’S BIGGEST STREET FESTIVAL Opening Ceremonies Parade 1PM Races & Six-Block Street Festival 12:30PM-5:30PM BMX STUNT SHOWS • SLIDES • MOON BOUNCES OBSTACLE COURSE • ROCK WALL • COURSE CAFÉS

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8AM Spectacular 15-, 30- and 62-mile bike rides through Brandywine Valley Finish Line Party at the Delaware Art Museum 10AM-2PM

An event that benefits the 21st Century Fund for Delaware’s Children and Food Bank of Delaware

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CITY NOTES Welcome to the Neighborhood! Wilmington continues to grow with new friends and neighbors. Take a look at who’s just moved in:

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Café D’Lish

1139 W. 7th Street; 691-5030 Hours: Tues.–Sat., 7am to 3pm; Sun. brunch, 9am to 1pm. Funky meets cool meets warm and fuzzy. Located in the Cool Spring/Tilton neighborhood (the 2011 CityLife Neighborhood of the Year), Cafe D’Lish serves delicious goodies for breakfast, lunch and brunch. Grab and go, or pull up a seat and hang out. Enjoy works by local artists, a good book from the pay-it-forward shelf of donated books, board games and puzzles. The menu changes with the seasons, with specials and homemade treats.

Lynn’s Cafe

115 Christina Landing Dr.; 888-1150 Hours: Mon.–Fri. 6 to 10:30am and 4 to 9pm; Sat., 8am to 8pm. Serving great breakfast items, including muffins, bagels, oatmeal and sandwiches. In the evening the focus is specialty home-cooked dinners as well as sandwiches, salads and homemade soup every night.

Fusion Restaurant & Lounge

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837 N. Union St.; 777-5712 Hours: Mon. – Thur., 11am to 9pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am to 1am; Sun., 11am to 8pm. Latin Fusion Restaurant & Lounge is Wilmington’s newest restaurant catering to South American and Caribbean Cuisine. Located just around the corner from Trolley Square and in the heart of Little Italy, Latin Fusion sits in the City’s foodie district and provides a cozy atmosphere to lounge, relax, and enjoy delicious Latin foods.

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Every month we highlight a few happenings in the City. Our favorites for April:

Dreamgirls at the DuPont Theatre, Tuesday, April 2, to Sunday, April 7 Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen. More information: duponttheatre.com/dreamgirls

OperaDelaware Studio Series at the OperaDelaware Studios, Friday, April 5 Enjoy a glass of wine at a cozy cabaret-style table while listening to your favorite arias and scenes presented up-close and personal by the best talent the region has to offer. Both general admission open seating and cabaret-style tables are available for this series. Seating is limited, and last year this series sold out quickly. More information: operade.org

First State Ballet Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Grand Opera House, Saturday, April 13

WRC’s Annual Meeting: “Bringing Big Ideas to Life” World Cafe Live at The Queen Wednesday, April 24 Breakfast: 7:30am Meeting: 8 to 10:30am

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Tickets for the WRC’s annual meeting are $50 and include a full gourmet breakfast and complimentary parking at the Renaissance Center Garage on 5th Street immediately adjacent to World Cafe Live. For more information regarding tickets and sponsorship, to wrcbigideastolife.eventbrite.com/ Sponsored in part by: ab+c, Highmark Delaware, Colonial Parking, Delmarva Power, DuPont, M&T Bank, Newmark Knight Frank Smith Mack, Out & About Magazine, The Commonwealth Group, The Fun Department and Wheeler Wolfenden & Dwares.

This delightful and amusing tale of the transforming power of love will delight the whole family. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the world’s most beautiful ballets, and this production is the first by a Delaware company. It is FSBT’s contribution to The Year of the Bard statewide festival of the performing arts. More information: firststateballet.com/news.html

Inside the Artist’s Studio at the Delaware Art Museum, Saturday, April 13 Join Allan Comport, chair of the Illustration Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art, as he interviews illustrator Sterling Hundley. They will share a lively discussion on topics relating to contemporary illustration, including emerging markets and media, and the role of illustration in today’s culture. More information: delart.org/ prog_events/adult_prog/artist_talk.html

Meals from the Masters at Various Locations, Friday, April 19, & Sunday, April 21 Now in its 16th year, Meals from the Masters is an entire spring weekend of culinary delights, including the Evening with The Masters, the Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction and the long-standing tradition of the Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch. Enjoy the exquisite cuisine by master chefs, wine and spirits, and special auction items. More information: mealsonwheelsde.org/events/meals-from-the-masters

WilmFilm Festival at the Penn Cinema Riverfront, Thursday, April 25-Sunday, April 28 From the creators of the Newark Film Festival, the WilmFilm Festival is back and bigger than ever. This year, the festival takes place at the all-new Penn Cinema Riverfront. Experience the best independent films and favorites from throughout the years. Featuring special features such as Q&A panels, an opening night party and special midnight screenings. More information: wilmfilm.com

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Out & About Magazine -- April 2013  

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