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START 9 War on Words
11 FYI 13 Play The Numbers 17 Travel With Tubman 18 Art Loop Wilmington 20 Ink, Inc. 24 Wilmington Grand Prix
FOCUS 26 Comfort in the Storm 34 City Restaurant Week 2022
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LISTEN 43 Harmony Therapy 47 Ladybug Music Festival
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WILMINGTON 50 In the City 52 On the Riverfront
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THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse
MEDIA WATCH USA Today and The Philadelphia Inquirer lead the gaffe gang this month with three each. From USA TODAY: •Duane Rankin, referring to LeBron James drinking from the fountain of youth — “He must have took an even bigger gulp before Saturday’s matchup against Golden State.” C’mon, Duane, how can a professional writer not know it’s have taken? •Scott Gleeson — “There are photos of him (basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale) with every celebrity from Jennifer Lopez to Pope Benedict XVI.” Sorry, but to me the “from _____ to ______” construction is imprecise and lazy writing. How many celebrities are in this group? Better to make it something like “. . . celebrities as disparate as Jennifer Lopez and Pope Benedict XVI.” •Then there was this quote from Dan Monson, former Gonzaga men’s basketball coach (which almost landed in the Department of Redundancies Dept.) — “When you establish a winning culture at a program, the easiest and best way to keep it going is to promote an assistant up.” It’s not always wrong to end a sentence in a preposition, but in this case it is. From The Inquirer: •Alex Coffey chose the incorrect pronoun after a preposition — “Jeurys Familia told reporters he believes he ‘paid for what happened’ after the incident between he and his wife.” That should be “between him and his wife,” of course. Object of preposition, Alex. •Gina Mizell abused the language thusly — “The next step, Byington said, is to squash the impulse for outsiders to peg women in the industry against each other.” This sentence presents several problems, and I’m not sure it says what Gina meant, but it would be improved by substituting quash and pit for the italicized words. •Matt Breen also went squashing (crushing, squeezing) when he should have gone quashing (suppressing, quelling) — “Chamberlain ultimately declined Katz’s proposal, squashing any dreams of The Big Dipper playing alongside Dr. J.” We round out Media Watch with a couple of local items: •A reader spotted this in The News Journal’s story about the untimely death of Dr. Terrance Newton, beloved principal of Warner Elementary: “Terrance Newton experienced violence and poverty that resulted in him working on keeping students
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Hegemony Pronounced heh-JEM-muhnee, it’s a noun meaning leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group over others.
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away from it.” The possessive — in this case, his should be used with a gerund (working). This — is something many writers never learn, so they incorrectly use the objective case. •Another reader points out this error in “Taking It to the Streets” in the March Out & About: “As an artist, we bare witness.” Nope, we bear witness. FROM THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT •Bob Odenkirk, star of Better Call Saul, during an interview on NBC’s Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist: “I’m going to feel badly when I watch the final season of the show.” No, Bob, you’ll feel bad. Your tactile abilities hopefully will remain unimpaired. •Actor Chris Pine, quoted in USA TODAY: “It was dead winter in Romania, so it was absolutely blisteringly cold.” Unless this was some oblique reference to cold sores, Chris should have found another adjective. Blisteringly almost always describes extreme heat, not cold conditions. •And O&A film critic Mark Fields contributes this from the website Outsider: “Is there a new ‘1883’ episode this Sunday?’ Sadly, my fellow Taylor Sheridan fans, there is not. Last week, we saw the 10th and penultimate episode of ‘1883.’” Quoting Merriam-Webster: “People confuse penultimate and ultimate believing the prefix ‘pen-‘ simply adds more emphasis to the word ‘ultimate.’ This is not the case. The ‘pen-‘ prefix means ‘almost’ and thus ‘penultimate’ means ‘next to last.’” DEPARTMENT OF REDUNDANCIES DEPT. •Subhead in USA TODAY: “Tar Heels are unexpected surprise in Final Four that has something for all.” •Similarly, Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of Today on NBC: “There’s been a surprise twist in the retirement of Tom Brady.” •And over at ABC News, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, chief medical correspondent, spoke of “the onus of responsibility.” Onus: burden, responsibility, obligation. LITERALLY OF THE MONTH Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez: “We literally breathed baseball growing up.” Obviously, Julio also got an adequate amount of oxygen; dude is 6-3, 228 pounds.
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DELAWARE MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE OPENS THIS MONTH LaFATE GALLERY HOSTS CAREGIVING ART WORKSHOP
n Friday, May 6, LaFate Gallery and DelCare Health Solutions will partner on an event called “Caregiving… A Work of Heart.” Opening remarks will be made by DelCare Health Solutions founder and CEO, Dr. Nadine Lindsay. Awardwinning folk artists will then lead attendees in creating art revolving around the theme of caregiving. Proceeds from an art sale that night will be donated to DelCare Health Solutions. For more information, call LaFate Gallery at (302) 656-6786.
fter an extensive $10.8 million, 17-month renovation project, the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science opens to the public on Monday, May 23. The museum, formerly the Delaware Museum of Natural History, closed at the end of 2020 for the project. All the exhibits — many in place since 1972 — were removed and the walls were taken down to the studs. Installation of the new exhibits has been ongoing since the end of 2021. “We’ve completely shed that dusty, old museum perception,” said Executive Director Halsey Spruance. “The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is dynamic, engaging, interactive, relevant, and modern. Our focus is on what we know about nature and science, why it matters to us, and what we can do to protect the environment.” Three new galleries will feature a giant floor map of the state that gives visitors the chance to explore everything from the Bald Cypress Swamp to the Delaware Bay; a giant floor map of the world showcasing three different ecosystems; an exhibit that gives visitors an up-close look at the creatures that lived in the Mid-Atlantic during the Cretaceous Period — from dinosaurs to flying bat lizards. Other features include a Tree of Life, hands-on exhibits and a relax-andrecharge café. Visit Delmns.org.
WILMINGTON GRAND PRIX MAY 13-15
ne of Downtown Wilmington’s biggest spring traditions returns after a two-year break due to COVID restrictions as the three-day Wilmington Grand Prix cycling event and festival is set for May 13-15. For the 13th year, the event is part of USA Cycling’s National Race Calendar and is considered one of the premier criterium-format races in the U.S. In 2019, the last year the event was held, cyclists from 21 states and seven countries participated. Grand Prix Weekend opens with the Monkey Hill Time Trial and Kick-off Party in Brandywine Park on May 13. The event features the nationally known cobblestone climb up Monkey Hill while the crowd enjoys live music by What The Funk, food trucks and a tailgate atmosphere. The competition kicks off with a lighthearted Commuter Challenge benefit for Urban Bike Project, in which contestants riding weighted-down commuter bikes traverse the course — including climbing Monkey Hill. The Major Taylor Community Ride will kick off activities on Sat., May 14. The public is invited to join regional Major Taylor cycling clubs and pro racers for a recreational ride of the Grand Prix race course. The amateur and pro races will follow with free activities and course-side cafes lining Market Street. Sunday sees the return of the nationally acclaimed Governor’s Ride and Delaware Gran Fondo, where local riders join out-of-towners and pro racers for a scenic ride of the Brandywine Valley that starts at the Delaware Art Museum and takes cyclists past a dozen cultural attractions — including oncea-year opportunities to ride through the grounds of Hagley and Winterthur museums. Visit WilmGrandPrix.com. MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM 11
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NEW FITNESS TRAIL IN BRANDYWINE PARK
he Friends of Wilmington Parks, supported by funding from Highmark Delaware and Incyte, has expanded the exercise options in Wilmington’s Brandywine Park. The Friends have created a fitness trail by adding four One of the Park's new fitness stations. stationary exercise stations along the park’s riverfront jogging trail. The stations allow users to add a strength and flexibility workout to their daily walk or run. “I thank Friends of Wilmington Parks and their community partners for this latest initiative that adds important health-related amenities to an already fantastic open space in the heart of Wilmington,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. The Friends of Wilmington Parks is a non-profit organization founded in 1991, dedicated to the preservation and beautification of Wilmington's green spaces. They work with Delaware State Parks to support Brandywine Park, Alapocas Run State Park, Rockford Park, Kentmere Parkway, and the H. Fletcher Brown Park. A map of the trail is available at FriendsofWilmingtonParks.org.
DRONE SOCCER COMING TO DELAWARE
n collaboration with U.S. Drone Soccer, Droneversity and DWS Drone School are bringing drone soccer to Delaware with Wilmington as the state headquarters. It’s an effort by the two drone training schools to use eSports to stimulate the interest of teens and youth in math and science, provide careers in STEM fields as well as increase Delaware’s economic competitiveness as a global technology education and employment hub for aspiring drone operators. U.S. Drone Soccer is played with flying quadcopters in protective plastic exoskeletons designed for full-contact gameplay and collisions. It is the only internationally sanctioned eSport recognized by the World Air Sports Federation (FAI), and provides classroom lessons, and after-school leagues for ages 12 and up to immerse students in drone technology and aviation. Before competing, students must first learn to build, program, and repair their drones as a team. Currently, one million students are competing in robotics worldwide. “The joy of flight is real. When a student flies, but then crashes and makes their first repairs — they’ve become an engineer for life,” says David Roberts, President of U.S. Drone Soccer, who previously took the U.S. Drone Racing Team to two FAI World Championships. “This is a transformational opportunity to expand DWS Drone School’s National Teen Drone and Virtual Reality Technology Initiative to educate and employ teens,” said attorney Theophilus Nix, Jr., CEO of DWS Drone School. Academic enrollment is now open for schools and summer camp providers. Equipment and training are available. More information about this emerging eSport can be Drone soccer can help students earn the skills that transform found at USDroneSoccer.de. them into "engineers for life." 12 MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
BELLEFONTE ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS
cornerstone event for the artist collective Bellefonte Arts, the Bellefonte Arts Festival is back on Saturday, May 21, with a sense of enthusiasm as well as some fond reminiscence. This will be first event in the series without Damon Betz, who Bellefonte Arts owner Valerie White says was “a huge part of the festival since its inception in 2009.” “I’m thrilled that the festival will continue in his memory,” White says. “We want to make sure that May 21 is filled with his spirit, spunk and passion.” From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can stroll along Brandywine Boulevard for a day of fun, food and festivities in celebration of area arts and artists. More than 50 local art vendors, food court, performances and a Kids Korner will all be featured. Tickets are $2 per person or $5 for a family of three or more. Learn more at BellefonteArts.com.
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In the National Spotlight Travel with Tubman Tour includes Riverfront Park
his year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Harriet Tubman, a freedom fighter and “conductor” on the historic Underground Railroad, a network of antislavery advocates and safe houses. To mark the anniversary, the National Park Service (NPS) has launched a trip-planning app, Travel with Tubman: Let Harriet Tubman Guide You on the Journey of a Lifetime. Among the 13 sites highlighted by the travel tool is Tubman-Garrett Park on the Wilmington Riverfront. The 2.4-acre greenspace memorializes Tubman and Thomas Garrett, a Quaker who collaborated with her from 1855 to 1860 to bring slaves through Delaware and into free territory. After liberating herself, Tubman returned to Maryland 13 times to rescue friends and family from slavery. In her lifetime she traveled up and down the East Coast, raising money to assist freedom seekers, serving as a nurse and scout during the Civil War, and fighting for universal suffrage. Tubman-Garrett Park features a sculpture, titled
“Unwavering Courage in the Pursuit of Freedom,” which commemorates the friendship of the two freedom fighters. There are also interpretive panels and state markers on the theme of freedom throughout the site. Debra Martin, Historic Preservation planner for the City of Wilmington, says the statue “is spruced and ready for heritage tourists as they journey to reflect on Tubman’s life in the places she walked.” “Delaware residents and institutions were pivotal in the Underground Railroad story,” Martin says. “To have even one of the stories, that of the friendship between Thomas Garrett and Harriet Tubman, be made available to the public now at the touch of a button is very energizing to me as a public historian and as an advocate for all things Wilmington.” For more information on Underground Railroad sites in Delaware, go to: deldot.gov/Programs/byways Travel with Tubman is available online and best viewed through the free NPS App, downloadable in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. —Bob Yearick MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
Friday, May 6 5pm Start Gallery at Grace Church 900 N. Washington Street 331-0719 • gracechurchwilmington.org Artist: The Stories We Share featuring Nanci Hersh, Jen Hintz Eggers & Rebecca Howell
Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street 656-7304 • howardpylestudio.org Artist: Art show and sale by the members of the Studio Group, Inc.
The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street 658-7897 thegrandwilmington.org Grand Gallery: Sarah Baptist “Wilmington: An Artist’s View” baby grand Gallery: Tisa Della-Volpe “Flexible Water: Above and Below”
ArtzScape 205 N. Market Street 433-6622 Artist: S.H.E. (Sharing Her Energy) ArtzScape 6th Anniversary Celebration.
Mezzanine Gallery at the Carvel State Building 820 N. French Street 577-8278 arts.delaware.gov Artist: Gail Husch
Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street 652-0101 • ccacde.org Artist: Man Cave featuring multiple artists
Music School of Delaware 4101 N. Washington Street 762-1132 musicschoolofdelaware.org Artist: SOULS - Photography Exhibition by Flavia Loreto
A program of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
RIVERFRONT The Delaware Contemporary 200 South Madison Street 656-6466 • decontemporary.org Artists: Karyn Oliver, UD MFA Students and Alumni, Lynn Herrick Sharp award winner and honorable mentions. Art Loop reception from 5-9pm
City of Wilmington’s Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street 576-2100 • cityfestwilm. com/redding-gallery Artist: Artwork by Donna Usher Delaware College of Art & Design 600 N. Market Street 622-8000 • dcad.edu Artist: DCAD 2022 Graduating Student Exhibition
Old Swedes Historic Site 606 Church Street 354-0855 • oldswedes.org Artists: Early American Artistry and Craftsmanship of Old Swedes. The Sold Firm 800-B N. Tatnall Street 689-3237 • thesoldfirm.com Artists: Skin Deep by E.lizé
The Church of the Holy City 1118 N. Broom Street 215-840-1757 Artist: Still Life and Floral Paintings by Riva Brown
The Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N. Dupont Street 658-6262 • thedch.org Artist: Natural Treasure: The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue 429-0506 Artist: Petal and Metal by Lele Galer WEST END Go Vegan Philly 607 N. Lincoln Street 543-4431 • goveganphilly.org Artists: Geraldo Gonzalez & Lynee Robison Union Street Pub 729 N. Union Street 543-5317 Artist: Adira Riben
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Friday, June 3, 2022 Complimentary Shuttle Cool World Vintage 1840 W. 5th Street 543-4594 Artists: Nathan Smith, Camilo Yepes, Smashed Label, Kristin McCourtney KAVI Wellness Healing Arts Yoga Studio 835 N. Union Street facebook.com/WellnessKAVI Artists: Katherine LeCocq & Anthony Stanziale Comegy’s Pub 210 N. Union Street 429-8699 Artist: Fred Comegys & Akomapa Candle Co. Thorough Threads 505 N. Lincoln Street thoroughthreadsonline.com Artist: Madeline Porter Books & Bagels 1139 W. 7th Street 317-2941 Artists: KYMA & Lotus Renaissance by Darin Kellam BEYOND THE CITY Arden Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway, Arden 981-4811 • ardenbuzz.com Artists: SNAP: SOMETIMES FAST SOMETIMES LOUD - A Photographic Essay About Transformation by Jeffrey Steen COCA Pop-Up Gallery 3829 Kennett Pike, Greenville 218-4411 Artists: Group show of local artists The Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike 654-8638 • stationgallery.net Artist: May Group Show- New Springtime Paintings Talleyville Frame Shoppe 3625 Silverside Road 478-1163 Artist: Cab Calloway School of the Arts National Art Honor Society Exhibition MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
Tattoo artist Eric Hendrickson works his magic at Poppcock Tattoo in Wilmington. Photo by Tina Marabito
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uch as you don’t meet many feline enthusiasts who have just one cat, one doesn’t encounter many tattooed folks who have been inked only once. It’s more of a lifestyle choice by which one identifies their tribe. Over the past two decades, the belief that tattoos could damage one’s chances in the “straight world” has diminished radically, with celebrity chefs, tech CEOs, the obvious rock & rollers, and the guy working in the next cubicle all displaying a plethora of visible tattoos. But like any customer service-oriented business necessitating personal contact, the tattoo industry was thrown into upheaval by the pandemic and the mandatory periods of closure and personal space restrictions that came with it. But unlike similar industries, the tattoo business has rebounded quickly. In fact, it’s booming. 20 MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
According to IBIS World (a trusted world-wide industry research organization), the $1.4 billion per year tattoo industry exceeded its 2021 projection of 23% growth in market size. The causes are numerous: stimulus checks burning holes in pockets; pandemic boredom; the general feeling of “why not” that came with world-wide cataclysm; the simple fact of having to wait on previously scheduled tattoo plans. According to lifelong tattoo artist Pat McCutcheon (former owner of Oddity Bar, current proprietor of Hereditary Tattoo in Wilmington), things have been surprisingly steady since his new shop opened in the heart of the pandemic in July 2020. “We opened when shops were able to reopen at limited capacity after the mandatory closures,” he said. “Luckily, our shop is a large, two-story building with multiple private studios so we were able to accommodate clients safely by appointment only and a strict mask policy.
Hereditary Tattoo owner and lifelong tattoo artist Pat McCutcheon. Photo by Butch Comegys
“Over the past two years, demand for tattoos remained constant, with our artists continuously booked about a month in advance. Maybe people were seeking a sense of permanence by getting tattooed during a time of uncertainty, or perhaps it was just a good distraction from the daily stress of the pandemic.” Tina Marabito, owner of well-established Poppycock Tattoo in downtown Wilmington, echoes the theme of industry rebound. ”Things are definitely on the uptick since the pandemic,” she said. “We are strictly appointment-only due to the overwhelming amount of people booking with us. Our appointments are currently booked five to six months out. “We have a lot more clients coming back for multiple tattoos within the year, plus a bunch of tattoo virgins. I think maybe people are just feeling that they should do the things that they had held off on. Life is short and there’s no time to procrastinate.” Another part of the industry equation is the tattoo artists themselves. Since most artists are independent ► MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
“ Ta t t o o s contractors, many were not eligible for continued from previous page are becoming standard unemployment. So, they made much more ends meet by selling prints and other widely accepted and there are definitely merchandise featuring their artwork — some new trends that are happening,” she among other hustles — while waiting for said. “Infinity symbols, quotes, Roman programs like Pandemic Unemployment numerals and small finger tattoos have Assistance to kick in. always been popular among clients, but Rachel Truskolawski, a six-year a least favorite among artists. However, veteran of the regional tattoo scene now you have a lot of people that want known for her fine line and blackwork their hands and faces tattooed before tattoos specializing in nature and they even get their arms or legs covered.” fantasy-oriented themes, is happy to Tattoo enthusiasts are also among the be back in the game and busy. But she most rabid and loyal customers. It’s not remains cautious as the pandemic unusual to find an individual covered seemingly winds down. from head to toe in the work of a single “I am currently an appointmentshop or artist. For the more ink-addicted only artist at Hereditary Tattoo, and since being able to return to work, I’m Tina Marabito, owner of Poppycock Tattoo in and financially secure among the faithful, Wilmington, says business has been having multi-sitting tattoos worked only taking one client a day to limit Downtown brisk since the pandemic. Photo by Ric Frane on simultaneously at different shops is my contact with people since tattooing commonplace. is such an intimate process,” she said. In the case of local photographer David Heitur (whose “Luckily enough, it seems Covid cases have been on the a tribal chameleon he got at age 18 has gone decline and a lot of shops in the area are taking walk-ins first tattoo — the way of the coverup), the pandemic was simply a forced again.” Truskowlaski has also noticed some new trends among break in his tattoo life. “Fortunately, I didn’t have anything scheduled when the both her repeat customers (75% of her clientele) and shutdown began, and I didn’t stop working, so when things newbies alike.
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opened back up, I definitely made up for it,” he said. “Before Christmas of 2021 and into this year, I was getting my back worked on every two weeks at one shop while popping into another for three other pieces.” Rachel Sauer, a veteran Wilmington bartender, was first tattooed at 17 and, like most in the culture, she has no intention of stopping. Citing a tattoo of her dog as her favorite (Heitur also cites his tattoo of his dog, Louie, as his), she finds meaning in all her tattoos, even the not-so-good one. “All of my tattoos are dedications to either people or pets I have loved, or movies and books that have impacted me in such a way that I wanted to proudly display them,” she said. “I do have one dud. It’s an octopus that somehow ended up with only one eye and six legs. I’ve never been motivated to change it because it makes me laugh.”
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In the late 1980s, Delaware guitarist and songwriter Mark Thousands discovered his musical heroes, The Cro-Mags, were heavily tattooed when he saw a poster of the New York punk/hardcore band. His lifelong journey of getting tattooed began soon after, both to emulate his musical influences and to mark himself as an artist and outsider. “My motivations for getting tattooed were definitely rooted in art and music,” he said. “The band looked otherworldly to me because they were pretty covered in tattoos, but it had an aesthetic to it that seemed different than say a biker aesthetic; it was definitely more of a street vibe.” With legions of the already-tattooed planning their next piece, and hordes of young folks coming of age in an era in which tattoos and piercings no longer illicit widespread shock and disgust, the tattoo industry has not just rebounded from the uncertainty of the last two years, it has grown. And in this new era of daily cultural shifts and seeming impermanence, what could be more grounding than committing to a piece of living art on one’s body?
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in the Storm One of our writers finds enlightenment behind the scenes, working with a family of restaurant staffers who have survived the struggles of the past two years By Jim Miller Photos by Butch Comegys
ou think you know, but you don’t. Sure, you’ve followed the news, seen the stories online and on TV, and last weekend you waited, like, a really long time to get seated at your favorite restaurant. So, yeah, you may think you know the whole story about what the hospitality industry has been dealing with for the past two years. I’m here to say you probably don’t. And that’s okay. I used to think I knew it all, too. The difference is I’ve worked at Out & About for 27 years — you know, Out & About, where we’ve devoted countless pages to restaurants, taverns and pubs. So, believe me, my sin is much worse than yours. And even that might be okay. Because now I have a much better idea about what people like you and I thought we knew about this industry — but didn’t. Intrigued? Confused? Perhaps this story will help illuminate the matter. It’s not your typical restaurant story. It contains a heroic rescue attempt, a near-death experience, and a confession from someone who didn’t pay his taxes in 2020. And that’s just in the first 10 paragraphs. In fact, what follows might be the most important piece I’ve ever written for this magazine. Why? Keep reading.► MAY 2022
THE COOK WHO ALMOST DROWNED
COMFORT IN THE STORM was in a fix. Uncle Sam had recently continued from previous page sent a Christmas card letting me know how much he missed me and, much more important, my back taxes from 2020. In short, I needed some extra cash. Fast. After a few phone calls and emails, I got hired at Two Stones Pub, which had been running “Now Hiring” ads in this very magazine toward the end of last year. I was scheduled to start my first week of training right after Christmas at the Newark location, then complete my training at the Two Stones in Hockessin, where I would be working as an assistant manager for roughly three months — enough time to get the IRS off my back. And little did I know, enough time to find some enlightenment.
“I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, I hope this is not the way I really die. This sounds horrible: I don’t want to die outside of a restaurant on a Tuesday.’” Those are the words of Jake Brown. And as funny as those lines might sound now, the story he tells isn’t really humorous. In fact, it was nearly a tragedy. On Aug. 4, 2020, Hurricane Isaias dropped massive amounts of rain on the East Coast, causing flooding everywhere, including parts of the parking lot in Hockessin’s Lantana Square. There, around 11:30 a.m., an elderly man accidently drove his car off the asphalt and into a deep ditch swollen with rushing waters. The automobile began to sink with the driver trapped inside. Just a few dozen yards away at Two Stones Pub, a regional manager and cook ran out of the restaurant, waded into the growing rapids, and tried to save the man. The cook was Brown. And in that heroic rescue attempt, he was sucked underwater, pulled through a culvert that runs more than 250 feet underneath the shopping center, and dumped into a fast-flowing stream in the woods behind the complex. Three other Good Samaritans, like Jake, tried to save the driver and took the same wild, life-threatening water ride he did. The good news is that the Hockessin Fire Department arrived shortly afterward and saved everyone, including the driver. But it could have been much worse: Two years earlier to the month, two young men in their 20s got caught in the same culvert Kylee Hollenbaugh (above) and her sisters, Logan and Jailyn, have helped the pub recruit young people who want to work. during another hurricane-related flood. They did not survive. “Okay, okay,” you say. “You’ve got my attention. But what exactly does this all have to do with the state of the restaurant industry?” Patience, dear reader. This isn’t a fast-food delivery. This is a sit-down meal. Truth requires context. So, allow me to get back to it . . . The only reason I know this story is because I hadn’t paid my 2020 taxes. It’s also the reason I met Jake Brown. Indeed, as great as it would be to pretend that I’d gone to work at Two Stones Pub last December out of some noble calling from the Higher Order of Gonzo Investigative Journalism, the fact of the matter is, I
Yahoos like you and me have been fed the myth that the younger generation is lazy and entitled, and we have been stupid enough to believe it.
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When I first arrive at the Hockessin Two Stones, I am greeted by its cheerful general manager, Alyssa Oliver. I soon find out she loves her job. Alyssa started out with Two Stones as a server six years ago and has since worked her way up to general manager. I later discover that her first day as general manager was during the reopening in June 2020. In other words, she’d never been a GM before COVID. “It’s been a weird, fast-learning type of thing,” she says about the experience. Alyssa’s fast learning meant dealing with previously known problems that were happening much more often — like supplies being out of stock — all while tackling new challenges such as keeping up with and enforcing everchanging health regulations. “It was insane,” she says. “We still somehow made it through, one way or another.” She recalls a day when eight servers called out because all had gotten sick. They figured out the solution to that surprise, as they did a lot of things during that time. “I remember a period of time when we didn’t have any assistant managers, and [the owners] came in and were working right alongside me, running the shift,” Alyssa says. That support from the top also helped her deal with “people not following the rules, not wearing their masks, and touching all the chairs.”
Then there was the guest who yelled at their then-16-yearold hostess. “It pissed me off,” Alyssa admits. “People are so upset about not being able to go to restaurants, and when they can, they treat someone like that just because there’s a wait? Or because we can’t fit your [party of 25] that you walked in with?” Later that week, while sweeping the entry floormat, I meet the 16-year-old hostess who got berated. Her name is Emily Bonavita. She is now 18 and about to graduate from Odyssey Charter High School. Emily recalls the incident well. It was her first day on the job. “I felt very relieved that my trainer, who I’d never met before, stood up for me,” she says. “No one outside of my family has ever had to do that in front of me. It just made me feel very welcome — like I’d been part of the Two Stones family for years.”
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As the days go by, I find that, when it comes to doing the job, Emily is confident and capable. As are many of the young staff members. This comes as a surprise to me. Why? Maybe because yahoos like you and me have been fed the myth that the younger generation is lazy and entitled, and we have been stupid enough to believe it. Instead, through the long hours, the young employees at Two Stones Hockessin prove themselves to be hard-working, efficient, and driven. Many of them are working here while also attending school, or while holding down a second job, or both. I’m inspired by their resilience. Many of these kids didn’t have a proper prom, or haven’t had a real college experience yet, or don’t know the difference between Animal House and Animal Farm. Yet they smile and venture on. Many of them also want to learn about the business. Hosts want to become servers, servers want to become bartenders, cooks want to become chefs. Some of that learning will come from training, some from experience, and some from the industry veterans on the job. With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Roxanne Robinson is one of those mentors, particularly for anyone looking to work behind the bar. Most of her customers call her “Roxy,” and she finds the pub’s regular clients to be the best part of the job.
“I look forward to my Monday shifts with all the regulars,” she says. “I like going in and talking to them, knowing what’s going on. Set regulars on set days make it more comfortable.” She adds that, post-COVID, she’s found people tipping more generously. That said, she also admits that even the regulars don’t know how hard the job can be. “I don’t think anybody understands it unless they’ve been in the industry, have been a part of the changes, and can see how we’re trying to make guests happy,” Roxy says. “[They’re] not understanding that their frustrations have been our frustrations too, with the restrictions and all.” Shaena Orr, the assistant general manager, agrees, and takes the sentiment beyond the context of the pandemic. “The biggest misconception has to be that people who work in [this] industry are uneducated, and anyone can do it,” she says. “This industry is demanding, not only physically, but mentally. I will say it takes a special type of crazy person to love this industry, and I’m definitely one of them.” In the second week of January, the post-holidays surge of Omicron brings back the mask mandate. Inevitably, some guests take out their frustrations on the staff. Which is kind of like yelling at your car radio because you have to wear a seatbelt. So much shrugging takes place during this time, shoulders begin to ache. Weeks later, when the mask mandate is lifted, it’s like a collective breath of fresh air. I fully understand the necessity of the mandates. But I can’t imagine how anyone went through almost a year of this.
From front to back: executive chef Will Coleman, Artie Troyan and Wayne Woods prepare dinner orders in the kitchen.
It’s not easy and sometimes it’s not fun. But there is gratification, there is satisfaction. — Will Coleman, executive chef
WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS
Unseen to even the most faithful regulars, the kitchen is a place all its own. Physically, it’s adjacent to both the bar and the dining room, but figuratively speaking, it’s a world apart. During a dinner rush, the pace can match that of an airport terminal the day before Thanksgiving. The chef shouts directions to his cooks like a quarterback calling audibles on a touchdown drive, all while the expeditor — or “expo” as they say in the biz — matches the printed orders to the plated food items ready to go. Alyssa and Shaena play the expo role so well it makes my head spin. Servers zip in and out with multiple plates, and whoever is on expo dishes out the orders with almost telepathic precision. ► MAY 2022
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Meanwhile, the guests on “the other side” chat among themselves, casually taking bites of their fish tacos and swigs of their IPAs, having little or no idea of the controlled chaos taking place in the back. The kitchen offers equal amounts of deliciousness and danger. Burgers sizzle on a blazing iron grill; the wings in the fryer bubble and spatter; the piping-hot short ribs are removed from the oven. Without proper training, there are many places where you could be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Then again, if you are in the kitchen standing still, there’s a good chance you’re in the way. Even when it’s not time for dinner, lunch or brunch, the kitchen is busy. Neither time nor resources are wasted. Cooks are constantly prepping for the next meals: chopping, dicing, slicing, stirring, stewing, mincing or marinating. Picture Ryan Reynolds playing the role of a salty 18th century sea captain, and you have a napkin sketch of Hockessin’s executive chef, Will Coleman. He is as quick with witty banter as he is with a curt command. When things get fast and furious, he’s at the wheel, his crew in lockstep at his side. “It’s constantly evolving,” Will says of the business, “especially in the way that we are dealing with labor shortages, increased cost of food, supply chain issues, etc. You have to be able to think quickly and change direction on your feet to adapt to an everchanging landscape. “It’s not easy and sometimes it’s not fun. But there is gratification, there is satisfaction. There’s a sense of accomplishment when you get something done that, from the outside looking in, looks insurmountable, too challenging, too hard.”
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for a staff that has “gone to hell and back so far” with her. Meanwhile, Roxy, in between her Two Stones bar shifts, takes a GM role as well at the newly opened Townsend Tavern. Emily Bonavita is learning the ropes as a server, which she loves. And Jake Brown has been promoted to sous chef. And me? After 12 weeks of working as assistant manager — each totaling 70-plus hours when combined with my other job — I’m worn down and done. My debts are paid, and I have gained intimate knowledge and immense respect for what workers in the restaurant industry have been through the past two years — and still endure every day. But there’s something else. For almost everyone, the last two years have been a long and grueling test. Today, I see that collective experience layered upon Jake’s rescue attempt on that awful August day: all of us there in the storm, victims of a vicious rage of nature beyond our control. Then swept away through a dark tunnel, emerging some two years later. Alive, but changed. “I definitely do have a new newfound appreciation for life,” Jake says about his brush with death. “I really do. I don’t think I feel sadness the same way. I realized no matter how bad it is, I most certainly want to live. This life is beautiful, and it’s worth living. It really is, no matter how bad it is.” No matter how bad. While putting our pandemic experience in perspective, I hope we ask ourselves what kind of world we truly want to live in moving forward. For eons, pubs, taverns, and restaurants have been the places where people like us have sought to escape the pressures and mundanities of our lives — all the bad stuff. These venues are places of comfort, places we dreamed about going to again while holed up in our houses like frightened rabbits during those first uncertain months of COVID. Let’s not forget that time. Let’s not forget the value of those places in our lives. Because now we have a choice. We can choose to be the “fun regulars” at the pub, bringing comfort to those who bring comfort to us. We can tip better. We can choose to see that “this life is beautiful, and it’s worth living” — and worth being a little more patient the next time we’re waiting for, say, that plate of delicious, steaming, cheese-covered nachos. We made it to the other side. It’s up to us to make it the better side. 32 MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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t the innovative Eclipse Bistro in Wilmington, menu changes are expected. But when chefs removed the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower dish, customers pushed back. "It's been a staple on Eclipse Bistro's menu for 15 years," says owner Carl Georigi. "We tried taking it off once — momentarily — and it was an all-out riot, so we immediately put it back on." It's hard to believe that sprouts could cause such a stir. But these emerald-green orbs come with prosciutto, Marcona almonds and a smoked paprika-honey vinaigrette. The Little Italy eatery is in good company. These days, you'd be hard-pressed to find a fullservice restaurant without a Brussels sprouts dish. But as kids, most baby boomers viewed these sprouts and their kin with distaste. “My dad always grew kale in his garden and talked about how healthy it was," says Carole Dandolos of Wilmington. "Of course, as a kid I hated it and said it was just a garnish. Clearly, he was ahead of his time.” The story of how these veggies went from humble to haute cuisine is rooted in health studies, cooking techniques and new varietals. ►
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Brussels sprouts and kale are part of the brassica family, a genus of plants descended from wild mustard. Over time, people began selectively taking seeds from the plants that produced desirable characteristics, such as large leaves (kale) or large stems (Chinese broccoli). These farmers and home gardeners cultivated the plants for taste and appearance. But in more modern times, researchers have found that the brassica family promotes gut health and reduces inflammation. They're full of minerals, fiber and vitamins, including vitamins A, C and K. And there's more. "There are compounds like diindolylmethane that protect against reproductive cancers, or sulforaphane, which can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, cancer and other health concerns," says Amber Pawula-Macin, a licensed nutritionist with Nutrition Hive in Wilmington. "There are few foods that benefit the body in so many different areas of our overall health." Health-conscious consumers are showing their appreciation at checkout. Sales of fresh brassica products have steadily increased over the years, says Paula Janssen of Janssen's Market in Greenville.
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Regardless of the benefits, people rarely eat foods that smell bad, and the Brassica family has a stinky reputation. The culprits are sulfur compounds that can emit the stench of rotting flower stalks. Overcooking intensifies the odor, and boiling broccoli, cabbage and sprouts was the standard cooking method for generations. "I still remember that boiled smell from my childhood," maintains Rob Pfeiffer of Wilmington. Lisa Scolaro, a chef with HoneyBee Seasonal Kitchen & Market in Trolley Square, maintains that the freshest produce is less likely to smell. But even kids with access to the freshest brassica can turn up their noses. These supertasters have sensitive palates and a heightened sensitivity to smell. When enzymes from brassica meet the saliva in some people's mouths, the marriage produces an At HoneyBee in Trolley Square, chef Lisa Scolaro uses kale in smoothies, grain bowls, unpleasant odor that kids salads and chips. Photo courtesy HoneyBee don't tolerate as well as adults. Shawn Marshall, Janssen's executive chef, suggests roasting and adding parmesan or other shredded cheese toward the end. It will change the aroma and soften the flavor, he says.
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she explains. Caramelized sugars reduce any bitterness and intensify the sweetness. If you're feeling confident, you can fry your sprouts. For instance, at Le Cavalier in Wilmington, cleaned and scored sprouts are deep-fried until crispy yet still firm on the inside. "We drain the oil on paper towels, then quickly toss and coat them with a sweet-and-sour dressing made with honey, white wine vinegar and salt," says Tyler Akin, the executive chef and an owner. At home, he coats a room temperature pan with vegetable oil and covers the bottom of the pan with halved Brussels sprouts, cut-side down. "Turn the pan heat to the highest setting and cook until very dark — until they almost appear burned," Akin says. "Salt the Brussels liberally and toss to ensure they are seasoned evenly. You can use them in this state as a side, in salads or even in a sandwich with the Brussels taking the place of what might ordinarily be meat." Sprouts can take some heat in more ways than one. Two Stones Pub in Wilmington bathes fried sprouts with sesame-soy dressing and sriracha aioli. But you don't need to cook your Brussels sprouts. For example, Harry's Savoy Grill offers a Brussels sprouts salad with toasted almonds, tomato, sieved egg and lemon vinaigrette. Cauliflower and broccoli are also good raw. It's not unusual to find smoked pork in the mix. "The saltiness and umami of bacon add depth of flavor," Marshall says. And the smoky fat is a counterpoint to any mustardy bite, Scolaro adds.
Brussels sprouts with pine nut tarator and fingerling potatoes. Photo courtesy Le Cavalier
For example, at Torbert Street Social in downtown Wilmington, flash-fried sprouts are dressed with garlic, bacon, balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese.
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While Brussels sprouts are the star, broccoli was among the first of the brassica to get healthy kudos. That is still the case. "If I am trying to sell tofu, a peanut noodle bowl or sausage — if I put broccoli in it, it draws people in," Scolaro says. ►
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Kale is a newer addition to the culinary party. Credit Goop guru Gwyneth Paltrow, who made kale chips on the Ellen show in 2011. By mid-2014, kale overtook spinach as America's favorite cooked green, according to Google data. At HoneyBee, Scolaro uses kale in smoothies, grain bowls, salads and chips. Raw, juiced or steamed — kale still offers health benefits. That said, the Google search numbers have dipped. Perhaps that's because kale is naturally tough and chewy — it takes work to make it palatable. Or, maybe it's because people are more accustomed to serving it at home. Cauliflower, meanwhile, has become the darling of the Whole 30, paleo, gluten-free and vegan crowd. Its mild taste makes it a versatile substitute. "It brings texture — a mouthfeel," Scolaro says. You can slice it into steak-like portions and rice it for a mashed potato substitute. Plus, shoppers are no longer limited to snowy heads. Cauliflower is available in hues of green, purple and orange. To be sure, supermarkets are now full of brassica variations, such as curly-leaf kale and Lacinato varieties, often called Tuscan kale. Scolaro favors Romanesco broccoli or Roman cauliflower, the edible flower bud of Brassica oleracea. The vegetable, which looks like a chartreuse "alien Christmas tree," is a conversation starter on a vegetable tray, she notes. Many cultivars have a milder flavor but can cost more than the traditional, Marshall says. That's likely why some of the more colorful options have yet to make it onto restaurant menus. Admittedly, some brassica members are a hard sell. For instance, many consumers still limit radishes to salads or use them as garnishes. However, you can roast them with garlic. Cabbage rarely gets praise after St. Patrick's Day, and turnips are turnoffs for many people. Fans hope that more people embrace uncommon varieties and eat even more of the familiar. "With all the benefits that brassicas offer, it would be great for more people to find that they truly love them," Pawula-Macin says. Akin agrees. The benefits go beyond vitamins and minerals. "Eating more vegetables is better for our environment and health — meats are super-expensive right now — and there's been a proliferation of platforms giving folks access to interesting recipes," he says. It's never been easier to become a brassica buff.
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he good vibrations of the sound massage dominated over all my other senses. The room was toasty, with a blanket swaddling me. The lights were dim, with the face rest of the massage table covering my eyes. The only sounds were the comforting tones from the therapeutic-grade singing bowls that Simply Sound Vibrations owner Liana Thompson was activating on my body. The vibrations coursing through my body continued to command my attention even when my cell phone rang. And they pleasingly lingered long after the bowls were removed. “I’m the facilitator of your health,” she said after my sampling of her sound massage. “You need to quiet your mind and body and let go.” Thompson opened her sound vibration therapy business last fall in Independence Mall, on Concord Pike in Brandywine Hundred. “I started this journey of
healing with herbs and slowly transitioned to sound healing,” she writes on SimplySoundVibrations. com. Her work email ends with this tagline: “where massage meets meditation.” The Delaware native returned to the First State in 1997 and for many years was a receptionist for Friess Associates in Greenville. She is now working part time at FranksWine in Wilmington while she establishes her therapeutic business. Her passion for herbs led her into certification in flower therapy, and she has essential oils if clients ask for aromatherapy. And she is a level II Reiki practitioner. “I study lots of modalities,” she said. “Tibetan singing bowl meditation may be a feasible low-cost, low-technology intervention for reducing feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, and increasing spiritual well-being,” according to a 2017 observational study posted on the National Center for Biotechnology Information. ► MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM 43
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Liana Thompson is one of just three certified practioners of sound therapy in Delaware, according to the Vibrational Sound Association.
Multiple elements combine for a calming effect in Thompson’s office, including the Pandora meditation channel soundtrack, large photos of singing bowls in scenic settings and the tools of her trade, including seven hand-hammered singing bowls, a crystal singing bowl, a large gong, a bell, a set of chimes, two fairy chimes and an ocean wave drum. Her services include a sound massage for $50; a bio-well reading of energy flow and stress levels with a sound massage for $120; and a group sound bath for $35 per person. People sharing the bath are fully clothed on yoga mats as Thompson activates her various instruments. The name of technique evokes forest bathing, in which people let the sylvan setting shrink their stress. Clients take off only shoes for the sound massage. She places different bowls on different areas, activating vibrations by striking bowls with a felt-covered mallet or circling their rims with the mallet. She also activates vibrations by striking bowls in the air (or a huge one sitting under the massage table). The vibrations of the ones placed on my body were the most intense. “It’s a way of massaging the liquid in your body,” she explained. “We are 70% water, if we’re hydrating enough.” Hers is a rare skill: The Vibrational Sound Association lists just three certified practitioners in Delaware. So sometimes Thompson lays down on her massage table, places a bowl on her chest and activates the vibrations herself. “Relax. Let go. Heal,” she said. MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM 45
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emale musicians will once again take over Wilmington as the Ladybug Music Festival, presented by Chase, returns to downtown on Friday, May 20. The event began in 2012 as an inexpensive local alternative to the massive Firefly Festival that takes place annually in Dover. Today, Ladybug enjoys national acclaim as one of the preeminent showcases of female musicians. More than 40 female (or female-identifying) acts will be featured, including all female bands, femalefronted bands, duos, and singer-songwriters of different genres. Sweet Lizzy Project, a Cuban-born, Nashville-based quintet that plays “electrifying bigstage pop-rock,” is this year’s headliner. Other top regional draws include The Upstarters, Laura Cheadle, The Black Coast and Sug Daniels. "We are so excited to be able to produce The Ladybug Music Festival, the largest celebration of women in music, again after a two-year break,” says
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