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21 Anti-Resolutions: Treat Yourself Why not give in to the inevitable and enjoy some decadent activities?
63 Reviews 67 2014 Movies Worth Trying
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25 Beating Cabin Fever Stay active and conquer the cold this winter with 11 fun activities. By Krista Connor
28 Area Grocers Up Their Game On the cover: Swarmbustin’ Honey at Newark Natural Foods. Photo by Joe del Tufo
Faced with competition from boutique supermarket chains, Target, Walmart, etc., mom-and-pop food outlets use home-field advantage. By Matt Amis
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From Houdini to Hugo ThE ArT of BriAn SElznicK Through JAnuAry 11, 2015 Don’t miss this exciting exhibition of over 100 paintings and drawings by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Brian Selznick. His rich and imaginative illustrations were the inspiration for the film Hugo (2011). Visit during the Museum’s new extended hours in 2015! Thursdays 10 am – 8 pm (free after 4 pm) and Sundays 10 am – 4 pm (free all day). Learn more at delart.org. This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick is made possible by DuPont and the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund. From Houdini to Hugo Family Day, Artist Talk, and Book Signing is Sponsored by Highmark Delaware. Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. | Title page for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, 2001. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Acrylic on watercolor paper, 19 x 16 inches. © 2001 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.
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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 A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse
And the winner is . . . In the November issue, we asked readers to submit their corrections to the following quagmire of a paragraph: Incase you haven’t noticed, there’s been alot of mispelled words in use around this state for awhile now. I see them alot everyday, and everytime I do I ask myself, “What’s instore for the English language?” Should I just say, “It will be alright?” I’m in Delaware 30 years now, and it still literally gives me a pit in my stomach! We received all sorts of responses, some of which were of the “close-but-no-cigar” variety and some of which were way off the mark. The winner was Patrick Ruffin, of Wilmington, who submitted his entry just a few days after the November Out & About hit the streets. Here’s Patrick’s answer: In case you haven't noticed, there have been a lot of misspelled words in use around this state for a while now. I see them a lot every day, and every time I do, I ask myself, "What's in store for the English language?" Should I just say, "It will be all right"? I've been in Delaware 30 years now, and it still hits me in the pit of my stomach! Patrick has a bit of an unfair advantage: he owns a master’s in ESL and a master's in linguistics. One thing he got right that nobody else did was “pit in my stomach.” The phrase (discussed in a recent “War”) is “pit of my stomach,” and refers to a sensation of dread—a bad feeling in the bottom (pit) of one’s stomach. It does not involve swallowing a fruit pit. Also, some people claimed that “alright” is acceptable. Not here, yo. “Awhile” is another tricky one. As an adverb, it’s one word (e.g., he rested awhile). But if it’s preceded by “for,” it becomes a noun and two words: he rested for a while. Please note: all of these mistakes were addressed in at least one previous “War” column. So pay attention, and wait for the next contest. Renaissance Man? Just an observation: Eagles coach Chip Kelly may be the only NFL head man who, in his press conferences, has used the word “cornucopia,” and referred to legendary photographer Ansel Adams and Mufasa from The Lion King. Despite these erudite (for the NFL) allusions, we did catch him saying that quarterback Mark Sanchez had “a pretty good excape route.” That would be escape, Chipper.
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Literally of the Month A reader reports that during the Michigan State/Ohio State game, the announcer claimed a quarterback was “literally leaving his heart on the field.” As the reader notes, that would be a bit messy. Department of Redundancies Dept. Tennis champ Roger Federer, after his country won the Davis Cup: “I’m very happy for Swiss tennis and my fellow colleagues.” Miscellaneous Errata An ABC television reporter, covering the shooting at Florida State University, said that “an alumni returned to the university with a gun.” Here we go again: the singular is alumnus for a male graduate; alumni is plural. When the Niagara University women’s basketball team bus became snowbound recently near Buffalo, one of the players was quoted thus: “A gentleman came on our bus to get warm because he had ran out of gas . . .” Yet another college student who has trouble with the past perfect. It’s had run. And we note that Hollywood delivered another blow to good grammar with the title of a recent movie: Dumb and Dumber To. Sadly, it did pretty well at the box office. And finally, from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane: “There he (Darren Sproles) was, bouncing off blow after blow before he eked over the goal line . . .” One cannot “eke over” anything. "Out" must follow the word, as in “the Eagles managed to eke out a victory.” Selfies Can you be a “self-confessed genius,” as I heard a radio commentator refer to someone recently? How can someone determine that he or she is a genius? Methinks the reporter meant to say “self-professed.” In a similar miscue, USA Today’s Sarah Gearhart redundantly reported that “NFL standout Randy Moss once self-proclaimed that he was ‘the greatest receiver ever to play this game.’” A simple “proclaimed” would have been correct.
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1 in 3 The number of people who ditch their resolutions by the end of January.
The percentage of resolution-makers who set fitness goals.
The percentage of U.S. citizens who usually make New Year's resolutions.
The percentage of people who are actually successful in achieving resolution goals.
The percentage of people who give up before meeting their resolution goals.
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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing ART MUSEUM SETS CLAY DATE THE GRAND TO HOST SMARTTALK
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Year-long series features line-up of prominent female speakers
t’s back by popular demand! On Friday, Jan. 9, Delaware Art Museum’s Clay Date workshop will have participants hanging out and getting a little messy in the museum’s ceramics studio. Led by a museum studio instructor from 7-9 p.m., attendees will experiment with clay and complete a functional piece of pottery in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Supplies, beer, wine and light snacks will be provided. Space is limited. No experience is necessary. Must be 21 and over to participate. For more information, visit delart.org.
martTalk Connected Conversations, a national series featuring eminent, female speakers now in its 13th year, will be held for the first time at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House. Sponsored by the DuPont Company, the series has an impressive lineup for 2015: Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, master of wine, on Wednesday, Jan. 21; Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, science communicator and video host, on Thursday, Feb. 5; national radio personality Delilah on Thursday, March 12; Lara Logan, CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent, on Monday, April 20, and Linda Ronstadt, Grammy-winning singer and author, on Wednesday, May 13. SmartTalk’s Errol Menke says, “Bringing it to the beautiful and historic Grand Opera House will add a new energy and excitement to what is already a stunning lineup of thoughtful and influential women.” Ticket prices for the five-event series range from $285 to $360. Attendees will receive free parking passes. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Grand box office at 652-5577.
NEWARK'S RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS Annual event is Jan. 19-25
owntown Newark will hold its annual one-week culinary celebration highlighting diverse restaurants and their offerings during the week of Jan. 19-25. The event is known for its affordability and great food in a fun and vibrant area. Restaurant menus will be available online around mid-January. For more information, visit cityofnewarkde.us.
NEW BREW HAHA! LOCATIONS A coffee bean roastery and a juice bar coming
rea chain Brew HaHa! is opening two new locations—a coffee bean roastery and fresh-food restaurant —in Trolley Square this spring. Brew HaHa!’s own blends will be available at the roastery, at all nine of the chain’s cafés, and on upscale grocers’ shelves in the Mid-Atlantic region. Vim, the restaurant—will include a raw juice bar and locally-sourced food. Check brew-haha.com for updates.
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THE BIG MOVE Newark Co-op moves to new location next month
ewark Natural Foods Co-op will relocate from its Main Street shop to the Newark Shopping Center in February, more than doubling its capacity to 20,000 square feet. The new site will include features like a cafĂŠ, a coffee bar and juice bar. Regular options of organic fruits and vegetables, grains, bulk foods and grocery staples, along with freerange, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, eggs, dairy products, and glutenfree, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan alternatives also will be available. Visit newarknaturalfoods.com for more information.
ICE HOCKEY GAME Jan. 3 match pits Wilmington Fire Dept. against Police Dept.
he third annual Wilmington Classic Ice Hockey Game between the Wilmington Fire Department and Wilmington Police Department will take place Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Skating Club of Wilmington at 6 p.m. All proceeds go directly to the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (Bepositive.org). The B+ foundation is a local non-profit that generates funds to be used for childhood cancer research and assistance to families of children with cancer. There will also be raffles, a 50/50, and games for all ages for various prizes. Tickets are $5, available in advance or at the door. For more information visit BePositive.org.
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EMILY SPIVACK: ON THE GO-GO A new book about old clothes by this Brandywine High grad is a hit By Bob Yearick
t graduation ceremonies for the Brandywine High School class of 1996, girls were required to wear white shoes. Emily Spivack, the class valedictorian, chose to don white go-go boots for the occasion. For anyone who knew her then or knows her now, the iconic, calf-high ‘60s footwear were the perfect fit for Emily—in every sense of that term. Though still in her 30s, Spivack is an old soul. She has always shown an appreciation for the symbolism and meaning inherent in pieces of clothing—and people—who have seen a few years of wear. That’s why, in high school and during her days at Brown University, thrift stores were a favorite destination for her and her friends. And that’s why she enjoyed joining her maternal grandmother, Pearl Bregman, for yoga classes at the Center for Lifelong Learning at UD.
Now, this veneration of clothing and people has culminated in a unique—and successful—book: Worn Stories. Published in September, it’s is a collection of personal tales about articles of clothing that hold sentimental value for their owners. Contributors include actress Greta Gerwig, The New York Times’ Jenna Worthman, writer Ariel Shrag, filmmaker Matt Wolf, and singer Rosanne Cash. Each piece of clothing is pictured draped on a hanger, on a stark background, with its “story” next to it. There are no photos of the people telling the stories. While at Brown, Spivack’s area of concentration was the rather esoteric art semiotics—the study of signs and symbols. Since then, she has immersed herself in an exploration of culture, fashion, and social innovation. For the past 10 years, she has focused especially on how clothing affects us from historical and therapeutic perspectives. ► JANUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Her mother’s multiple bouts with cancer helped prompt Spivack to begin Shop Well with You, a New York-based national not-forprofit organization that helps women with cancer improve their body image and quality of life by using their clothing as a wellness tool. “Thankfully,” says Spivack, “my mother is in remission now.” Worn Stories resulted from a website she curates, Sentimental Value (sentimental-value.com). Since 2007, she has collected on the website some 600 stories about clothing and memory from eBay posts. But the idea for the book really sprang from her own closet, which, she says, “was actually an archive of memories and experiences.” She explains that, when she travels, she’s in the habit of going to flea markets or antique shops, “and I usually wind up with a garment from that place.” “But in some ways I feel like the project started even earlier, when I was growing up in Delaware, and going thrift storeshopping and finding all sorts of one-of-a-kind pieces that were a way for me to express myself creatively through clothing, not just going to Concord Mall looking for clothes.” When she began asking friends and family to share their stories about favorite pieces of clothing, she learned things about them that she had never heard before, even though she knew them well. “So it made me realize that clothing could be an overlooked but very accessible story-telling device. Then I started thinking what would happen if I asked people who I thought were interesting people about their favorite pieces of clothing.” For the book—her first—she says she sought “a diverse assortment of people—different ages, occupations, different backgrounds. Mostly, what it came down to, I wanted people who could tell a good story.” In 2012, she landed a book deal, with Princeton Architectural Press, and two years later, Worn Stories was published, to critical and popular success. Spivack has lived in Brooklyn since 2002, but returns to Wilmington fairly often to visit her parents, who live in Windsor Hills. Her father, Dennis Spivack, an attorney, ran for Congress in 2006. Her mother, Marcia, works at Blue Streak Gallery in Trolley Square. Emily gave a reading from Worn Stories at Blue Streak one weeknight last month. In the audience was another member of Brandywine High’s class of ’96, who brought up the white go-go boots. Says Spivack: “She told me it made sense that the book was the evolution of my work.” For now. Another book may be in the making. “I’m figuring it out,” she says.
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Welcome to our fourth annual Worth Trying Issue. Though we feature Worth Trying suggestions monthly, each January we devote much of the magazine to personal recommendations from staff, contributors and friends of Out & About. These suggestions on where and what to eat, drink, see and do are scattered throughout these pages, interspersed with our usual assortment of feature stories, news items and other fun stuff.
DCCA ART LOUNGE This funky new pop-up lounge at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts began in September and melds two of my favorite items: smart cocktails and affordable artwork. The Art Lounge features rotating art exhibitions and trunk shows, as well as plenty of lively conversation and a cash bar in a casual, arty setting. Second Wednesday of every month, 5-7 p.m. What better way to start your evening? — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer
Enjoy, and have a very happy New Year!
HAVE TRAIL, WILL TRAVEL Over the past two years Delaware has spent more than $10 million improving the state’s network of hiking and biking trails. From this perspective, it’s money well spent. A crown jewel in this collection of pathways is the Gordon’s Pond Trail, a 2.65-mile route connecting Cape Henlopen State Park with Rehoboth Beach. It offers fantastic views of the salt marsh and beach and provides bird watchers with plenty of scenic perches. Even better, courtesy of the Friends of Cape Henlopen Bike Barn, you can use a bike for free to check out this fantastic trail.
Over a year ago, I bought a Fitbit Flex, and I’ve recommended it highly to others. It tracks the number of steps you take, how many calories you’ve burned, when your most active times of the day have been, and your sleep patterns— among other features. You set the number of steps you want to do in a day and it takes it from there. It syncs to your laptop, PC or cell phone. You can wear it in the shower! It’s really cool to check your sleep patterns and see how often you wake up in the night. There are a number of different colored bands for $13 each on their website so you don’t have to wear the black one it comes with all the time, unless, of course, you want to. You’ll find that you become very aware of your movement (or lack thereof), and step it up a notch at the end of the day if you’re falling behind. Should I become a spokesperson?
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GOLF (AT 40 DEGREES F. OR WARMER) ‘Tis the season for cabin fever, and at this time of year my mind and body attempt to hibernate. As a lover of the outdoors, I do my best to get out of the house even as the temperature drops. If it’s 40 degrees or higher, I’ll still be forcing in rounds of (regular) golf. If I’m pressed for time, I like to sneak in a round of disc golf. Both allow me to clear my mind, get some fresh air and press the “reset” button. — Matt Loeb, O&A Creative Director
EVENTS AT ERNEST & SCOTT TAPROOM I’ve attended many events at Ernest & Scott. Some I helped plan. With this experience from both sides of the velvet ropes, I can list several reasons why this Wilmington bar and restaurant makes for an excellent event location. First, there is plenty of space, most of which can be sectioned off if need be. Second, there’s a large bar area—including a significant craft beer selection—which is great for more casual events. Third, the food just keeps getting better. Fourth, the staff is professional, friendly and fun (appropriately). And, last but not least, it’s just a block from both the HyPark Garage as well as the Hotel du Pont, a place where all Delaware residents should spend the night at least once in their lives.
TICKET TO RIDE BOARD GAME Whenever my fiancée and I stay at my brother and sister-in-law’s house in Maryland, they always break out the board games. This one is a cross-country train adventure that has players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the route, the more points you earn and the more people you have to play (up to five), thus making it harder to claim routes and earn points. I recommend buying the actual board game, but you can also get the game app on your phone. — Tyler Mitchell, O&A Graphic Designer
— Jim Miller, O&A Director of Publications
BLOOD BANK OF DELMARVA Looking for ways to do better or give back in the New Year? Look no further than the Blood Bank of Delmarva. By donating blood you are directly helping someone in the community. Blood is needed every day. You can make a difference in saving someone’s life—donors saved mine! Make appointments online or by calling 737-8405. “Be someone’s hero. Give blood.”
99% INVISIBLE What will you use to fill the podcast-sized void in your life that “Serial” has left behind? May I suggest “99% Invisible,” the weekly podcast by Roman Mars that is my favorite thing to listen to every week. It’s about “design,” which allows it to cast a very wide net. Required listening: Episode 124: “Longbox” (the true story of the packaging of R.E.M.’s “Out of Time”); Episode 115: “Cow Tunnels” (the search for abandoned cow tunnels beneath New York City); Episode 113: “Monumental Dilemma” (the debate over statues that commemorate history that people no longer want to commemorate); Episode 105: “One Man Is An Island” (a trip to Busta Rhymes Island in Shrewsbury, Mass.), and Episode 103: “U.T.B.A.P.H.” (a tribute to buildings that clearly Used To Be A Pizza Hut). — Matt Sullivan, Contributing Writer
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STRATOSPHERE TRAMPOLINE PARK My family loves going to this Wilmington park when we’re in need of an affordable, indoor activity. Bouncing, flipping and flying around on giant trampolines is terrific fun for kids (and is incredibly effective at wearing them out), but even adults can get in on the fun, especially inside the high-octane dodgeball arena. — Matt Amis, Contributing Writer
NICOLE ROYER GUITAR STRING BRACELETS Local artist Nicole Royer keeps you in tune to the latest fashion with her guitar string bracelets. Created from actual used guitar pieces, each one is unique. (I have one made from a bass guitar string that I like to pretend came from Geddy Lee’s.) You can find her around town at art loops and local craft and art fairs, or see all of her creations at nicoleroyer.com. — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer
FAIR HILL NATURE CENTER The old hunting grounds of the late William du Pont, Jr., on Maryland Rt. 273 near Fair Hill Race Track, just outside Newark, cover approximately 5,700 acres and offer miles of hiking and biking trails. As a lifelong resident of Cecil County, I’m thrilled to have this area in my backyard. Bordering this preserve is Fair Hill Training Facility, the most innovative thoroughbred training facility in Maryland, if not the United States. Bring a lunch and enjoy the woods, streams and wildlife. — John Murray, Contributing Writer and Proprietor, State Line Liquors
DAVID NORBUT, PHOTOGRAPHER My husband and I had a tintype portrait done for my anniversary this year and it is now one our favorite pieces of artwork. You sit with Dave— very, very still—while he takes your photo the old fashioned way, then you get to hang with him and watch it develop. For more information, go to www.dnorphoto.com. — Danielle Quigley, Contributing Photographer
VEEP The HBO series with Julia LouisDreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer is set to return this spring. Don’t miss it. This is a showcase for some of the best comedic writing and acting (Louis-Dreyfus has won an Emmy three years running) of all time. The insecure and often inept Selina surrounds herself with a staff that matches her, gaffe for gaffe and laugh for laugh. Her personal life, with a grown and often recalcitrant daughter and an ex-husband whom she is still attracted to, is equally challenging. This year she is running for POTUS (and if you don’t know that acronym, you’re not a fan of the show), so the complications, and laughs, should multiply accordingly. — Bob Yearick, O&A Contributing Editor
THEATER AT CAB CALLOWAY
I took my 4-year-old son, Oliver, to see Cab Calloway’s performance of “Peter Pan” a few weeks ago. It was his first play, and my first time at Cab. We had a fantastic time! The theater itself is beautiful, and the cast/crew put on an unforgettable show. If you’re hoping to spark your child’s enthusiasm for theater, I’d highly recommend starting there. — Marie Poot, Director of Digital Media
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HOW DO YOU BREW? HOME BREWING SHOP After
taking up the hobby of home brewing this past year, I immediately found this place to be a godsend when I needed any supplies. Located at the Shoppes at Louviers in Newark, it’s a small shop, but it has everything any home brewer may need. It also hosts beginner classes occasionally.
TYLER ARBORETUM After seeing signs for Tyler Arboretum for years, I finally checked it out last spring—and became a member that day. Tyler is a nature preserve in Delaware County, Pa., that focuses on horticulture and education. The grounds feature a series of 11 tree houses for kids (of all ages) to climb around in, a butterfly house, meadow maze, enchanted woods and more. (tylerarboretum.org) — Marie Poot, Director of Digital Media
— Tyler Mitchell, O&A Graphic Designer
THE WONDER YEARS I really only watch TV right before bed, and I prefer something lighthearted. My husband and I started watching old episodes of The Wonders Years on Netflix a couple of weeks ago. It’s been a while, but I still remember every episode. It was such a great show, and although it focuses on a different era than when I grew up, it’s a reminder of what an emotional rollercoaster adolescence really was.
Look for more Worth Trying suggestions throughout this issue!
— Marie Poot, Director of Digital Media
THE THRILLERS OF ALISTAIR MACLEAN
Although Alistair MacLean’s name no longer carries the weight it did 40 years ago, his stories still pack a punch. Whether aboard a nuclear submarine maneuvering under the Arctic ice packs or infiltrating a Nazi-occupied castle in the Bavarian Alps, MacLean’s protagonists act with brisk exactitude, dodging pitfalls, outsmarting saboteurs, and eventually tackling what seems like the most impossible of tasks. Often, after a number of plot twists, the author seems to lead the reader right off a cliff with a turn you just don’t anticipate. MacLean classics such as Where Eagles Dare, The Guns of Navarone and Ice Station Zebra are available at Ninth Street Books in Wilmington. — Jim Miller, O&A Director of Publications
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ANTI-RESOLUTIONS: TREAT YOURSELF Why not give in to the inevitable and enjoy some of these decadent activities? By Rob Kalesse
ere we go again. It’s the New Year, and just about everyone you know has made a promise—to lose weight, to quit smoking, to get in shape, to eat better, save more, spend less—you name it. January is the month for resolutions, but according to a 2013 study by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them going throughout the year. So why court this failure? Let’s take the opposite approach: let’s splurge on ourselves. January can be a long, cold month. Try to enjoy it with these anti-resolutions.
Weekend Craft Beer Tour Shake off the holiday hangover by hitting Delaware’s craft breweries for tastings and tours. Start things off upstate at Twin Lakes in Greenville, where Saturday tours begin at 1 p.m., cost $22, and include a complimentary gourmet cheese tray. Next, head south to Dover and hit the combined Fordham/Old Dominion Brewery for a 3 p.m. tour for just $5. Your admission includes a pre-tour sample of one beer, tastes throughout the tour, and a souvenir glass to take with you.
From there, hop back on Route 1 and head to Dogfish Head in Milton for the last tour at 5 p.m. Tours are absolutely free, and include four free samples. Be sure to grab some memorabilia and, since you’ve probably had a few sips by this point, a snack at Bunyan’s Lunchbox, to help absorb some of that alcohol. Since you’re already pretty far south, we suggest keeping the beer theme going with a room at Dogfish Head Inn, located on the Lewes Harbor. Weekend rates start at just $139 (offseason) for a double-queen room that sleeps four comfortably. On Sunday, rise and shine with some complimentary Dogfish Head chicory coffee, and head north to 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown. The tasting tavern opens at noon, though no tours are available on Sunday. Once you’re finished sampling their bold session ales, head to Mispillion River Brewing in Milford, open until 6 p.m. No tours are available, and like 16 Mile, they do not offer food, but you’re welcome to bring your own. Once you’re back up New Castle County way, you have two options for a great beer-themed dinner: Stewart’s Brewing Company in Bear, or Iron Hill Brewery in Newark or Wilmington. Both award-winning brewpubs offer great seasonal fare and growlers to go, if you’re in the mood for a nightcap. ►
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Because the winter can be cold and cruel, laugh your way through January, February and March with four gut-busters at The Grand. Some of the comedians coming through Wilmington are sure to put a smile on your frozen face, starting with veteran Paula Poundstone on Saturday, Jan. 10 ($30-$37). Two more legends make their way to the opera house for repeat performances. First up is Blue Collar Comedy Tour alum Ron White and his scotch-and-cigar set on Sunday, Jan. 18 ($50-$59), followed by famed D-lister Kathy Griffin on Sunday, Feb. 15 ($59-$71). And finally, on Thursday, March 26, The Grand will welcome for the first time Hannibal Buress, the Chicago-born comic
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who serves as co-host of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show ($50$60). Named to Variety’s “Ten Comics to Watch in 2010,” Buress’ controversial style landed him in the news recently after a rant about rape allegations against Bill Cosby during a performance at The Trocadero in Philadelphia. Expect the unexpected.
Chef’s Tasting at Domaine Hudson For foodies, it doesn’t get much better than devouring four or six courses from a great chef. Put your stomach and palate in the hands of Chef Dwain Kalup and Wine Steward Richard Hover, both of whom will cater to your dining whims at Domaine Hudson. In addition to excellent three-course, prix fixe menus offered daily, chef’s tastings and wine dinners are where the Domaine crew really get to show off their skills. At a wine dinner in November, they hosted Le Cadeau Vineyard owner Tom Mortimer, who paired some of his best varietals with Chef Kalup’s culinary offerings. The menu included a porcini and black truffle tortellini paired with a 2008 e Cadeau Côte Est and a Painted Hills Farm sirloin of beef with a 2007 Le Cadeau Rocheux as part of a five-course, sixwine private dinner. “The beauty of attending one of our private dinners, typically held on a Sunday when the restaurant is closed for business, is that you get the most intimate experience with the winemaker on hand,” Hover says. “The boutique winemakers we host are always happy to share their experiences and what they were trying to accomplish with each varietal.” The folks at Domaine Hudson are in the planning stages of 2015, when they plan to have several four- and six-course chef’s tasting options and at least one wine dinner per month. While cost for the tastings varies depending on the dishes served, wine dinners are typically $95 per person. For more information, check out www.domainehudson.com.
An Overnight Stay with Style You may have dined in the Hotel du Pont’s famed Green Room or seen a show at the DuPont Theatre, but staying a night at the at the century-old hotel should also be on every Delawarean’s bucket list. The classic rooms start at $199 on weekends in January and February, while the luxury rooms, which are basically mini-suites complete with four-fixture bathrooms and separate living and dining areas, are $229 per night. If you pay in advance, which is non-refundable, the overnight charge for a luxury suite is reduced to $183. The hotel offers breakfast in the Green Room, valet parking, DuPont Theatre and Longwood Gardens tickets, all through the concierge service. “If I had to choose three words to sum up the Hotel du Pont, they would be: class, grace and elegance,” says Carolyn Grubb, director of public relations at the hotel. “Our dining room has not really changed since the hotel opened in 1913, and it has received the AAA Triple Diamond award for 29 consecutive years, while the hotel itself has received the award for 38 straight years.” For a closer look at the accommodations at the hotel and menus offered at the Green Room, check out www.hoteldupont.com or call 594-3100.
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BEATING CABIN FEVER These indoor and outdoor activities will get the blood pumping and help you conquer the winter blahs By Krista Connor
e’re well into another long, cold winter, and that means many of us are suffering from cabin fever. Never fear! O&A is here to help you conquer the winter chill with these 11 fun activities.
First, let’s look at some things you can do indoors—away from the cold.
Luckily for adults, jumpers of all ages are welcome at the Stratosphere Trampoline Park on the Wilmington Riverfront. Trampolines and two tumble tracks, along with dodgeball, arcade, hurricane simulator, aeroball, mechanical bull, Velcro wall, laser maze, and speed wall options, and more, are available. Tickets range from $10-$22 for 30 to 120 minutes of jump time for the main trampoline area. Stratosphere recommends purchasing tickets before arrival at wilmingtontrampolinepark.com.
Christiana Skating Center in Newark is a classic and inexpensive option for indoor fun. Some specials include Friday evening sessions, which are $8 per person, 7-10 p.m. Sunday matinees are 1:30-4:30 p.m. for $7. Parents are admitted free. And Sunday adult night is 8-11 p.m., $5 per person, for skaters ages 16 and older. Check out the website for more: christianaskatingcenter.biz.
Take The Lead Dance Studio in Hockessin offers a stimulating environment where participants of any skill level can learn ballroom dancing, Latin, swing and more. Private, group or combined lessons are available. For more information visit taketheleaddancestudio.com.
Whether you want to embrace your inner warrior or just get out of the house and burn a few calories, martial arts is a great wintertime activity that refreshes the mind and body. Delaware Dragon Martial Arts in Newark specializes in traditional programs: Taekwondo, Aikido, Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Arnis, and samurai sword training. Additionally, a mix of techniques for children’s lessons promote and improve balance, coordination, focus, respect and teamwork. For more information visit delawaredragonma.com.
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Olympiad Gymnastics in Wilmington offers a program called FLiP KiDZ that helps children develop coordination, body awareness, strength, flexibility, balance and confidence in a fun, positive and safe environment. Classes are designed for children ages 3 to 17 and include instruction on tumbling, trampoline, balance beam, vaulting and bars. Classes and programs are available for all skill levels. For more information visit flipkidz.com. BEATING CABIN FEVER continued from previous page
Located in Wilmington, Newark and Glen Mills, Pa., Empowered Yoga offers a variety of options, including a new beginner course, essentials, stationary sequences, community classes, sacred music, Vinyasa, and balanced athlete classes. Improved function of the body, clarity of mind, and a greater sense of awareness are the intended results. For more information visit empoweredyoga.com.
Delaware Rock Gym
Intro to climbing classes at the Delaware Rock Gym are regularly offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Delaware Rock Gym in Bear, and by appointment during the week. The class includes two hours of instruction, harness and belay-device use, a day pass, and a coupon for 10 percent off any equipment purchased from the pro shop. Plan to stay and climb after the class to make the most out of the pass. For more information visit derockgym.com.
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What better way to beat cabin fever other thanâ€Śgoing outside? Don your winter gear and step out into the cold. The hot chocolate will be waiting upon your return.
Riverfront Ice Skating Rink
The new Horizon Riverfront Rink, a temporary outdoor ice skating rink between Justison Street and the Christina River in Wilmington, is a perfect outdoor winter activity. Open through March 1, the rink includes a nearby warming tent, skate rental options, concessions and twinkling lights. The rink is open Monday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday from 4-10 p.m., Saturday from 11a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission ranges from $5-$8 and skate rentals are an additional $3 per pair. The rink is named for sponsor Horizon Services, a home-services company, and is installed by the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware and Light Action Productions Inc.
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Delve into winterscapes and participate in a growing hobby that’s fun year-round —bird watching. Wander through snowy forests and meadows or watch from your back yard or window for beautiful coldweather feathered friends. To get started, we recommend contacting the American Birding Association, a non-profit organization that helps birders increase their birding knowledge and bird-watching skills. ABA is now headquartered in Delaware City, after a recent move from Colorado. For more information visit aba.org.
Kalmar Nyckel Sailing Lessons
The recreated version of the 17th century Kalmar Nyckel is maintained and sailed mainly by a volunteer crew – and no experience is required to start. More than 300 volunteers support the ship, education program, and Kalmar Nyckel Foundation annually. Winter classes are at the Kalmar Nyckel shipyard in Wilmington for nine all-day Saturdays from mid-January through mid-April. Experienced sailors can choose other options. For more information visit kalmarnyckel.org.
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LOCAL GROCERS UP THEIR GAME Faced with competition from boutique supermarket chains, Target, Walmart, etc., mom-and-pop food outlets use their home-field advantage By Matt Amis Photos by Joe del Tufo
t’s a week before Thanksgiving, and Paula Janssen has one thing on her mind. Technically, 350 things: the last big shipment of fresh turkeys from T.A. Farms in Wyoming. Around the holidays, for gourmands and locavores these coveted birds are like the poultry golden ticket. “I’ve never seen fresher turkeys,” says Janssen. “They slaughter on Friday, deliver on Saturday.” Across Delaware, the locally owned mom-and-pop grocery stores are a small but steadfast bunch. They have to be, considering the barrage of competition from national supermarket chains, megamarts like Walmart and Target, plus a wave of boutique grocery chains like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, not to mention an upcoming Wegman’s location near Painter’s Crossing. But stores like Janssen’s manage to stay ahead by beating the competition at their own game. Along with others—like Harvest Market in Hockessin and Zingo’s in Newark—the neighborhood shops simply have to out-fresh, out-local, and out-healthy even the trendiest chains. After all, they have home-field advantage. ► ◄ Anita Moos is marketing manager of Newark Natural Foods, which next month will move into a new, 20,000-square-foot facility.
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Paula Janssen deals with around 250 vendors per week to keep Janssen's Market offerings fresh and varied.
Opened in Greenville in 1952, Janssen’s Market relies on close-knit relationships with local and regional farmers to fill its shelves with the best and the freshest. It’s one of a handful of retailers lucky enough to receive T.A. Farms turkeys, and founder Joe Janssen, Sr. has personal connections that go back for decades with farmers like Steve and Ronnie Rosazza, who own Glen Willow Farms in Avondale, Pa. The store also employs buyers who scour the Philadelphia produce market each day for seasonal produce, meats and cheeses. “We source our products very differently from other markets,” Paula Janssen says. Larger national and regional grocery chains usually maintain their own centralized warehouses and trucking fleets, while smaller or specialized chains often purchase from cooperatives. Janssen’s, meanwhile, dizzyingly sources around 250 vendors per week. “That’s the challenge,” Janssen says. “It keeps the day interesting. We do have a lot of balls in the air, but it allows us to buy from people we trust, and believe in what they do.” And while the farm-to-table movement has brought locally grown products back in vogue, it’s always been Janssen’s mission to support places like the cheese makers of Doe Run Farm in Unionville, Pa. The farmers gain extra revenue streams, and the store nets a superior local product. “We’re able to support local farmers and producers who are doing something different,” Janssen says. “But we benefit from their excellent cheese. The cheese is just really good.”
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Bob Kleszics opened Hockessin’s Harvest Market Natural Foods in 1995 with a similar mission. The shop prides itself on a carefully selected range of organic and natural foods, nutritional supplements, and natural health care products. The store’s encyclopedic list of local vendors includes, to the north, Landenberg, Pa.’s Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, and to the south, Dover-grown hydroponic tomatoes. Harvest, too, was one of the lucky few to carry T.A. Farms turkeys during the holiday season. Unlike the faceless megamarts, Harvest embodies real social values, like sustainable agriculture and organic farming. The store maintains close involvement with the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, the Delaware Nature Society, the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, and other likeminded organizations. It’s an official sponsor of the Kennett Square Farmers’ Market and the New Garden Growers Market in Avondale, Pa. It also serves as a CSA pick-up site for the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, which represents more than 70 family farms in Lancaster County, Pa. CSA programs—short for community supported agriculture—provide customers
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with a basket of local, seasonal fruits and veggies in exchange for a recurring subscription. Harvest even hosts an all-flower CSA from Pennsylvania’s Three Birds Bouquets, which creates seasonal organic bouquets each week for subscribers. “They’re definitely a highlight in people’s week,” says Communications Coordinator Holly Tyson. While Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have seemingly endless aisles of vitamins, supplements and health products, Harvest boasts an on-site herbalist and registered nurse (the renowned Donna Merrill), who offers complimentary consultations for any health concerns every Monday, Tuesday and Friday—no appointment necessary. It’s just part of the store’s focus on healthy living, which is bolstered by its varied selection of natural and organic foods. For instance, the store recently forged a connection with a North Carolina grower of fresh turmeric, a plant known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties and other bodily boosters. “Our customers want the best for their families,” Tyson says. “And I think a lot of people are going for organic today because it is better for your health. It lacks the pesticides and the hormones you might see in large-scale growing operations.” “People come in for all reasons,” says Tyson, citing health, environmental stewardship, Fair Trade philosophy, morals, values and beliefs. “And then there’s the quality. When you start eating with the seasons, it’s just going to be the best quality. That’s what keeps people coming back. They commit to the lifestyle because it truly tastes better. Local is the best for that, eating seasonally has the best results nutritionally and flavor-wise.”
A Variety of Local Grocers
Other independent grocers support local business in their own ways: • Zingo’s Supermarket in Newark is home to an array of locally made products, and is the headquarters of the Pike Creek Coffee Roasterie. It’s the place to find Henretty’s crab cakes from Hockessin, Wilmington’s Freakin' Fresh Salsa, and Kennett Square’s OpaYo Greek Frozen Yogurt. • Family-owned Byler’s Country Store, with three locations in Dover and Harrington, is famous for its Amish-made crafts, furniture and pastries, plus local products like sodas and root beer from Dominion Brewery. • Lloyd’s Market in Lewes carries Sussex County produce and honey, plus milk and cream from Lewes Dairy, Fifer Orchard’s apple cider, bratwurst and pickles from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and sticky buns baked at nearby Dorman’s Donut Shoppe. Meanwhile, farmers markets throughout the state continue their renaissance (A full list of locations and schedules can be found on the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s website, dda.delaware.gov).
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But few do hyper-local quite like the Newark Natural Foods Co-Op, a longtime fixture on Main Street. While the USDA defines “local” produce as anything sourced within 400 miles, Newark Natural Foods maintains a 100-mile limit. Inside the store, customers can find grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormonefree steaks, roasts and pork from Weaver Valley Farms near Lancaster, or organic milk from Natural by Nature in Avondale. Its regularly scheduled farmers markets comprise 24 local vendors and craftsmen. ►
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Staff from Harvest Market Natural Foods brings back organic produce from Esh Farm in Ephrata, Pa., weekly during the growing season.
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The not-for-profit store extols not only local produce, but local people. The cooperative began as a food buying club in the 1960s, and incorporated in 1975. Since then, the socially-conscious membership has ballooned to 12,000, with more than 3,600 active members in the past year. For a $10 household fee, any customer can become a member (though you don’t have to be a member to shop at the store). Members can continue $10 payments quarterly until a $100 lifetime membership is accrued. This is not a coupon club. Members do receive a general 2-percent discount on purchases, but the co-op is designed to allow anyone with the desire to become involved in the entire operational process. Working shifts at the store, or volunteering at its weekly farmers market or other co-op activities, are incentivized with larger discounts. More important, members are encouraged to take part in the co-op’s democratic decision-making process by voting at meetings or running for election to the Board of Stewards. The idea is to celebrate community and fellowship while sharing the labor, talents, and resources of the likeminded membership. With assistance from its board member architects, bankers, business leaders and volunteers, Newark Natural Foods next month will relocate its entire operation to the Newark Shopping Center (at the site of the long-abandoned Newark Department Store), which will double its capacity to around 20,000 square feet. The shop will soon host new features like an in-house café serving hot and cold foods, a coffee bar, and juice bar. The new location also will double the size of the farmers markets and provide community event space for rent. The move came as a direct response to increased competition from places like Whole Foods, says General Manager Karen Taylor. “When Whole Foods opened, it definitely hurt our sales. But it did help us up our game,” she says. “It made us look at our positioning, our mission, and how we improve that by expanding our space. We look at it as our opportunity to reach way down into Newark,” to create something better for the community.
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“What used to be our niche has become our competition,” she says. “It used to be only us and Harvest Market in this area, now it’s Acme, SuperFresh and Walmart.” According to the National Grocers Association, there are 39 independent grocers that must battle the big guys for customer attention. The association defines “independent grocers” as privately-owned food retail companies, publicly traded companies where the controlling shares are held by a family, or food retail companies owned by the company's employees. Delaware’s independent grocers, according to a 2013 economic impact study, generate $359.79 million in annual sales, and are responsible for creating 3,100 jobs and more than $91.81 million in wages paid.
Creating a Fun Shopping Experience
As large chains impede on their market, local stores look to stay ahead of the curve. Whole Foods took a bite out of Janssen’s sales during its first three months of business, but customers steadily returned, Paula Janssen says. “You just have to be good at what you do, listen to your customers, and try new things to make the shopping experience fun for your customers,” she says. “If you stay the same, you fall behind.” Whole Foods grew renowned for its selection of made-onsite items—from superfood salads to brick-oven pizzas—and its ethnic, vegan and vegetarian offerings. So Janssen’s responded in kind at J’s Café, adding dishes like Bombay curried vegetables to a menu of sandwiches, snacks and salads.
“We’re willing to try new things,” Janssen says. “If there is just one product we want from Washington state, we’ll be the first store in our area to buy that produce.” Between a “Taste of Miyagi” fair in October—a sold-out event that welcomed producers from Delaware’s sister state of Miyagi Prefecture in Japan—and a visit from Delmar’s own Suzuki Farms in November, Janssen’s has continued to heighten its international food appeal. At Harvest, Chef Megan Bushnell and a small but dedicated kitchen team head up a popular prepared food division. Seasonal dishes like curried turkey salad, roasted winter vegetables, and black bean and quinoa salad are house specialties. Another, less tangible quality separates Delaware’s indie grocers from the pack: Call it a personal touch. Through their generations of dealings with customers, vendors and employees, local stores have fostered personal relationships in each area that feed into the overall shopping experience. At Harvest, years of outreach, community proselytizing, and direct contact with farmers developed into an uncanny expertise among employees. Newark Natural Foods’ network of eco-conscious warriors helps to support and empower an entire community, as well as many small, family-run vendors. With less meddling from corporate overseers and stockholders, and smaller but more dedicated workforces (Janssen’s, for example, has 10 employees with more than 20 years of service), local grocers can concentrate their powers on delivering highquality, personalized and interactive shopping experiences to their customers, no matter where the latest trends might lead them. “We forget that food is one of the most personal experiences that we have,” Janssen says. “Knowing the people who make the food, grow the food and, in our case, sell the food, is a very comforting feeling.”
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FIVE TRENDS, FIVE PREDICTIONS FOR FOOD IN THE NEW YEAR More tacos and craft beer (of course), along with, perhaps, fish offal By Matt Sullivan
here’s an art to trendspotting. There must be. It sure ain’t a science. And the artistic process seems to go something like this: 1. Look around. 2. See what’s happening. 3. Assume more of that will probably keep happening. 4. Decide it’s Miller time. (Unless, of course, you’re trendspotting in the restaurant biz, in which case it’s craft beer time. Local beer is No. 2 on the National Restaurant Association’s list of top alcohol trends for 2015—not a shock, since a recent Wall Street Journal story declared 2014 as the year Americans started drinking more craft brews than Buds.)
So you won’t find many surprises in the Culinary Forecast for 2015 from the NRA other than the fact that kale salads are on the way out and doughnuts are on the way in. (Prediction: We’ll get fatter in 2015.) But local produce? Healthier kids’ meals? Farm-branded items? If you’ve eaten in an area restaurant in the past five years, you’ve probably noticed all of the above. But what’s really going to change in Delaware restaurants this year? After talking with industry leaders, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, bartenders and random people sitting at bars, we’ve uncovered five trends, which in turn have compelled us to make five bold predictions. Predictions, we must note, are not trends. They are wild guesses. Hopefully, by the end of the year, you’ll have forgotten how wrong we were.
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Trend: Sustainable fish “Langoustine. Uni. Escolar. Halibut. Corvina.” Chef Bill Hoffman pauses, but it’s just to catch his breath. “Bronzino. Cobia. Wolffish.” These are the fish that Hoffman, chef/owner of The House of William & Merry, in Hockessin, is excited to cook. And they fit two of the NRA’s hottest culinary trends: “non-traditional fish” and “sustainable seafood.” Much as the nose-to-tail movement inspired chefs to discover new cuts of meat and use the entire animal, a similar movement is coming to seafood, Hoffman says. In part, it’s driven by economics. A pound of fish a restaurant buys and doesn’t serve is money in the trash. Expect to see more chefs using the whole fish: the backbone of tuna roasted for its marrow; langoustine shells used to make sauces, livers and hearts, and roe appearing in appetizers. “You have to use everything you’re getting these days or you’re not going to be surviving in this business very long,” Hoffman says. Bold prediction #1: You will eat fish offal sometime in the next year. At least, you will if you’re eating at William & Merry. (“Can you make a salmon head cheese?” Bill asks. “Yes you can.”) Trend: local chains Delaware has a good track record when it comes to birthing regional and national chains: Capriotti’s, Jake’s, Iron Hill Brewery. Will Two Stones Pub, El Diablo Burritos or Arena’s Deli be next?
Frankly, we’re not even sure any of those have national aspirations at this point. But local restaurant concepts and companies will continue to expand in 2015, according to the Delaware Restaurant Association. El Diablo and Arena’s have expanded into Newark, and Two Stones now has three locations. The Big Fish Restaurant Group is creating an Italian concept with Bella Coast on Concord Pike, and the Ashby Management Group is adding Union City Grille to a portfolio that already includes Deer Park Tavern, McGlynn’s Pub and Cantwell’s Tavern. Bold prediction #2: A local chain will become a tenant in the new Fashion Center complex at the Christiana Mall. Trend: drinking local Beer in Delaware can’t be sold directly from a brewer to a restaurant. It has to go through a distributor. And that’s why Twin Lakes beer, brewed in Greenville, takes a 10-mile roundtrip through a warehouse (briefly) before it arrives on tap at Buckley’s Tavern in Greenville. Still, it’s not a long trip. And it’s very local beer. “As a restaurant, you want to have a sense of place in your area,” says Chuck Lewis, general manager of Buckley’s. That carries over to spirits as well, as local distilleries like the Painted Stave in Smyrna have started filling premium shelf space behind local bars. It’s good, as a business owner, to support the local community, and local brews, like produce, are often fresher and better, and sometimes cheaper, Lewis says. ►
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“The whole locavore movement is coming to the bar,” says Xavier FIVE TRENDS, FIVE PREDICTIONS Teixido, owner of Harry’s FOR FOOD IN THE NEW YEAR Hospitality Group. He thinks 2015 continued from previous page will be the year cocktail culture takes off in Delaware, with infused alcohol, homemade bitters and artisanal ingredients leading the way. And while we’re drinking local beer and spirits, let’s not forget the local wine. The newly created Vintage Atlantic Wine Region, made up of more than 50 wineries spread across Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, will start making some noise in 2015. Laura Stimson, the executive producer of the MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival, says that local wines will not only be featured at the 2015 festival, but several events will take place at local wineries. Bold prediction #3: “Vintage Atlantic” will become a category on at least one prominent local wine list. Trend: Tacos Who doesn’t love a taco? “We’re selling tons of tacos at Kid Shelleen’s,” says Teixido, whose Harry’s Hospitality Group owns the Wilmington bar/ restaurant. “Our new menu has seven or eight tacos on it.” Shrimp tacos. Pork tacos. Chicken tacos. Tuna tacos. If you can fit it into a corn shell, you can make it into a taco, and chefs will continue to experiment with the form across multiple ethnicities and cuisines, Teixido says. The menu at Del Pez, the new Mexican/seafood restaurant in Newark, has three tacos, including fried calamari taco and blackened swordfish. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday at Two Stones Pub. Tacos are not going away. Bold prediction #4: La Fia taco. (That’s more of a dare than a prediction.) Trend: Food trucks
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OK, let’s face it, after three seasons as stars of a reality-TV series hosted by Tyler Florence, food trucks need to have their Next Big Thing title permanently revoked. They’re part of the foodie culture now, and in Wilmington, expect the number of trucks on the street to continue to rise, thanks to a combination of new players in the market and warm receptions by local municipalities. “People want different things,” says Wit Milburn, owner of Kapow Truck and co-founder of Rolling Revolution, a local food truck association. “People see what we bring to the community, the new dishes and a new food culture that’s starting to build.” Milburn credits Paul Lauprasert’s KOI on the Go truck as a trailblazer, proving to locals that great food can come out of a truck. (KOI’s fish tacos are considered by many to be the best in the state. And hey, tacos again. Double trendy.) The members of Milburn’s Rolling Revolution are now looking for a permanent truck park where 15-20 trucks can gather in a kind of rotating food court. Bold prediction #5: That truck park will open this year—with at least five new trucks that don’t yet exist. So there you go. Five trends. Five predictions. But remember, in the world of foodie trendspotting, it’s not about how often you were right. It’s about how tasty the research was. Now, please excuse us. It’s craft beer time.
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THE IDEAL SCONE STOP The scones at Talula’s Table are so popular you can actually buy a jar of owner Aimee Oxley’s mix and bake your own at home. Or, you can be fortunate enough to live within a couple of miles of the acclaimed Kennett Square eatery and make a scone stop. I choose the later and highly recommend the mixed berry. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher
SWARMBUSTIN’ HONEY AT NEWARK NATURAL FOODS I love Swarmbustin’ Original Mountain Crème Honey, a one-pound jar of creamed honey from Swarmbustin’ Honey in West Grove, Pa. It’s available at Newark Natural Foods, and is excellent in tea, spread over toast, and eaten by the spoonful. — Krista Connor, O&A Associate Editor
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With stick-toyour-ribs fare being more prevalent on winter menus, those dishes that transcend the norm warrant a place on your plate. In particular, these variations on the theme of mashed potatoes: The lobster mashed potatoes at Harry’s Seafood Grill are both delectable and distinctive; Dead Presidents does a similar take with the crab mashed potatoes, a show-stealing side to their chili-rubbed steak. And at Pizza By Elizabeths, look for the smoked mashed potatoes, a special menu side (usually with the New York strip) that is well worth seeking out. — Jim Miller, O&A Director of Publications
THE GANDER FROM ARGILLA BREWING CO. AT PIETRO’S PIZZA If you’re yearning for a solid place to eat good pizza and drink good beer, look no further. I love this place a lot, and this house pie is definitely one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. The Gander is a BBQ chicken style pizza topped with chicken tenders, bacon, a house smoked cheddar/ mozzarella blend with chipotle BBQ sauce. Add one of their on-site crafted beers, and you have a winning combo. — Tyler Mitchell, O&A Graphic Designer
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THE HOUSE OF WILLIAM & MERRY A recent meal at the House of William & Merry in Hockessin convinced me that Bill Hoffman should get far more kudos. It was impeccably prepared and beautifully presented. In less deft hands the clever and creative combinations might turn into a mess. But he turns a meal into an artistic experience. — Pam George, Contributing Writer
PINANG Malaysian restaurant and sushi bar Pinang, located at the Shoppes at Louviers in Newark, is my favorite place to go for southeast Asian cuisine. The amiable staff (who provide endless amounts of complimentary tea!), modern oriental décor and tasty dishes (Pad Thai) keep the atmosphere fun and sophisticated. — Krista Connor, O&A Associate Editor
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For my money, there's nothing like a really great burger, and they're not that easy to come by. Some of my favorite places to grab a burger include Iron Hill, Chelsea Tavern, and Washington Street Ale House, but the one that really impressed me recently was at Columbus Inn. It was cooked to a perfect medium, juicy and flavorful, and what really distinguished it was the bacon jelly (enough said!) and the really great roll. — Tim Poot, husband of O&A's Marie Poot
BON APPETIT GOURMET FOOD SHOPPE The shop and cafe in Talleyville is under new ownership (Mickey Donatello, owner of nearby Corner Bistro and Lucky’s Coffee Shop), but the distinctive atmosphere and food will no doubt continue. Specializing in sandwiches, salads, bread and desserts, as well as cheeses, paté and other gourmet items with a continental flair, the restaurant has been a favorite of discerning palates for decades. — Bob Yearick, O&A Contributing Editor
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It may be hard to believe, but some of our area’s best Mexican fare can be found at a quiet, cozy neighborhood bar in Greenville. Cromwell’s American Tavern has recently added “Taqueria” to its name and although I haven’t tried their tacos, I can certainly vouch for their burritos. These mountainous plates of spicy, cheesy deliciousness deliver all the flavors you’d expect and left me looking forward to my next visit. They offer black bean, ground beef, grilled chicken, braised pork, house-smoked brisket and chorizo sausage. Do yourself a favor: Go with the Ancho chili cream on top. — Matt Loeb, O&A Creative Director
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When FireStone Roasting House wooed Executive Chef Jim Berman away from his 10-year tenure as chef instructor at Delcastle Technical High School, it was quite the coup. Berman had led the school’s culinary class to a first-place finish three years in a row at The Farmer & Chef competition held annually at the Chase Center. When Berman was a culinary student at Santa Fe Community College, he learned how to properly prepare grits. His recipe is everything shrimp and grits should be: hearty, savory and buttery without losing firmness. Plus, it’s a great entrée to share at the table. — Jim Miller, O&A Director of Publications
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Partnerships and Creativity Help Bring Ice Rink to Wilmington This past December the Horizon Riverfront Rink, at 308 Justison Street, opened at the Wilmington Riverfront. The concept of an ice rink first began as a conversation between Scott Humphrey and Mike Purzycki about how Pierre S. Du Pont’s Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, had an unused performance ice rink that had the potential to be a unique attraction for Downtown Wilmington. Humphrey works with Light Action, Inc., a prominent full service production company on the east coast specializing in theatrical lighting, staging, audio/video and major productions. Purzycki is the Executive Director of the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware (RDC), which has helped lead the revitalization of Wilmington’s Riverfront area over the last two decades. “We have worked together on many projects,” shared Purzycki, “but this project was different. At first I thought we were planning for next winter. But then we realized we could make it happen right away.” “Once we spoke with Longwood’s Chairman Nathan Haywood and we realized we could buy the equipment, the project moved forward quite quickly,” recalled Purzycki. Longwood recognized that the RDC had a great idea for the responsible re-use of the ice surface and its accompanying equipment. From that point, Light Action took the lead in planning rink operations and setup, while the RDC began talking to partners, vendors and potential sponsors. With only sixty days between the purchase of the rink and the planned opening day, absolutely every aspect of the rink had to be ordered, built, prepared
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and tested. “We have done everything from leveling the ground, building the foundation and tents, hiring vendors, buying skates, and installing lights and decorations.” Jeff Flynn, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, noted “the Riverfront rink is a one of kind attraction in the State of Delaware. The RDC does an excellent job of engaging outside partners to contribute to all of the wonderful entertainment opportunities that are available to people of all ages.” Admission prices for the Rink are between $5 and $8. The Rink is open seven days a week, including evenings, through February 28th. Along with a festive decor and holiday music, rink amenities include hot concessions of sandwiches, fries and beverages. “There is so much to see and do at the Riverfront,” says Purzycki. The rink is another example of what partners can do together.” Mayor Dennis P. Williams encourages visitors across the region to come enjoy Downtown Wilmington and the Riverfront. “Each part of our community is working very hard to make our united vision of a thriving and vibrant Wilmington a reality. I believe evidence of this work can be seen around our city each day, and especially at the Riverfront. The addition of the Riverfront Rink is a wonderful example of the creativity and partnerships that are necessary as we work to grow Wilmington.” To learn more about the Horizon Riverfront Rink, please visit: www.riverfrontwilm.com/destinations/horizon-services-riverfront-rink/.
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Williams Administration Supports Priority Schools
fter Governor Markell’s announcement in September of the Priority Schools turn-around initiative, Mayor Dennis P. Williams has adopted a hands-on approach to the designated schools located in the City of Wilmington. “While I visited many of these city schools during my time in office, I wanted to reintroduce myself and my administration to each school’s leadership to focus on understanding what the children need beyond traditional learning of their ABC’s and 1,2,3s,” said the Mayor. The Mayor’s Chief Strategy Advisor Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins has noted that there are gaps in services that relate to a student’s readiness for learning. She noted that “Teachers, support professionals and administrators consistently communicate the need for support services to help children and families manage the many distractions to classroom learning.” Karen Johnson, who has been teaching at Bayard Middle School, one of the priority schools in Christiana School District, for two years, explains, “There was a time when teachers just taught, and we could focus solely on academics. Today we understand that other needs have to be met first,” she says. “I find myself adapting my classroom management style to best account for the varied needs of my students.” While teachers like Ms. Johnson confront behavior issues, there are also considerable emotional and social needs facing many students. Stubbs Elementary School was among the first visited by the Mayor and Dr. Jenkins, who is heading up the Mayor’s educational initiatives. “We started our tours in early November,” said Dr.
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Jenkins. “It is important for the individuals who are managing schools and teaching Wilmington’s children to know that the Williams administration is very committed to supporting them in tangible ways. While academics should be the primary focus of our educators, today the unmet basic needs of our children adversely impact their learning ability.” Existing wrap-around resources at Stubbs include a complete team of psychologists, behavior specialists and social workers, an active parent resource center that offers access to the internet and frequent parent workshops, and a robust mentoring program through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware. Stubbs Elementary also has been active in their outreach efforts to engage the community that surrounds the school. All of the Priority Schools are located in the City of Wilmington. Bancroft Elementary, Bayard Middle, and Stubbs Elementary are part of the Christiana School District, while Warner Elementary, Highlands Elementary and Shortlidge Academy are with Red Clay. Prior to the announcement of the Priority School initiative, the six chosen schools and their districts were already providing wrap-around resources to their students and, many times, to their families as well. Wrap-around services are considered to be the add-on human services that schools offer outside of scholastics. The most prevalent services include mentoring programs and after-school recreational, sports, and arts activities. Wrap-around services can also include parent resource centers, wellness centers, behavioral analysts, psychologists, food closets, clothing closets, and housing counseling.
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Bayard Principal Eric Stancell shared that Bayard’s most pressing need is the establishment of an in-house wellness center. The school already established a parent resource center, a small after-school program through Delaware Futures, and a clinical team that includes a behavioral specialist and clinical psychologist. “In January, we will begin our own in-house, after-school program with tutoring as well as recreational and enriching activities, lead by our own teachers. It’s a schoolwide mission to create an environment where needs are being met and where students believe us when we tell them that they can be free to just be kids. We have to foster an environment of full-service, which will include growing our parent center and, hopefully, getting a wellness center up and running.” Jackie Lee is Christiana School District’s point person for Priority Schools. As a career-long educator, who has taught in some of the schools that are now part of the initiative, she has an understanding of the challenges facing teachers and principals. “Each of our schools is in a different stage of their needs and we were working to fill them prior to the funding initiative,” she said. Bayard is benefiting from opportunities that include teacher training, as part of their wrap-around services. “Our team will receive training to learn how to assist students who are experiencing trauma of all kinds. Unstable housing, inadequate nutrition and exposure to violence are all situations that impact how a child is able to deal with the structure of a classroom. We will better serve children, ultimately, by deepening our skills-sets around our responses and interventions.” Enhanced family and community engagement, curriculum specialists, and summer programming are all resources that individual Priority Schools may choose to enhance through future funding. Meanwhile, Priority Schools’ staffs are already developing new approaches that will create a better educational foundation for their students. Schools will present the State of Delaware their transformation plans on December 31. Mayor Williams and his team will continue to work alongside the Priority Schools to provide mentors, engage with parents and school leadership, and work to support the needs of all city schools.
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Beautification Lighting Project for Downtown Gateways Set To Begin The City of Wilmington’s Departments of Parks & Recreation, Planning, Cultural Affairs and Public Works will soon be piloting an initiative to light landmark features around the City’s major entrance and exit points. This aspect of the Williams administration’s city beautification plan took hold when staff from the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Parks & Recreation began preparations for holiday season decorations around the City. It was originally planned that the Dr. James H. Sills Memorial Bridge at 16th & Market would be lit with white holiday lights. As these plans were being made, the Brandywine Village Neighborhood Association began working with Director Leonard Sophrin of the City’s Department of Planning and Urban Development to determine the possibility of permanently lighting a nearby condominium building to begin beautifying the City’s landscapes. Soon, a meeting of the involved departments and the Brandywine Village Neighborhood Association inspired a larger vision. “We realized that holiday lights were really only the tip of the iceberg. We have the opportunity to enhance the aesthetic value of city structures by lighting them year-round,” explained Cultural Affairs Director Kenneth Briscoe. The beautification project will be piloted by lighting of the City’s Water Treatment Pump House, which sits on the east side of the Sills Bridge at the corner of 16th & Market Street. Trees in the vicinity of the Pump House and H. Fletcher Park will be lit as well. Mark Sparagna, City Parks Supervisor, shared “in addition to the Brandywine Village Condominiums, we are also talking with Masely Enterprises Inc., a design and manufacturing company located in the vicinity of the Pump House, Brandywine Village and the Brandywine River. Once we light the Pump House, discussions will hopefully move forward with Masley and Brandywine Village to develop a lighting plan for the intersection and the surrounding area.” In 2015, other city gateways will be targeted for beautification work. Some areas will benefit from landscaping, architectural lighting and/or repaving. Other areas with historic and unique architecture will be lit, similarly to the Pump House. “The revitalization of the City is multi-faceted,” said Mayor Dennis P. Williams. “We plan to emphasize the uniqueness of our neighborhoods by improving aesthetic value and highlighting natural features in the best possible way.”
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Ron Price left his job as a quality control manager to pursue his dream. Photo Mike Baker
Something’s Brewing in Smyrna Leaving the corporate world behind, Ron Price will soon market his special brand of beer under the Warlock label
By Allan McKinley
on Price walked slowly down the hall to meet with his manager, a typed and signed resignation letter firmly in hand. The moment had been years in the making; still, he couldn’t contain his anxiety. He walked in, sat down and handed over the resignation, ending 16 years on the job. His boss was stunned. “I’m going to open a brewery,” Price said. That was in August. Recently, looking back on the finality of his decision that day, he says, “Oh, boy. That was scary.” Even though Price, 49, was finally acting on a longtime dream—leaving the corporate grind to open a brewery—his resignation as a quality control manager of a lab equipment manufacturer was not without some uneasiness.
At the time, he remembers thinking: “Once I hand this letter in, it’s over. There’s no turning back at that point.” “That’s the kind of anxiety I had,” he says. “But once I walked out of there, the weight just lifted off of me.” From that moment on, he set his sights full-time to bringing Warlock Brewing Co. from wild dream to reality. Now, having cleared several legal and procedural hurdles, Price aims to open the doors to his Smyrna brewery in March. He recently emerged successfully from a long round of licensing and permit applications with the town of Smyrna. Although he received mostly positive support from the local government and surrounding communities, he did face some resistance. ► JANUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“It almost didn’t happen in Smyrna,” Price says. “We almost went to Middletown.” SOMETHING'S BREWING He identified an available building in the Smyrna Business IN SMYRNA Park, a location that some local lawmakers were not initially on continued from previous page board with. The location would provide ample space for him to set up both a production operation and a tasting room. But a few town councilmen felt the park wasn’t the ideal location for a brewery, and initially voted down an ordinance amendment to allow breweries at that location. But ultimately, the town’s decision-makers realized that a brewery could be a boon to the local economy. Eventually Price’s permits and licenses were granted, and he broke ground on the site in August. “I’ve always wanted to do this in Smyrna,” Price says. An 11-year resident of the town, he believes Smyrna to be a new hotbed for the brewing arts. It’s also home to the recently established Painted Stave distillery. Price says Warlock will feature an assortment of “hoppy American ales,” Belgian specialties, German ales and lagers, and seasonal offerings throughout the year. Don’t be surprised to see an occasional sweet potato beer or pumpkin ale, depending on the season. “I‘m very open-minded,” he says. “There’s nothing I won’t brew.” Price has assembled a small team of investors to help finance the brewery. However, he maintains majority ownership and will oversee all brewery operations. Most of Warlock’s initial recipes will come from Price’s vast trove of award-winning homebrew recipes, and will come from two separate production systems. A 1.5-barrel pilot system will fill the tasting room pipeline, and also give Price a low-stakes way to test new beers and keep the hardcore fans engaged. The bulk of the beer, however, will be produced in a 15-barrel brewhouse that will pump out several yet-to-be-determined flagship beers. Warlock will install and operate a bottling system as well, with the intent to distribute several brands locally. With the help of two assistant brewers and a taproom manager, Price is shooting for 500 to 700 barrels in the first year of production. While he has yet to brew his first commercial beer, he’s certainly no rookie on the brewing scene. He brewed his first beer —a John Bull English Bitter extract kit—in 1992, when the craft beer movement was still in its infancy. The beer was good enough that Price became hooked, and jumped into the hobby with full force. He has since been active with several area homebrewing clubs, and is currently a Governing Committee member for the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). In 2010, he took home the silver medal in the AHA’s National Homebrew Competition for an English Bitter. He also has honed his chops through formal education from the Seibel Institute of Technology in Chicago, cicerone training, and certification through the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). “Some people might call it an obsession, or an eccentricity,” Price says, then admits, “I am obsessed with making beer.” Most homebrewers inevitably entertain the possibility of going pro. Price was typical: he had long dreamed of serving his brews on a commercial level well before he left corporate America. For years, he regularly hosted friends and family for beer and wine tastings, and always received the same reaction. “I would just brew and brew and brew,” he says. “And people would always say, ‘wow, Ron, this is amazing. You should start a brewery.” While the idea simmered for several years, it wasn’t until August 7, 2012, that it reached a critical mass. On that morning, Price woke up and decided to take his craft to the next level. “I had an epiphany that I was going to become a professional brewer,” he says. “It was like a switch, literally. It happened that day.” That night, he set about quietly planning his brewery-to-be. He bought software specifically for developing business plans, and spent the next two years developing the business plan for what would eventually become Warlock Brewing Company. He felt that “Warlock” would be an easy name to remember and that it would stay “top of mind” for new customers. He worked on everything from the brewery logo and branding to the website and requisite licenses and permits. “I kept it very, very quiet,” he says. The business planning alone cost him nearly $20,000. “I’ve sold nearly everything I own” to develop the business, he says. A longtime blues bassist and performing musician, he says he sold off a prized collection of instruments to help finance development of his business plan. Now that the plan is complete—and his transition into pro brewer underway —Price reflects on his final days as a full-time corporate employee. “They never bothered to offer me the chance to come back to work there,” he says, “because they know I’m not coming back.”
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BRANDYWINE VALLEY WINE TRAIL EVENTS Spend an afternoon with friends or family playing wine snob and sampling wines, with rolling hills or rustic barns as a backdrop. Brandywine Valley Wine Trail wineries know how to plan laidback, frolicsome events. February is Wine & Chocolate Month at select wineries on weekends, which features wine and chocolate tastings. Barrels on the Brandywine, each weekend in March, includes tasting options of the new, developing vintage.
North Coast Brewing Co.’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout has been the go-to winter stout in our house this year. It’s loaded with coffee and chocolate flavors and packs a bit of a punch at 9 percent abv. I’ve had a hard time finding anything in this style that comes close to topping it. — Marie Poot, Director of Digital Media
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SESSION BEERS FOR THE SUPER BOWL
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et’s face it, hosting a Super Bowl party can take a lot of work. Like the victories of any championship team, a good party requires preparation, dedication and attentiveness. When it’s all said and done, you want your guests to feel like you did more than simply throw things together during a haphazard two-minute drill. Furthermore, just as football demands solid play on both sides of the ball, the best Super Bowl parties feature an all-star lineup of both food and beverages. This month’s O&A certainly offers plenty of options for football-friendly munchies; likewise, if you are looking for a solid game plan for beverages, you’re on the right page. You definitely will want to keep deep reserves of light beer on hand, but in this craft-centered era, something with a little more oomph is also expected—just so it’s not too filling. So, as we did last year, we asked area experts what type of session beers they would serve at their Super Bowl parties. Here’s the lineup they suggested:
FOUNDERS ALL DAY IPA “From Grand Rapids, Mich., the Founders Brewing Company has put together a winning team of brews. A little research of the company’s history reveals a winning tradition: This brewery makes many highly-rated beers. What’s especially nice about the All Day IPA is that you get all the All-Pro character of a fine, well-balanced craft beer at an ABV (4.7 percent) that is less than most mass-produced domestics. Want a Super Bowl beer that will score points at your party? This one’s a winner.” —Brian Muchler, Brewers’ Outlet LAGUNITAS DAYTIME “Sometimes you want a beer, yet you realize how much you need to do before you sit down and call it a day. This is it. Nicely dosed with big, round hop flavors and a toasty malt foundation to satisfy your every need. But it still lets you stay in the game to do what needs to be done. One of the best session IPAs around.” —Jeff Kreston, Kreston Wine & Spirits NORTH COAST SCRIMSHAW PILSNER “Here’s the perfect session beer for watching the big game. This European-style pilsner is fresh and light, with a subtle hop character. Very clean with a dry finish. At only 4.5 percent, it lets you enjoy a few without getting burned.” —Ed Mulvihill, Peco’s Liquors
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TUNED IN Not-to-be missed music news SAN FERMIN SET FOR ARDEN Indie rock band has toured the world
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San Fermin is the stage name of Brooklyn indie rocker, composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone and his eight-piece band. In December 2012, the band performed their first concert and got a record deal with Downtown Records. Their album, San Fermin, with a strong classical component, was released worldwide in the fall of 2013. Following rave reviews, the band started performing sold-out shows and festivals across the world and opening for artists like the National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, and The Head and the Heart. On Saturday, Jan. 31, they will perform at Arden Gild Hall. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $16 at the door. For more information visit ardenconcerts.com. A CAPELLA AT THE GRAND NBC’s The Sing-Off Live! Tour will stop in Wilmington The Sing-Off, NBC’s a cappella music competition, returns to the road this February for its second national The Sing-Off Live! Tour, arriving at The Grand on Saturday, Feb. 28. The tour will feature The Sing-Off fan favorite groups VoicePlay and Street Corner Symphony, plus one more group from this year’s two-hour Sing-Off television special. The groups will perform their a cappella versions of this year’s chart-topping hits as well as favorite arrangements from the TV show. Tickets are on sale now at theGrandWilmington.org, by phone 652-5577, and at the Grand box office.
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BIRTHDAY BASH FOR NEW SWEDEN Area mainstay turns 5
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Area band members New Sweden celebrate five years of playing together on Friday, Jan. 9, at The Queen. The band, which comprises William Dobies, Jimmy Dukenfield, Dan Weirauch, Zac Dukenfield and Chuck Knott, will perform and be joined by Levee Drivers and Scantron. New Sweden playing at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival. New Sweden, a fan favorite in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond, performed at 2014’s Firefly Music Festival. With their Americana folk style, combined with the intense melodies of indie rock, the band’s sound is distinct and raw. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. For more information visit queen.worldcafelive.com. VERSATILE MARGO REY COMING TO THE BABY GRAND Genre-spanning artist will play Jan. 18 Singer-songwriter Margo Rey is an artist who has been on musical theatre, jazz, dance and pop charts. Rey calls her style “Organica,” an eccentric mix of pop music rooted in jazz with profound ethno-rhythmic grooves, textural guitars, keys and lush vocals. Rey will be at the baby grand on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $21. For more information visit margorey.com. A ROWDY GOOD TIME Apache Trails to perform at Home Grown Café Apache Trails is a Wilmington-based band whose performances embody a rowdy, unbridled and altogether good time. See the blues-Americana band at Home Grown Café on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10 p.m. TWO COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVALS COMING Major headliners set for this summer On the heels of Firefly 2015 (June 1821), two inaugural country music festivals have been announced, both featuring top country music artists. From June 26-28, the Big Barrel Country Music Festival in The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway (where Firefly is held), will feature Blake Sheldon, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Delaware Junction, Aug. 14-16, will be held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington and feature Jason Aldean, Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line.
UPSTAIRS IN JANUARY All shows at 8pm unless otherwise noted. Fri 2 - Pure Jerry Sat 3 - Wicked Wayz with Meltdown and Loveshuffle (8:30pm) Wed 7 - 4W5 Blues Jam Thurs 8 - E. Shawn Qaissanee and Sharon Sable (5:30pm) Fri 9 - Code Blue (Free Show!) Sat 10 - Smash Palace w/ Cliff Hillis Wed 14 - Open Mic Night (6:30 signups, 7pm start) Thurs 15 - The Cocks Fri 16 - Souldified Presents: Soul Amazin’ A Tribute to Luther Vandross Sat 17 - Paul Lewis with Special Guests Wed 21 - Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting (6pm) Fri 23 - Michael Finazzo. Comedian. Movie Maker. Good Person. Sat 24 - Bobby Long (8:30pm) Wed 28 - The Sermon! (7pm) Thurs 29 - Barnaby Bright and Caleb Hawley Fri 30 - Vinyl Shockley and Billy Penn Burger Band
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STRAND OF OAKS - HEAL
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Sure to be near the top of my Best Music of 2014 is the Strand of Oaks: Heal release. Think Shoot Out The Lights (album by rock duo Richard and Linda Thompson) performed inside a tsunami. In an era of songs and singles, Oaks front man Timothy Showalter has written a truly cohesive album, something incredibly raw and honest, but also melodic and profound. Every emotion is explored, personal histories are laid bare, and experiencing the howling, soaring expressions from Showalter is nothing short of cathartic. — Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer/Writer
This new indy label from Philly puts out delicious house music tracks almost weekly. Some of their artists include Wattie Green, Corduroy Mavericks and the Dirty Disco Stars. I’m hearing their cuts and remixes regularly in clubs. Buy their Best of 2014 compilation on Traxsource or listen on Soundcloud.com/embymusic. — JulieAnne S. Cross, Founder, Delaware Burger Battle
THE LONE BELLOW - THEN CAME THE MORNING After their eponymous debut album made believers out of altcountry and folk rock fans, The Lone Bellow are back with their sophomore effort, Then Came the Morning. The triumvirate of Zach Williams, Kanene Doheney Pipkin and Brian Elmquist has already released two singles, the uplifting “The Lone Bellow,” filled with plenty of stringed orchestration, and “Fake Roses,” complete with melancholy slide guitar and echoed harmonizing from all three band members. The album is due to be released in full Jan. 27, and should be one of the winter’s best. — Rob Kalesse, Contributing Writer
TWELFTH NIGHT CHRISTMAS MUSIC
BETTY & THE BULLET AT BELLEFONTE CAFÉ
When considering the bands and acts that “fit” into music genres like Americana and bluegrass, Pink Floyd and Sly & The Family Stone are certainly not the first two to come to mind. But it’s exactly those kinds of surprises— folky riffs on “Wish You Were Here” or “Stand”—that make Betty & The Bullet shows all the more fun. The trio comprises wonderful vocals, lively guitar and upright bass as well as some of the finest fiddle playing you are likely to hear in the area. There’s a reason the band’s Sunday brunch performances at Bellefonte Café are typically packed. So get there early (noon) if you want a table. Shows are from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Although the Christmas holidays are now over, I celebrate the season musically until Jan. 5— Twelfth Night—in part because it takes that long to work through my ridiculously extensive and diverse Christmas music collection. Recent additions that I recommend include the vintage pop sounds of Pink Martini’s Joy to the World (highlight: “Ocho Kandelikas” sung in Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish dialect); On This Winter’s Night from Lady Antebellum (a twangy “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”); PTXmas from a capella sensation Pentatonix (“Carol of the Bells”); and Idina Menzel’s Holiday Wishes (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”). — Mark Fields, Contributing Writer and Movie Reviewer
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James Corden as the Baker and Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods. Photo Fair Hill, LLC.
WILL YOU BE INTO INTO THE WOODS? Well-executed movie musical requires a special audience By Mark Fields
he musical form succeeds well on the stage, where the audience comes to the piece with a prior agreement to buy into the artifice of people expressing their thoughts and feelings through song. But movies inherently provide a degree of realism that makes the conventions of musicals harder to pull off. The best musicals on film—e.g., The Wizard of Oz, Chicago— create an alternate reality that allows for characters who sing. So movie musicals, especially modern ones, are unusual beasts that require a specific type of audience. If you, as the audience, agree to the singing conceit, fine. If not, you may be in for a long and awkward two hours. Once past that hurdle, Into The Woods (based on the perennially favorite Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine) is a delightful and dark exploration of conventional fairy tales that have been given unconventional resolutions. The Woods in question is the common gathering point for some of our storybook favorites: Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, Rapunzel, the Baker and his wife, Cinderella, and Jack (of beanstalk fame). In Sondheim’s iteration, these tales coincide and eventually become comingled, but all of them echo a central theme of longing, even desperation. The intertwined stories of Into The Woods are given further resonance by the intricately complex and trenchant music of Sondheim. Long-celebrated master of both inventive meter and fanciful wordplay, Sondheim demands careful listening on the
part of the audience and adroit performance from those who would sing it. Thankfully, the all-star cast nearly all rise to the challenge. Meryl Streep as The Witch and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella have already established their ability as musical performers, albeit usually with easier material, at least on screen. Here again they are engaging in both their acting and singing. The biggest, and most delightful, surprise for me is Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife. Blunt has demonstrated her versatility as an actress from The Devil Wears Prada to Edge of Tomorrow. But here, she is wonderfully appealing with a sure, sweet voice that complements her acting skills. The rest of the cast, who also acquit themselves quite well, includes James Corden, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp, and in a much-welcome return to the screen, Tracey Ullman. As directed by Rob Marshall (Oscar-nominated for Chicago), the complicated plot moves along briskly, and the cinematography of Dion Beebe is rich yet foreboding. Dennis Gassner’s production design and Colleen Atwood’s costumes contribute to an atmosphere that neatly rides the line between fairy tale and reality. Into The Woods will not appeal to all viewers. Its highly theatrical nature will strike some as over the top (as in the song “Agony”). But for Sondheim devotees—really for all musical fans—it is greatly satisfying to see a grand work of the stage translated so effectively to the screen. That’s a resolution that can make everyone happy…ever after. JANUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The Imitation Game portrays the complex genius who helped win World War II By Paula Goulden English actor Benedict Cumberbatch continues to carve a niche playing characters who are brilliant but unable to navigate everyday human interaction—some real (WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2013’s The Fifth Estate) and others fictional (the 21st century Sherlock Holmes in the recurring PBS mini-series). This is a risky career path, and the fact that Cumberbatch pulls it off so well is a testament to his skill. In The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch portrays Alan Turing, inventor of the computer (known in the 1950s as a “Turing machine”) and leader of a British team that deciphered Enigma, the supposedly unbreakable code used by the Nazis to send messages during World War II. The success of Turing’s team of expert cryptographers, who used the crude prototype computing machine he developed for this purpose, was a major factor in the Allies’ victory. Directed by Morten Tyldum (Fallen Angels, Headhunters), the movie flashes back to Turing’s boarding school days, exploring how his interest in cryptography developed, linking it to his deep unpopularity and his growing love for the only boy who offers friendship rather than cruelty. It becomes clear that for Turing, commonplace communication among people is a foreign language that he must decode. After his only friend, Christopher, dies of tuberculosis, Turing’s love for him becomes a secret which, the movie speculates, drives Turing for the rest of his life, even leading him to name his computer after his lost love. The Imitation Game deftly illuminates how Turing thinks via several scenes that depict his social incomprehension—scenes that are humorous without making fun of him. Among them is a marvelous exposition of flirting by a member of the team, Hugh Alexander, played with both ironic distance and passion by Matthew Goode (Leap Year and TV’s The Good Wife). With a Golden Globe-nominated screenplay by Graham Moore (based on Andrew Hodges’ biography of Turing), the movie goes beyond the cliché of the misunderstood genius. While that was clearly Turing’s situation, Imitation also reveals how his abrasiveness turns off most people, including other members of his team and their military commander, played by Charles Dance. We see that Turing felt things deeply, as the film explores his relationship with Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), the only female member of the Enigmacracking team. Turing was briefly engaged to her before breaking it off when he realized he couldn’t live as a straight man. The film’s pacing is a bit disconcerting at first, as it skips from the Enigma code-breaking story back to Turing’s school days and forward to the 1950s, when he was prosecuted for his homosexual liaisons—illegal in Britain at that time. Otherwise, The Imitation Game is an engaging movie that makes a biopic feel like a thriller. JANUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Have you overlooked these gems? By Mark Fields
With the Hollywood publicity machine focusing on blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games, it’s easy for other excellent movies to slip by. Please check out these less-known critical successes from the past year.
Birdman (Still in theaters) An aging actor pigeonholed by his success as a cinematic superhero attempts to revive his life and career with a Broadway production in which he stars and also directs. The parallels to the life of star Michael Keaton give further resonance to a wrenching story of artists and their (winged) demons. Keaton is joined by an incredible cast, including Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Zach Galifinakis. Tautly directed in dizzyingly long takes by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (Babel).
A Most Wanted Man Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his last leading roles, mesmerizes as Gunther Bachmann, an old-school spy working in Hamburg, Germany. This deliberate, cerebral and timely film is edge-of-your-seat thrilling as it follows Bachmann in his efforts to stay ahead of the terroristic threats facing modern Europe. Directed by Anton Corbijn and co-starring Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams and Daniel Bruhl.
Obvious Child SNL vet Jenny Slate capitalizes on her goofy, self-deprecating charm as a graphically-confessional stand-up comic who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Sadly, this film got labeled as an abortion comedy, diminishing its appeal as a wickedly funny and thoughtful exploration of relationships and difficult personal decisions.
Snowpiercer Director Joon-ho Bong manages to create an original take on dystopian future society in this sci-fi thriller starring Chris Evans, Ed Harris and Tilda Swinton. After a failed experiment wipes out most of humankind, the arguably lucky few are left to travel the desolate planet on an extravagant and massive train. Despite the compelling challenges and their proximity, the passengers still replicate a painfully familiar class system as they fight for survival.
Edge of Tomorrow Another dystopian sci-fi saga came and went quickly last summer, and although it stars one of my least favorite actors (say it together…Tom Cruise), it is nevertheless a breathtaking adventure. In a synthesis of alien invasion tale and same-day-repeating conceit—call it Groundhog Independence Day—a reluctant soldier must continue to relive his death day after day until he can learn the secret to defeat the space bugs. Emily Blunt steals the film as one kick-ass alien fighter.
Jodorowsky’s Dune In the mid-1970s, cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to make a film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sprawling sci-fi book series Dune. The effort was an unmitigated failure, but the fevered imagination of Jodorowsky sparked a fascinating set of ideas and images that inspired many later movies that actually got made. A fascinating documentary exploring the creative process and one man’s decades-long obsession.
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