10 Reasons To Visit Newark As A Post-Grad

Hometown of the Blue Hens, Newark may be thought of as a college town, but it’s so much more than that. With co-ops, art classes, escape rooms, and a brand new brewery, there’s plenty to do after graduation is long behind you. Whether if it’s been a few years since you’ve been back or you live the next town over, it’s time to schedule another visit and see what fun things Newark has to offer!

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Check out the art scene. Sign up for a class or take in one of the many upcoming exhibits through Newark Arts Alliance. Young at Art is the current exhibit (until March 24) featuring artists ranging in age from 5-18. Paint, sip, repeat at Painting with a Twist. Offering complimentary beverages of the caffeinated, alcoholic, or refreshing variety while you learn to paint beautiful and unique images from experienced artists. Great for girl’s night, birthday parties, or just an excuse to paint with your friends! Take in the national movie scene with Main Street Movies, where you can reserve your seats ahead of time or book a party with your friends and family. Plus, every Tuesday is Bargain Tuesday and all tickets are $6!

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Feeling thirsty? The newest brewery in town, Midnight Oil Brewing Company, made its debut on Super Bowl Sunday featuring their own craft beers, some here for good (like Insomnia Stout and Hop Envy IPA) and some just for the season (hello Luna and Heathen Holiday Ale!), so get them while they’re in! Many of the bars in town have their very own Trivia Night, so head to Deer Park Tavern on Mondays and Mad-Macs on Thursdays to test your random fact knowledge!

If adventure is your middle name, sign up for Axxiom Escape Rooms where you’ll be locked in a room, given clues, and made to work together with your group to escape within an hour! Room themes include Sherlock Holmes, Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasures, and more! Take advantage of National Trails Day on June 2 and choose one of the many awesome hikes in the area, like Mason Dixon Trail, Chestnut Hill Trail, and J.F. Hall Trail!

If you’re looking to get to know the area better, join Newark Parks & Rec for their 50th anniversary and 50 Days of Fun! With events happening each month like planting a tree on Arbor Day (April 27) or stargazing at the Newark Reservoir (July 20) or a summertime evening swim (Aug 10), you’re bound to stay active this year. Continue supporting the community by shopping local at Newark Natural Foods Co-Op Farmers Market. Buying directly from local agriculturalists help keep the small-town feel of Newark while supporting farming families and raising awareness for environmental issues. It’s a win-win!

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You’ll need something to eat after all that activity! Caffé Gelato, a Newark Main Street staple, features Italian-inspired cuisine, 1,500 bottles of wine, and a sophisticated atmosphere, not to mention its namesake: made-in-house (and exquisite) gelato. Their warm and friendly ambiance is seconded only to their delicious dishes. Offering specials like Lobster and Goat Cheese Ravioli and favorites such as House-Crafted Cheese Tortellini, there are also plenty of specials throughout the week: 1/2 price pasta on Sundays, 1/2 price bottles of vino on Tuesdays, and $6 paninis on Thursdays! Plus, if you wear your UD apparel on Sundays, you get 50% off brunch. Yes, we’ll have another glass of your Italian Prosecco! Grazie!

If you’re looking for something unique to try, check out some of Caffé Gelato’s upcoming events, such as Pasta Making and Chianti on March 15, Kentucky Bourbon Dinner on April 26, or bring your children for Kid’s Cooking Class on June 9! Stay tuned for PAWS on the Porch, where you can celebrate and support Paws for People during Spring Happy Hours! Paws for People (Pet-assisted Visitation Volunteer Services- PAWS), is a non-profit organization offering healing pet therapy to elders and children, alike, providing them with loving, gentle affection from their well-trained and compassionate furry friends.

Newark is an exciting little town, bustling with things to do for people of all ages. Whether you grew up here, only stayed four years, or are considering moving to the area, Newark is a great corner of the world. Filled with small-town vibes, a great sense of community, and an endless amount of places to explore, Newark is so much more than a college town.


Local Chef and Artist Hold A Pop-up Art Infused Seven Course Tasting

Local marketing manager Rachel Starrett gives us the inside scoop on last month’s pop-up art dinner.

Fresh off his two-week staging experience at world famous Chicago-based restaurant Alinea, local chef Alex Neaton collaborated with local artist Rick Hidalgo to present an original pop-up chef tasting featuring seven courses and corresponding to the dishes, seven works of art. Neaton, of the upscale 1906 at Longwood Gardens, wrote the menu before his experience at Alinea and fleshed it out after, knowing he would be inspired with the details while at the three-star Michelin restaurant. The tasting was presented in Hockessin at Hidalgo’s recently opened RH Gallery & Studios last Friday and Saturday to twenty guests per night and sold out in a week.

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The pop-up required the conversion of Hidalgo’s personal studio space into a kitchen for the evenings (not an easy feat) and the gallery was turned into a dining room, with two 10-top tables beside the artwork, which the guests took in before taking their seats. To render his art, Hidalgo was given only the colors included in the dish and the main ingredient.

The tasting kicked off with an amuse bouche dedicated to Neaton’s father who had recently passed. The dish was plated uniquely, an elegant swirl of ricotta was centered on an otherwise bare white plate and the meatball sat to the side in a shot glass. Heather Buckman of Wilmington, an attendee on Saturday night said, “It was a touching and intimate moment when the chef came out to explain the loss of his father and that his meatballs were his favorite. You don’t get that kind of intimate dining experience and a connection with the person preparing the food you’re about to eat in a restaurant.”

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The courses that followed were a mash up of the best of what Neaton has learned from his mentors along the way: the first, a lemon, tarragon and butter poached lobster tail accompanied by a frisee salad and buddhapalm, sauvignon blanc gold-flecked gel cubes and topped with a tarragon and lemon puree. The second, Neaton’s wild card and to his surprise the crowd favorite, was an orange velvet carrot ginger soup adorned with a single roasted purple carrot and finished with a yellow carrot puree, smoked walnuts, a punchy red chili oil and garnished with micro carrot tops. A butternut squash caramelli came third, in beautiful thrown clay bowls by local artist Tim Austin. The dish was a nod to Neaton’s first mentor Chef Mike O’Hare, owner of Gennaro’s in Aston, PA, and was topped with a piece of butternut squash ‘paper’ he created with a slow dehydration process.

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Fourth was a filet paired with a port cherry cream sauce, celery root puree, a bruleed leek, shallots and a black garlic and cherry puree. A pan seared duck breast came fifth atop a truffle scented soubise sauce, local trumpet mushrooms, a roasted chipollini onion, port wine foam and a crisp parsnip. A single spoon of pineapple and aloe was served as a palette cleanser, and then came dessert. A goat cheese cheesecake with an ‘everything bagel’ crust paired with a gooseberry jam and the finale: Neaton’s take on a KitKat bar — a triple stacked bar of chocolate mousse, chocolate ganashe and a chocolate feuilletine blend, adorned with a white chocolate disk and paired with orange butter sauce. The guests enjoyed seeing Hidalgo’s interpretation of each dish as the courses were served. Seven 7×7 squares hung opposite the guests and showcased Hidalgo’s artistic interpretation of each dish. Each piece was mixed media with resin and acrylic on wood panel. Eric Starrett of Chadds Ford, also a Saturday attendee said, “Sitting at a dining table in the middle of an art gallery, surrounded by white walls, bright light and art and being served incredibly creative food while enjoying an artist’s interpretation of a culinary dish was so engaging and thought provoking. And the food blew me away.”

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Neaton and Hidalgo, both self-taught, created the event as a celebration of their decade long friendship and to honor how far they’ve have come in their respective crafts. Neaton, having come from a troubled past, started out as a dishwasher more than a decade ago and worked his way up, attributing his love of cooking with getting his life back on track. Hidalgo opened RH Gallery in the summer of 2017, and his work has been featured at The Delaware Contemporary, Chris White Gallery, and The Moving Parts Collective at The Mill Space among others. RH Gallery & Studios, a stone’s throw away from the upscale New American restaurant and Hockessin gem The House of William and Merry, hosts monthly art exhibits featuring local artists.

Neaton was incredibly grateful to his Longwood family for their support of the event. Chefs William Brown and Matthew Anderson, respectively, both of Longwood, were especially supportive, helping in the kitchen and attending the event. Also, among the guests were Kenneth Warner of Longwood, Brian Kimble of Winterthur, and Mexican eatery El Diablo co-owner Roger Andrews. Photographer David Heitur of Wilmington photographed the event.

For more information or if you would like to get on the list for tickets to the next pop-up email: artdinnerpopup@gmail.com


February Mood Board

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Hello, Julie here! I’m Social Stylate’s Graphic Designer. Check out what’s inspiring us in February 2018 with our mood board!

The bleakness of winter was in full swing in January of 2018; short, frigid, dry, gray days. Now that February is here, we’re ready to be warmed up with some inspiration! The first buds of spring are just around the corner! Soon it will be above 65 degrees! We can practically feel the sun on our (well cared for) skin! We’ve got just a little ways to go, so in the meantime we are warming up with some Valentine’s goodies: buff pink flowers, romantic gelato jaunts, a tart red lip. Our February mood board features fashion highlights, tasty treats, and a little hint of warmth in anticipation for spring.

Nothing says “new” like New York Fashion Week! This year our fashion muses and gurus gave us futuristic street styles (two words: moon boots), romantic ruching, unconventional fabrics, fringe, feathers … and fanny packs! We’re ready to bust out of our winter coat cocoons and try some new looks! Now, prior to cocoon-busting activities, our skin needs a little love. Kindred Skincare Co. is here to rescue our dry, chapped, winter-beaten skin with their line of natural, oil based skincare. We’re madly in love with their new products: La Femme Body Oil and Bâton Rosé; they are quick-absorbing and gentle. We’re all the more eager to show off our sumptuously moisturized skin! For a pop of color, we rely on the girls at Houppette to keep us looking oh-so-chic and this month they have us all hooked on Bare Minerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipstick. (Our favorite shades are OMG, Shameless and Luxe!)

Wintertime inspires us to cozy up in our comfiest loungewear, wrapped up in our fuzziest blanket. We love a good night (or day… or week) in. But when a Valentine’s date or an outing with friends comes up, we’re bundling up and heading out! Cabin Fever is real! We’ve been loving Caffe Gelato in Newark for its cozy atmosphere and Italian fare — and the artisan gelato, of course! Our February mood is thawing out as we get ready for spring. We’re finding joy in indulging in some self-care, discovering fashion inspiration in our own closets, and stepping out for some tasty new experiences as we anticipate the season to come.


Chatting With: Kathy Warden of TableArt & KPW Productions

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Our client, Kathy Warden of TableArt and KPW Productions, does more than plan weddings, she designs events that awaken all of the senses. Here we chat with Kathy about starting her business, the difference between event planning and event design, and tips for couples in the planning process.

1. When and how did you realize you wanted to start planning and designing events?
After five years in the catering business and running a kitchen, I realized that my passion lied in making the event look beautiful and creating a wonderful guest experience; i.e. coordinating all the details of a wedding. Food is one piece of the puzzle; music, flowers, lighting are also important elements of event design and coordination. I love flowers and creating beautiful spaces and memorable moments.

2. What do you enjoy most about being a planner?
I love getting to know our couples personal style, taste and vision for their wedding and putting together a team of vendors that will be the best to produce an unforgettable experience for their family and friends. I love the coordination between the design and the overall orchestration of a wedding.

3. You have a sister company, KPW Productions. What is the difference between the two?
KPW Productions was launched as a planning company. We focus on planning all the details of your wedding from venue and vendor selection, overall management of the wedding planning process setting forth deadlines for decision making, budget management, as well as scripting the wedding day weekend and management during the weekend. TableArt is the design company that focuses on creativity and innovation to celebrate our clients personal style and taste. TableArt designs beautiful weddings with exquisite flower arrangements and lighting design.

4. What sets TableArt/KPW Productions apart from ​other planning companies?
Many planners hire a decorator to design and execute their client’s weddings and there are many wedding designers/florists that do not provide wedding planning services.

KPW Productions and TableArt work together to orchestrate all the minute details of wedding planning and design: securing vendors, coordinating meetings and deadlines, and creating a master script for the wedding weekend, plus we focus on the design of the event: selecting linens, flowers, ceremony design and bridal party flowers. Many clients actually have a hard time understanding the difference between design and planning. It is similar to the difference between an architect, builder and interior designer. We are all of those things under one roof for weddings.

5. What is one piece of advice you have for couples in the wedding planning process?
From the beginning, define your priorities; this will help you in the decision making process when you start to interview vendors and have to make big decisions that will affect your budget. What is most important to you: venue, band, flowers, photography, fashion or food?

6. What’s the most important factor a couple needs to consider when planning a destination wedding?
I think there are three: guest list, travel logistics and price.

7. How do you recommend a couple personalize a space?​
This largely depends on the couples event budget. The combination of linens and flowers can add personality and style to a blank space.

8. What wedding trends never go out of style?
Simply beautiful, natural, and elegant..classic elegance will never die.

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