Archive for August, 2015

The Play Is the Thing

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Wilmington hosts more high quality cinema and theater than just about any other similarly sized city. We are truly blessed when it comes to the arts and this is one of many reasons more and more people are visiting here and settling here.

Cinematique at historic Thalian Hall shows movies during the week that you just won’t see in regular theatres. During the next couple months, they will be presenting Cartel Land, Mr. Holmes and Phoenix. Mr. Holmes, a tale of a much older Sherlock Holmes teaming up with a young boy to solve a crime looks particularly fascinating to me.

The other major cinematic event here is Cucalorus, a 4-day international and internationally-known film festival at venues all around Wilmington in November. This unique festival brings directors and their movies from all over the world right into the theater with you.

We have more theater companies that call Wilmington home than we have a right to but nobody is complaining! Would you like to attend a cutting edge play in a pub? Then Browncoat Theater is for you. Currently playing there is She Kills Monsters. At the other end of the venue spectrum is Thalian Hall, an absolutely gorgeous 1850s theater that was totally renovated a few years ago. Several local companies perform there and their upcoming offerings include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Addams Family.

We have an intimate theater on Castle Street called Cape Fear Playhouse, home of Big Dawg Productions. Showing now and for the next few weeks is Dead Man’s Cell Phone. City Stage is another wonderful theatrical setting on the fifth floor of the old Masonic Temple building on Front Street. They will soon be rolling out their annual frolic The Rocky Horror Picture Show (it’s a play, not the movie by the same name!) Last but not least, we now have a full-time dinner theater venue, TheatreNow, where the culinary offerings are tied to the theme of the play. JT and Joni and Jail is currently playing, to be followed by We Can Be Heroes and A Zombie, a Vampire and a Werewolf Walk into a Bar…

As always, find more detailed info on upcoming events on the Events Calendar on our web site.

North Carolina in a Bowl

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Being lucky enough to live in Wilmington, North Carolina brings all kinds of edible pleasures into your life and onto your breakfast table.  Local produce includes  strawberries, blackberries, peas, spinach, peaches and potatoes in the Spring and early Summer.  Tomatoes, eggplant, okra, zucchini, figs, blueberries, all kinds of melons and peppers thrive in mid-summer.  Fall and Winter gift us with collards, broccoli, kale, cabbage and second rounds of the Springtime treats.  Cheeses, freshly-milled grits and cornmeal, ham, bacon, sausage and beautiful, beautiful  local eggs grace our tables all year long.  Some of these treats we grow in our own garden and are so proud and excited to present to our guests.

Lately, we have been combining all these riches into a breakfast entree we’re calling “North Carolina in a Bowl”.  Into a greased one-cup ramekin, we start with a layer of cooked local grits, usually mixed with some pimento cheese.  Then the fun really starts!  Layers of bacon or sausage, whatever veggies are in season and some more cheese (can you ever have too much?) can get piled on.  If using sweet or regular potatoes, slice thinly and sauté a bit first.  Pour about 1 tablespoon of cream over everything.  Add whatever fresh herbs you love, rosemary is a fave around here.  Plop one beautiful raw egg on top.  I have recently become seriously addicted to fresh duck eggs.  Big, yellow, silky and oh, so flavorful, they can make me weep with joy!  Put in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes, depending on how hard you like your eggs.

So, get ye to your local farmer’s market.  Score some eggs, veggies, cheese and jam.  The next morning treat yourselves to this local, seasonal treat with fresh biscuits.  The perfect start to a wonderful day in North Carolina!