At Dégagé Express, Head Chef Joseph Jacobsen uses techniques learned beside Jacques Pépin and Bobby Flay to transform locally sourced meats and produce—most cultivated within 30 miles of the restaurant—into elegant sandwiches and desserts. These ingredients fill the menu, composing seasonal dishes such as the Missy's Fix sandwich, made with housemade corned beef, apple slaw, thousand-island dressing, and local sauerkraut. Sous Chef Skyler Stanton, meanwhile, cooks soups such as the Train Wreck Chili. A testament to the culinary staff's creativity, croutons flavored with bacon fat and cheese top the restaurant's caesar salad, and housemade hot chocolate and locally baked pies from Schmucker's lend a sweet note, like a banker who underwrites loans with chocolate coins.
Dégagé Express calls the historic Commercial Building home. It is rumored that none other than Abraham Lincoln stayed at the building when it doubled as an inn way back in the early 19th century. Today, Dégagé uses the winsome building to host another cornerstone of the American experience: live jazz music.
The Wolcott House Museum Complex guided tours whisk 21st century whippersnappers back to the 1800s to discover Maumee Valley pioneer life. The complex consists of seven historical buildings anchored around the Wolcott House, home of local businessman James Wolcott. Outside the Gilbert-Flanigan house, lessons about early farm life and architecture slip endlessly off the sloping roof of this “Ohio saltbox” style home. The Monclova Country Church, built at the turn of the century, was once filled with the sermons of Milton Wright, the father of Orville and Wilbur of flying fame. The Clover Leaf Depot served the Toledo and Grand Rapids Railroad and includes a telegraph room that connected residents to the rest of the world before Alexander Graham Bell invented the steam-powered Internet. Get schooled inside a pre–Civil War schoolhouse that is still complete with a period teacher’s desk, chalkboard, and some metal-ruler snap bracelets.
The quadruplet of photographers behind the lens at Considering Lilies Photography includes the well-traveled Kim Koluch, her daughter-in-law, Jamie, and her son-in-law, Aaron. The strong family bonds that bind these shutterbugs are evident in their choice of photographic subjects: couples in love. The quadruplet travels to weddings—some held across the world—to capture everything from the groom awaiting the ceremony to the first dance to the bride throwing her cake. The photographers' clientele include families and children whose life moment's they have been capturing since their parent's engagement. As the senior photographer, Kim uses her romantic, creative, and unobtrusive style to ensure she captures every memorable detail and emotion that tell the personal story of each couple's big day.
Adapted from the popular animated film, Madagascar Live! brings to life the furry adventures of the familiar cast of on-the-lam zoo animals as they journey back to the African isle of Madagascar. The toe-tapping theatrics follow these well-organized and upwardly mobile critters as they break out of New York's Central Park Zoo and return to their ancestral homeland. The frenetic fusion of music and dance celebrates friendship with original songs, imaginative sets, and vivid costumes, and it will leave audience members clamoring to stage their own inspired midmorning escapes from the carpool lane. Sit back and take in the touring show's visual tapestry of music and movement amid the dramaturgical surroundings of the Stranahan Theater's 2,424-seat space.
The culinary staff at Super Suppers strives to breathe life back into the American tradition of sitting down to a home-cooked meal. The handcrafted take ‘n’ bake items, which include entrees, sides, appetizers, and desserts, conveniently last in freezers for up to three months or until evicted to make room for hibernating snowmen. Ready-to-heat basil pork chops with caesar penne or bacon-wrapped chicken breasts with cream cheese save time on prep, and a variety of gluten-free, dairy-free, and heart-healthy items offer tasty meals that meet all sorts of dietary restrictions. Instructors also supply ingredients, gear, and know-how during Kids in the Kitchen and Taste of Super Suppers classes that teach participants how to create simple and tasty meals at home.
It’s tempting to spoil your appetite at Le Petit Gourmet, where cinnamon and chocolate croissants, slices of carrot cake and cheesecake, and almond-palmier cookies are arrayed in a glass bakery case. Thankfully, nearby coolers also cradle hams, smoked turkey, and cheese bound for club sandwiches and reubens, served either cold or grilled until crisp. Cooks slip through the dining room, carrying boxed lunches, sandwich trays, and tacos, allowing patrons to cater parties or feed the lumberjack that perches on their sill each morning.