“There’s something for everybody here and if there isn’t, we’ll make it.”
With Lisa Little's approach to DIY art, as she tells Middletown Journal, no one gets left out at one of her pottery-painting parties. Visitors to The Splattered Platter are treated to Lisa's diverse ceramic collection, which includes more than 500 decorative and functional pieces—including bowls, plates, and figurines—with each matte-white porcelain surface awaiting decoration.
The decorating tools are all-inclusive as well. Crayons accommodate younger hands, and paintbrushes on canvases suit the finer motor skills of older artists. These seasoned crafters can also drop in for Lisa's in-depth project classes, which tackle trickier subjects, such as topping a wrought-iron table in mosaic or knitting leg warmers for a millipede.
J. Gumbo's summons the spices and flavors of Cajun cooking, dishing out chili and po' boys inspired by Louisiana classics. Start with the crawfish-cheese dip, a crawfish étouffée topped with cheddar cheese and served with tortilla chips ($5.50) or sink spoons into gumbo, a slow-cooked roux-based soup tweaked with onions, bell peppers, chicken, and andouille sausage ($6.50). Like a wizard with a wand made of taffy, the Voodoo chicken ($6.50) casts a spell on taste buds, highlighting slow-cooked poultry drizzled with spicy Cajun tomato sauce and vegetarians can make a meat-free meal of the white chili—white beans mingled with stewed tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and dill ($6.50). The classic po' boy sandwiches weigh down the plate like a freight truck on a bicycle kickstand and include the Jean Lafitte po' boy, an open-faced french bread nestled beneath Bumblebee stew, Voodoo chicken, cheese, jalapeños, and sour cream ($6.50).
With more than 15 locations nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes. These talented brush wielders guide students of all abilities through a landscape, portrait, or abstract artwork via step-by-step instructions. Though each Wine and Canvas location is home to an art studio, the classes are taught in students’ living rooms or at local hot spots—many of which mix up tasty drink specials during classes. Instructors provide their artists-in-training with all the supplies they need to create eye-catching masterpieces, from paints and canvases to Ouija boards with a direct line to van Gogh. Though adult painting classes are Wine and Canvas’s bread and butter, they also help little ones unleash their creativity and satisfy their sweet tooth with Cookies and Canvas classes.