NYT bestselling author to talk ‘adulting’ at Wright State event

Published: Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

NYT bestselling author to talk ‘adulting’ at Wright State event

What does it mean to be an adult?

Kelly Williams Brown, an advertising copywriter who has become a best-selling author and a life coach for millennials, will talk about just that as she kicks off “Life After Wright State 2017,” a series of events to support graduating students as they transition to alumni.

>> MORE: 7 ways to ‘adult’ better, from Kelly Williams Brown

Brown will speak at Wright State on Wednesday, March 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Apollo Room. 

Brown’s New York Times best-seller, “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy (ish) Steps,” is designed to help 20-somethings navigate the slippery path to adulthood. 

“We’re really excited to be able to bring Kelly in and have her talk about what it really means to be a grown-up in what we believe to be a really fun and charismatic way,” said Nick Warrington, WSU Life After Wright State Facilitator.

Brown, who lives in Portland, Oregon, has spoken at universities across the country, at NASA and was invited to the White House to facilitate a conversation about student loans with President Obama. 

“I read her book ‘Adulting’ and it is hilarious,” said Assistant Director of Alumni Marketing & Communications Nicole Craw. “It’s funny things -- how to tackle a budget, how to do your taxes, why you should clean your kitchen, how to be a good roommate -- but in a funny way that is really engaging.” 

“No matter how old you get, you might never really be an adult. But this kind of helps you along the way,” Craw continued. 

Brown’s work has been featured on “The Today Show” and in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Esquire, The Boston Globe, Fast Company and many more. Her TEDx Talk, “I’m a Millennial, and I am a Monster,” was a TED.com editor’s pick of the week.  

The event at Wright State this Wednesday is free and open to the public. The office of Alumni Relations strongly encourages anyone to come and listen to Kelly discuss and shed some humorous light on what it means to “adult.”

“What it means to ‘become an adult’ is changing,” Warrington said. “Think: 20 or 30 years ago, being an adult meant you bought your own house, it meant you got married, bought your own car and had children. I would argue that that’s not the case anymore,” he said. “The younger generation is not doing things in the chronological order that our grandparents did. This book sheds light that it’s okay not to follow that norm and that nobody is really following that norm.” 

Doors to the Apollo Room in the Student Union open at 7 p.m. There will be a question and answer panel following Brown’s talk, as well as a book signing. Those interested in attending should note that parking will be free in Lot 4 and in the visitor’s lot in front of the Student Union.

Downtown Dayton restaurant offers all-you-can-eat crab special

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 11:35 AM

            Downtown Dayton restaurant offers all-you-can-eat crab special

Basil’s on Market’s downtown Dayton restaurant is offering a Fridays-during-Lent special that includes the five words that belong together in any language: All You Can Eat Crab.

The deal includes all-you-can-eat crab legs and side dishes for $30, and it’s good from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday before Easter — in other words, this Friday, March 24, and the three following Fridays, through April 14 — at the Dayton restaurant at 312 N. Patterson Blvd.

The downtown Dayton Basil’s opened last July on the ground floor of a retail and office building on North Patterson Boulevard at East Monument Avenue, overlooking the Great Miami River. It’s part of the Water Street mixed-use development along the river.

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The 4,800-square-foot restaurant seats 150 to 160 inside, and another 120 or so on a 2,200-square-foot patio overlooking the river and its fountains. Basil’s on Market also operates a restaurant-pub in Troy that opened in 2014.


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Where to get the best bites this food truck season

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 1:00 AM

Old Man Winter has been sent to the seasonal nursing home, which means it’s time for Dayton-area food trucks to tune up their engines and fire up their grills. Here’s a complete list of scheduled food truck events in the Miami Valley. 


Food Trucks at KMART!

Where: 4480 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek

When: 4-8 p.m.

Who: Greek Street Food TruckHunger Paynes Food TruckPA’s PorkThe Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton

About: The Wicked ‘Wich took second in our Best of Dayton 2016 readers poll. This event will be located across from The Greene and promises fresh and delicious food, rain or shine. 


Food Trucks at Home Depot Beavercreek

Where: 3775 Presidential Drive, Fairborn

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Who: McNasty’sPA’s PorkThe Drunken WaffleThai1OnMohawk Freestyle Grill Food TruckShantz Express

About: This event features Best of Dayton 2016 third-place winner, The Drunken Waffle.

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Laser Web Food Truck Rally

Where: 533 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Who: SmokingbeebeeqHunger Paynes Food TruckJust JerksZombie DogzGreek Street Food TruckLatinarepas Food TruckIce Cream Trolley

About: Plenty of fun things to do here, with a bounce house for kids, and miniature golf and laser tag games available for all ages. Best of Dayton 2016 food truck winner Zombie Dogz will be among the delicious options.


Brunch! A food truck rally

Where: Old Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Who: The Drunken WaffleEl MesonThe Wicked ‘Wich of DaytonSon of a BiscuitGreek Street Food TruckThe Shakery Juice Bar

About: This begins a monthly feature at Dayton’s Yellow Cab Building in the Oregon District. Boston Stoker will offer coffee with Lily’s Bistro frying up beignets. Bloody Mary’s and mimosas will also be available.

>> RELATED: Brunch food truck rallies will be held every month in Dayton


Food Trucks on Dorothy Lane

Where: 2000 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering

When: 11 a.m.-8-p.m.

Who: Hunger Paynes Food TruckPA’s PorkThe Wicked ‘Wich of DaytonCarvaso’sThe Drunken WaffleGreek Street Food TruckLatinarepas Food TruckUnderdogs MobileThai1OnGriff’s GrillMohawk Freestyle Grill Food Truck, Ice Cream Trolley

About: There are 12 trucks (and counting) to this massive rally in Kettering. A bounce house, music and tables and chairs will be provided. Drinks will be available from Archer’s Tavern on Dorothy Lane.

Dayton Barbecue Rodeo

Where: 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

When: 10 a.m-8 p.m.

Who: SmokinbeebeeqThe Beerded PigMind Your P’s & Q’s BBQTexas Beef and Cattle CompanyJolly Jack’s Catering & BBQSouthern Roots BBQS&S Meat HouseJim Dandy’s Family BBQDubtown SmokersBig Willie’s Smokehouse

About: Purveyors of pig are coming from as far as Cincinnati, Wilmington and Urbana to take part in this event guaranteed to send you to hog heaven.

>>RELATED: BBQ food truck rally coming to Dayton this spring


Food Truck Rally at Home Depot Centerville

Where: 5860 Wilmington Pike, Centerville

When: 11 a.m.-6-p.m.

Who: McNasty’sHunger Paynes Food TruckSmokingbeebeeqJust JerksPA’s PorkThe Wicked ‘Wich of DaytonThe Drunken WaffleLatinarepas Food TruckGreek Street Food TruckTJ’s Sweet Treats

About: A lot of the usual tasty suspects at this event, which also feature a bounce house, kids workshops, an obstacle course and product demonstrations.


Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally

Where: Old Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

When: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Who: Ramen RickshawEATEl MesonSmokingbeebeeqThe Drunken WaffleThe Wicked ‘Wich of DaytonThe Painted PepperHunger Paynes Food TruckThai1OnJust Jerks1776 GrillAlphabeticalGreek Street Food TruckCupzilla Korean BBQNacho Pig Sweet P’s Handcrafted Ice PopsFlying Santucci Bros. Gourmet Cotton Candy

About: Easily one of Dayton’s biggest food truck showcases of the year, the folks at Yellow Cab have long been flying the food truck flag.


Alpha Food Truck Fundraiser

Where: 2251 S. Smithville Road, Kettering

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Who: Horseless Buggy EateryMcNasty’sTin Roof Mobile FoodMo’s Mobile Food TruckLatinarepas Food TruckShantz ExpressTJ’s Nice Cream TruckGriff’s Grill

About: This fundraiser — put on by Alpha Lodge 729 — donates 10 percent of its proceeds from the food trucks to multiple charities, including the Special Olympics. There will also be a bake sale.


Eat From a Truck at Costco

Where: 5300 Cornerstone North Blvd., Centerville

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Who: Latinarepas Food TruckShantz ExpressGriff’s GrillUnderdogs MobileTin Roof Mobile FoodMcNasty’sJust JerksHorseless Buggy Eatery

About: This event is organized by the Dayton Food Trucks Association.

Did we miss any food truck events, or would you like to add one? Send your information to jim.ingram@coxinc.com.

TODAY: Free pizza at Rapid Fired’s new Englewood restaurant

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 11:03 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

A fast-expanding pizza chain that hands out free pies to celebrate a new store opening will do just that today, Tuesday, March 21, starting at 10:30 a.m. in Englewood.

The new Rapid Fired Pizza opened to the public Monday, March 20, at 1080 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) just north of I-70 in Englewood. But that opening day was just a prelude to the main event today. Each customer can score one free personal pizza. Drinks are not included; no other purchase necessary.

MORE: Your guide to the best pizza in Dayton

New Rapid-Fired Pizza locations that have done the same thing in recent weeks usually reach the 500 limit by mid-afternoon, Rapid Fired co-founder Kelly Gray told this news outlet last week.

RELATED : Quick-serve pizza chains battle over Dayton market

“We are so excited to open our doors in the Northmont community,” Gray, herself a Miami Valley Career Technology Center graduate, said in a release. The MVCTC is located in Englewood.

RELATED: Rapid Fired Pizza fuels expansion with 2nd Columbus-area restaurant

The ownership team also includes Anthony Despain, a 2013 graduate of Northmont High School in Englewood.

The chain launched its first restaurant in September 2015 in Washington Twp. and has opened several more in succession in the last 18 months, including locations in Fairborn, Sugarcreek Twp., Huber Heights, Kettering, Springfield, Middletown, Lima, Oxford, Greenville, and Montgomery in northern Cincinnati.

Additional locations are in various stages of development in Troy, Beavercreek, Sandusky, Bowling Green, Westerville, Hilliard, Union Twp. and Florence, Ky. The chain expects to have at least 35 locations open by the end of 2017.

RELATED: New Eastgate location expands Rapid Fired Pizza’s footprint

Rapid Fired restaurants have a quick-service concept, utilizing a serving line in which customers pick out the toppings for their 11-inch thin-crust or 9-inch pan pizza. Customers can choose from eight sauces, eight cheeses, more than 30 toppings, and 19 dipping sauces to build their pizza, or try one of the 10 craft pizzas on the menu.

RELATED: Pizza wars poised to re-ignite with ‘fast-casual’ chains eyeing SW Ohio

Beer and wine are not on the drinks menu yet in Englewood, but will be soon, Rapid Fired’s founders said. A “Pepsi Spire” provides more than 120 soft-drink combinations.

Restaurant hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Free ice cream cones at Dairy Queen restaurants

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

Free ice cream cones at Dairy Queen restaurants

Dairy Queen locations — well, most of them, anyway — will celebrate the first day of spring on Monday, March 20, by offering a free ice cream cone.

Customers can obtain a free small vanilla soft-serve cone, limit one per customer, at participating locations, while supplies last.

We made a few phone calls late Sunday afternoon and found out that most — but not all — local franchise-owned Dairy Queen stores are participating in the Free Cone Day promotion — and there may be some locations that are not yet open for the season.

ALSO TODAY: Rita’s Italian Ice Kettering giving away free treat today

Stores that confirmed to us that they ARE participating included locations at 2056 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering, 4812 Airway Road in Riverside, and 513 W. Main St. in Tipp City, as well as Dairy Queens in Lebanon and Carlisle. In Springfield, we found one that was participating — at 721 Bechtle Ave. — and one that was NOT participating, at 215 E. Home Road.

In conjunction with its third annual Free Cone Day Promotion, Dairy Queen today will accept donations to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on March 20. In 2016, Dairy Queen raised more than $200,000 in one day for the hospital network, DQ officials said in a release.

RELATED: ‘Free Cone Day’ is coming sooner than you think to Ben & Jerry’s

Barry Westrum, executive vice president of Marketing for American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ). “We can’t think of a better way to show our appreciation to fans, kick off the Spring season and support such an amazing cause than with a Free Cone Day.”