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NEW MENU ITEM: White Castle unveils new Bacon Jam slider

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

            White Castle is offering Bacon Jam with Smoked Cheddar Sliders and Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Sliders, for a limited time. SUBMITTED

White Castle announced today that it has beefed up its slider lineup with two new limited-time options: the Bacon Jam Slider with Smoked Cheddar, and the Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Slider.

Returning along with the two new sliders are a previous customer favorite, Mac & Cheese Nibblers. These menu items will be available a through June 1st, or while supplies last, at participating restaurants, White Castle officials said in a release.

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This news outlet reached out this morning, April 19, to a spokesman for White Castle, who confirmed that Dayton-area and northern Cincinnati-area locations ARE offering the two new sliders and the returning side dish.

White Castle operates locations in Trotwood, Franklin, Middletown, South Lebanon and West Chester areas, all of which are participating in the limited-time expanded menu.

“Only a true slider innovator can create experiences that keep customers craving for 96 years and counting,” Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle, said in a release.

Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Slider joins the Veggie Slider as vegetarian offerings at White Castle. It is made with black beans, red peppers and corn. Customers can choose from a selection of sauces on the side, including Ranch, Sweet Thai, and Honey Mustard. Dr. Praeger’s is a New Jersey-based frozen-foods company known for its veggie burgers.

The bacon-jam slider is a mixture of bacon, onions, brown sugar and spices, topped by a slice of smoked cheddar cheese, and served on The Original Slider.

For a limited time, customers can order a Cheesy 10 Sack — any 10 cheese sliders with your choice of New Smoked Cheddar, American or Jalapeno cheese — for $5.99 with any purchase online or in the restaurant chain’s app.

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Columbus-based White Castle owns and operates nearly 400 restaurants in 13 states. In December 2013, the company also opened a production facility in Vandalia that makes Original Sliders and other products for retail sales in grocery, club stores, convenience stores, vending operations and concessions across the U.S.

State coming to Dayton Arcade to award tax credits

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 9:58 AM

In a good sign for the long vacant Dayton Arcade, the Ohio Development Services Agency is holding its announcement of the next round of state historic tax credits at the downtown complex.

The group that wants to redevelop the Dayton Arcade earlier this year applied for about $5 million in state historic tax credits after being turned down for the incentives in 2016.

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According to the official invitation, the Ohio Development Services Agency’s round 18 announcement of tax credit awards will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the arcade building at 26 S. Ludlow St.

The development team that wants to rehab the massive complex has said obtaining tax credits is one of the last major pieces of the “capital stack” needed for the project to move forward.

RELATED: Arcade ‘very close’ to securing financing, developers say

The first phases of the arcade project (labeled the Fourth Street Project) are expected to cost more than $56 million and would transform three vacant historic buildings, according to the development team’s application requesting tax credits.

The Ludlow and Fourth Street buildings will offer 72 units of affordable housing, as well as ground floor commercial space.

The Commercial and Lindsey buildings also will be rehabbed to offer 54 affordable apartments, constructed above street-level restaurant space, the application states. The housing will be geared for artists and creative types, and the arcade will have studio spaces, an art gallery and other creative spaces. 

The rehab would convert the arcade’s three-story rotunda into an “innovation hub,” which is a collaboration between the University of Dayton and The Entrepreneurs Center.

The arcade would house classes, offices, meeting and co-working spaces and would allow students, faculty, businesses, start-ups and groups from higher education, research and the arts to work together, officials said.

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“The proposed project will return the block to its rightful place as a vibrant hub in downtown Dayton, reimagined to serve a new audience for the 21st century, delivering substantial economic and community benefits in the process,” according to the application.

The arcade complex will be home to about 336 permanent jobs and the project would stimulate substantial new investment in that part of downtown, developers say.

The arcade’s tenants could include the second location of Warped Wing Brewery, a Boston Stoker Coffee Co. shop and the Dayton Visual Arts Center.

Other tenants could include a deli and grocer called Feelohs and a collection of pop-up restaurants and a kitchen incubator.

You won’t believe the secret ingredient in these new brownies from 2nd Street Market

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 7:18 AM

“An open mind and an open palate” — that’s all Casey Moninghoff is asking for.

But that’s still a big ask for at least some of the customers of who meandered past his vendor booth yesterday at the 2nd Street Market in downtown Dayton.

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The passersby would pause to consider the tempting plate of brownie samples that rested on the table in front of Moninghoff’s “Evolve” booth. Market-goers would inquire about the samples, and Moninghoff would explain that they are made with cricket flour — yes, flour made up of ground crickets, the insect — blended with other, more conventional ingredients, such as whole wheat flour, sugar and coconut oil.

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Some recoiled at the very idea. But inevitably someone else in the group — a spouse or a friend — would be adventurous enough to try the brownie, raise an eyebrow, and confirm for his incredulous family members what Moninghoff already knew: “They’re delicious!”

And they are. They taste like, well, brownies. The cricket flour, Moninghoff says, imparts nothing more than a nuttiness to the flavor of the brownie, but offers much more beyond the flavor profile.

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Let’s let Moninghoff — who, by the way, has a mechanical engineering degree from Clemson University and works at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base — pick up the story from there.

“My company is called ‘Evolve.’ I sell baked goods — cookies, brownies, granola bars and protein bars — that incorporate cricket flour. Insects provide an incredibly healthy, sustainable, and delicious lifestyle, and entomophagy (the human consumption of insects) is already practiced by 2 billion people worldwide.

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“Cricket flour is just whole roasted crickets ground into flour. Crickets contain all essential amino acids and have twice as much protein as beef. Since the entire cricket is consumed, we are also eating plenty of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and a deep range of vitamins and minerals.

“There is no waste in consuming crickets since the whole creature is eaten. By the numbers, crickets grow 13 times faster than cattle, require 12 times less feed, and 2,000 times less water. Crickets are humane to farm and make a nutritionally accurate substitute for some of the meat in our diet.”

Moninghoff said he became interested in human consumption of edible insects about a year ago.

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“My interest developed into research, and I began experimenting with different ways to eat insects. Entomophagy has been around for thousands of years and is beginning to break ground in the U.S. I want to join this sustainable and fascinating movement and encourage others to do so as well.”

The 2nd Street Market, Moninghoff said, “allows me to interact with locals in a friendly environment, and I knew I wanted to begin my company there.

“The friends I have met at the market have responded very well in the short time I have been there. I have several consistent customers, and most people are open-minded to this idea and will at least try a sample.

“That is what I encourage everyone to do, is to come with an open mind and an open palate.”

Evolve is a Sunday-only vendor at the downtown Dayton market operated by Five Rivers MetroParks — although Moninghoff has other holiday weekend commitments for this coming Sunday, July 2, and won’t be there. He will be back on July 9 with an array of cricket-flour-based baked goods for customers to sample.

For more information, check out the 2nd Street Market Facebook page.

Supreme Court rules White House can impose travel ban

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:47 AM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:47 AM

            In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court is expected to decide in the next few days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the United States from six mostly Muslim countries. The legal fight has been going on since President Donald Trump rolled out a ban a week after his inauguration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            J. Scott Applewhite

The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries for now and will hear arguments on the case in the fall.

The ruling overturning the lower court orders blocking the ban is a victory for President Donald Trump.

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At issue is whether the White House acted constitutionally in March when it temporarily prohibited foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The controversial order suspends for 90 days people from those six nations from entering the country, and bars refugees from anywhere else in world from entering the country for 120 days.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals blocked the order, saying the travel ban does not comply with federal immigration law.

Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours being cleared by courts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

$1M welfare fraud investigation ends in arrests, police say

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 7:53 AM

A rabbi is among several people in New Jersey who were arrested Monday in raids by federal and state authorities in a multimillion-dollar welfare fraud investigation.

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Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin and seven others are being charged, accused of taking public assistance and defrauding the government of $1.3 million over recent years, law enforcement officials told the Asbury Park Press.

Investigators said that the accused had plans that, a source told the Asbury Park Press, “rival the most sophisticated of financial frauds.”

Officials said the people involved under-reported their income. In exchange, they were able to qualify for Medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance, food stamps, Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Officials said the accused, who are four married couples, made thousands of dollars more a year than they told program officials.

Investigators said they traced illegal money transfers, along with records from private schools for tuition. 

Law enforcement officials said they believe that Monday’s arrest will be the first in a series of arrests in a larger fraud ring.