Dayton’s Story Slam will host their second annual Grand Slam storytelling event on Tuesday, June 19th at Wiley’s Comedy Club in the Oregon District. For more than 10 years Dayton Story Slam has hosted these “Moth” inspired evenings, attracting a wide variety of storytellers and stories.
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Fat Tuesday got even fatter this past week at Submarine House in Centerville. The newly opened restaurant at 503 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. was packed. Fifteen competitors were ready to take on the Super Duper Cheesesteak Challenge and their friends and family were there cheering them on. Standing room only was the atmosphere as Dayton’s favorite foodies, The Food Adventure Crew called the place to order.
Hungry Jax was the Emcee and official timekeeper was Kris Mick, past champion and cheesesteak eating legend. We were here to see if any of these big mouths could qualify for the store’s top 10 times.
What happened next was simply epic…….
— LOCAL CHEF MATT “PORK CHOP”
HAYDEN STUNS THE CROWD WITH WINNING TIME of 4 minutes 41 seconds. Rumors swirled after the event that the chef and owner of Scratch Food had been training for weeks with an unorthodox diet of ruffage, cabbage and even cauliflower to stretch his stomach. We cannot confirm this, but his time was amazing. We did notice his foot stomping and bouncing method while eating. That may have been a strategy to let the food settle, or it could have been excitement. We will never know.
We do know it was a legendary cheesesteak challenge moment and surprising highlight of the night. When Chef Hayden raised his hands and yelled “done,” he then stuck out his tongue. The crowd gave him a big pop of applause, hoots and hollers.
— DAYTON AREA SOCIALITE KAYLA BRADSTREET, REPRESENTING THE WOMEN, BEATS THE CHALLENGE and shows the men the some girl power ! Calling herself “man hands” she manhandled the sub sandwich into submission with a time of 14 minutes 20 seconds. The crowd went bonkers as she tilted her head back and sprinkled the last bits of lettuce into her mouth. She raised her hands and showed her empty mouth in triumph to the roar of women throughout the restaurant. There were cell phone flashes and people recording videos everywhere. It was
Female Food Adventure for the ages.
— CHRIS GOODE, LAST MINUTE SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CHROME DIVAS, and the thinnest contestant, destroys his Super Duper Cheesesteak in 5 minutes flat for the 2nd best time. Lesson learned, don’t ever count the little guy out. Especially if he has a mohawk! Chris tore into that sandwich and rode off into the sunset on his Harley! Thank you to the Chrome Diva’s for your support and your great representative !
—At the end of the night, the thermometer donation tally was at $686 plus approximately $180 more would be donated from $1,800 of food and drink sales in 2 hours. Not too bad, about $886 bucks for the night. We could have never done it without the participation of the contestants and the support of their friends and families. Thank you to those who came out to watch, eat and drink and who also donated money on the side. We could not have succeeded without the incredible ownership of Submarine House and their staff. Their generosity and local support of causes is an example for all. Thank you to Dayton Dining, Dayton Most Metro, Dayton Chrome Divas, and
The Pink Ribbon Girls for the promotion and support.
This was a one night only fun get together for charity, but it was fun to see who could qualify for the event. The top 10 times go on to compete for the store championship in mid-April and each store’s champion will be named. Then each champ moves on to the April 22nd, 1pm event, the finals at the Huber Heights new Submarine House Bar and Grill. Come watch with us !
**HERE ARE THE FULL RESULTS from the SUBMARINE HOUSE’S
2nd ANNUAL FOOD ADVENTURE SUPER DUPER CHEESESTEAK QUALIFIER**
—MATT “PORK CHOP” HAYDEN – 4 minutes, 41 seconds:
He put on a clinic.
—CHRIS GOODE – CHROME DIVAS REPRESENTATIVE – 5 minutes even:
Little guy, big appetite !
— JEREMY “SWEETNESS” SWIHART – 5 minutes, 24 seconds.
Easily the most cool, calm and collected contestant of the night. He was an eating machine.
— TACO “CHEESESTEAK” PHILLY – 8 minutes, 42 seconds.
The big guy tore through the sandwich like child’s play, joking the whole way through.
— JOE “THE MINISTER OF MEAT” AMSTUTZ – 8 minutes 49 seconds
An impressive display of chomping skills. A terrific time for the big sandwich.
— BRYAN “BABY BLUES” SUDDITH: 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
Dayton’s top story slammer and ferocious foodie, improved his time over last year by 4 minutes.
— KEVIN “THE GARLIC KING” SORICE – 13 minutes 41 seconds.
The self declared senior division champ had no problem beating the challenge.
— KAYLA “MAN HANDS” BRADSTREET – 14 minutes 20 seconds.
Girl power rules! An unforgettable win.
— NATE “COWBOY” TUCKER – 14 minutes and 22 seconds.
The big guy put a hurtin on the cheesesteak and squeaked in ahead of the deadline.
— GARY ” THE GROWLER” LEASURE – 15 minutes, 1 second.
Steady chewing was the key to his success.
— MARK “THE BEARD” DaGROSSA – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
This real life Santa was steady, he almost did it, but enjoyed the tasty experience.
— BRIAN “THE BIG APPLE” APPLETON – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
had to go out to the patio for air.
— CHRIS “THE KILLER” KILROY – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
Disappointed, but thought the sandwich was delicious !
— JOHN “HAMBONE” HAMMOND – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
Improved over last year, but fell just short this year. Close… real close !
— STEVE “THE BIG RAGU” MILANO – Could not finish in 16 minutes.
He is contemplating retirement
****ARE YOU UP FOR THE SUPER DUPER CHEESESTEAK CHALLENGE?****
You may still take the challenge at any Submarine House location through April 2nd.
—WHAT: You must eat a 16 inch SUPER DUPER CHEESESTEAK. Super Duper means this 16 inch sub has triple the meat and triple the cheese of their normal subs. You have to eat it topped AS IS with “The Works” toppings in less than 16 minutes. The Works includes: Cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, homemade oil & vinegar dressing & pepper relish. Grilled Mushrooms also come on the sub. Important – NO topping substitutions, you have to eat it as is with all of the ingredients. This is not a baby challenge. So bring your loose pants.
—WHY: If you complete the challenge, your sandwich is free and you win a T-shirt. A portion of the proceeds goes to The Pink Ribbon Girls charity.
—COST: About $23 up front, which is refundable if you complete the challenge successfully. You can take the challenge at any Submarine House, alone or with a group of friends from Jan 30th through April 2nd.
Remember, the top 10 fastest times at each store will see the competitors called back in April for the “store championship semi-finals.” If you win the best time at the store championship, you are off to the finals April 22nd at 1pm at the new Huber Heights Bar & Grill location of Submarine House.
Browse the gallery below from memories of this incredible night for charity.
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Dayton’s Story Slam event returns to the stage at Wiley’s Comedy Joint on Wednesday the 19th this month. In the spirit of The Moth, Dayton has its own monthly storytelling stage. Presented by Dayton Most Metro and produced by Shelly Hulce and Bryan Suddith the event welcomes anyone with a story to tell.
The rules ares few and make the storytelling experience accessible for anyone who enjoys hearing a good storing or telling one. The Moth rules are simple. Stories are told in the first person, are always true, are about 5-6 minutes in length, are unscripted (no notes) and are told on the theme of the night.
This month’s theme for Story Slamm Dayton is Campfire Stories. The event is held at Wiley’s Comedy Joint at 101 Pine Street in Dayton’s Oregon District. $5 door charge and a cash bar is available. Storytellers simply put their name in the hat and 10 storytellers are selected at random for a spot on stage.
Audience members judge the stories and a winner is chosen to take home a $50 cash prize. Visit Facebook.com/StorySlammDayton to see videos from last month and find tips to craft your story.
Can’t make this one, then be sure and add November 16th to your calendar when the theme will be Stories of Endurance. Its a nod to the end of the elections.
Dayton is good at keeping secrets. I’ve been searching for little out of the way diners for years in Dayton and am always happy to find a hidden gem. Over at Dayton Diners and Dives I have chronicled my love for East Dayton’s Hasty Tasty, Abner’s, East 5th Grill and other old school breakfast and lunch spots.
This week I discovered another. Located near the yogurt and ice cream at the end of aisle 1 inside Dot’s Market on Patterson is The Bullpen. Originally an ice cream and soda fountain spot, it opened in 1964. I’ve been there two times in the last 5 days and I will be back again sooner, rather than later.
Consider getting a burger hand made from Dot’s famous ground beef. Or a bowl of chili made with the same top cuts. What if you could enjoy a turkey club with big slices of Dot’s hand sliced bacon on top? You can in the Bull Pen.
The Bull Pen is a no-frills diner. It seats 10 at the U shaped counter and has space for another 40 in seats and booth backed tables. Little has changed since the 70’s included the regulars and staff. My waitress Brenda has been serving regulars in the Bullpen for more than 30 years. The average tenure of the men at the counter was no less than 25 years as regulars. I was there for lunch this week and the dining room was half full with retirees and lunch hour workers of all stripes.
The menu is simple and yet meets every need. Salads, sandwiches, and signature burgers round out an affordable lunch menu. I had the Queen sized cheeseburger, with a cup of chili and chips for under 7 bucks. They offered a King size and Bison burger as well. The Club Sandwich I spotted was overflowing with turkey and topped with thick sliced bacon on toast. Broasted Chicken, a fried fish plate, chili dog lunch, tenders and wings makes the lunch menu big enough for everyone.
Dinner specials include those old favorites, fried shrimp basket, liver & onion, chopped sirloin and the roast beef or turkey hot shots. These dinner plates are served with two sides and a roll, all under $10.00.
I stopped in for breakfast on a Saturday morning. I was the 7th one in the door and I arrived 5 minutes after opening. I enjoyed a great biscuit and gravy with a scrambled egg. My coffee cup was well attended to and my entire bill was under $7.00.
The breakfast menu is simple, affordable and straightforward diner fare. Two eggs, toast and home fries are only 3.99. The Big Bull Breakfast, 3 eggs, home fries, meat, toast is under $6.00. Biscuits and gravy, omelets and fried mush are standard offerings alongside waffles, pancakes, potato cakes and grits. I’ve got my eye on the country fried steak breakfast next time.
Dot’s Bull Pen restaurant is the kinda place you are treated like a local on your first visit. Top notch service, great ingredients, and low prices make this a standout on my list of go-to Dayton Diners. A few additional notes: Pies by Dayton’s Mehaffie pies filled the glass case and the Red Velvet Cake was calling my name as I left to get back to work.
Somehow this little corner diner, at the end of Aisle 1 has been a hidden gem for over 50 years. Next time you are shopping for ribs, brisket, burgers or tenderloins at Dot’s meat counter, treat yourself and stay for lunch. The Bull Pen, located at 2274 Patterson Rd in Kettering, and is open Monday to Saturday 7am – 7pm and Sundays 8am to 2pm.
More than 10 years ago Shelley Hulce began to gather fellow fans of The Moth podcast for Story Slams. Story Slams are similar to Poetry Slams but a bit more structured. The premise was simple. People sharing true stories, in person, unscripted and live. For more than a decade a small group of storytellers have been meeting in coffee shops, libraries and bars in and around Dayton.
In February I traveled to an official Moth event in Louisville to watch how the event is produced. I was pleasantly suprised to see that more than 300 people came out to a venue to listen to great stories.
First some background:
The Moth organization was founded in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green in New York City. Green wanted to recreate those sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, when moths were attracted to the light on the porch where he and his friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales. He began to host events in his apartment, then in bars, and now in theatres across NYC and hosted around the world.
The Moth story slam rules are simple. True Story. Told in the first person. Without notes and told live. Each month the Moth hosts story slams and the events are centered on a theme. Storytellers come prepared with a story on theme and put their name in a hat.
I was chose to share a story in Louisville in February and was selected that nights Story Slam winner. I knew I had to create a similar event in Dayton. This month the Dayton Story Slamm kicks off with Stories of Failure at Wiley’s Comedy Joint in the Oregon District. Storytellers should come prepared with a 5 minute story on the topic of Failure. 10 names will be chosen to share their stories and judges will score each story. The winner leaves with $50 cash and title, Dayton Story Slam Champion!
Judges will be looking for the following in each story:
Does the story have a beginning, middle and ending?
Was there a hook to the story, did it grab the audiences attention?
Was it near the time limit of 5 minutes.
Was the story related to the theme.
You don’t need to be a storyteller to attend or to enjoy the evening. If you are a fan of The Moth Radio Hour, Radio Lab podcast, Snap Judgement show or this American Life on NPR, you will enjoy the pace and entertainment that only live storytelling provides.
Admission is $5.00 and the bar will be open. Stop in and tell a story or sit back and enjoy a few of Dayton’s best sharing theirs.
Details on the Story Slamm Dayton Facebook page.