Arkansas Heritage has announced the finalists for the 2022 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame was launched by Arkansas Heritage in 2016 to recognize restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events in Arkansas.
There were more than 2,000 submissions from all 75 Arkansas counties during nominations for the sixth class in October 2021. The five categories voted for included Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, Proprietor of the Year, Food-Themed Event, People’s Choice and Gone But Not Forgotten.
This year’s finalists include the following:
Arkansas Food Hall of Fame:
Colonial Steak House of Pine Bluff
Dairy King of Portia
Dixie Pig of Blytheville
Herman’s Ribhouse of Fayetteville
K Hall & Sons Produce of Little Rock
Kream Kastle of Blytheville
Neal’s Cafe of Springdale
Ohio Club of Hot Springs
The Faded Rose of Little Rock
Bulldog Restaurant of Bald Knob
Lindsey’s Bar-B-Q & Hospitality House of North Little Rock
Bailey’s Dairy Treat of Hot Springs
Stoby’s Restaurant Conway
Bruno’s Little Italy of Little Rock
Daisy Queen of Marshall
Proprietor of the Year:
Jim Keet, JTJ Restaurants of Little Rock
Jamie McAfee, Pine Bluff Country Club of Pine Bluff
Rob Nelson, Tusk and Trotter of Bentonville
Capi Peck, Trio’s Restaurant of Little Rock
David Stobaugh, Stoby’s Restaurant of Conway
James Woods, Woods Place of Camden
Mt. Nebo Chicken Fry
Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off
World Championship Duck Gumbo Cookoff
Gone But Not Forgotten:
Coy’s Steak House
Mrs. Miller’s Chicken & Steak House
The Villa Italian Restaurant
James at the Mill
The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced during the induction ceremony, and was chosen based on the number of nominations for a particular restaurant.
“Food is a popular topic that elicits strong opinions,” says Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “We have a noteworthy food heritage and culture in Arkansas and we are pleased to recognize these standouts through our highly regarded Food Hall of Fame program.”
Hurst also recognized chicken as the 2022 Food of the Year.
Winners will be announced at CALS Ron Robinson Theater on Feb. 7. The reception and induction ceremony is open to the public both virtually and in person. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
A committee of historians, chefs, foodies and food authors in Arkansas are tasked with selecting the winners. Along with Hurst, the committee includes Paul S. Austin, Jimmy Bryant, Chip Culpepper, Quantia “Key” Fletcher, Cindy Grisham, Montine McNulty, Rex Nelson, Tim Nutt, Kat Robinson, Stephanie Wade, David Ware and Stanley Young.
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