Sips and Dips: Fresh Local Eats

The Perfect Appetizer and Cocktail Pairings to Start Your Summer Meal You really can’t beat the food of summer. No other season offers the most beautiful bounty of delicious fruits and vegetables. It’s the ultimate time of the year to visit local restaurants and find out what palatable creative genius Arkansas chefs have in store…

Farmers Markets Around Arkansas

CENTRAL ARKANSAS BAPTIST HEALTH FARMERS MARKET offers farmers markets at three different locations around central Arkansas. Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located in the parking deck at 9601 Baptist Health Drive Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located in the front of the…

AY Writer Featured on FoodNetwork.com

AY Magazine’s very own Kat Robinson is an expert on food in Arkansas and her latest post for the Food Network shines the spotlight on dining in Little Rock. Kat’s slideshow gave Food Network readers a taste of the South by showing them “Where to Eat in Little Rock.” Click here to see Kat’s photos…

Son of a Preacher Man

Photography by Meredith Mashburn Matt Cooper believes in bringing people together, and his method is one steeped in tradition — food. Growing up, his family never ate out, unless they were on vacation. He found himself drawn to the welcoming atmosphere of the dinner table as they gathered to discuss their day. Even the process…

Summer Cocktails

“Something cold, something frozen … with alcohol” is what my esteemed editor said when I inquired about June’s Create theme. So I interviewed ex-bartender Spencer Jansen and wine guy Matt Zorn to find out what the pros advise for cooling down in the summer. The key piece of information that I gleaned is to remember…

Kid Friendly Frozen Treats

Frozen Smoothie Popsicles Here is a kid version that is tasty whether frozen or mushy; it works with frozen or fresh mango or banana. 1 15-ounce can apricots, packed in juice or light syrup 1 ½ cups low-fat plain yogurt ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional 1 teaspoon honey, optional 2 lemons, limes or small oranges…

Oceans Offers the Finest Seafood

While Arkansas scores points for an abundance of fresh water fish, the Natural State isn’t known for seafood. If local diners truly want a taste of what’s under the sea, veteran restaurateur Jerry Barakat, better known as Jerry B., delivers the goods with Oceans. For decades, the Barakat name has been synonymous with phenomenal cuisine…