Franke's Cafeteria was one of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists.

2018 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

Read on to discover this year’s Arkansas Food Hall of Fame winners and finalists. Look for our full feature on the winners and finalists in our March issue. Food Themed Events Winner: Gillett Coon Supper Nominees: Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, Hope Watermelon Festival, International Greek Food Festival, World Championship Duck Gumbo Cook Off The Proprietors…

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame: People’s Choice

JJ’s Lakeside Café of Lake Village 2018 Food Hall of Fame Inductee Established 2007 •  1025 US-65 • Lake Village James Jenkins had a dream to open a handful of barbecue restaurants in the Arkansas Delta. In 2006, he made a deal to utilize a location in a triangle south of Lake Village, just across…

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame: The Restaurants

Venesian Inn 2018 Food Hall of Fame Finalist Established 1947 •  582 West Henri De Tonti Blvd. • Tontitown For more than 70 years, locals and travelers, alike, have found a touch of Italy right in the heart of the Ozarks. And they found it at the Venesian Inn in Tontitown, a community right outside…

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame: Gone But Not Forgotten

Cotham’s Mercantile Scott • 1917 – 2017 By Kat Robinson One of the first restaurant to be considered for the rolls of Gone But Not Forgotten in the Arkansas Hall of Fame is one that has recently left our culinary scene. Cotham’s Mercantile in Scott burned to its stilts early on the morning of May…

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame: The Proprietors

 Mary Beth Ringgold Cajun’s Wharf, Capers and Copper Grill – Little Rock Finalist by Joe David Rice | Photography by Jamison Mosley Many years ago, the fire department in Beckley, West Virginia, was summoned to an emergency situation involving a kitchen fire. A girl had inadvertently turned on the wrong burner, heating up a can of…

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame: Food Themed Events

Gillett Coon Supper Arkansas County • Finalist – January 2019 by Kat Robinson Each January, hundreds turn out to rub elbows, see friends and have a taste of smoked coon at the Gillett Coon Supper. Though less than 700 people call the Arkansas Delta town of Gillett home, 1,200 tickets are sold each year to…

Arkansas Backstories • Fried Pies

When I hear the pop song with lyrics that go “If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right,” my strange mind has been known to wander to fried pies. These Southern delicacies are so wonderfully delicious, yet their nutritional qualities are so… well, let’s just leave it at questionable. Not only are the…