Historical Gems: History of the Arkansas Traveler

For some 75 years, well-known visitors to Arkansas — presidents, preachers, actors, athletes, poets and singers, among many others — have been awarded Arkansas Traveler certificates. Above photo: Currier & Ives print of Edward Payson Washbourne’s painting Arkansas Traveler; circa 1870. (Courtesy of Butler Center for Arkansas Studies)   [dropcap]This[/dropcap] anniversary offers an opportunity to…

Good Will: A Legacy of Service

The Junior League of Little Rock (JLLR) is a tour de force when it comes to voluntarism. This year alone, League volunteers have worked more than 30,000 hours on community service projects, and with nearly 1,200 members, the nonprofit keeps picking up steam. Photography by Cindy Momchilov   The League’s mission has always been the…

Look Who’s Cookin’: Capi Peck

A fun Q&A with some of the state’s up-and-coming chefs as well as culinary superstars. Photography by Cindy Momchilov CAPI PECK chef/co-owner at Trio’s Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas. Are you a formally trained chef or an on-the-job-trained cook? I’m on-the-job and life-in-the-hospitality-biz trained. Where were you trained? The kitchen of the Hotel Sam Peck. How…

Create: Meals on the Grill

Incredibly, 75 percent of Americans* own a grill or smoker. That’s a whole lot of grilling goin’ on, especially during the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays when at least 60 percent of grill owners fire ‘em up. Photography by Janet Warlick   [dropcap]In[/dropcap] light of this favorite pastime, we decided to…

Notable: Good & Good For You

Brandon Douglas, executive chef, and the culinary team at Green Leaf Grill are on a mission to prove food can be prepared healthily and tastefully. Photograph by Janet Warlick   [dropcap]The[/dropcap] café, located in downtown Little Rock, is a great place in which to dine — it’s an open space with windows and comfortable seating.…

Health: Stay Safe on the Water

Water safety and injury prevention   [dropcap]Arkansas[/dropcap] has more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 9,700 miles of rivers and streams, and on a typical summer weekend these waters are filled with boaters. On many summer Saturdays, the Bennett family heads to the lake or river for a day on the water. When…

Final Thought

We bought tickets to the Paul McCartney concert at Verizon Arena as soon as possible, and by the day of the April concert I was so giddy with anticipation I had to drive down to the arena to check out the preparations. Parking near the Junction Bridge, I strolled around outside the arena and paused…