We have no shortage of food news throughout Arkansas, so each week, we’ll be providing you with a snapshot of the goings-on inside the culinary world, from events to specials to restaurant openings to awards. Do you have news to share? Please email our food editor, Kevin Shalin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head to the Argenta District on Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. Theywill be closing off the street, boiling up some mudbugs, and hosting some great live music with Jess and the Mess featuring Billy Gibson (special guest Al Gamble on keys). Boil starts off at 2 p.m. and live music starts at 3 p.m. Music sponsored by 107 Liquor. Crawfish with fixings costs $10 per pound.
Our very own Lisa Fischer interviewed Ree Drummond virtually at the end of March for herLisa Fischer Saidpodcast, recording both the audio and video to air over two episodes — the first on Tuesday, April 6, and the second on Tuesday, April 13.
The White Water Farmer’s Market is set up on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
New hours for Doe’s Eat Place: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 5 p.m.-9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.. That’s right, they are now open for lunch on Saturdays.
Hatchet House BBQ will be opening in downtown Conway in a few months, taking over the space of the former Fat Daddy’s at 1004 Oak Street. I hear the new place will even have axe throwing.
Brood & Barleyhas new late-night hours. The gastropub is now open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight.
Check out all the information on Third Thursday Downtown Benton Street Festival on April 15.
The Little Rock Farmers’ Market returns to the River Market pavilions for its 47thseason on Saturday, May 1. The 2021 season will run on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September 25 and welcome the return of locally prepared cottage foods and meats to complement the farm-fresh produce from farms across the state and throughout the region.
Interested in taking one of Rock Town Distillery’s Cocktail Classes on Tuesday nights throughout April? Here’s is everything you need to know. Classes are capped at 12 people.
YGFBFKitchen Restaurant & Catering will have its Grand Opening on April 9 at the new 800 4thAvenue location in Conway.
Historic Arkansas Museum will again host the History is Served: Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series, which is now in its fourth year. The series explores Arkansas’s food heritage through four dinners that use history as a culinary framework for each meal’s creation. This year, the dinners will be offered as curbside pickup with virtual programming. This year’s dinner series will celebrate four iconic foods of Arkansas: strawberries, tomatoes, corn and apples. Each dinner will highlight one of these Arkansas ingredients as our featured chef creates a unique menu inspired by it. April 22 – The Strawberry: Prepared by Capi Peck of Trio’s Restaurant (sold out), June (day TBA) – The Tomato, August (day TBA) – Corn, October (day TBA) – The Apple. Tickets for the dinner series are $60 for the general public and $50 for museum members. Stay tuned for info on when tickets for the second dinner on sale.
The 19th Annual Empty Bowls Event (sponsored by Arkansas Farm Bureau Insurance Company is a drive-thru luncheon and online auction format this year, set for May 7 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Immanuel Baptist Church Little Rock parking lot. Little Rock’s finest restaurants will prepare signature dishes to be served in takeout containers to each guest’s car window. The event will feature live visual entertainment to enjoy from your vehicle as you drive through each stop along with a display of beautiful, handcrafted bowls created by local artists.
Keep an eye out for new seasonal cocktails at many of the Yellow Rocket Concepts locations, including Local Lime (Rogers and Little Rock), Big Orange (Midtown, West, and Rogers), and Heights Taco.
Did you know that Leiva’s Coffee is doing warehouse tours every Saturday throughout April for only $15? Check out what it all includes.
Whole Hog Café North Little Rock told AY Magazine that they will be moving down the road later this spring. With the new digs, they will have more space and parking, and they are planning to have expanded outdoor seating.
Lost Forty Brewing has become an official sponsor of the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club for the upcoming season.
kBird, the beloved Little Rock Thai restaurant, is shutting down for now. Owner Richard Glasgow posted that he is rethinking his business model. They’ll still be cooking Thai food, but the plans are to move to an advance ordering system with family-style meals instead of single-order. The restaurant should be back in the next month, and you’ll get to try some lesser-known dishes.
Stone’s Throw Brewing has released its first canned beer ever. The Little Rock favorite is producing four-pack pints of its Shamus Oatmeal Stout and its Pear Guavara Pear Cider in cans year-round now.
Speaking of Stone’s Throw, there are going to be several fun events this week at its Stifft Station pub and its MacPark BrewPub. On Thursday, Stone’s Throw is bringing back Trivia Night at 6:30 p.m. at the Stifft Station location. Get ready with your friends to win some prizes. On Friday, Stone’s Throw will be holding New Brew Friday, releasing a new brew at 4:30 pm at its MacPark taproom.
If you’re up in Northwest Arkansas, drop by Puritan Coffee & Beer. The popular spot has expanded its capacity, almost doubling its indoor seating. Make sure to grab a craft beer Sunday-Saturday from 7:30am-11pm.
The Oasis at Undercroft, a tropical-themed pop-up bar, will be open in Bentonville through April 30. Check it out!
OrthoArkansas has launched the Ortho Eat and Go food truck lot. Food trucks will be operating at OrthArkansas’ south lot, located at 800 Fair Park Blvd. in Midtown Little Rock, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Ortho Eat and Go will take place on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. This week’s trucks include: Filipino Munchies, Delta Biscuit, Nach’yo Nachos, Wangznthings, and Cheesecake on point!
Allsopp & Chapple has additional events planned for May, including a four-course Mother’s Day dinner on May 9.
Did you know that Boulevard Bread Company (Heights location) offers cocktails classes? “Learn the history of your favorite spirits, how to make the perfect cocktail, and enjoy an evening of food, drinks, and friends with Boulevard Bistro Bar Manager Ben Singleton.” Each class features three cocktails. All classes are on Saturday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. and the bar will be open afterwards. Cost is $70 per person. Next classes: April 10 (Prohibition Era Inspired), May 15 (Agave Spirits), and June 12 (All Things Rum).
The first Arkansas Chef Competition will be held on April 20-22 in Wilson. This event will promote and encourage young Arkansas-based chefs who are looking to advance their culinary careers. Six contestants will be selected to compete based on their application and submitted essay/video. The contest will feature a signature dish competition and include a two-course signature dish tasting menu (appetizer or salad and entrée). Winners will receive a cash prize as well as an opportunity for an apprenticeship with the Wilson Culinary and Hospitality Program. For more information, visit eatatwilson.com/chefcompetition.