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.
Chef’s Table, hosted by Easterseals Guardians Board, is a unique virtual online auction centered around the food industry. Auction packages range from chef prepared dinners to cooking classes and catered events. The auction actually ends tonight, so please make your bid by 9 p.m. All money raised will go to Easterseals Arkansas to continue providing exceptional services to children and adults with disabilities so they can live, learn, work, and play in our communities.
Check out the new swag at Flyway Brewing.
The Rock City Margarita Festival and The Great Arkansas Beer Festival are teaming up with 103.7 The Buzz to throw the biggest party of the summer on July 24 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at The Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Attendees can sample as many margaritas, beers, wines, and seltzers as they like, and food will be available for purchase. Early Bird tickets are $30 for a limited time and will go up to $40 on June 1. A ticket will grant you access to the festival and a tasting glass. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted to enter the festival, no exceptions.
Mark your calendars! The 10th Anniversary Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock is on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. It’s great to have festivals back.
The next Third Thursday is May 20 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in downtown Benton! The theme this month will be Salute to the Men and Women in Military, past present and future.
Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill is getting closer to a reopening date.
More accolades for Deluca’s Pizza in Hot Springs, this time from Food & Wine.
And because we can never have too many crawfish boils.
Head out to the beautiful BoBrook Farms on Saturday, May 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for the Sweet Summertime Market. This free event will happen rain or shine with over 30 different vendors (local crafters, business owners, boutiques). There will also be live music and lunch from Country Girl BBQ. Food, beverages, and vendor shopping is additional cost.
Great news as Boulevard Bistro announced that it will be reopening for dinner dine-in service beginning May 28. Dinner dine-in will be on Friday and Saturday evenings only, for now. Happy Hour will be from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hey Benton, it looks like you got yourself a new restaurant. I can’t wait to check out Blue Heaven.
Well, this is pretty darn cool. The Rail Yard will be hosting the first ever Baggo, Brats and Beer fundraising event on Sunday, June 13 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Attendees will receive a grilled brat, one free beer, and happy hour drink specials throughout the event while cheering on their favorite team in the Baggo tournament. The Rail Yard will also have other food available to purchase from some of their fantastic food trucks. The 2-man team Baggo tournament will offer a 2-game guarantee with prizes for the top finishers. Team entrants will also receive a grilled brat, a free beer, and happy hour drink specials throughout the event. All funds will benefit the Homeowner Program. Since our founding in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas has built over 200 homes that have helped low to moderate income individuals achieve their dream of homeownership and start building generational wealth through the equity in their home. All funds raised from this event will help us continue to provide affordable housing options for families in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties. Purchase your tickets right here.
Check out the first of many monthly food blogger round-ups, featuring some of the very best bloggers throughout Arkansas. Please give them each a follow.
The beloved Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. is expanding with a new location in west Little Rock.
Strawberry season is upon us, and the best thing you can do is make some strawberry margaritas.
There are all sorts of specials this month at Yellow Rock Concepts. Check out some of these limited time offerings at Big Orange, Local Lime and ZAZA. Don’t forget to try some of Local Lime’s fare for Taco Tuesday.
Planning to take a vacation this summer? If you swing through Greenwood, Miss., you might want to check out the Viking Cooking School.
Rock Town has done it again – the Little Rock distillery has brought home gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
If you’re looking for a great dessert recipe, try out Lisa Fischer’s latest cheesecake concoction.
Alton Brown will be coming to Little Rock in 2022, bringing a new culinary show.
Warmer weather is finally here, and that means one thing: progressive dinners. That’s where you can walk around the neighborhood and try out different restaurants in a single evening. I’ve compiled a starting point if you want to give a progressive dinner a go.
Looking to make something lighter at home? Lisa Fischer has the perfect Chicken Noddle Cashew Salad to fill you up without being too heavy.
At AY, we love spotlighting the folks behind the counter at restaurants. That’s why in the May issue, we profiled Heather Baber-Roe, one of the owners of Baja Grill. Make sure to give it a read!
THINK Coffee is building a new drive-thru location in Greenbrier. There’s limited details right now, but we’ll make sure to update you soon.
Construction has started on the new Waldo’s Chicken and Beer restaurant in North Little Rock. It is located in the old Johnny Carino’s building.
Make sure to check out this recipe for some delicious eggplant fries.
Red Oak Steakhouse at the Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff will be offering authentic Kobe beef. The restaurant is one of only 38 in the United States to offer the premium Japanese meat.
A new distillery has opened up in eastern Arkansas. Delta Dirt Distillery is making vodka and more at its downtown Helena location.
Apple Blossom Brewing Co. is back in business. After shutting down during the COVID-19 pandemic, new owners have resurrected the NWA favorite.
Looking for a great spot to grab a drink in Little Rock? We’ve got you covered with 20 fantastic Happy Hours around town.
The SoMa Entertainment District has opened back up. Check out this funky neighborhood, dine outside and enjoy the live entertainment Thursday through Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
Chi’s Chinese Cuisine in Little Rock has brought back its popular dim sum. It will be available seven days a week for dine-in and takeout, and dim sum carts will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Argenta’s Farmers Market is moving. It will be located at Argenta Plaza at 510 Main Street in North Little Rock and will be open from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
For all the folks in the Greenbrier area, there is a recently opened Italian restaurant. Eat’Italian Restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday. The hours are 11 am to 9 pm on Sunday-Thursday and 11 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday.
Blue Barn Bakery can now be found at Conway Regional Health System in Zeteo Coffee’s new coffee stand.
The Momentary has launched Beer, Bites and Bocce Ball. Open Tuesday through Sunday, this fun happening at Arvest Bank Courtyard gives you the chance to enjoy food from the Momentary Food Truck, sit at the RODE Bar’s outdoor patio and enjoy bocce ball.