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 [email protected].
Last week, we broke the news that Jacob Chi and Chi Restaurant Group have a new concept coming in early 2022: Chi’s Baohouse, a new, fast-casual concept for the group.
The eatery formerly known as Naru in Conway has a new name: Kohana Asian Restaurant. According to social media, the menu remains the same, but “everything tastes a lot better now.”
Arkansas’ first location of Fatburger & Buffalo’s Express opened on Dec. 9 in Greenbrier, boasting a two-in-one dining experiencing featuring the menus of both Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express.
Brunch Brothers LR is having its last “Reverse Brunch” of the year on Dec. 19 in downtown Little Rock. This time it will be ugly Christmas sweater themed.
Community Bakery (downtown Little Rock location) is having a Cookie Decorating with Santa event on Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Art Is In Cakes, Bakery Supply in Little Rock is hosting quite a few cooking and holiday food classes this month, such as for cocoa bombs, sugar cookies, ornament-shaped macarons, and more.
More on that note: Rusty Tractor Vineyards and The Croissanterie have teamed up for a Christmas Cookie Workshop. It’s at the venue’s Sunset Lodge on Sunday, Dec. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Saturday with Santa at The Rail Yard is this weekend, on Dec. 18 from 1 to 9 p.m.
The Inn at Carnall Hall in Fayetteville is hosting a Christmas Eve dinner on Dec. 24. Prices are $59 for adults and $15 for children. The venue is also holding a New Year’s Eve dinner on Dec. 31.
Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock is partnering with El Sur Street Food Co. for a Christmas Dinner event on Dec. 17.
Need an out-of-the-box gift for the holiday season? Love food? Well, look no further — we’ve got you covered with this massive list of Arkansas-made food products.
And if you’re on the hunt for a local flavor to cater your holiday season, AY‘s Catering Bucket List just published in the December issue of the magazine.
Still in need of some food options for the holidays? We’ve also put a list together of area restaurants that are either open for the holidays or that are offering pre-order specials.
Tune back in next week for the next taste of Arkansas food news.