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]
Ortho Eat & Go will be hosting Cheesecake on Point, Crepe Coop, ShoBo’s Kitchen and the Magic Food Bus on Thursday, April 22 starting at 11 a.m.
AY Food Editor Kevin Shalin made the trip to Cypress Social. Check out his first impressions.
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.
Bentonville will be starting its First Friday events back up on May 7. During First Friday, you can enjoy food trucks, drinks, music and more at the Bentonville Square.
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 Argena 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.
Pink House Alchemy is getting ready for Mother’s Day and has created a Bee’s Kness Cocktail kit. The cocktail kit is available for shipping or it can be picked up in Fayetteville May 6-9.
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.
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 & Barley has new late-night hours. The gastropub is now open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight.
The Little Rock Farmers’ Market returns to the River Market pavilions for its 47th season 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.
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.
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.
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: May 15 (Agave Spirits), and June 12 (All Things Rum).