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 editor, Dustin Jayroe, at [email protected].
Mueller’s Bistro & Bakery in Hot Springs has new owners. According to a Facebook post on Jan. 2, they “not be changing much,” but will be adding Red Light Roastery Coffee, a French dip, kolaches, and a new baker to expand its custom cakes and cookies. Doors (re)open on Jan. 5 at 8 a.m.
Board In The House, one of Conway’s latest food services, is looking to expand into the Little Rock market. On its social media page, the owners boast offerings including custom charcuterie boards, grazing tables, dessert boards and more. There’s no physical location, but they do deliver.
Speaking of the City of Colleges, downtown Conway is about to get a new spot called The Rogue Roundabout, described as a “craft kitchen and beverage lab.” In its first official Facebook post on Jan. 1, it stated a goal of creating “an inclusive community space serving craft beverages, craft food and creating a #ConwayCrafted experience.”
Dee’s Delightful Desserts has a new name on the marquee. The custom cake and dessert company out of Little Rock recently changed its name to The One by Dee. Rest assured — “Dee” is still in the name and Dee (Delores Morris) is still running the show. The change comes as Dee looks to expand her luxury cake division, specifically for weddings and specialty milestones. “I’m looking forward to the rebrand and all that comes with that,” she says in a press statement. “I like that I get to work with the bride since it’s such an exciting time for them. The cakes are more elegant and require more creativity. I like seeing how it all comes together.”
Prime Time in the Fountain Room at The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs opens Jan. 8. The menu boasts a spread of upscale options, such as Lobster and Shrimp Bisque, Prime Rib, Lamb Chops and Frenched Pork Chops.
North Little Rock Restaurant Week kicks off this month, running from Jan. 24 to 30. There’s a raffle giveaway associated with the event, with prizes including a $150 gift card to Brood & Barley and two tickets to Argenta Community Theater’s performance of Our Town in March.
“Our goal is to encourage locals to show their love for North Little Rock restaurants and raise awareness about the emerging North Little Rock dining scene,” says NLR CVB Director of Destination Projects Heather Kouns. “With such a variety of dining options – and more importantly, amazing people working behind the scenes – North Little Rock restaurants should be top-of-mind for a business lunch, date night or family get-together.”
UA-Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute is hosting a Cinnamon Rolls cooking class with chef Kelli Marks on Jan. 20. The institute is also unveiling the first cooking class in an ongoing series called “The Fantastic Five Mother Sauces” on Jan. 31, which will teach attendees how to make béchamel. Others in subsequent months will include veloute, espagnole, tomato and hollandaise.
The finalists for the 2022 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame will be announced on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m.
Tune back in next week for the next taste of Arkansas food news.