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.
Plenty of fish tales have been rolling in from the folks at Eat My Catfish. A couple of weeks ago, the brand posted on social that it would be announcing a new location by the end of the year, with a picture of Mister Rogers and the hashtag #wontyoubemyneighbor. Then, this week, Eat My Catfish revealed that it would be serving a “secret menu” for patrons from Nov. 2-28. These limited-time-only offerings include Cajun Corn Dogs, Smoked Sausage Gumbo, Buffalo Chicken Fries and Fried Jalapenos.
The inaugural VegFest Arkansas is underway in Central Arkansas this week. From now until Nov. 5, the plant-based food festival is taking place virtually, which includes 23 participating restaurants’ vegan menu items. Participants may take part in an online giveaway simply by uploading their receipts to the festival’s website.
Little Rock’s kBird is taking an “indefinite hiatus.” The eatery posted the news on Facebook last week.
“I am going into my hibernaculum until communal dining, and strangers sharing tables, are no longer sources of discomfort,” the post reads. “This is not a ‘goodbye,’ rather a ‘see you later.’”
Fox Trail Distillery in Rogers just announced its fall/winter menu. A few of the new seasonal cocktails include:
Breadwinner (Wild Parallel Bourbon, Walnut Oil, Banana “Orgeat,” Aromatic Bitters), Far From the Tree (Wild Parallel Bourbon, Cinnamon, Apples, Brown Sugar, Aromatic Bitters, Applewood Smoke) and November Blue (Artanical Gin, Pear, Honey, Lemon, Sparkling Wine).
Pat Downs of Sweet Yellow Cornbread just released her new book: Sunday Comforts.
On Thursday, Nov. 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Rusty Tractor Vineyards will be hosting a wine tasting featuring Arkansas Quality Wine (AQW), commercially produced in Arkansas and made from 90 percent Arkansas-grown grapes. Attendees can sample Arkansas wines and appetizers. Researchers from the UA System will lead a vertical tasting of AQW wines. The wine tasting is $10/person. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
In case you missed it, the Gathering of the Guild: All Arkansas Beer Fest is on Sunday, Nov. 14, from noon to 4 p.m.
The sixth annual Home for the Holidays: Fall Fest, benefiting Our House, is on Friday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.
The Statehouse Convention Center is hosting Dougnuts with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m.
Diablos Tacos & Mezcal in Hot Springs will have some Magic, Margaritas and Mischief on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. Maxwell Blade will be providing the magic, and appetizer and margarita pairings will be available.
Have a bunch of leftover Halloween candy? We’ve got a recipe for that.
Tune back in next week for the next taste of Arkansas food news.
READ MORE: The Food Blogger Round-Up, November Edition