Dining

Arkansas chefs offer favorite recipes

The holiday season looks different this year. Because of the pandemic, many people won’t be celebrating with as many friends and family as they have in the past. But the smaller table might bring an opportunity to spend more creative time in the kitchen.

Bentonville's The Preacher's Son announces new chef

The Preacher’s Son, the downtown Bentonville restaurant located in a restored historic church, has announced that it will welcome Arkansas native Neal Gray as its new executive chef. Current executive chef, Matthew Cooper, is leaving the restaurant in pursuit of a new project with his last service on Sat., Dec. 12.
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MeMe’s Twisted Potato serves up affordable vegan food with a twist

“My philosophy is eating healthy shouldn’t break your pockets, it shouldn’t be limited to one class of person. Healthy food should be available for everyone,” Coleman said.

Vegan bakery franchise Cinnaholic coming to West Little Rock this winter

Little Rock’s Cinnaholic, opening this winter at 12800 Chenal Parkway, suite 7, joins nearly 40 existing locations in the US.
Exterior of East Sixth Brewery.

East Sixth Brewing Co. closes taproom, cites rise in COVID-19 cases

East Sixth Brewing Co., formerly Rebel Kettle, in Little Rock's East Village neighborhood, has elected to close its taproom due to safety concerns with the rise of COVID-19 cases as winter approaches.

Kaleidoscope Film Festival goes virtual, DOT's virtual EP release party, chili cha cha in person

Here's some things going on this weekend if you can rip yourself away from the election results.

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Vote for your favorite restaurants!

Since 1981, the Arkansas Times has asked its readers to vote for the best restaurants in the state. Through Nov. 29, support your favorite restaurant by voting in our annual Readers Choice Awards. It's the 40th anniversary of the poll this year, and it's sponsored by Ben E. Keith.

The Faded Rose giving staff Election Day off

Laurie David, who along with husband Ed and son Zac own the New Orleans-style Cajun restaurant The Faded Rose on Rebsamen Park Road, said they've thought about closing the store for the last several presidential elections but just never pulled the trigger.

Pharmacist spouses bring craft brewery to Camden

“We really wanted to bring a sense of community and a place where everyone could come and spend time, whether it be with their kids, family, friends or pets," Lauren Glaze said.

Food Truck Friday, and more food trucks this weekend

This might be your last chance for the year to catch Food Truck Fridays at Simmons Bank Arena.
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Black Angus reopens in original midtown location

Black Angus opened on Monday for drive-thru and pickup. "Next week we'll probably start delivery service, but I'm trying to get this new routine down before we open dine-in. Baby steps," owner Karla Creasey said.

Mockingbird Bar wins grant, will donate to SoMa Outdoor Dining Room: Update

Mockingbird was one of 67 businesses nationally that received the grants.

Original Hot Dog Factory comes to SoMa

Owner Devin Wilkerson said he first learned about the franchise on the TV show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” on the Bravo network. The franchise’s CEO and president Dennis McKinley is the fiance of Porsha Williams, who is one of the housewives featured in the show. 

Capi Peck on Trio’s longevity, her employee family and 2020

“We’re able to make it, but we’re really looking for that RESTAURANT Acts 2020 [in Congress]. This industry, we were the first to close and one of the last to open and we need some help,” Peck said. 
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Firefly Burger food truck brings gourmet burgers to Maumelle Boulevard

Co-owner Cassandra Kassis said that she and her husband’s favorite part of the day was spending a couple hours in the evening cooking in the kitchen together. Friends and relatives have been telling them they needed to open a restaurant, so they decided to start with a food truck. 

Adam Faucett, virtual cheese dip and so much more food this weekend

Prepare your taste buds because this weekend is sure to please. I can't remember a time when so much flavor was packed into one weekend. The real challenge will be figuring out a way to sample a little bit of everything. We're here to help.

Lost Forty takes home national gold medal, wins best mid-size brewing company 

Lost Forty also won a Gold Medal for its bottle-conditioned Day Drinker in the “Brett Beer” category. The beer is brewed with the wild yeast Brettanomyces, colloquially known as “Brett,” which grows on the skin of fruit. It produces flavors in beer that change over time and are often described as funky or rustic. Bottle-conditioned means the beer is bottled flat and non-carbonated with sugars and yeast added to ferment and carbonate in the bottle. Lost Forty has been doing a wild barrel project series since 2017. 

Daniel Bryant on The Fountain, Hill Station and the importance of supporting small businesses

Daniel Bryant owns HAM, Hill Station, Big Whiskey’s, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Whole Hog North Little Rock and The Fountain. He said he has approached the challenges of 2020 on a restaurant-by-restaurant basis.

Saracen Casino Resort goes all in on dining

“We’re going to be a culinary and hospitality destination like no other in the state, I say even region,” said Todd Gold, director of food and beverage at Saracen Casino. Gold knows that people are going to come to try their luck on the games. “But we want just as many to come here to dine, and then they’ll go play the games,” he said.

International Greek Food Festival is scaled back to online ordering, drive-thru

The Greek Food Festival won’t be showcasing the entertainment, music and cultural markets it has in years past. This year, it’s all about the food and charity. The festival is operating safely by only offering online ordering and drive-thru pickup.
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