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After months of competing and preparation, six central Arkansas chefs will challenge one another in the finals of the 12th annual Diamond Chef Arkansas competition. It’s the state’s biggest cooking competition, featuring some of the best talent ever to cook in this state. The event is tonight at 6 p.m. …




The state’s premier cooking competition returns tomorrow night. The 12th annual Diamond Chef Arkansas competition will be held Thursday at Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute starting at 6 p.m. Six finalists will compete for this year’s title: Joseph Coleman – Little Rock Marriott Jordan Davis – Chenal …




Thursday evening is the 16th Annual Taste of Little Rock event at UA Little Rock. Nearly 40 restaurants and breweries will serve up food and drink at the Jack Stephens Center tomorrow evening from 6 until 8 p.m. Local favorites like Sauced, Rebel Kettle, Trio’s, La Terraza and Samantha’s will …




We got word this morning that longtime Riverdale restaurant, Cajun’s Wharf, will close after 44 years of service. Initial thought, given the date, was this might be a poorly executed April Fool’s day joke, but sadly we have verified that June 1 will be the last day. Cajun’s opened in …




With Blue Canoe Brewing Company officially closed, it didn’t take long for the brewery’s premium spot on 3rd Street downtown to get a new tenant. Well, mostly new. Lucky Lou’s LLC has filed for a mixed drink permit with Arkansas Beverage Control ahead of opening a new bar and restaurant …




It’s spring break this week, and there’s not much happening around Little Rock’s food scene, so we’ll keep this brief. First, if you’re stuck in town this week, South on Main wants to make it a bit easier on your family. All this week, kids ages 12 and under eat …




After roughly five years in business, Izard Chocolate in Hillcrest is closing up shop. Owner Nathaniel Izard launched a first-of-its-kind chocolate business in 2014, focusing first on dark chocolate bars before launching a line of dark chocolate caramels and roasted coffee. Izard Chocolate’s last day will be this Saturday, March …




Looks like Rocky’s Pub is giving it another go. They resurfaced last year offering their prized Philly cheesesteaks to go, but it was ultimately short-lived. This time they appear to have funding secured for a new brick and mortar and are trying to find a location, but they are tentatively …




We are receiving multiple reports that long-standing bakery Cupcakes on Kavanaugh has closed. A quick look shows all their social media accounts taken down, their online delivery account through Waitr offline, and calls to the bakery go immediately to voice mail. We will work to get a statement from the …




One of the things promised by Delucas Pizzeria when moving to their new location at 831 Central Avenue in Hot Springs was a full lunch menu featuring options above and beyond their standard dinner pizzas. Looks like owner Anthony Valinoti is looking to make good on that promise. The new …




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