Rumbles: B Street Rib Off this weekend, The Pantry Cocktail Naming Contest, District Fare Officially Open

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There are plenty of events to fill you in on this coming weekend, starting with our favorite annual barbecue competition. B Street Rib Off is set for Saturday in Argenta. Starting at 11 a.m., you can get in from $10 and participate in the people’s choice award voting, as well as enjoying barbecue and live music. The event goes until 6 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to come out and enjoy the event. By the way, you can still sign up to compete as well. This is the ninth year for the B Street Rib Off. Remember, all money raised from the event is donated to the Arkansas chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Also this weekend is The Root’s 3rd Annual Traditional Pie Bake-Off and Recipe Swap. Bakers will bring their best pie to the competition, and after the judges get their taste, everyone will get a chance to try the entries. Anybody can enter; just bring your pie and several copies of your recipe to The Root by 4 p.m. The event is free for everyone.

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The Pantry and Pantry Crest are holding a contest to name two of their new cocktails. Go to the Facebook page of either restaurant to see the two cocktails and submit a name idea. The winner for each cocktail gets a $50 gift card. One cocktail is made with El Dorado 12-Year rum, cherry herring, Carpano Antica and orange juice. The other is made with grapefruit- and lemongrass-infused Broker’s gin, lemon juice, orgeat and soda. Make sure to submit your name idea before midnight tonight to enter.

Speaking of Tomas Bohm’s restaurants, District Fare is now open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Eventually, Bohm wants the restaurant open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

It’s still a couple of weeks away, but congratulations are definitely in order for The Faded Rose coming up on its 35th anniversary celebration. In a business where most restaurants die in months instead of years, making it this long is a testament to the David family’s hard work and skill. To celebrate, The Faded Rose is holding its 35th Anniversary Crawfish Bash on Wednesday, May 10. There will be plenty of giveaways, t-shirts for sale, and of course crawfish. No tickets necessary, just show up and enjoy the festivities.

Speaking of Crawfish, AW Lins is holding a very unique type of crawfish boil on Saturday. They are theming it East Meets West, with traditional cajun boiled crawfish and a number of Asian influenced appetizers to go with it. Details here.

German food truck The Wunderbus will be at Dunbar Community Garden tomorrow night from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for Music in the Garden, featuring Arkansas songwriter Sean Fresh. The Wunderbus has prepared a special menu for the evening featuring a couple of dishes with slow-cooked pork shoulder, as well as a strawberry-lemon pie on a brown sugar cookie crust. Tickets to the event are $5.

If you’ve never traveled abroad and experienced another country’s food culture, I hope you get the chance someday. Here’s my write-up of my trip to India two weeks ago and how it changed the way I see Indian food.

Petit & Keet Bar and Grill finally has an opening date. We took at look at what you can expect to see and taste when the restaurant opens its doors May 18.

And Kent Walker is stepping away from the food business for good. We talked to him about the sale of his company to Raimondo Winery and what’s next for him.

Events

  • October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    The Blue Plate Special

    at Thea Foundation

    Thea Foundation’s Blue Plate Special returns to the luxurious Capital Hotel with a fresh crop of Arkansas’s favorite chefs and mixologists, assisted by local artists, musicians and celebrities and accompanied by the music of the Dr. Danny Fletcher and Co. The Blue Plate Special is presented by M...

  • October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Fountain Fest

    at Arkansas Arts Center

    Fountain Fest is back for its fifth anniversary celebration! Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries, this year’s event features art, music, food, libations, all centered around a surprise installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain. Tickets are $25, and funds will go tow...

  • October 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival

    at South Main Street Commercial Historic District

    New this year at the 2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, many local breweries will be showcasing local flavors. Heifer International will be bringing various outdoor games and some animals from the farm for a local meet-and-greet. The festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and South...

  • October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Festival of Darkness: Nighty Night Release Party

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    THE FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS 2017 Nighty Night Release Party & Celebration of Dark Beer Darkness is coming. And with it, one hellacious party. Our biggest, baddest, boldest 3 Barrel-Aged 2017 batch of Nighty Night Imperial Stout makes it’s limited debut Oct. 21st. The return of our most antic...

  • October 27 @ 12:00 pm - October 28 @ 7:00 pm

    CAF’s Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Central Arkansas Fermenters presents the Third Annual Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition! With cash prizes and traditional medals, the AHA/BJCP-sanctioned Arktoberfest Challenge should be at the top of every mid-South homebrewer’s list. Combine it with the Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival...

  • October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Arktoberfest 2017

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Come enjoy the third annual Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Caddo Valley Catfish Cook Off in Arkadelphia, Arkansas! Fun for the whole family including all Arkansas craft beers, a catfish dinner with all the fixins, Arkansas musicians and artisans, free kids’ activities, and more. Come to...

  • November 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Day of the Dead

    at The Fold: Botanas & Bar

    INAUGURAL DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION 2017 The Fold partners with Habitat for Humanity to celebrate the traditional Dia de los Muertos Keep the Halloween festivities going and join us for our inaugural Day of the Dead Celebration. We will be closing down the whole parking lot surrounding the restaur...

  • April 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am

    10th Annual B Street Rib Off

    at North Little Rock, AR

    We’re excited to celebrate 10 years of the B Street Rib Off. Make plans now to join us in April 2018!...

Specials

Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of March:

  • Big Orange – Vietnamese Spring Burger and Arkansas Strawberry Cake Shake
  • Local Lime – Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Tamales with Corn, Poblanos, Spinach and Artichokes
  • Zaza – Spring Vegetable and Green Goddess Salad

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is shrimp with bacon, tomatoes and rosemary in a white wine sauce. The risotto of the week is made with chicken and mushrooms.

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Rumbles: B Street Rib Off this weekend, The Pantry Cocktail Naming Contest, District Fare Officially Open