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

  • July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Beer Yoga with Valerie Talburt

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    Join us in the Beer Garden from 7pm-8pm for another awesome session of Beer Yoga with Valerie Talburt. $10 for class and also includes your first beer. Please arrive early and bring your own yoga mat and towel....

  • July 27 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 THURSDAY! – Blonde Ambition, Dry-hopped Blonde ALE

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    This 4:30 THURSDAY! It’s Blonde Ambition; the Blonde Ale that’s striving to be an IPA. We took our popular Working Glass Hero, Blonde Ale and dry-hopped it with 2 lbs per barrel of juicy hops giving it an amazing fruity aroma and flavor. See you at 4:30pm!...

  • July 29 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    2017 Block on Rock 4th Birthday Bash

    at Stone’s Throw Brewing

    We’re turning 4 at the 2017 Block on Rock Birthday Bash benefiting Preserve Arkansas! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 29, 2017. For our 3rd Birthday Bash in 2016 we had a blast despite a little rain with Music from The Big Dam Horns and help from all of these ......

  • August 5 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Ha-Pie Birthday

    at Honey Pies

    Celebrate our first birthday at your Honey Pies shop! We’ll be making confetti mini pies and sampling our latest creation: crust cookies 😍...

  • September 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Friends and Ben

    at The Capital Hotel

    In early June Capital Hotel beverage director Ben Edwards was injured in a swimming pool accident that left him paralized from the chest down. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and treatment to help recover. Ben is a strong member of the local food community, and his friends in the local ......

  • September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Harvest Night 2017

    at Arkansas Foodbank

    SAVE THE DATE. This year, Harvest Night will be held in the Arkansas Foodbank warehouse in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 16th, 2017. This fun, family-friendly event will showcase Southern cuisine, craft beverages, children’s activities, and live entertainment. It will be an opportunity for ou...

  • September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Legends of Arkansas 2017

    at North Shore Riverwalk Park

    Legends of Arkansas 2017 is coming up September 16th and we can’t wait to see you all! We’ll be celebrating all things Arkansas at the beautiful North Shore River Walk in NLR this year. Don’t forget that this year the $5 ticket price (kids free!) goes to support The Van! ......

  • October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Arktoberfest 2017

    at Arkadelphia

    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...

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