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

  • January 23 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

    National Pie Day with Honey Pies

    at Honey Pies Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

    Our favorite day of the year is Tuesday, January 23rd: National Pie Day!! Don’t be left out, pre-order your whole pie or pop in for a mini pie and celebrate Pie Day with us. We’ll be hosting a “check-in” Facebook contest all day at the bakery for a chance to ...

  • January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night

    at Flyway Brewing

    Join us for game night at Flyway Brewing’s tasting room! Game Goblins, your friendly local game store, will be providing unique, fun games of all types. Come on by from 5pm until 9pm on Tuesday, January 23rd, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some ...

  • January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Kat Robinson’s ‘Another Slice of Arkansas Pie’ pre-order party

    at Honey Pies Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

    Our favorite author & Queen of Arkansas Pie, Kat Robinson, is working on a new book for our collection and we couldn’t be more pleased! Join us on National Pie Day for a pop-in reception in Kat’s honor including pie story-telling pie sampling & a pie-themed cocktail provided by o...

  • January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Old Decoy Beer Release

    at Flyway Brewing

    Join us for the release of our Winter Seasonal ‘Old Decoy Oaked Ale’. Don’t be fooled. This dark ale is a light-bodied yet strong beauty that’s been aged on toasted oak. Answer the call of the subtle hints of charred wood deliberately set in your path just to lure you ...

  • January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Old Decoy Beer Release

    at Flyway Brewing

    Join us for the release of our Winter Seasonal ‘Old Decoy Oaked Ale’. Don’t be fooled. This dark ale is a light-bodied yet strong beauty that’s been aged on toasted oak. Answer the call of the subtle hints of charred wood deliberately set in your path just to lure you ...

  • January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest

    at Next Level Events

    Our 5th annual pro-am contest to crown the official beer of the LRKA – Little Rock Kickball Association! We will be raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas again this year. Tickets available now! $25 General Admission: includes hor d’oeuvres, samples from contestan...

  • January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Little Rock Soup Sunday 2018

    at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

    Ask anyone – Little Rock Soup Sunday is one of THE MOST FUN events in Central Arkansas! The atmosphere is “souper” casual and family-friendly, the food is always delicious, and the cause most important – the future of Arkansas’s kids. The Wally Allen Ballroom will be lined with...

  • February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Italian Wine Dinner

    at Ristorante Capeo

    Travel to the northern province of Piedmont, Italy without leaving Arkansas! Chef Eric Isaac will prepare four courses with special wine pairings that will transport you to the foothills of the Italian Alps. Come feast with friends to benefit our 2018 Nonprofit Partner (to be announced on Jan 9th). ...

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