Talk about a great get … Arkansas native Chef Felicia Suzanne Willett will host a cooking class at Eggshells Kitchen Co. on April 29 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Cost is $50 per person and tickets can be purchased here. If you’ve ever eaten at the chef’s namesake restaurant in Memphis, then you know you’re in for a treat. “Chef Felicia Suzanne Willett honed her culinary skills under Chef Emeril Lagasse, learning how to put her own spin on classic Southern dishes.”
While it’s still a ways off from opening, Leap of Faith Brewing just announced its physical location, which will be located just across the river in NLR.
Chef and owner Dream Kasestatad of Pranom Pop-Up will be in Little Rock at Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro on Saturday, April 4 from 12 p.m.-9 p.m. preparing Thai street food in the outdoor patio. Dream is currently on a Thai food pop-up cross-country tour from Los Angeles to North Carolina.
Little Rock’s first India Fest is set for April 19 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in downtown’s River Market Pavilion. Entry is free. Come out and enjoy Indian food, entertainment and plenty of shopping.
This year’s Wild Wines of the World will be on Saturday, May 2 from 7-10 p.m. at the Little Rock Zoo. “Wild Wines, presented by Wright, Lindsey and Jennings, is Arkansas’s premier food and wine event with 50 restaurants providing food paired with top quality wines sponsored by O’Looney’s Wine & Spirits. Our wines are hand-picked by wine sommelier Jonathan Looney who takes time to carefully select a wide range of delicious beverages that span the globe and represent a variety of regions. Guests always have a good time at Wild Wines with five live entertainment areas and a DJ dance party at the main entrance.” Tickets start at $75 per person and can be purchased here.
Smokey Haven BBQ in Benton is now open.
The inaugural Mac ’N’ Cheez Festival is on Saturday, April 11 at War Memorial AT&T Stadium. From the coordinators: “Mac ’N’ Cheez Mania, Little Rock’s inaugural mac and cheese festival, is a fundraiser benefiting missions that serve children, hunger, health and education. This family friendly offers play space and booths for kids (of course all kids love mac and cheese!), yummy tasting, a mascot, t-shirts and some good music at an historic venue that’s covered for all weather and accessibility. Professional teams can register for $40, home cooks can register to participate for $20 and kid cooks 18 and under can participate in the Mac N Cheez cook off for free. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger.”
“The pop-up restaurant trend is all the rage in cities such as Dallas, Chicago and Kansas City, and Chef Ed and Cuki House will bring a little down-home flavor to this big-city event when they launch their first-ever House Catering Service Pop-Up Restaurant. Starting at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, the Houses will provide a five-course meal with wine pairings for each course at the Junior League of North Little Rock’s headquarters on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. Seats are limited to only 50 attendees, and tickets are $150 each with $50 of each ticket contributed to the North Little Rock Junior League and its programs.” For tickets, click here.