Rumbles: Cheese Dip Championship Saturday, Artist Brunch at The Capital Hotel, Locally Labeled Party Thursday

Cheese dip lovers, your weekend is here. The World Cheese Dip Championship celebrates its seventh year on Saturday at the Clinton Presidential Center in downtown Little Rock. Fourteen professional and amateur competitors will bring out their best melted cheese app for the judges and the crowd. Tickets to the event are $10, with proceeds going to benefit Harmony Health Clinic. Last year’s champion was Heights Taco & Tamale Co., which won’t be able to compete this year as Scott McGehee and his team are busy opening Big Orange and Local Lime in Rogers. The event kicks off at noon and goes until 3 p.m.

Somebody needs to pick up a health inspector and take them to Three Sams BBQ Joint so it can open again. The restaurant has been ready to go for three weeks now but has been unable to get an inspector on site to give the thumbs up. The latest word from Three Sams is that an inspector is due on the scene Friday, so fingers crossed it will open next week. You remember Three Sams had to rebuild from a fire that destroyed the restaurant back in March of last year. Since then, Three Sams has been operating out of a concession trailer in its parking lot; that trailer is open for lunch today through Friday.

The Capital Hotel will host a unique brunch experience on Sunday when it welcomes Nathalie Lecroc, a French artist who is known for her drawings of women’s and men’s handbags. For nearly two decades, Lecroc has been working to draw 1,001 handbags and their contents, and during the brunch she will draw one of her final illustrations. If you want Lecroc to draw your purse, you can enter a raffle for $25 from now until Friday. The winner will be drawn at an event at the ESSE Purse Museum and Store Friday night. Tickets to the brunch are $48 and are on sale now.

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Come celebrate Central Arkansas beer, wine and spirits tomorrow evening at the two-year anniversary party of Locally Labeled. This is a promotional campaign run by the convention and visitor bureaus of Little Rock and North Little Rock that encourages people to try all of the area’s breweries and other beverage businesses. The Locally Labeled party starts tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m. at the River Market Pavilion. Admission is free, as are samples of drinks; you will be able to purchase full-size pours as well. The event will also feature live music from The Brian Nehlan Band.

Can’t decide where to eat this weekend? Why not try five excellent restaurants in one night? We’re walking you through a progressive dinner evening in Hillcrest that shows off the best the neighborhood has to offer.

Look, if you haven’t discovered Dugan’s by now, you need to get there ASAP. We took a look at some of the best bar food in the city, including a host of new menu items that you won’t want to miss.

Events

  • February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A Capital Cooking Class – Sushi

    at The Capital Hotel

    The masterful art of sushi making doesn’t have to be intimidating. Join us for an evening of fun and learning as Georgi McNeal, former sushi chef at Botika in San Antonio, will lead you through all the basics. Learn the art of chopping ingredients, cooking sushi rice, perfecting the rolling ...

  • 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). ...

  • February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night at Flyway Brewing

    at Flyway Brewing

    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 27th, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some delicious food.

  • March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    LIVE Music: Mark Currey

    at Core Public House – North Little Rock Argenta

    Early show. No Cover. Solo acoustic music, great food, and fine Arkansas Craft Beers!

  • March 17 @ 9:00 pm - March 18 @ 12:30 am

    Big Red Flag live Dugan’s Irish Pub St. Paddy’s Day Blowout!

    at Dugan’s Pub Little Rock

    St. Paddy’s Day at Dugan’s Irish Pub is where ya wanna be this year. Legendary block party, madness ensues. Then, move it all inside the pub for a night of raucous Irish hedonism with Big Red Flag. We’re gonna dust off some old school Irish drinkin’ tunes, along with our ...

  • April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Food & FoamFest

    at Dickey-Stephens Park

    Food & Foam Fest is a creative twist to the traditional wine tasting event and is a beer sampling event offering samples of over 400 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs.

  • April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Diamond Chef Arkansas

    at UA – Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute

    The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Tech Technical College Foundation and the UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (CAHMI) present the premier culinary competition and fundraiser—Diamond Chef Arkansas. Diamond Chef Arkansas is a competitive culinary competition that pit...

  • April 21 @ 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 unveiled its specials for the month of October:

  • Big Orange: Turkey Bacon Brie Burger and Chocolate Fudge Cake Shake
  • Local Lime: Chicken, Spinach and Poblano Tamales
  • Zaza: Curry-Cashew Chicken Salad

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a fresh fish entree. The risotto of the week is made with saffron.

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Rumbles: Cheese Dip Championship Saturday, Artist Brunch at The Capital Hotel, Locally Labeled Party Thursday