The holiday season is upon us, and that means DeLuca’s Pizzeria is about to go on its usual break. The outstanding Hot Springs pizzeria will close after Saturday’s service so owner Anthony Valinoti and his staff can visit family and loved ones for the holidays. However, Valinoti will be reopening DeLuca’s earlier than in years past. The team will take 12 days off and be back in business on Thursday, Dec. 29, including staying open for New Year’s (I can only imagine the party that will be thrown at DeLuca’s that night). So if you want some of the best pizza you can find before Christmas, get down to Hot Springs by Saturday and reserve your dough in advance. If you’re there, try out the new Capi Peck pie with capicola and peppadew peppers, named after Little Rock’s incoming city director and the owner of Trio’s Restaurant.
DeLuca’s isn’t the only spot that will be open New Year’s Eve. Party plans are already underway around town at several Central Arkansas restaurants. At Table 28, the 8:30 p.m. reserved dinner service is already sold out; the 5 p.m. dinner event still has some seats available. South on Main is hosting a $30 dance party with performer Amasa Hines to usher in the new year (make your reservation for after 9 p.m. if you want a table for the evening). And Rebel Kettle Brewing Company is hosting a party event with Rob Gnarly brewmosas and a special late-night menu. Keep an eye here for more New Year’s Eve party announcements around Central Arkansas.
As we reported last week, David’s Burgers opened its River Market location on Tuesday. The restaurant company’s eighth location is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and David’s Burgers isn’t done expanding. Three more new locations have been announced, with crews already starting work at the upcoming Bryant spot. A second Conway location and a Benton opening will likely come in fall 2017.
Good progress is being made on rebuilding Three Sams BBQ Joint in the Mabelvale neighborhood. Electrical crews are on site this week to power up the expanded kitchen and smoker area, which is framed by a new cinderblock wall that was put up last week. Three Sams was destroyed in a fire in March that started in a smoker in the back of the building. We will keep you updated as the restaurant looks to reopen in 2017. In the meantime, you can still get your Three Sams fix from a concession trailer in front of the restaurant for lunch Wednesday through Friday every week.
And it was hard to miss, but belated congratulations are in order for Scott McGehee and Ben Brainard of Heights Taco & Tamale Co. for winning a cheese dip taste test against Texas. The two flew to Washington, D.C., and put up their cheese dip against the queso from Uncle Julio’s in Dallas. Senate Republicans voted HTT’s version as their favorite, settling a friendly dispute between Arkansas senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and their Texas colleagues, senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. The contest settled a tongue-in-cheek debate that came up after The Wall Street Journal wrote about the popularity of Arkansas cheese dip in November.
There are two days left to participate in Restaurants Give Back, a food drive to help feed food-insecure students in Little Rock over the winter break. Here is a list of where you can donate and the food items that are needed the most.
As always, Rock City Eats had a great time competing at the Historic Arkansas Museum “Nog Off” Competition. We have a rundown of this year’s winners as well as where you can find the winnings nogs to take home for yourself.
- January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Core Public House – North Little Rock Argenta
Early show. No Cover. Solo acoustic music, great food, and fine Arkansas Craft Beers!
- January 23 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm 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 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 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 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 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 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 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). ...
- April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 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...
Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of December:
- Big Orange: Ribeye Sandwich with onion strings and Eggnog Cheesecake by Honey Pies
- Local Lime: Chicken, Spinach and Poblano Tamales
- Zaza: The Libby pizza with prosciutto and basil, and the Arkansas Waldorf Salad
Ristorante Capeo’s weekly dinner special is cioppino cod stew. Its risotto special is one made with sausage and mushrooms.