Pulaski Tech’s 2015 Diamond Chef Competition is set for Tuesday, June 2 at 6 p.m. at the Governor’s Halls III and IV, Statehouse Convention Center. Check out Chef Marc Guizol from The Capital Bar and Grill and Chef Justin Patterson of The Southern Gourmasian as they compete for the title of 2015 Diamond Chef Arkansas. To purchase single tickets or to become an event sponsor, click here.
Crawfish season is winding down at The Faded Rose. Get some mudbugs tonight starting at 4 p.m. Please note, May 20 is the last Wednesday of the crawfish season at TFR.
Westover Wednesday is set for later today from 5-8 p.m at Westover Hills Presbyterian Church. The usual cast of characters will be out there, including Le Pops, Black Hound BBQ, Beast, Hot Rod Wieners, Katmandu MoMo, The Pie Hole, The Southern Gourmasian, Fork in the Road, The Clean Eatery, and Waffle Wagon.
Capeo’s next 3-course wine dinner is set for June 8 at 6:30 p.m. and features Clams and Mussels Steamed in Seafood Broth and Tomatoes with Rustic Grilled Bread (Santa Christina Orvieto), Gnocchi Tossed in a Meaty Ragu Bolognese (Tormaresca Primitivo), Herbed Beef Tenderloin with a Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce and Crispy Fried Potatoes (Santa Christina Chianti Classico). Cost is $55 per person (includes tax). For reservations, call 501-376-3463.
The International Greek Food Festival will be held May 15-17. As a reminder, admission, parking and trolley service to the festival are all free.
Here’s something to keep on the old radar … Stone’s Throw Brewing turns 2 later this summer and the local brewery is celebrating in style with its Block on Rock 2nd Birthday Bash. “A beer, music & food festival all rolled into one! Beers from Stone’s Throw & other great Arkansas breweries, music from Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu and the Big Dam Horns, and all of Little Rocks best food trucks! Benefits the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas & Arkansas Brewers Guild.”
South on Main will be hosting Mary & Friends, which benefits the Oxford American, on May 15 at 7 p.m. Join Mary Steenburgen and friends for an evening of music, bites, and spirits. Tickets are $200 per person. “Your tax-deductible donation will directly support our creative projects, such as the music and literary programming at South on Main. You will help us print four issues per year with some of the most exciting and insightful reading in the nation, and your support will allow us to keep making the music issues & CDs that you love.” Limited tickets available.
Heifer International’s 3rd Annual Feast in the Field is May 30 at 6 p.m. This outdoor event is held on the lawns of Heifer International headquarters, adjacent to the Clinton Presidential Center. “ENJOY a family-style dinner featuring local foods prepared by the Little Rock Marriott’s Heritage Grille Steak and Fin. HEAR from distinguished speakers, Heifer project participants and enjoy a rockin’ performance by Donna Massey and Blue Eyed Soul. COME dressed in all-white, dressy casual attire.” For ticket information, click here.
The Southern Gourmasian’s 5-course beer dinner with Stone’s Throw Brewing is set for Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available now at the restaurant or by calling 501-313-5645; $50 per person or $90 for two.
There’s plenty going on over at Ciao Baci. Tonight is Happy Hour on all drinks, including a $5 cocktail special on 10-year Evan Williams old fashioneds. As a reminder, Monday nights are Industry Appreciation Nights … 20% off entire bill for service industry folks.
The 4th Annual Pig Party on the River will be on May 28 from 5-8 p.m. at the Downtown Riverside RV Park. This will include a hog roasting, a Baggo Tournament and music. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners of the Baggo Tournament ($10 Admission/$10 Baggo entry fee).
On May 26 from 5-9 p.m., NYPD Pizza is hosting Paws on the Patio. “Bring a furry friend and come mix & mingle on our beautiful patio! We will be accepting donations of pet goods on behalf of the Pulaski County Humane Society. Bring a donation and receive a free appetizer or dessert!”