Rumbles: James at the Mill Closes, South on Main Welcomes California Chefs, Table 28 and Rock Town Team Up

In a surprising turn, acclaimed restaurant James at the Mill in Johnson, Ark., has closed. The restaurant, run by chef Miles James at the Inn at the Mill, had a successful 20-year run that came to an end last week. Chef James used the restaurant to introduce his refined Southern dining ideas, which proved popular among diners and critics alike. At this time, we don’t yet know what led to the restaurant’s closure. Chef James is the owner of MJ Pizzeria in Springdale and is already planning a second location in Fayetteville.

There’s a special evening planned Sunday night at South on Main. That’s when the restaurant will welcome Crystal Delongpre and Courtney Rae from California-based Bacon and Brine for a special dinner event. The evening will start with a viewing of “Hungry,” a documentary by Logo TV on the lives of women in the restaurant industry. Both Bacon and Brine owners are featured in the documentary and will be taking questions afterward. Of course, there will be food prepared by the Bacon and Brine duo and chef Matthew Bell in a special farm-to-table menu. Tickets to the event are $100, which covers the meal, viewing and one drink coupon.

Speaking of special dinners, mark Aug. 30 on your calendar right now. That’s when Table 28 and Rock Town Distillery are partnering for a five-course whiskey dinner. As someone who has been to two coursed dinners from chef Scott Rains, I can tell you they are not to be missed. Right now, we don’t have a menu, but the restaurant is taking $90 per-person reservations right now. You can make yours by calling 501-224-2828.

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There are still tickets left for the culinary programming events at Fayetteville Roots Festival. It continues to be the best culinary festival in the state, and this year looks no different.

Earlier this summer, a tragic accident left Capital Hotel beverage manager Ben Edwards paralyzed from the chest down. Little Rock’s restaurant community has banded together to help Ben with his recovery with a special fundraiser dinner event. Read all about it and purchase tickets to the event here.

Plenty of freebies up for grabs this week for Little Rock Restaurant Month. We’ve picked out some of our favorite offers at restaurants around town.

Events

  • October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Fountain Fest

    at Arkansas Arts Center

    Fountain Fest is back for its fifth anniversary celebration! Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries, this year’s event features art, music, food, libations, all centered around a surprise installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain. Tickets are $25, and funds will go tow...

  • October 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival

    at South Main Street Commercial Historic District

    New this year at the 2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, many local breweries will be showcasing local flavors. Heifer International will be bringing various outdoor games and some animals from the farm for a local meet-and-greet. The festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and South...

  • October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Festival of Darkness: Nighty Night Release Party

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    THE FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS 2017 Nighty Night Release Party & Celebration of Dark Beer Darkness is coming. And with it, one hellacious party. Our biggest, baddest, boldest 3 Barrel-Aged 2017 batch of Nighty Night Imperial Stout makes it’s limited debut Oct. 21st. The return of our most antic...

  • October 27 @ 12:00 pm - October 28 @ 7:00 pm

    CAF’s Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Central Arkansas Fermenters presents the Third Annual Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition! With cash prizes and traditional medals, the AHA/BJCP-sanctioned Arktoberfest Challenge should be at the top of every mid-South homebrewer’s list. Combine it with the Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival...

  • October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Arktoberfest 2017

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Come enjoy the third annual Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Caddo Valley Catfish Cook Off in Arkadelphia, Arkansas! Fun for the whole family including all Arkansas craft beers, a catfish dinner with all the fixins, Arkansas musicians and artisans, free kids’ activities, and more. Come to...

  • November 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Day of the Dead

    at The Fold: Botanas & Bar

    INAUGURAL DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION 2017 The Fold partners with Habitat for Humanity to celebrate the traditional Dia de los Muertos Keep the Halloween festivities going and join us for our inaugural Day of the Dead Celebration. We will be closing down the whole parking lot surrounding the restaur...

  • April 21, 2018 @ 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 August:

  • Big Orange: Pineapple BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Key Lime Pie Milkshake
  • Local Lime: Fried Avocado Tacos with pineapple, lime slaw, and pickled carrots and onions
  • Zaza: Ahi Tuna Niçoise Salad with Arkansas cherry tomatoes, green beans and roasted potatoes

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

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Rumbles: James at the Mill Closes, South on Main Welcomes California Chefs, Table 28 and Rock Town Team Up