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

  • August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Beer Yoga with Valerie Talburt

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    On Tuesday, we will be bending for beer during another fun session of Beer Yoga! $10 includes class and your first beer. Please arrive early and bring your mat, towel, and I.D. Event photo courtesy of Haneywood.com...

  • August 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Customer Appreciation Day

    at Me and McGee Market

    An event to come together and visit. Let us show our appreciation to the many amazing people who support us! Meet some of our local producers and farmers and learn more about their products like meats, spices, jams, jellies, eggs and more!...

  • September 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 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!...

  • September 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Friends and Ben

    at The Capital Hotel

    In early June Capital Hotel beverage director Ben Edwards was injured in a swimming pool accident that left him paralized from the chest down. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and treatment to help recover. Ben is a strong member of the local food community, and his friends in the local ......

  • September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Zoo Brew 2017

    at Little Rock Zoo

    It’s a craft beer fest at the most unique venue in town – the Little Rock Zoo! Taste dozens of brews in your souvenir cup as you meet some new animal friends and listen to some great live music. Zoo Brew takes place in and around the pavilion and inside ......

  • September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Harvest Night 2017

    at Arkansas Foodbank

    Harvest Night is the marquee event for September’s Hunger Action Month! Join us September 16th, 2017 for some fun for the whole family while raising awareness about the important work of the Arkansas Foodbank. For Adults: Live music, BBQ & Catfish from Corky’s Ribs & BBQ Little R...

  • September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Legends of Arkansas 2017

    at North Shore Riverwalk Park

    Legends of Arkansas 2017 is coming up September 16th and we can’t wait to see you all! We’ll be celebrating all things Arkansas at the beautiful North Shore River Walk in NLR this year. Don’t forget that this year the $5 ticket price (kids free!) goes to support The Van! ......

  • September 28 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    The Next Course

    at Youth Home, Inc.

    Please join us September 28, 2017 at Albert Pike Memorial Center’s Banquet Hall in Downtown Little Rock for an epicurean evening of delights prepared by some of Arkansas’s best chefs—all benefiting Youth Home, Inc. Enjoy a delicious five-course dinner, while watching how the chefs actually pre...

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