All of us at Rock City Eats want to wish a happy second anniversary to La Terraza Rum and Lounge. Two years ago, Armando and Sarah Bolanos took over the space that once belonged to Acadia Restaurant in Hillcrest and turned it into a Venezuelan restaurant with Mediterranean influence and a stellar line-up of rum and rum cocktails. This Saturday, La Terraza will celebrate on the patio from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. with samples of a few of those rums, as well as some free food and music. After this event, the Bolanos will be busy running two restaurants, having purchased longtime Italian staple Graffiti’s last month. The couple says don’t expect many new changes at Graffiti’s until the beginning of 2018.
By the way, that anniversary celebration at La Terraza comes in the middle of Harvestfest, so you might have to park a little away and walk. Harvestfest will feature 13 food trucks on Kavanaugh Blvd., including Excaliburger, Loblolly, The Southern Gourmasian, Slader’s Alaskan Dumplings and more. In addition, the festival will hold a gumbo cook-off from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. across the street from La Terraza. Entry is $5 and gets you free samples from The Capital Hotel, The Faded Rose, Rebel Kettle and other competitors. Harvestfest starts at 11 a.m. and goes until vendors break down around 9 p.m.
Mark October 29 on your calendars now. That’s the date renowned barbecue expert (and former Rock City contributor) Ken Dempsey will bring his talents to Flyway Brewing for a special menu. So far, Flyway has announced two special dishes to look out for: a brisket Frito pie and a spicy shrimp burger with avocado. Expect to see more dishes announced in the coming weeks. Dempsey was the executive chef at the now-closed E’s Bistro in North Little Rock before taking over food services for the Russellville School District.
Three Sams BBQ Joint will have to wait a bit longer to reopen the restaurant. Owner Annette Jones is still waiting for the city and state to finish final inspections before she can open up. In the meantime, Three Sams is still selling out of its concession trailer in the parking lot for lunch. Three Sams is finished rebuilding after a fire destroyed the establishment in March of last year. We’ll let you know as soon it can open again.
You’ll want to be on The Capital Hotel’s Facebook page tomorrow at 10 a.m. The hotel will be announcing all of its plans for Christmas and Thanksgiving events, including the wildly popular Storytime with Santa, as well as the Teddy Bear Tea and the putting up of the hotel’s Christmas tree. Tickets for events will also go on sale at that time as well, and at least a couple of those events will sell out quickly, so make sure you are ready to go tomorrow morning.
Speaking of sold out, there are no more tickets remaining for Monday’s No Kid Hungry dinner at South on Main. If you have tickets, we hope you enjoy what promises to be a great evening. If you were unable to get your tickets, we still encourage you to make a contribution to No Kid Hungry, which works to end child hunger in Arkansas and around the state.
The restaurant business always stays on the move, and that includes the people who work in the industry. We keep up with who goes where in our occasional Transitions series.
Fall is here! Promise! Well, when the weather does cool down, make sure you head to Trio’s to try the new cocktail menu. We previewed barman Merrick Fagan’s new drinks this week.
- October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!...
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 chicken and asparagus.
This weekend, Flyway Brewing’s special menu item is Gumbo Nachos.