Rumbles: Lee Edwards Pop-Up, Dos Rocas Announced, B Street Rib Off in April

One of Little Rock’s most important bar figures is coming back to town for a special one-night event. Lee Edwards of spirits importer Haus Alpenz will hold a pop-up event at the new Proof Bar + Lounge in Hillcrest on Tuesday, April 3. Edwards will be mixing special cocktails using spirits from the Haus Alpenz portfolio, which includes Hayman’s gin, Dolin vermouth, Cappelletti Aperitivo and Sfumato. The event is only scheduled to last from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., so don’t wait until after dinner to stop by. Edwards formerly served as bar manager for Ferneau, The Capital Hotel and Yellow Rocket Concepts. He is credited with helping kick-start and shape Little Rock’s excellent cocktail scene.

As reported this weekend, Jack and Corri Sundell of The Root Café are starting a second restaurant in SoMa. Doc Rocas Beer and Tacos will be located at 1220 South Main St., in the former Piano Craft location. The restaurant will pay homage to a number of Latin American cooking styles, including Honduran, Paraguayan and Venezuelan. In a nod to The Root’s heritage, Dos Rocas will serve casual “street” food in a relaxed atmosphere. And of course, the Sundells aren’t opening a restaurant without heavily sourcing their produce and meat from Arkansas. We will keep you posted on Dos Rocas’ progress, including when an opening day is announced; the website is already up and running.

The favorite barbecue event of Rock City Eats is coming back next month. B Street Rib Off will be held Saturday, April 21, at Riverfront Park in North Little Rock. B Street Rib Off is an annual barbecue competition featuring amateur teams from Arkansas and all over the Mid-South region. This is the tenth anniversary of the event, and just like in the first year, all proceeds from B Street Rib Off will be donated to the American Cancer Society of Central Arkansas. Registration is still open if you and your buddies want to compete.

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In a really cool story, Izard Chocolate is helping promote the history of Little Rock sweets in a unique way. The chocolate shop is selling a limited number of copies of The Sweet Side of Little Rock, a book written by Del Schmand in 1998. The authors father was William Schmand, who was one of the first candy makers in Little Rock in the 1920s. Del Schmand’s daughter Josephine stopped into Izard Chocolate and introduced herself, and owner Nathaniel Izard asked her to autograph the remaining copies of The Sweet Side of Little Rock. Those books are on sale now at Izard Chocolate, though there are fewer than a dozen left. Stop by today to pick up a copy.

Delta Biscuit Company keeps getting warmed up in preparation for its food truck grand opening. Delta will be at Honey Pies on Thursday, April 5, for a special “Brinner” pop-up. That’s breakfast for dinner, if you didn’t know. Oh, and as if you needed incentive to get your tickets, I have it on good authority that one of the courses will feature some cooking from Dempsey Barbecue, all but making this event a must-go. Tickets are $50 and are on sale now.

One last popup to talk about. Heritage Catering that we profiled a few months ago is off and running and they are holding a special dinner at their place to kick things off on April 14th. It is $50/person and BYOB.

There are very few servers in town as instantly recognizable as Chris Goff at South on Main. We highlighted his work this week in our Service Star feature.

Events

  • April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Diamond Chef Arkansas

    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...

  • April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    5 COURSE SAKE PAIRING

    at Kemuri – sushi, seafood, robata

    5 courses excellently paired with select Sakes for this one of a kind dinner.

  • April 21 @ 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!

  • April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Taste of Little Rock 2018

    at Jack Stephens Center

    The 15th annual Taste of Little Rock will honor Alfred Williams and Elaine Eubank for their lifetime of support to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Jack Stephens Center on the UA Little Rock campus, Taste of ...

  • April 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Arkansas Beer

    at Flyway Brewing

    Come join us for drinks and a discussion about Arkansas beer with author Brian Sorensen! Your $5 ticket covers either one full-size beer or a flight. Arkansas’ booze scene had a promising start, with America’s biggest brewing families, Busch and Lemp, investing in Little Rock just prior to P...

  • May 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Circo en el Fold: The Fold Turns 5 on Cinco de Mayo

    at The Fold: Botanas & Bar

    TURNING 5 NEVER FELT SO GOOD! We are dedicating our Birthday this year to the Designing Hope Foundation. That’s right, a portion of our proceeds from this fun PARTY will be going to this amazing foundation that helps out the many burn victims in Arkansas. The Fold is turning Cinco ...

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Rumbles: Lee Edwards Pop-Up, Dos Rocas Announced, B Street Rib Off in April