This is your last week to eat at popular West Little Rock restaurants Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Some and B-Side. Owner Nancy Tesmer is closing the two eateries after 14 years in business and will move to Chicago to help a family member with health needs. Tesmer and now-Little Rock city director Kathy Webb opened the restaurants in 2002 and have garnered thousands of fans over the years. This week, Lilly’s will be open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. through Sunday, while B-Side is open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Both will close permanently after Sunday.
If you’ve ever visited Kent Walker Artisan Cheese downtown, you know the space could use a little more elbow room. Walker and his team have heard the feedback and are expanding the dining area and taproom into the cheesemaking room. The 500-gallon cheese vat has moved to the back, and crews are building a new wall that will push the office space and cheesemaking room further back. Kent Walker Artisan Cheese will remain open during the expansion, including for lunch, where they serve some rather tasty grilled cheese sandwiches.
November is here, and that means the return of one of the best food-and-drink collaborations in Little Rock. Izard Chocolate has once again teamed up with Rock Town Distillery to produce small batch bourbon caramels for the holiday season. This year’s caramels are made with Rock Town’s 3-year-old straight bourbon. These caramels make great gifts, but they’re just as good to keep on hand for a quick treat. You can find these bourbon caramels at Rock Town Distillery in East Village and Izard Chocolate in Hillcrest.
I don’t need to remind you that the election is a mere six days away, but I do want to give you some incentive to vote early. Just get to the polls, make sure you get your “I Voted Early” sticker and show it to your server at Local Lime or Big Orange (West location only) to get $5 off your ticket. Early voting will end on Monday at 5 p.m.
Arkansas Brews Cruise is officially up and running. The new Little Rock tour company takes guests from brewery to brewery, showing how beer is made and offering plenty of samples along the way. If you and a friend are interested, Arkansas Brews Cruise is offering a limited time special. If you sign up two people, both guests get $10 off the ticket price. Just use the promo code 2FOR10 when you check out online.
In a blow to Little Rock’s dining scene, acclaimed pastry chef Zara Wilkerson has announced she will no longer make desserts for private clients or restaurants. We wrote about her impact yesterday and found out her most popular dessert might still be staying around.
By the way, you should be making dinner plans tomorrow night for the Next Course event at the Clinton Library. Here’s a look at the menu and how to get tickets.
It’s officially Summertime and we’re kicking off the first 4:30 THURSDAY! of it with three of our favorite fruit beers; “Day Dreamsicle”, Orange Creamsicle Wheat, “P. Whipped”, Pineapple Whip Ale and, “A Salt and Splattery”, Watermelon Gose. All three...June 29 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Live, no cover music right here at the pub!...June 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Get in the spirit, put on your patriotic attire, and kick off your 4th of July weekend with another fun session of Beer Yoga with Valerie Talburt. $10 for the class and your first beer. Doors at 9am and Class begins at 10am so please arrive early. Also please bring ......July 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us this Sunday, July 2nd, for Late Breakfast at Flyway Brewing. Ms Gina and Ms Ursula are cooking up a Duck Sausage Hash, with or without an egg! The tasting room is opening an hour early for this new tradition. Check back next month for a new menu item....July 2 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Chef Amanda Ivy is taking over the kitchen at Eggshells and showing us how to create the ultimate summer pies. Her baking creations are all beautiful as well as delicious, so we are excited to pull up a seat and learn from the queen! We will learn Chef Amanda’s Cherry ......July 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm