A couple of Little Rock chefs are getting some national exposure on Food Network starting this month. On Sunday, July 30, at 7 p.m., Old Mill Bread Company chef Amanda Ivy will compete on a grillmaster edition of Guy’s Grocery Games. The show is a cooking competition with contestants having to find and “purchase” items from a mock grocery store while following certain restrictions (like sticking to a budget or finding a substitute for a missing ingredient). Then this fall, Ivy joins longtime partner Donnie Ferneau and his wife Meaghan in competing on season 8 of The Great Food Truck Race. Ferneau has never operated a food truck in Central Arkansas, but the team has come together to form The Southern Frenchie, a truck dedicated to preparing Southern classics with Donnie’s trademark technique. Season 8 has the food trucks traveling from New Orleans to Savannah, cooking along the way for the chance to win $50,000.
Mylo Coffee Co. is closed until Friday while the team moves its coffee roaster from the restaurant to the new roastery at 3604 Kavanaugh Blvd., in the same shopping center as SO. The roastery will be primarily a production facility; don’t expect to find seating or food there. It will start with Mylo’s existing coffee roaster, giving the coffee shop some additional space and allowing Mylo to start distribution of its beans. The roastery will have plenty of room to expand and will likely host private events and cuppings. After the roastery opens, the Mylonas family will resume work on its still-unnamed restaurant going into the former Afterthought’s space.
The city of Little Rock has approved plans for Blue Canoe Brewing Company to open a new brewing facility at 1637 E. 15th Street. The property spans two blocks, which will allow Blue Canoe the chance to massively expand its operations. The plans call for a large metal brewing facility, bar area and a patio, indicating Blue Canoe plans to use the new space as a retail location in addition to the new brewery. Owner Patrick Cowan wanted to keep the details quiet for now, so we don’t yet know whether Blue Canoe will keep its existing 3rd Street taproom location open when the new brewing facility is ready. We’ll keep following this story and have more information in the months to come.
Speaking of brewing, this weekend is your chance to try some of the best beer in the state and region. The Great Arkansas Beer Festival is Saturday evening at the Statehouse Convention Center. While the lineup of beers and breweries has still not been released, expect to see dozens of breweries represented and more beer than you’ll be able to sample in one evening. Tickets to the event are $30 if you order now and $40 at the door.
Little Rock-based food truck Viva Vegan is “putting down roots” and opening a permanent location on 12th street west of Central High School. The restaurant has been getting some community help in cleaning up the existing restaurant space and says it should be ready to open sometime in the next couple of weeks. The opening would fill a hole left by beloved began restaurant The Veg, LLC, which was forced to close after the shooting at Power nightclub that injured dozens of people.
Food trends come and go in every city in the country. We take a look forward to see what new food genre could get hot next in Little Rock’s food scene.
A coffee shop with a focus on cycling is now open in the Capitol View/Stifft Station neighborhood. Our new writer Sara Slimp checks out the coffee and food at The Meteor Café.
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Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of July:
- Big Orange: Beer-Battered Fried Gulf Grouper Sandwich and Lemon Icebox Blueberry Shake
- Local Lime: Fried Chicken Tacos with Arkansas Corn and Lime Slaw
- Zaza: Local Heirloom Salad with Fresh Mozzarella and Market Pizza with Soppressata and Peppadews
Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a fresh fish entree. The risotto of the week is made with chicken and broccoli.