Rumbles: Low Ivy Gets Food Truck, Valentine’s Day Dinners Around Town

Food trucks in Little Rock have traditionally been starting points for businesses wanting to advance to a more permanent setup. But not for Amanda Ivy, who announced she is opening a food truck business for her company Low Ivy Catering. Ivy is a widely respected chef who has put in time at The Southern Gourmasian, Heights Taco and Tamale Co., 1836 Club and, most recently, The Old Mill Bread Company. Ivy acquired the food truck from Gwen Jones, who used to run Beast Food Truck. Ivy says she still has some work to do in getting the truck ready for business, but once she does you can start to look for her around town. By the way, Ivy is also responsible for creating some of the best desserts in the city, including the Sopapilla Cheesecake at The Fold and Double Chocolate Bread Pudding at Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom.

Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away, and if you haven’t made reservations for dinner yet, you probably need to get on that now. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the special dinners planned around town for the occasion:

Note that some of these may be sold out already, or soon, so make sure to call and get your spot. By the way, if your restaurant is doing a Valentine’s Day dinner special menu, please let us know in the comments of our Facebook page.

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When Kontiki African Restaurant in Alexander opened a couple of weeks ago, more than a few people wondered how long anything could stay open there, much less such a unique business. But apparently Kontiki is doing very well, thank you very much. The restaurant has put out a call for applicants for front of house positions, like waiting tables and bussing. Also, Kontiki has started opening up for dinner. Right now, it’s nothing permanent, but it was one of the biggest requests from guests on opening week. Kontiki African Restaurant is the work of Christian Domingo, an immigrant from Sierra Leone in West Africa 18 years ago.

Valentine’s Day is great for lovers, but this Saturday marks a special observance we can all get behind. It’s National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, so naturally Loblolly Creamery is going all in. The Loblolly scoop shop will be open Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with some special ice cream treats to start your day, like cereal ice cream sundaes, or sundaes made with cinnamon rolls from Will’s Cinnamon Shop in Hot Springs. Loblolly is also making an appearance at At the Corner Saturday morning for the second annual Ice Cream Brunch. So far, there’s no menu posted, but last year’s brunch saw dishes like crepes and ice cream, and even an ice cream hash. At the Corner’s Ice Cream Brunch starts at 8:30 a.m.

And just a friendly reminder that you can now get tickets to 2018’s first major beer festival. The Food and Foam Fest returns to Dickey-Stephens Park on Friday, April 13. Tickets are on sale now for $40. VIP admission is $65 and gets you a free t-shirt plus early access to the event. Food and Foam Fest benefits The Arthritis Foundation of Arkansas.

Rock City Eats made a beer! Check out a preview of SofaKing Cinnamon, which will be on tap at Rebel Kettle this Thursday.

January saw two new restaurants open in Little Rock looking to capitalize on the poke trend that has swept the country. We paid a visit to Ohia Poké in our most recent First Look.

Events

  • February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A Capital Cooking Class – Sushi

    at The Capital Hotel

    The masterful art of sushi making doesn’t have to be intimidating. Join us for an evening of fun and learning as Georgi McNeal, former sushi chef at Botika in San Antonio, will lead you through all the basics. Learn the art of chopping ingredients, cooking sushi rice, perfecting the rolling ...

  • February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Italian Wine Dinner

    at Ristorante Capeo

    Travel to the northern province of Piedmont, Italy without leaving Arkansas! Chef Eric Isaac will prepare four courses with special wine pairings that will transport you to the foothills of the Italian Alps. Come feast with friends to benefit our 2018 Nonprofit Partner (to be announced on Jan 9th). ...

  • February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night at Flyway Brewing

    at Flyway Brewing

    Game Goblins, your friendly local game store, will be providing unique, fun games of all types. Come on by from 5pm until 9pm on Tuesday, January 27th, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some delicious food.

  • March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 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!

  • March 17 @ 9:00 pm - March 18 @ 12:30 am

    Big Red Flag live Dugan’s Irish Pub St. Paddy’s Day Blowout!

    at Dugan’s Pub Little Rock

    St. Paddy’s Day at Dugan’s Irish Pub is where ya wanna be this year. Legendary block party, madness ensues. Then, move it all inside the pub for a night of raucous Irish hedonism with Big Red Flag. We’re gonna dust off some old school Irish drinkin’ tunes, along with our ...

  • April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Food & FoamFest

    at Dickey-Stephens Park

    Food & Foam Fest is a creative twist to the traditional wine tasting event and is a beer sampling event offering samples of over 400 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs.

  • 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 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!

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Rumbles: Low Ivy Gets Food Truck, Valentine’s Day Dinners Around Town