Rumbles: No Kid Hungry Dinner Monday, Three Sams Rebuilding Continues, The Root Nears Dining Room Opening


If you haven’t purchased your tickets to Little Rock’s annual No Kid Hungry dinner, you’re running out of time. The dinner is Monday evening, and only a few tickets remain. South on Main is the host for the annual fundraiser, which features a charity auction and special drawings for prizes. Chef Matthew Bell is joined by Local Lime’s Ben Brainard, Sweet Love’s Kelli Marks, Ciao Baci’s Jeffrey Owen, Levon Wallace of Cochon in Nashville, and Kelly English from Restaurant Iris in Memphis. The event is always a fantastic evening, so please get your tickets soon.

Three Sams BBQ Joint is making good progress in its recovery from a fire in March that badly damaged the restaurant. The area where the fire started has been ripped away, as has the kitchen and back room. Crews will soon lay concrete floors and rebuild the kitchen area. The roof, which had massive holes punched in it to allow the smoke to escape, will also be replaced with a new metal roof. In the meantime, Three Sams is still serving its barbecue and pies from a food trailer in the parking lot Wednesday through Friday starting at 10:30 a.m. Be warned, the trailer is cash only, so plan ahead if you’re stopping by for lunch.

SO Restaurant has a new executive chef, Cody Rudd. Rudd comes from the Clinton Presidential Center/Forty Two, where he has worked since 2012. He also has work experience at Skye’s Bistro, 1620 Savoy, and Simply the Best, all under outstanding local chefs.


Speaking of construction progress, The Root Café is close to opening up its greatly expanded dining room area. Owner Jack Sundell tells me the dining room and second bathroom area could open in the next week or two, which will more than double The Root’s seating capacity. Once the dining room opens, crews will focus on getting the kitchen area updated. Sundell still hopes to be fully updated before the end of the year. Don’t forget, you can get a taste of The Root’s new dinner service every second and fourth Friday of the month. The second Friday is a ticketed dinner service, with tickets available at a link on The Root’s Facebook page. The fourth Friday is a traditional full-service dinner.

The Southern Gourmasian is joining Lost 40 Brewing for a special mystery menu night next Wednesday. For $20, guests will get two Lost 40 beers plus a shareable plate that pairs with the brew. One of the beers on tap will be Forest Queen Milk Stout, a limited batch that won’t last very long. Menu items will slowly be revealed on The Southern Gourmasian’s Facebook page leading up to the event.

We told you about kBird’s outstanding Thai “khantoke” dinner specials in August. Those dinners are back in November and December. The first three dinners (Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3) will be ticketed based on reservations. A fourth dinner is a reward for contributing to a Kickstarter project by Farm Girl Meats. If you want tickets (and trust me, you want tickets), send an email to starting at 2 p.m. this Friday. Include in your email the date you want and how many people are in your party. Be sure to set an alarm; last time, tickets were gone in less than 20 minutes.

A fire one month ago shut down Midtown Billiards, putting employees out of work and closing one of the town’s most beloved dive bars. We spoke to Midtown’s management and found out the bar could be back open in 2016.

It’s a rare talent that can make both sweet and savory foods equally well. We profiled a woman who is just that gifted in The 1836 Club’s Amanda Ivy.

It’s long been one of the city’s best breakfast and lunch spots. But over the past year and a half, Boulevard Bistro has staked its claim with a fantastic dinner service. We checked out the new fall menu here.


  • October 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    St Margaret’s Monday Food Truck Meet

    at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

    This is the last food truck meeting of the year for St Margaret’s. Trucks TBD   advertisement...

  • October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Freshcut Monday: Snake Party Double IPA

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    You’re invited to the SNAKE PARTY. We canned 32 barrels of this big, bold, hoppy brew! Join us for a taste of this Small Batch Seasonal Monday, October 24th at 4PM. We only kegged one 1/2 barrel, so make plans to be here at 4pm to try it on draft. ......

  • October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Lost Forty Tap Takeover & Tapas

    at The Southern Gourmasian

    6 Beers 6 Shareable Plates Raffle Prizes Trick or Treat Candy Pairing Forest Queen Milk Stout Keg Tapping...

  • October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm



    Come join us at the Third Annual W.O.W.apalooza event to help raise awareness and support victims of domestic violence and violent crimes. We will have live entertainment for the night along with dinner and adult beverages. Our Silent Auction will be the only place you need to shop for Christmas. .....

  • October 27 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 Thursday – 2016 RedRumPum Release

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    After spending nearly 4 months in Caribbean Rum Barrels we are excited to be releasing our first annual beer; RedRumPum, Imperial Pumpkin Amber Ale. This 10% abv monster has complex flavors of caramel, chocolate, vanilla oakiness, a hint of pumpkin spice and of course rum. See you at 4:30pm on ......

  • October 28 @ 10:00 am

    BOO! Bake Sale for DCFS


    Want to help teens in foster care and get some tasty treats? Come see us for our third annual BOO! Bake Sale. All proceeds go toward purchasing Christmas gift cards for teenagers in foster care in Arkansas. With almost 5,200 kids of all ages in care, that’s a lot of ......

  • October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Special Dinner with Caroline Randall Williams

    at The Capital Hotel

    Private Cocktail Reception and Dinner at the Capital Hotel with 2016 Arkansas Cornbread Festival Distinguished Guest Caroline Randall Williams, co-author of ‘Soul Food Love.’ Friday, October 28 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Capital Hotel 111 West Markham Street $125, includes alcoholic beverage...

  • October 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    2016 Arkansas Cornbread Festival

    at The Bernice Garden

    The 2016 Cornbread Festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Our House and studioMAIN! Also new this year is our Cornbread Kids’ Own Zone under the pavilion at the Bernice Garden. Plus, a vintage motorcycle show will be presented by Moto Arkansas. Amateur and professional corn...


Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of October:

  • Big Orange: Turkey Bacon Brie Burger, Red Velvet Cake, and Caramel Apple Pie Shake
  • Local Lime: Grilled Fresh Gulf Oysters
  • Zaza: Market Pizza with Autumn Squash and the Apple and Endive Salad

Raduno’s pizza special this week is a pie with burrata, crispy basil, prosciutto and crushed red pepper.

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a pork chop with sautéed sweet peppers. The risotto of the week is chicken and asparagus.


Rumbles: No Kid Hungry Dinner Monday, Three Sams Rebuilding Continues, The Root Nears Dining Room Opening