Little Rock’s most important food event of the year has made a bigger impact than ever. Monday night’s No Kid Hungry dinner raised more than $70,000 to help fight childhood hunger, besting last year’s record of $65,000. This is the third year South on Main has hosted the dinner, featuring talented chefs and bartenders from Arkansas and beyond. This year saw Memphis chef Kelly English and Nashville’s Levon Wallace lending their considerable talents to the cause. Every penny raised at No Kid Hungry dinner events goes straight to No Kid Hungry, which supports public and private organizations in their efforts to make sure every child is fed.
The first pictures of Mylo Coffee’s expansion show plenty of progress is being made in the former Afterthought space. Stephanos Mylonas and his crew stripped the restaurant’s walls to the studs and ripped up the flooring over the past few months. However, the same exposed brick wall in Mylo’s dining room is still up in the new space. New floors are already going down, and teams have set up the framework to wall off the area that will hold Mylo Coffee’s expansion area. Once all is finished, a new restaurant and concert venue will operate next door to Mylo, featuring a menu centered around brick-oven cooking, craft cocktails and live music performances. That will happen sometime in 2017.
If you attended Harvestfest this weekend, you probably noticed the video production crew shooting in the area. The team was here to record an episode of The Cooking Channel’s Big Bad BBQ Brawl, featuring New York pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio. Ambrosio’s competition was none other than The Southern Gourmasian’s Justin Patterson, who was also working the festival in his food truck. Helping Patterson out with cooking duties was Beast Food Truck owner Gwen Jones. As for the contest, well, you’ll have to wait until the episode comes out to find out who won. Patterson’s episode will air in season 2 of Big Bad BBQ Brawl, though the exact date is still yet to be announced.
Conway coffee lovers will soon have a new place to get their fix. Round Mountain Coffee has held its soft openings and is ready to open its doors starting tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. The shop is roasting its own beans and making espresso drinks as well as experimenting with some new beverage creations. They will also be selling coffee beans to take home. Round Mountain is on Prince St. in Conway.
Congratulations are in order to Yellow Rocket Concepts, which had a fantastic weekend at festivals around town. On Saturday, Scott McGehee and his crew won the 2016 World Cheese Dip Championships with Heights Taco and Tamale’s “Five Families” cheese dip recipe. Then on Sunday, McGehee and John Beachboard took their Lost Forty team to the Arkansas Times Heritage Hog Roast and won first place there. Props to both teams for coming out victorious in what must have been an exhausting but rewarding weekend.
And believe it or not, Lost Forty is anticipating this coming weekend to be even bigger for them. That’s because Saturday is the annual release of Nighty Night, the brewery’s imperial stout aged in three different barrels for several months. We had the honor of documenting the creation of this sensational beer ahead of its release party.
Looking for a vibrant, creative drink line-up? You might not automatically think about Trio’s, but that should change with the release of bartender Merrick Fagan’s eye-catching new cocktail menu that looks just as good as it tastes.
Arkansas farmers certainly don’t get the recognition they deserve. This week, we profiled Farm Girl Meats owner and farmer Katie Shorts and discovered her unique, natural approach to raising livestock.
Little Rock has a new lunch delivery option. Dayjenay is delivering hot meals around lunch time to the downtown area, we profiled it earlier today.
- August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.
On Tuesday, we will be bending for beer during another fun session of Beer Yoga! $10 includes class and your first beer. Please arrive early and bring your mat, towel, and I.D. Event photo courtesy of Haneywood.com...
- August 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Me and McGee Market
An event to come together and visit. Let us show our appreciation to the many amazing people who support us! Meet some of our local producers and farmers and learn more about their products like meats, spices, jams, jellies, eggs and more!...
- September 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Core Public House – North Little Rock Argenta
Early show. No Cover. Solo acoustic music, great food, and fine Arkansas Craft Beers!...
- September 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Capital Hotel
In early June Capital Hotel beverage director Ben Edwards was injured in a swimming pool accident that left him paralized from the chest down. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and treatment to help recover. Ben is a strong member of the local food community, and his friends in the local ......
- September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Little Rock Zoo
It’s a craft beer fest at the most unique venue in town – the Little Rock Zoo! Taste dozens of brews in your souvenir cup as you meet some new animal friends and listen to some great live music. Zoo Brew takes place in and around the pavilion and inside ......
- September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Arkansas Foodbank
Harvest Night is the marquee event for September’s Hunger Action Month! Join us September 16th, 2017 for some fun for the whole family while raising awareness about the important work of the Arkansas Foodbank. For Adults: Live music, BBQ & Catfish from Corky’s Ribs & BBQ Little R...
- September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm at North Shore Riverwalk Park
Legends of Arkansas 2017 is coming up September 16th and we can’t wait to see you all! We’ll be celebrating all things Arkansas at the beautiful North Shore River Walk in NLR this year. Don’t forget that this year the $5 ticket price (kids free!) goes to support The Van! ......
- September 28 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm at Youth Home, Inc.
Please join us September 28, 2017 at Albert Pike Memorial Center’s Banquet Hall in Downtown Little Rock for an epicurean evening of delights prepared by some of Arkansas’s best chefs—all benefiting Youth Home, Inc. Enjoy a delicious five-course dinner, while watching how the chefs actually pre...
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
Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a seared sea scallops dish with mushrooms sautéed in butter and wine. The risotto of the week is chicken and mushroom.