Rumbles: Southern Salt Takes Over White Water; Tacos 4 Life to Benton, Donates 2 Million Meals

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Chef and owner of Southern Salt Food Company Lauren McCants is now working the kitchen at long-time dive bar White Water Tavern. McCants is cooking up Southern Salt favorites on the weekends, plus Tuesday and Thursday nights. Of course, the Cuban Reuben is there, as are jerk chicken nachos, chicken mole quesadillas, and sweet potato and avocado tacos. Fans of the food truck, don’t fear: McCants is pulling double duty and still gets out around town in the truck. She is scheduled to appear at Harvestfest in Hillcrest on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Before the Little Rock location could even open, Tacos 4 Life has announced it’s also coming to Saline County. The popular Arkansas restaurant will open its fifth location in Benton on Alcoa Road. The grand opening will be in spring of next year. Also, Tacos 4 Life has another reason to celebrate; it recently donated its 2 millionth meal to charity. With every meal purchased, Tacos 4 Life donates a meal to Feed My Starving Children, a mission that helps battle child hunger in the countries of Honduras and Swaziland.

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Little Rock’s only distillery is expanding its lineup. Rock Town Distillery has added small-batch flavored vodkas in grapefruit, basil and Mandarin orange. Rock Town master distiller Phil Brandon says these vodkas are great for mixing or just enjoying with a splash of club soda. The suggested retail price is $14 for a 750 mL bottle. They are on sale at the distillery and several liquor stores around town.

South on Main will play host to the Oxford American’s annual fundraiser on Friday night and will not be open for regular business. Chef Matthew Bell will be serving up a southern barbecue buffet for the event, which is ticketed at $200 each. But even more impressive than Bell’s excellent cooking is one of the items up for bids in the auction that night. Attendees will be bidding on a pair of boxing gloves autographed by none other than boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Tickets are still available, but seating is limited, so move quickly if you want to go.

Last week, Raduno Brick Oven and Barroom put a special cheeseburger pizza on the menu to help raise money for employees of Midtown Billiards who are out of work after a fire badly damaged the historic bar. The response was so strong that Raduno is keeping the special going again this week. I got a chance to try it last week, and it was well worth seeking out. Be sure to stop by between now and Sunday for a very good pizza and a chance to help those who need it.

It’s not really news, but I found it amusing: after the first attempt at imploding the Broadway Bridge failed, Cregeen’s Irish Pub in Argenta sold their Irish car bombs for only $4 until the bridge was in the river. It was five and a half hours after detonation that the bridge finally collapsed.

The Blue Plate Special, the annual fundraiser for the Thea Foundation, will be held this coming Monday, and Rock City Eats has two free tickets to the event. Click here to enter the giveaway contest.

Take it from me, the place to go for your post-shift stress reliever this fall is Big Orange Midtown. I had a chance to sample the excellent new cocktail menu and found it worthy of very high praise.

And it’s no secret that Northwest Arkansas’ food scene has exploded in recent years. We put together a quick guide to great food when travelling to watch the Hogs play this fall.

Events

  • March 23 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 THURSDAY! – Pulp, Mango Sour IPA

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    The juice is loose this coming 4:30 THURSDAY! We are releasing PULP. Our Sour IPA aged on mangoes. Tart and fruity, this juice like beer has aromas and flavors of grapefruit, oranges, and tropical fruit. If you are a fan of IPA fan or a sour beer fan or both, ......

  • March 21 @ 10:00 am - March 26 @ 5:00 pm

    Spring Break Ice Cream Sandwich Week!

    at Loblolly Creamery

    Here’s to Spring Break! Calling all students, college kids, lunch breakers, and families, let’s get wild and party with crazy ice cream sandwiches. Loblolly is your ice cream destination for a sweet treat vacation. The Loblolly Soda Fountain will have party specials all week long with a...

  • March 31 @ 12:00 pm - April 1 @ 3:00 pm

    Arkansas Made – Arkansas Proud

    at War Memorial Stadium

    A unique market showcasing products that are created or produced in the Natural State. Shoppers can browse and purchase art, crafts, jewelry and food created or produced by Arkansans. Market will take place on the field at War Memorail Stadium. Arkansas Made – Arkansas Proud is brought to you...

  • April 1 @ 11:00 am - April 2 @ 12:00 am

    Beer and Loathing in Little Rock, 1 Year Anniversary Music & Beer Festival

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It may be April Fools but we’re not fooling. Come out to celebrate our One Year Anniversary with us at Beer & Loathing in Little Rock- the (hopeful) start of an annual tradition stocked with food trucks, live music, beer tents & laughter. Free admission and kid friendly. Gates open ......

  • April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    A la Carte

    at Children’s Hall – Arkansas Children’s Hospital Campus

    Taste & Treats From 20 of central Arkansas’ finest eateries Silent Auction Camps, Hunts, Fine Jewelry, Trips & More Introducing: Art a La Carte Original works of art created at ACH by patients with Arkansas artist advertisement...

  • April 14 @ 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 380 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs....

  • April 29 @ 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Dentalways B Street Rib Off

    at

    2017 Marks the 9th Annual B Street Rib Off, we hope it’s our biggest year yet. On April 29, 2017 we will decend on North Little Rock’s Argenta neighborhood to fill the streets with the aroma of hickory and tastes of world-class BBQ. And it will all be done in ......

  • May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Empty Bowls 2017

    at Statehouse Convention Center

    The Arkansas Foodbank will celebrate it’s 15th annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser on May 12th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. It will be a night full of live music, local food, and libations! There will be a live auction and silent auction,...

Specials

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

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Rumbles: Southern Salt Takes Over White Water; Tacos 4 Life to Benton, Donates 2 Million Meals