Progress is slowly being made on the restoration of Three Sams BBQ Joint in the Mabelvale neighborhood. The walls are up in the extended kitchen and smoker area, the roof over the dining room is largely repair and the roof will soon be up over the kitchen. Three Sams burned down in a fire in March 2016 when the building was vacant. While there is no definite time set for the reopening, workers have been steadily making headway for months now. Until then, owner Annette Jones is still selling barbecue and desserts out of a concession trailer in the parking lot Wednesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. until she sells out.
South on Main is closed all week to give its staff some time off from the holiday madness. It will reopen Monday for lunch. And in just a couple of weeks (on Jan. 17 to be exact), chef Matthew Bell and his team will again present courses married with Lost Forty beer in a winter pairing dinner that’s becoming an annual tradition. This year, Bell only gets to prepare four of the courses. The fifth dessert course will be presented by Lost Forty’s Cash Ashley, whose outstanding work over the past year includes the taproom’s stellar Sunday brunch service. Tickets to the dinner are $80 each and are on sale now. A $20 non-refundable deposit is mandatory to save your spot.
One of the foremost writers on wild game hunting and cooking is coming to Little Rock. Hank Shaw will hold a book signing and meet-and-greet at Rebel Kettle Brewing Company on Jan. 16 from 6:30 until 10 p.m. Shaw is the author of “Buck, Buck, Moose” and “Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast.” He has twice been nominated for a James Beard award for writing, and his website features more than 450 recipes for wild game. Shaw will bring signed copies of his book to those who request ahead of time.
We’ve been trumpeting chef Amanda Ivy’s ascendance here at Rock City Eats for several months, and now you can see even more of her fantastic work on her new, public Facebook page. The Low Ivy page has plenty of photos of Ivy’s dishes, as well as contacts to hire her for desserts, catering and even culinary classes. Low Ivy is chef Ivy’s side job. Her regular work is cooking for members of The 1836 Club.
Kent Walker Artisan Cheese has published its events for the month of January, and the most exciting (from a food standpoint) has to be the Jan. 15 beer-and-cheese pairing event with Josiah Moody of Moody Brews. I’ve made my opinions of Moody’s work well known in the past; suffice it to say, I really recommend you check out this dinner. The evening concludes with a treat from Brown Sugar Bakeshop. Tickets are a mere $35 per person and are on sale now.
Unlike some annual events, North Little Rock’s Restaurant Month stands out for how it rewards you for eating north of the river. Here’s a look at some of the best giveaways the city has to offer.
And in case you missed it, we put a bow on 2016 and said goodbye with our Editor Awards, recognizing the best in Arkansas food of the past year.
- 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 January:
- Big Orange: Smashed Avocado Burger with a turkey patty and Almond Joy Milkshake
- Local Lime: Duck Confit Tacos with Red Mole
- Zaza: Hearts of Palm Salad with Citrus and Avocado
Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is its Stuffed Pork Chop. The weekly risotto is made with toasted prosciutto.
The Southern Gourmasian’s weekly special is Balinese Chicken Thigh, served with jasmine rice and shiitake mushrooms.