Rumbles: Three Sams Update, South on Main Teams up with Lost Forty, Book Signing at Rebel Kettle

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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.

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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.

Events

  • 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 27 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Freshcut Monday: Demolition Day Cider

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    STOP. DEMO TIME! When Omar heard that we’d be shutting down brewhouse beer production for a few days to install new tanks, he began crafting an easy drinking Cider for #FreshCutMonday. Our small batch Demolition Day Cider has been aging for 4 months and features Organic Apple Cider fermented w...

  • March 30 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 THURSDAY! -Three-Way

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It’s a 4:30 THURSDAY Three-way! Next Thursday we’re bringing back 3 beers; our Spring Seasonal Saison, Season of Sin, Our White Limo, Golden Stout, and the long awaited Hell Camino, Chipotle Porter. See you at 4:30pm!...

  • 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 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Rebel Kettle Beer Dinner

    at

    Join us for dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille with lots of beer from Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. at 6:30pm on April 6th. Enjoy five scrumptious speciality courses each paired with a Rebel Kettle brew. Tickets are $55. Call 501-448-2631 to make your reservation! Our menu will feature: Course 1 – ......

  • 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....

Specials

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.

 

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Rumbles: Three Sams Update, South on Main Teams up with Lost Forty, Book Signing at Rebel Kettle