You won’t want to miss out on Natchez’s First Taste of Spring 5-Course Wine Dinner this Saturday night, May 9 at 6 p.m. Cost is $60 per person (with wine pairings) or $45 per person without wine parings. The menu includes … First course: Secco, Italian bubbles rose, IGT, Veneto 2013 (Red leaf lettuce, local strawberries, farm cheese, candied pecans, mint pistou); Second course: Colutta, Friulano, Italy 2014 (Ham hock, romaine puree, pickled radish yogurt, house naan); Third course: Left Coast Cellars, Pinot Noir Blanc, Willamette Valley, CA 2013 (Quail stuffed and roasted, prosciutto, farro verde, cauliflower, golden raisin); Fourth course: Revelry, Bordeaux blend, Walla Walla 2012 (Beef Bourguignon, crispy mascarpone grits, shiitake, carrot, and sweet potato); Fifth course: Giovanni Dri, Ramandolo, Italy 2007 (Honey custard tart with strawberry apricot compote and crème anglaise). There will also be live music by Amy Angel.
South on Main will be hosting Mary & Friends, which benefits the Oxford American, on May 15 at 7 p.m. Join Mary Steenburgen and friends for an evening of music, bites, and spirits. Tickets are $200 per person. “Your tax-deductible donation will directly support our creative projects, such as the music and literary programming at South on Main. You will help us print four issues per year with some of the most exciting and insightful reading in the nation, and your support will allow us to keep making the music issues & CDs that you love.” Limited tickets available.
The new summer menu at Forty Two is out … and it’s good!
Local food trucks will be at The Good Earth (15601 Cantrell Roard) this Thursday, May 7 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Trucks that will be in attendance include Fork in the Road, Beast, Food Commander, Hot Rod Wieners, The Pie Hole and Le Pops.
Here’s a bit of good news from Oishi Hibachi + Thai Cuisine: “Mothers eat FREE on Mothers Day All Weekend Long! Call 603-0080 for more details, reservations suggested! Some restrictions may apply, while it lasts.”
Capeo’s next 3-course wine dinner is set for June 8 at 6:30 p.m. and features Clams and Mussels Steamed in Seafood Broth and Tomatoes with Rustic Grilled Bread (Santa Christina Orvieto), Gnocchi Tossed in a Meaty Ragu Bolognese (Tormaresca Primitivo), Herbed Beef Tenderloin with a Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce and Crispy Fried Potatoes (Santa Christina Chianti Classico). Cost is $55 per person (includes tax). For reservations, call 501-376-3463.
The International Greek Food Festival will be held May 15-17. As a reminder, admission, parking and trolley service to the festival are all free.
The Preservation Crustaceans event is set for Thursday, May 7 at Argenta Plaza (520 Main St, NLR). A VIP reception is from 5-6 p.m. with general admission at 6 p.m. “Preservation Crustaceans has grown from a backyard gathering in 2001 to the HPAA’s most-anticipated Arkansas Heritage Month event. Now back at its very first location in the Argenta neighborhood of North Little Rock, and still serves all-you-can-eat crawfish and shrimp, potatoes, and corn on the cob – plus beer and sodas.” Tickets can be purchased here.
Here’s something to keep on the old radar … Stone’s Throw Brewing turns 2 later this summer and the local brewery is celebrating in style with its Block on Rock 2nd Birthday Bash. “A beer, music & food festival all rolled into one! Beers from Stone’s Throw & other great Arkansas breweries, music from Cindy Woolf & Mark Bilyeu and the Big Dam Horns, and all of Little Rocks best food trucks! Benefits the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas & Arkansas Brewers Guild.”