Rumbles: Taste of Little Rock, Ceci’s Ready to Move, Bernice Garden Farmers Market

Thursday evening is the 16th Annual Taste of Little Rock event at UA Little Rock. Nearly 40 restaurants and breweries will serve up food and drink at the Jack Stephens Center tomorrow evening from 6 until 8 p.m. Local favorites like Sauced, Rebel Kettle, Trio’s, La Terraza and Samantha’s will be dishing out as many bites as you can fit on your plate. While the event highlights the food of Central Arkansas, the proceeds go to benefit the UA Little Rock Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available online or at the door for $75; it’s only $35 for lifetime alumni members. This year’s honoree is Arkansas Heart Hospital CEO Bruce Murphy, who graduated from UA Little Rock in 1975. You can find a full list of restaurants participating is at the bottom of this article.

Ceci’s Chicken and Waffles will close its doors in Conway on April 28 in advance of its upcoming move to Little Rock. The outstanding chicken and waffles and soul food restaurant started in North Little Rock before making the move to Conway two years ago. There, owner Ciceley McDowell expanded her fan base and her menu, building a brunch style menu and offering more authentic Southern recipes. McDowell isn’t yet ready to talk about where she will be setting up in Little Rock, but it’s safe to say you will want to visit when she opens.

One of the best farmers markets in Arkansas is back in less than two weeks. Bernice Garden Farmers Market is slated for an April 14 grand opening. More than anything, Bernice Garden has always felt like a fully developed market, offering crafts, cooking classes, special events, and musical guests. The market will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 14 and every Sunday except Labor Day weekend until November 3.

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With the welcome return of Arkansas spring comes plenty of opportunities for Little Rock food trucks to pop up. This week alone you can find plenty out and about, including Delta Biscuit, Tren Al Sur and Say Cheese tomorrow at First Thursday in Hillcrest, Low Ivy Friday at The Southern Blonde, food trucks Saturday and Sunday at The Rail Yard, and five trucks Sunday at the preseason opener of the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club at War Memorial Stadium. Find a food truck have them make you a meal this week!

After several decades of serving Little Rock, Cajun’s Wharf has announced it is closing. We wrote about the reason this storied restaurant is shutting its doors for good.

And last month we crossed state lines to catch up with a dear friend who used to wow Little Rock’s food scene on a nightly basis. Check out our story about Matthew Lowman’s new restaurant in Cassville, Missouri.

2019 Taste of Little Rock Restaurants

Sauced
Whole Hog Café
Kemuri
La Terraza Rum and Lounge
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Community Bakery
On the Border
Tacos 4 Life Grill
Heart Hospital – Food Truck
Heart Hospital – Healthy Heart
Doe’s Eat Place
Trio’s Restaurant
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Eat My Catfish
Arthur’s
Oceans at Arthur’s
Le Pops
Samantha’s Tap Room
Loblolly Creamery
Rebel Kettle Brewing Company
The Fold
Pleasant Valley Country Club
So Restaurant
Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant
Copper Grill
Faded Rose
Damgood Pies
South on Main
Hurts Donuts
Skinny J’s
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Agasi7
Nexus Coffee
Arkansas Ale House

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Rumbles: Taste of Little Rock, Ceci’s Ready to Move, Bernice Garden Farmers Market