Author archives: Brigette Williams

A Foodie's Fantasy Realized

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 Letter From The Editor AY Magazine ‘does food’ each and every month.  Each issue, we introduce you to, or provide insight into, the culinary vision of the state’s best chefs and restaurants. I have the true privilege of sitting across the table from them—warmed by stories of their initial inspiration and continued passion for their craft. A drea[...]

The Art of Architecture

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The very thing I got in trouble for at school, I turned into a career,” laughs Reese Rowland, FAIA, principal with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. He is also one of six 2017 Arkansas Governor’s Art Award recipients. How does Rowland feel to be one of the awardees? “Surprised, shocked, humbled!” stated Rowland. You turn 50; your head is constantly down proje[...]

Grotto Wood-Fired Grill & Wine Cave - 2017 Food Hall of Fame People's Choice

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Unknown to Grotto Chef/Founder Rodney Slane and Co-Owner Autumn Spencer at the time of this interview, they weren't just finalists for the first Arkansas Food Hall of Fame People's Choice Award, they are the winner! Opened in Eureka Springs in June 2015, read on to see what captured the support of their diners to make them winners. By Brigette Williams [...]

Arkansas Food Hall of Famers

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    hat would Arkansas’ fine and upscale dining consist of if these four gentlemen had not come together to make culinary magic at the legendary Jacques & Suzanne restaurant atop what is now the Regions Bank building overlooking downtown Little Rock? Those old enough to appreciate the idea of watermelon radishes, ‘raw bars’ an[...]

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, The Restaurants

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rkansas is plentiful with legendary restaurants that have served up southern and international favorites for more than four generations.  Three establishments, Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Lassis Inn in Little Rock and Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales in Lake Village are the first inductees in the Department of Arkansas Heritage’s Food Hall of Fame.Make [...]

A Letter From The Editor-Celebrating New Beginnings

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t was indeed a privilege to spend time with Lulu Chi, matriarch of the Chi family, whose many dining establishments’ offerings have for years tantalized the palates of Arkansans and beyond. A fascinating woman, her energy and youthful spirit are contagious. So, I was thrilled when she reluctantly agreed to talk to us about her family’s celebration of the Chi[...]

The Root Cafe

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By Brigette Williams :: Photography by Jamison Mosley   t's a bit after nine on a cold Saturday morning. The air is filled with good home cooking aromas-biscuits in the oven, the sweetness of pastries, sausage and hot coffee. Tables are filled with friends holding lively conversations. A line of a dozen or so folks eager to have breakfast scan the d[...]