Arkansas food news for the week:

Conway will soon be the home to John Daly’s Steakhouse, the first restaurant in a planned business venture by the Arkansas-born golfer. While the opening date has changed a few times, management is actively hiring staff.

Tech company Instacart recently introduced grocery delivery to Arkansas. Whole Foods, Kroger, Natural Grocers, Petco and CVS are the first to sign on in central Arkansas. More details here.

Main Street Food Truck Fridays return this week in Little Rock. This tasty event is a weekly series that invites the city’s favorite food trucks to Capitol Plaza at the corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue in downtown Little Rock. Diners can choose from four to five options during the lunch hours between 10:45 a.m.  and 1:30 p.m.

There are so many great food events this fall. Here are two that we don’t want our readers to miss out on. They require advance reservations, so save your spot today:

Eggshells Kitchen Co. is hosting a mezcal class with Brett Bassett. Chef Scott Rains of Table 28 will provide pairings. Tickets for this event are sure to sell out quickly. Gets yours here.

It’s time for one of the Little Rock Zoo’s most popular events. Early bird tickets for Zoo Brew 2017 are on sale now.

Dinner plans for this week:

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Big Orange Midtown is hosting Meet and Neat with Al Laws, Founder and Distiller of Laws Whiskey House. They plan to feature Farmer’s Select Four Grain Whiskey, Four Grain Bottled in Bond, and Secale Straight Bourbon Bottled in Bond in the form of neat pours and whiskey flights. An off-menu food pairing is planned as well.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

It’s national coffee ice cream day! Head over to Loblolly for a tasting flight of your favorites.

Thursday, Sept. 7

Have dinner at The Good Earth Garden Center during their Food Truck Meet-up from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The September lineup includes Southern Gourmasian, Clean Eatery, Blackhound BBQ, Katmandu MoMo, Kona Ice and Stone’s Throw Brewery.

Honey Pies is joining forces with Flyway Brewing for Octoberfest Open House to celebrate the dining room expansion of the popular bakery. Each $30 ticket includes a three course dinner with beer pairing.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 8

Lost Forty will be at CrossRoads Wine & Spirits in Bryant from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by to sample their Hunter Oktoberfest.

Saturday, Sept. 9

The Arkansas Association of Black Professionals (AABP) will host the second annual Black Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Philander Smith College. This family-friendly event is designed to illustrate the unique and varied nature of black cuisine, which has often been assumed only to include “soul food.” More information here.

The Arkansas Cornbread Festival is coming and the Green Corner Store is hosting a countdown party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can buy your tickets for the upcoming festival or sign up to be a volunteer, competitor, vendor or sponsor. Cornbread samples will be provided by 2016 competition winner Marielle Carbajal. There will be live music, door prizes and more.

Sunday, Sept. 10

Brunch, beer and vinyl! Stone’s Throw Brewing is partnering with Arkansas Record & CD Exchange and inviting diners out to play their favorite records while enjoying an expanded brunch menu and specialty beer brunch cocktails.

Photo by Jamison Mosley


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