Arkansas food news for the week:

A hot new restaurant is opening in Hot Springs this fall. The Vault, a fine-dining establishment at 723 Central is set to open soon. The centerpiece of the restaurant is an old bank vault. If local rumors are true, it’s one of the vaults where famous gangster Al Capone kept his money.

Local food blogger The Mighty Rib rounded up the top 25 places to have brunch in central Arkansas and we had to share. Enjoy the cool mornings this fall and test out their picks.

Dinner plans for this week:

Tuesday, Sept. 12

The Pizzeria is joining forces with Stone’s Throw to host a special craft beer dinner starting at 6 p.m. Dine on specialty dishes paired with signature pairings. The five-course dinner is $75 (tax and gratuity not included). For reservations call 501-551-1388 or email heightspizzeria@gmail.com.

Chefs in The Garden is a one of a kind experience at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Stroll through the garden, watch cooking demonstrations by the area’s finest chefs and sample their creations while sipping premium beverages.

Wednesday, September 13

Head over to Big Orange to try their special Hunger Week menu and support the Arkansas Food Bank. The special menu includes a ratatouille burger, sweet potato fries and the Velvet Orange, the eatery’s signature cocktail.

Thursday, September 14

It’s time for Zoo Brew 2017. Sample dozens of beers, eat from local food truck vendors and listen to some great live tunes by one of Arkansas’ hottest cover bands at the Little Rock Zoo from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, September 15

End the week on a high note and try out one of these great pizza picks from our food writer Kat Robinson.

Saturday, September 16

The 7th Annual Turkish Food Fest at 1501 Market Street features Mediterranean and central Asian cuisines. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., diners can enjoy kebabs, gyros, lahmajoon, kofta, a variety of desserts and more. In addition to the food, live music will be playing all day.

Sunday, September 17

Head over to Stone’s Throw Brewing from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a very special dinner from Cetera C. Key with The Southern Gourmasian. “CC’s Soul Food Sunday” includes Southern favorites like fried chicken, candied yams, cornbread and more. One meat with two sides is $10 and veggie plate is $8.


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