We have no shortage of food news throughout Arkansas, so each week, we’ll be providing you with a snapshot of the goings-on inside the culinary world, from events to specials to restaurant openings to awards. Do you have news to share? Please email our food editor, Kevin Shalin, at kshalin@aymag.com.


Exciting news for fans of Leiva’s Coffee. The Leiva’s Express recently opened at 6323 Ranch Drive. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. 


I have been clamoring for some deep dish, Detroit-style pizza and it looks like the crew over at Certified Pies has stepped up. While I’ve yet to try their new pizza, I am certainly looking forward to doing so. 


Breakfast is back at Leo’s Greek Castle.


Don’t forget about the cooking classes at Eggshells Kitchen Co. Here are a few upcoming ones to put on your schedule. 


Just in case you missed it, I gave a glowing endorsement to The Prickly Pickle food truck. Their fried chicken sandwich is worth your time and money. Trust me. 


Also in case you missed it, Le Stick Nouveau in Eureka Springs was named the No. 3 best date night restaurant in the United States by Tripadvisor.


I honestly don’t know a whole lot about Arkansas Burger Week, but it seems pretty darn cool. Check out their Facebook page and take a gander at all the participating restaurants. I can get on board with $7 burgers.


The topic of Italian beef sandwiches comes up often. Well, Little Rock, I am happy to report that we have a food truck dedicated to the iconic sandwich: Busty Beefs & Sausage.


Kelli Marks has a new book out called Easy One-Bowl Baking, which is available for pre-order on Amazon.


Folks in the Mayflower area, you have what looks to be a very cute cookie shop. I’ve been following Kassi’s Cookies and am looking forward to making a visit. And they have a great coffee menu as well. 


Those irresistible fried mushrooms are back at The Southern Standard, and you know I love them. 


Mark your calendars! The 10th Anniversary Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock is on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. It’s great to have festivals back. 


Stone’s Throw Block on Rock 2021: Return to Normalcy is Saturday, July 31 from 4-10 p.m.


Heifer International’s Feast in the Field is a celebration of drinks, dinner, and entertainment that raises funds for Arkansas farmers. Guests will enjoy a farm-to-fork dinner made with ingredients from local farmers. The event will be held at the downtown campus in Little Rock, with proceeds benefitting the Heifer USA program. Tickets are $250 per person and will be available for purchase in September.


Make sure to add Ribfest to your schedule. It will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 4-7p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Click here for ticket information. 


Tune back in next week for the next taste of Arkansas food news.

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