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Celebrate Local Foods at Argenta Foodie Fest

Celebrate Local Foods at Argenta Foodie Fest

Visit the Argenta Summer Foodie Festival celebrating the plentiful growing season in Arkansas, Saturday, June 30, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 600 Main Street next to the Argenta Farmers Market. Admission is free. Participating restaurants include Boulevard Bread Co., Café 42, Christina's Catering, Dogtown Cookery, Hunka Pie, Lulav, The Root Cafe, Twenty One, Starving Artist Café, and ZaZa. Live entertainment provided by Fire & Brimstone and Steve Bates.

The purpose of the Argenta Foodie Festival is to connect people to fresh, healthy, seasonal food and the farmers who grow it. Another reason is to promote our local restaurants, chefs and catering services that support local farmers and understand the importance of creating a sustainable local economy and a strong connection between farm and table.

Panera purchases provide for backpack program

Panera purchases provide for backpack program

For June 22, the purchase of any soup or lemonade made at Panera Bread gets $1 donated to help hungry kids eat over the weekend. For more information visit panerabread.com.

Argenta Foodie Festival

Argenta Foodie Festival

Summertime in Argenta means great food, music, arts and crafts, and the Argenta Foodie Festival.  Join the Argenta Arts Foundation and the Argenta Farmers market at the Argenta Summer Foodie Festival celebrating the plentiful growing season in Arkansas.
 

The festival will take place Saturday, June 30, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 600 Main Street, Argenta Arts District, downtown North Little Rock, next to the Argenta Farmers Market. Admission is free. Participating restaurants include Argenta Market, Boulevard Bread Co., Ferneau, Hunka Pie, Starving Artist Café, Café 42, Mark Abernathy, Christina L, and Lulav. Live entertainment provided by Fire & Brimstone and Steve Bates.

'The Joint' opens in Argenta

'The Joint' opens in Argenta

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – THE JOINT will open its coffee shop and bar on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 am.  The Ribbon Cutting with The Chamber of Commerce North Little Rock will be

held at 2:00 pm.  This coffee shop and entertainment venue is designed to be a fun hangout from early morning until late at night.  With free WiFi, free video entertainment (including classic foreign and silent films), live comedy improvisation featuring The Joint Venture each Wednesday night, live rock and roll each Thursday (which is also Big Dam Beer Night), plus original two-act comedies created and performed by The Main Thing, the resident comedy company. 

 

Dessert and a Show: Tales From the South

Dessert and a Show: Tales From the South

Originally from the tiny village of Bonnay, France, Chef Roland Mesnier was hired in 1979 by first lady Rosalyn Carter, launching his career as White House Executive Pastry Chef. He went on to become the longest tenured chef ever to serve there, under 5 presidents (Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and G.W. Bush). Never content to sit still, on Roland's days off from the White House he developed and taught the first professional Pastry Arts Program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, MD – currently ranked in the top 10 Culinary schools in the U.S.Chef Mesnier has won 18 gold medals, 4 silver and 3 bronze for his pastry creations in competitions around the world. He is a member of the Academie Culinaire de France and the recipient of many awards and accolades which include: the French Legion of Honor in 2005 – the highest honor bestowed on a French citizen; that same year he was inducted into the Chocolate and Pastry Hall of Fame in New York.

Area chefs compete in Diamond Chef Arkansas preliminaries

Area chefs compete in Diamond Chef Arkansas preliminaries

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Pulaski Technical College’s Diamond Chef Arkansas competition gets underway Tuesday, March 6, with preliminary rounds between eight area chefs taking place 1-7 p.m. in the Peabody Hotel Little Rock lobby.

Admission is free to the public.

The competition, sponsored by the Pulaski Technical College Foundation, follows the format of the popular television show “Chopped.” Chefs are presented a mystery basket of ingredients and have 40 minutes plus the help of one sous chef to prepare a dish using all the ingredients. Judges will score the dishes based on taste, presentation, creativity, technical/sanitation, and kitchen organization, and the top two chefs will advance to the Arkansas Diamond Chef finale on June 5 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

 

Preliminary competitions on Tuesday are as follows:

Argenta Restaurant Week Runs January 9-22, 2012

Argenta Restaurant Week Runs January 9-22, 2012

January 9-22, 2012, Argenta restaurants roll out some of their best creations in special $8  2-course lunch, and $25 3-course dinner prix fixe menus, along with their regular menus. Extended to two weeks for 2012, the four year old celebration is a bi-annual event that showcases the Argenta Arts District in downtown North Little Rock as a premier dining and arts destination.