15th EVER Nog-Off takes place at Historic Arkansas Museum tonight!

Eggnog lovers everywhere, rejoice! It’s your favorite time of year!

The 15th Ever Nog-off, Historic Arkansas Museum’s friendly competition for the best eggnog in town, returns to bestow goodwill, joy, and a touch of whisky to all who gather.

Tonight, Friday the 13th!, from 5pm to 8pm at Historic Arkansas Museum.

Cleanse your palate and sharpen your pencil as you ready yourself to sample several festive eggnogs creatively prepared by local nog-ologists, and offer your critique and coveted vote. The nog with the most nods receives the People’s Choice Award.

Awards up for contention:

  • The Taster’s Choice Award – awarded by the celebrity panel of eggnog aficionados with this year’s judges being Ashlei King of Fox16, Rusty Mathis of Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South and Kevin Shalin of The Mighty Rib
  • The People’s Choice Award – awarded to the eggnog as voted on by the evening’s attendees
  • The Not Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Eggnog Award – awarded by attendees to the best “untraditional” eggnog
  • The Egg, No Nog Award – awarded to the best non-alcoholic eggnog as determined by a panel of “emerging tasters”

This year’s competitors include:

  • Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant + Bar
  • Arkansas Pioneers Association
  • The Capital Hotel
  • Little Rock Marriott
  • Loblolly Creamery
  • Mocktail Mo
  • The Root
  • Stone’s Throw Brewing and The Pizzeria
  • South on Main

This is a FREE event!

14th EVER Nog Off results. And the winners are….

Historic Arkansas Museum has announced the winners of last Friday’s 14th ever Nog Off!
Taster’s Choice Award
Eggnog Ice Cream by Loblolly Creamery
“BAE!”
“Love this play on the traditional nog. I think this may be my new favorite ice cream and as it melts it turns into nog and stays cold.”
“Wanted to eat my weight in it!”

People’s Choice Award
Pioneer’s “Nog on a Log” Eggnog by Arkansas Pioneer’s Association
“I love this, and I am now snockered.”
“So well-balanced; yummy!”
“Great mouthful, lovely alcoholy aftertaste.”

Not Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Eggnog
Citrus Capital Eggnog by Matias de Matthaeis at the Capital Hotel
“Lemon meringue pie goodness.”
“Christmassy, very inventive.”
“Amazing presentation. It was like opening a present – first a raft of beautiful citrus custard and candied orange peel, and then the most other worldly beverage underneath.”

Congratulations to our winners! And thank you all so much for being such great partners in this much-beloved, community event! Here are some comments on the other nogs:

Nicholas Peay’s Eggnog (Rachel Worthen and Bill Worthen): “Bourbon cake batter.” “Good Scottish kick in the pants.” “This is like a nog cloud – reminds me of a sabayon – so light and fun to drink.”

Keg Nog (Stone’s Throw Brewing and The Pizzeria): “Yummo.” “Surprising.”” Fun and effervescent.”

Hollisopp & Chapple Nog (Allsopp and Chapple Restaurant and Bar): “Soooo drinkable.” “So friendly and delicious.” “Savory undertones – nice kick.” “This is one I could sip all night long!”

BootlEgg Nog (South on Main): “Whiskey was perfect.” “Love it. Love the people.” “Goldilocks – just right.”

“’Tis the Reason” Eggnog and Bread (Old Mill Bread and E.J.s Eats & Drinks): “Smooth.” “This is what the holidays are all about!”

Big Orange Eggnog (Big Orange: Mid-Town): “Great vanilla notes, cinnamon and smooth.” “Christmas in your mouth.” “Gingerbread cookie.” “This has notes of cotton candy!” “Enjoyed the tantalizing quality of the spiciness.”

Until next time. Happy Nogging!

Got Nog? 14th Ever Historic Arkansas Museum Nog Off is tonight

As part of 2nd Friday Art Night, the 14th EVER Nog Off takes place tonight at Historic Arkansas Museum.

Inspired by an inter-staff discussion about the best eggnog recipe among Little Rock’s first families, it has grown into an event attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Longtime (and now “retired”) museum director Bill Worthen still makes the eggnog recipe of Nicholas Peay, an early settler who is one of Bill’s many storied ancestors.  Joining Bill as contestants are teams from Arkansas Pioneers Association, Allsopp and Chapple, Big Orange, Loblolly, Old Mill Bread, EJs Eats, One Eleven at the Capital Hotel, South on Main, Stones Throw Brewery, and The Pizzeria.

The judges this year are Georgia Pellegrini, Louise Terzia, and Helaine R. Williams.

Three awards are given:  The People’s Choice, the Taster’s Choice (judges) and the Not Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Eggnog (a nod to Colonel Peay).

Vote for your favorite nog, enjoy live music by the Electric 5, visit the #gotnog selfie station, sing carols around the fire, sample roasted pecans, and just HAVE FUN!

This FREE event runs from 5pm to 8pm.