Master Mix-Off celebrates historic cocktails to promote historic structures

Master-Mix1-300x278Preserve Arkansas, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, is hosting the First Annual Master Mix-Off tonight.  This will features some of Central Arkansas’s best bartenders engaging in a bartending competition.  It promises to be a rip-roaring good time celebrating prohibition-era mixology!!!

Eight of Central Arkansas’s best bartenders will mix for the masses with a prohibition-era drink, hoping to win the “People’s Choice” Award. Then our “best in the business” judges will judge a second round of mixing, where bartenders will serve an updated, modern version of their favorite prohibition-era drink.

Joann “Jojo” Sims of Cache Restaurant, the reigning Arkansas Times Best Server in Little Rock, will be the emcee.

Participating Bartenders are:

The “Best in the Business” Judges are:

DATE: Thursday, June 25, 2015
TIME: 5:30-7:30 pm
LOCATION: Albert Pike Memorial Temple, 712 Scott Street, Little Rock

The 2015 Little Rock Film Festival kicks off tonight

LRFF2015posterThe 9th annual Little Rock Film Festival gets underway tonight!

At 7:30, the film King Jack will be shown in the Ron Robinson Theater.

Jack is a scrappy fifteen year-old kid stuck in a run-down small town. Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack’s got all the problems he can handle. So when Jack’s aunt falls ill and his runty younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him. Unfortunately no one really cares what Jack wants. Set over a hazy summer weekend, King Jack is a tough and tender coming of age story about friendship and finding happiness in tough surroundings.

King Jack won the Audience Award at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Director Felix Thompson, and the break-out young star Charlie Plummer will be in attendance.  LRFF Programmer Levi Agee will moderate.

Following the film, Little Rock Film Festival Presenting Sponsor Cache Restaurant and Bar will be hosting the opening night party.   Music Provided by Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. This event is open to the following pass holders: Sponsor, Filmmaker, Press, Gold and Silver.

Winners of 10th Ever Nog Off Announced by Historic Arkansas Museum

Drumroll please…

People’s Choice Eggnog:
Capital Egg Nog 
Capital Chefs Matthew Dunn, Zach Pullam, Tyler Rogers and CBG Bartender David Cash
A drink one guest proclaimed, “Tastes like World Peace!” and another described as, “Liquid Christmas.”

Not Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Eggnog
Firefly Chai Egg Nog
Matthew Cooper and Brian Townley, Cache Restaurant
Described as, “Nog, New Age-style” this nog had one guest exclaim, “To Die For!”

Tasters’ Choice
John Robert Jackson’s Eggnog
Bridget Fennell Farris

A nog so good, all our guest could write was, “Yes, this one, yesssssssssss”

10th Ever Nog-Off at Historic Arkansas Museum tonight

Tonight from 5pm to 8pm Historic Arkansas Museum will host the 10th Ever Nog-off.  And it’s free!

Get in the holiday spirit with some holiday spirits at this celebration of a favorite holiday drink. Sample a variety of nogs and vote for your favorite at this friendly competition for the best nog in town.
Noggers include Cache Restaurant, Capital Bar and Grill, Copper Grill, the Empress of Little Rock, Loblolly Creamery, Bridget Fennel Farris, John Selig and Family, and Stone’s Throw Brewery.
Also Nogging will be Bill Worthen and his daughter Rachel Worthen who are the sixth and seventh generations to make Nicholas Peay’s egg nog.  Peay was a founder of Little Rock, served as acting Mayor and was father of Mayor Gordon N. Peay (whose birthday is today.)
The judges will be Mayor Mark Stodola; attorney and cocktail expert Joel DiPippa; and Emily Van Zandt, food and drink editor of Arkansas Life.
Live music by Kemistri featuring Nicky Parrish

Wild Wines at the Little Rock Zoo tonight

6_yaya_11713_wild_winesThe Little Rock Zoo is closing early today so that it can finalize the set-up for Wild Wines of the World – the annual fund raising event of the Arkansas Zoological Foundation sponsored by Wright, Lindsey and Jennings, LLP.

The event, now in its eighth year, has more than doubled the number of participating restaurants from last year’s event, making it one of the largest culinary experiences in central Arkansas. Food donated by central Arkansas’s best restaurants and food establishments will be paired with wine donated by O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor at uniquely themed stops set-up along designated paths all around the Zoo.

This year’s theme for the event is “All Aboard” in honor of the Zoo Foundation’s effort to raise funds for a new Zoo train. All proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a new train scheduled to arrive at the Zoo on Memorial Day weekend.

The wine and culinary trip begins at 6:00 p.m. in Café Africa in the Reserve Wine Room with food from Cache Restaurant where executive chef Matt Cooper will be on hand with O’Looney’s store owner and certified wine expert Jonathan Looney, who will discuss wine and food pairings with patrons of the event.

The main event opens at 7:00 p.m. with food and beverages served from 56 tables in 14 uniquely themed areas. Highlights of the event include the Hiland Dairy Cooking Team with members of the Coleman family cooking fresh steak and shrimp for guests, and Arkansas Craft Beer serving-up samples of local brew. Loblolly Creamery will be serving “winesicles,” and Scallions will serve their famous cheese soup. IHOP will be cooking fresh French crepes, and Flying Saucer will serve soft pretzels with spicy mustard. This is just a taste of what guests can expect at Wild Wines this year!

Tickets are only $65 per person for the general event and $100 per person for the Reserve Room and may be purchased online at LittleRockZoo.com/wildwines or by calling (501) 666-2406. Tickets will be sold at the door while they last, but Reserve Room tickets typically sell-out well in advance.

The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit http://www.aza.org.

LR Zoo presents 7th annual Wild Wines of the World tonight

Little-Rock-zoo-logo-4-c-with-tagA wild world of food and wine awaits guests at the 7th Annual Wild Wines of the World event at the Little Rock Zoo scheduled for this Saturday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m.

This year’s event, presented by Wright, Lindsey, and Jennings, will feature dozens of wines paired with food from nearly two dozen of central Arkansas’s best restaurants.  The unique wine and food stops are themed for particular wine countries and regions and also include other beverage stops for non-wine drinkers such as a margarita stop in Mexico and a beer stop in Germany.

The Reserve Wine Room experience in Café Africa will open an hour early at 6:00 p.m. and will feature eight high-quality wines hand-picked by wine sommelier and beverage sponsor of the event, Jonathan Looney, of O’Looney’s Wine and Liquor in Little Rock.  Those wines will be paired with delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by 1620 Savoy and Cache Restaurant.  This higher-end experience is available for only a $35 ticket upgrade but tickets are available in limited quantities.

As beverage sponsor of the event, Jonathan also selected each wine for the general event, as well, adding a touch of quality to this wine tasting event.

“Wild Wines of the World features quality wines at every stop.  O’Looney’s has taken great pride in donating quality wines to the Zoo and that means the Zoo now has one of the best wine events in central Arkansas.  These wines are high quality, interesting and unique wines that a wine expert has hand-picked to showcase a wide variety of regions,” said Susan Altrui, manager for the event.

Guests to the event will also receive a souvenir wine glass and plate and are greeted at the front entrance with strawberries and champagne.  Guests then make their way around the Zoo to 20 stops where they will sample food and beverages and will likely meet some interesting animal friends showcased by the Zoo’s docents.

Live musical entertainment this year will be provided by Big John Miller Band in the Civitan Pavilion and by Richie Johnson in the Reserve Room at Café Africa.  Radiant Spirals from Memphis, Tennessee will perform fire acts and juggling.

Tickets are $50 per person for general admission and $45 per person for Zoo members. Reserve Room tickets may be purchased for an additional $35. Tickets may be purchased online at www.LittleRockZoo.com/wildwines or by calling (501) 661-7208. No one under the age of 21 is admitted to the event and guests are reminded to wear comfortable shoes.  All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Zoological Foundation for the Little Rock Zoo.

The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.  For more information, visit www.aza.org.