RAIN OR SHINE: Territorial Fair at Historic Arkansas Museum today from 10am to 4pm

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Come celebrate the Arkansas Territorial Bicentennial at this year’s Territorial Fair!

Through living history performances, live demonstrations and hands-on activities, the event is an opportunity for adults and children of all ages to experience what life was like during Arkansas’s Territorial era. Activities occurring throughout the day include:

• Pioneer games
• Living history performances
• Cooking demonstrations
• Blacksmith demonstrations with Master Blacksmith Lin Rhea
• Hand-cut silhouettes with Silhouettes By Hand
• Ice cream from Loblolly Creamery
• Quapaw history and pottery demonstrations with Betty Gaedtke
• Mother’s Day cards in the Old Print Shop with print blocks designed by Arkansas artist Perrion Hurd
• Beekeeping with Lake In The Willows Apiary
• Dance performances by the Arkansas Country Dance Society
• Live music by Mockingbird, Lark in the Morning, Arkansas,
Sugar on the Floor, Clark Buehling, and Ricky Russell
• Plenty of food and beverages, including Say Cheese Food Truck

This is a FREE event!

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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
“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!

1st ever winners of 12th Ever Nog-Off

thnogoff_tstHistoric Arkansas Museum’s 12th Ever Nog Off was Friday, December 9.
The winners have been announced.
The Judges were: Alexia Elichiryof Vive la Vieradio and De Nux Distributors, LLC, Becky Falkowski of Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Amy Kelley Bell of South on Main. Their favorite nog was the Capital Hotel Eggnog by Matthew Dunn and Ben Edwards, The Capital Hotel
The nog that got the most votes from the public was also Capital Hotel Eggnog by Matthew Dunn and Ben Edwards, The Capital Hotel.

The Not Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Eggnog Award (a nod to Nicholas Peay’s place in the family of longtime museum director Bill Worthen, who makes Peay’s recipe each year) is given to the best unconventional nog.  The public voted for St. Elizabeth’s Spiked Nog by Elizabeth Strandberg of Loblolly Creamery and Seth Barlow of O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor

Vintage Military Vehicles on display today in MacArthur Park

MacMus vintage jeepThe MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will host its third annual vintage military vehicle show on Saturday, July 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Two dozen military vehicles from World War II through Desert Storm will be on display in front of the museum, located at 503 E. 9th Street in downtown Little Rock’s MacArthur Park.  The vehicle show will feature Jeeps and other vehicles from the Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the West Tennessee Military Vehicle Collectors Club. Any vehicle may be displayed, so long as it was used by the military in the past.

The show appeals to those who have an interest in military history, as well as in vintage cars and trucks.    It is free to the public.

Local vendors, with items for sale, will include Bennett’s Military Supplies, Loblolly Creamery, Southern Salt Food Company, and East Ninth Vintage.


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

Farm to Church Gala Celebrates History and Looks to Future

FarmtoChurchThere is no doubt that Little Rock’s cultural scene is brightened by the explosion in culinary artists over the past decade or so.  Many of these talented chefs, farmers and foodies are often partnering with museums, theatres, galleries and concert venues to promote healthy eating and an enhanced culinary experience.
Saturday, September 13, there is another example of this.  This time they are partnered with not only a historic structure, but with an outreach program to promote healthier habits.  As part of its year-long celebration of 175 years in downtown Little Rock, Christ Church is hosting a fundraising gala benefiting one of its newest ministries. Green Groceries is a Christ Church fresh food ministry serving low-income neighbors in need.
The event will feature extraordinary fare prepared by renowned chefs Lee Richardson, formerly of Ashley’s; Matt Bell, South on Main; Brandon Brown, Hillcrest Artisan Meats; and Justin Patterson, Southern Gourmasian.  In addition there will be offerings from Loblolly Ice Cream, Green Cuisine, Geek Eats, and Rock Town Distillery.
Saturday, September 13, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Bowen Hall at Christ Church.  Reservations are $100, available now at the church and online at christchurchlr.org

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.