If you missed it this morning, our big story today is the upcoming opening of Bruno’s Deli next to Bruno’s Little Italy downtown. Gio Bruno has set the date for July 5. You can find all the details here.
BASH Burger Co. has been open for a few months now and is ready to update its hours of service. BASH will now be open seven days a week, although it has cut a few dinner services during the week. The new hours are Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. BASH moved from a food truck in Saline County to Bowman Rd. in the space formerly occupied by Bruno’s Italian Bistro.
Tomato season is officially here in Arkansas, and that means plenty of local restaurants are rolling out their best dishes featuring Arkansas heirlooms. There’s not nearly enough room here to name all of them, but a few worth checking out include Big Orange’s heirloom caprese salad, South on Main’s BLT, Boulevard Bistro’s caprese, heirloom tomatoes and toast at Lost Forty Brewing, and The Southern Gourmasian’s Thai-inspired heirloom salad with Sichuan peppercorns. Or you can up some fresh heirloom tomatoes directly from the source at one of several farmers markets this Saturday and Sunday.
Speaking of farmers markets, Dunbar Community Garden is once more selling its produce directly to you. Today only from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Dunbar will have tomatoes, leeks, greens, carrots and a host of other items for sale directly from the garden on Chester St.
Downtown Asian diner Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. has announced some changes to a few of its menu items. Three Fold has updated its marinated tofu recipe to make it fit better with the texture of both its buns and its noodles. The restaurant has also tweaked the vegetarian dumplings to better work with the tofu. In addition, Three Fold has added a citrus-infused Oolong iced tea to the menu. The restaurant already debuted its cold Sichuan Mala noodle bowl as part of its summer lineup.
Barbecue lovers, rejoice! Three Sams BBQ Joint has announced it is rebuilding after it was destroyed in a fire earlier this year. We talked with owner Annette Jones last week about her plans to bring Three Sams back.
Did you know there’s a diner serving authentic British food in Central Arkansas? We took a look this week at the charming Wee Betty’s Café in Jacksonville.
Loblolly Creamery is more than just excellent ice cream. We stopped by this week for a look at some of Loblolly’s new macarons.
June 22nd Flyway Brewing Dinner at YaYa’s Euro Bistro – Beer pairings are the name of the game in this special dinner at YaYa’s in West Little Rock. Ticket pricing has not yet been announced.
June 25th 2016 Arkansas Brewers Festival – This festival at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds will feature beer from around the state. Tickets are currently on sale here.
June 25th Rock Town Distillery 6th Anniversary Celebration – Rock Town is celebrating its sixth year making premium spirits with free tours and tastings from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will also be two exclusive sit-down tastings of some of Rock Town’s finest products. Tickets for the sit-down tasting can be purchased here.
June 26th Arkansas Tomato Festival – Celebrating Arkansas’ outstanding heirloom tomatoes, this festival at the Bernice Garden Farmers Market will feature an heirloom tomato showcase, cooking demonstration and some giveaways.
June 26th Pop-Up Wine Dinner/Taste of Asia – First in a series of monthly pop-up dinners to be held at the former 1620 Savoy restaurant. Tickets are available here.
June 27th St. Margaret’s Mondays Food Truck Meet – Regular food truck meet at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church on Chenal Parkway. Trucks this month include Fork in the Road, Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches, Hot Rod Wieners, Katmandu Momo and more.
July 9th The Scoop at Eggshells Kitchen Co. – The only thing better than ice cream is ice cream you make yourself! Join Eggshells from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn all about making your favorite summer treat.
July 16th Tacos and Tianguis – This special fundraiser at Bernice Gardens will support El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center. Expect to find several taco varieties and plenty of Mexican-inspired desserts.
July 18th Bentonville No Kid Hungry Dinner – Yes, it’s pretty far away, but there are few causes more important than fighting child hunger. South on Main’s Matt Bell will join The Hive’s Matt McClure and many other great chefs for this important evening. Tickets are on sale here.