Rumbles: Go Wine Crazy, B Street Changes Dates, Great Charity Dinners

Welcome to Rumbles, your weekly source for food news, events, and specials going on in Little Rock. This week is overflowing with news and events, many of which include specials.


B-Street Rib Off moved to April: One of our favorite annual events announced last week that they will move the event to next April. The bbq competition was set for October 10th, but organizers say they are moving due to “unforeseen circumstances”. No further elaboration is given, however we have been highlighting for a while that October 10th is a crowded date with two other festivals, Race for the Cure, and a number of other activities going on in Little Rock. The move is likely a smart one.


September 24 Trio’s and De Nux Distributors Meet the Winemaker – With Patricio Santos of Tercos Winery in Argentina. Malbec and Torrontes will flow along with great appetizers. See for more information. Reservations necessary for Tercos event. Tickets are $30.
September 24th Jacksonville Food Truck Meet – Jacksonville Farmers Market 5 Municipal Dr. Jacksonville, Ar
September 25th The Naterators Tots Cooking Contest – Tater tot cooking contest to help fight type 1 diabetes. Enter by this Saturday. $30 to enter the contest (can be individual or team); $5 to attend, eat and/or judge.
September 28th Cache Beer Day Dinner – Cache is hosting a 4-course dinner featuring all Arkansas Beers as part of National Beer Day on September 28th. They will have Diamond Bear, Lost Forty, Stone’s Throw and (possibly) Superior Bathhouse. The dinner will feature items from HAM, Kent Walker and Le Pops as part of the dinner. Full Details here (pdf)
September 29th SO Wine Dinner – SO Restaurant is holding their first wine dinner. This one is a 5 course dinner paired with various Rosé wines. $100 per person, call 501.663.1464 for reservations.
October 1st Festival of Wines – Love wine? Love festivals? Of course you do. This one at Dickey-Stephens Park benefits the American Heart Association. Tickets are $60 pre-order, or $75 at the door for all the wine you can drink. Get tickets here. 
October 10th Arktoberfest (Arkadelphia) – This will feature tons of craft beer and food. Should be a really great festival for the city. Rock City Eats is hosting an appetizer competition so if you are feeling competitive get out.
October 10th Six Bridges Steak Cookoff (NLR) – Six Bridges will bring many of the country’s top champion steak cooking teams into town. While this is a cooking competition first they do feature a steak dinner where your steak is guaranteed to be cooked by a former world champion. They are also partnering with Chef Shuttle to deliver steaks for those who do not want to venture out. Info is here.
October 11 Cupcakes for Goodness Sake – Local bakeries Blue Cake Company, Cupcakes on Kavanagh, Dempsey Bakery and Sweet Love are joining together in the fight against senior hunger with a unique cupcake face-off. Cupcakes for Goodness Sake, a new event benefiting the CareLink Meals on Wheels program, will challenge local bakeshops to present all-sweet, cupcake versions of Meals on Wheels. Attendees can sample a variety of cupcakes and sweets from all the bakeries involved. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12
October 17th Chili Fights in the Heights –  This annual event enters it’s 6th year on Kavanaugh in the Heights.  The casual chili competition brings lots of good chili and good times. All of the net proceeds go to support the Arkansas Foodbank.
October 29th The Next Course – Another great event, this one benefiting Youth Home and held at the Clinton Presidential center. Five course dinner that features dishes from Stephen Burrow, Gilbert Alaquinez, and Anne Wood of Forty Two, as well as a course from Chef Shane Henderson from Ben E Keith. We sat in on a prep round for all of these and I promise you will not be disappointed. Tickets are $125, purchase here.
November 2nd No Kid Hungry Dinner – I’ve said it before, but if you make one charity dinner all year, make this one. Amazing food and an amazing cause. Just do it, purchase tickets.
As always, if you have news, events, or specials over the next week let us know.

Greg Henderson
Author: Greg Henderson

Owner/Publisher - Rock City Eats, Rock City Life, Rock City Times

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