Rumbles: New Cheese at Kent Walker, New Roast at Café Brunelle, Festival of Wines Date Set

News to know…
Looks like Café Brunelle in WLR is now doing it’s own house blend coffee.
Kent Walker Artisan Cheese will be releasing a “special wheel of their delicious Leicester coated in Shamus Stout” this Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
The 2015 Festival of Wines will be held on Thursday, October 1 at 6 p.m. at Dickey-Stephens Park. “The American Heart Association’s Festival of Wines is the largest wine festival in the state, featuring hundreds of wines from around the world and hors d’oeuvres from area restaurants. The October 1, 2015 “patio party” encompasses the entire Dickey-Stephens concourse and features silent and premier auctions, live entertainment and local artist painting live.”
The Good Earth Food Truck Meet-Up is set for next Thursday, August 6 from 5-8 p.m. at 15601 Cantrell Road.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The 3rd Annual Urban Raw Festival will be a the Dunbar Community Garden (1801 S. Chester Street). “The Urban Raw Festival is a unique day-long festival that seeks to nurture our creative and spiritual potential by bringing people together who want to celebrate sustainable and cruelty-free living. Come and enjoy everything from music and live musical performances, delicious food offerings, food demos (vegan and living), local artisans, dynamic workshop presentation and an awesome yoga party: all of which inspire us to live consciously and intentionally.”
News you probably knew…
One Eleven will be celebrating its one year anniversary the week of August 10-14 with some fabulous specials. All specialty coffees will be $1.11 and the Express Lunch will be $11.10 all week (regularly $17). At dinner service, One Eleven will be offering its version of a two-for-one deal. If one diner orders an appetizer, entree and dessert, the other diner will get an appetizer, entree and dessert for free. Diners must order a 3-course meal to take advantage of this special. Reservations recommended for both lunch and dinner. Go online or call 501.370.7068.
Mo’ Betta Gumbo has added three new salads to its menu for the summer: Rampart Shrimp Salad made with homemade remoulade dressing, Chef Salad, and Chicken Tender Salad with homemade ranch dressing. There’s also half-price beer and wine every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 5 p.m.-close.
Local neighborhood nano-brewery Stone’s Throw Brewing plans to celebrate its second birthday with The Block on Rock Birthday Bash on August 1 from 3-10 p.m. (commemorating the opening of the onsite taproom to the public on August 1, 2013).
The LRCVB is running a sweepstakes to give away four summer vacation packages designed to appeal to both out-of-town visitors and residents of the Little Rock area. Themed prize packages include: “Family Fun” Package: June 1 – June 19; “Presidential Pathways” Package: June 22 – July 10; “Little Rock Libations” Foodie Package: July 13 – July 31; “Dinner and a Show/Downtown Date Night” Package: Aug. 3 – Aug. 21. For more details, click here.
It’s never too early to start dreaming about the Little Rock Bacon Fest.
The next 3-course wine dinner at Ristorante Capeo is set for Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per person. Menu includes: Beef Carpaccio (Decoy by Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc), Red Snapper Ravioli (Decoy by Duckhorn Pinot Noir), Duck Breast (Decoy by Duckhorn Merlot). Price includes all taxes, but not gratuity. Call 501.376.3463 for reservations.
Trio’s has great news for those who are gluten-free: “Trio’s has partnered with Dempsey Bakery here in Little Rock in order to offer some of the very best gluten-free items available. Upon request and with a small up charge to cover costs, customers can now get our seasonal heirloom tomato BLT as well as all of our other yummy sandwiches on Dempsey’s gluten-free bread. You can also request Dempsey’s cracker bread with our addictive spinach dip. And lastly, we can make your Strawberry Shortcake with a gluten-free shortbread cookie. Customers ask and we aim to deliver,” says chef/owner Capi Peck.
Just for today, a total of 5% of the day’s net sales at Whole Foods will be donated to Lucie’s Place.
It’s still quite a ways off, but mark your calendars for the Arkansas Cornbread Festival on November 7. The weather is usually fantastic this time of year in Little Rock, and from all accounts, this continues to be a well-run event.
Sweet Love Bakery is adding Mondays. This comes as a popular request from the customers according to owner Kelli Marks. The new hours will be Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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