The Department of Arkansas Heritage Announces 2019 Food Hall of Fame Finalists

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If food is something that really calls your attention in all categories, then maybe you should consider marking your calendar to attend the Natural State’s Food Hall of Fame 2019.

A total of 650 submissions, from all 75 counties in Arkansas were nominated for this event. 

“This is the first year we’ve heard from every county across the state,” said the Department of Arkansas Heritage Director, Stacy Hurst. 

The department launched the program three years ago to recognize legendary restaurants, owners of the year, and food-themed events across the state. 

The public nominated in these five categories:

  • Arkansas Food Hall of Fame
  • Proprietor of the Year
  • Food-Themed Event
  • Gone But Not Forgotten
  • People’s Choice 

Pulaski takes the lead in number of votes for Arkansas ‘Food Hall of Fame,’ and other counties nominated for this category include Garland, Prairie, and Washington. 

Five finalists are left for ‘Proprietor of the Year,’ and again Pulaski takes the lead with four votes. 

In the ‘Food-Themed Event’ category, finalists include entries titled with anything from watermelon to duck gumbo.

Five counties were nominated for the ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ category. 

The ‘People’s Choice Award’ has no finalists, because the winner was chosen based on the number of nominations there were for a particular restaurant. 

The public is invited to the event at 5:30 on February, 25, at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. 

Tickets are $20. 

The Department of Arkansas Heritage launched the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame program in 2016 to recognize Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events across the state. 

The Department of Arkansas Heritage announced the finalists for the 2019 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. 

The Department of Arkansas Heritage launched the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame program in 2016 to recognize Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events across the state.

Finalists include:

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame 

AQ Chicken House of Springdale (Washington County) 

4-Dice Restaurant of Fordyce (Dallas County) 

Bruno’s Little Italy of Little Rock (Pulaski County) 

Burge’s Restaurant of Little Rock and Lewisville (Pulaski County and Lafayette County) 

The Craig Brothers Cafe DeValls Bluff (Prairie County) 

Doe’s Eat Place of Little Rock (Pulaski County) 

Keeney’s Food Market of Malvern (Hot Spring County) 

Kream Kastle of Blytheville (Mississippi County) 

The Ohio Club of Hot Springs (Garland County) 

Star of India of Little Rock (Pulaski County) 

Proprietor of the Year 

Capi Peck of Little Rock (Pulaski County) 

Loretta Tacker of Marion (Crittenden County) 

Peter Brave of Little Rock (Pulaski County) 

Sami Lal of Little Rock (Pulaski County) 

Scott McGehee of Little Rock (Pulaski County)     

Food-Themed Events 

Hope Watermelon Festival (Hempstead County) 

International Greek Food Festival (Pulaski County) 

Our Lady of the Lake Church’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner (Chicot County) 

Tontitown Grape Festival (Washington County) 

World Championship Duck Gumbo Cookoff (Arkansas County) 

  
Gone But Not Forgotten 

Klappenbach Bakery of Fordyce (Dallas County)  

Mary Maestri’s Italiano Grillroom of Springdale (Washington County) 

La Scala Italian Restaurant of Little Rock (Pulaski County) 

Uncle John’s of Crawfordsville (Crittenden County) 

The Shack Barbecue of Little Rock (Pulaski County) 

Winners will be announced at a reception and induction ceremony on Monday, February 25, 2019, at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.

The reception will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 6:15 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the reception and induction ceremony.

Tickets are available for purchase, but space is limited.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at ArkFoodHOF.com or by calling (501)-324-9346.

Tickets must be reserved no later than February 8, 2019.

Payment will also be accepted by cash or check at the February 25 event.

For more information about the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, visit ArkFoodHOF.com. 

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