Tabriz -- that two-night, every-other-year fundraiser for the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock -- is turning 25 this year, and organizers are taking the milestone seriously. The theme for the casual May 4 party and May 6 black-tie gala is "New York," complete with a performance by The Midtown Men, four performers from the original cast of Jersey Boys.
Restaurateur Mary Beth Ringgold takes Diamond Chef title with a fish dish
For the first time in the 10-year history of the Diamond Chef culinary competition, a woman took top honors. Chef Mary Beth Ringgold became the first-ever female champion, beating fellow finalist chef Jimmy Carter and top-seeded chef Donnie Ferneau.
Arkansas Derby attendees hoof it to Jockey Club for best view, eats
The 81st running of the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park was perhaps enjoyed most from above, in the track's Jockey Club, where box holders and guests were dressed in their Sunday best -- hats and all -- for the April 15 finish to Oaklawn's racing season.
The biggest stars of the 2017 Baptist Health Bolo Bash -- the players and the sponsors -- gathered at the Valley Crest Court home of Dianna and Kevin Huchingson the evening of April 10 to mingle over a seemingly endless buffet of hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
The list of guests was limited to just a dozen for an April 8 dinner hosted by Paul Bash at his home high on a hill in Hillcrest. The dinner was bought by Ginanne Long and others at the Miracle League of Arkansas Double Header fundraiser in October.
McClure got out of the culinary school in two years and $40,000 in debt. Every job he held after that prepared him for his current role as executive chef at The Hive in Bentonville
BENTONVILLE — Matt McClure is casually dressed in jeans and a plaid shirt as he sits at a corner table at The Hive, the restaurant in this city’s swanky 21C Museum Hotel. The executive chef is not at all casual when talking about the James Beard awards, considered by many in the business to be the “Oscars of food.”
By stringing a lot of lights overhead and creating "walls" with white-cloth draping on the sides, the basketball court at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Jack Stephens Center became a striking indoor party tent for the 26th annual Eggshibition fundraiser, an Eastertime mainstay for Youth Home Inc.
Dinner, reception for Cowboys executive Stephen Jones raises $385,000
Stephen Jones, considered to be the top Dallas Cowboys executive under his father and Cowboys' owner, Jerry Jones, was honored as Arkansan of the Year 2017 by Easter Seals Arkansas the night of April 6. About 500 people gathered in the Wally Allen ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center to support Easter Seals and shower praise upon Jones for his leadership with the football team and the nonprofit.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Philip Mann Society, which includes major donors to the ASO's annual fund, gathered backstage at Robinson Center Performance Hall the evening of April 6 for wine and snacks and to sit onstage with musicians as they ran through a rehearsal for casual concert events the following weekend.
Fans and benefactors of Opera in the Rock -- believed to be the state's only professional opera company -- gathered at the Junior League of Little Rock Ballroom the night of April 1 for snacks, libations and vocal performances by cast members from the company's forthcoming production of The Barber of Seville. The annual event, dubbed Opera on the Rocks, carried the subtitle Fools for Love.