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Eggshells Class to Feature Sommelier Lee Edwards Oct. 15

Image by Rett Peek

Lee Edwards assembles The Pisco Sour, with a blend of bitters, simple syrup, citrus and lemon-infused egg whites.


In today’s world, we feel like we hear the title “sommelier” thrown around a lot, but chances are, some of us might not really know what one does.

Cue Eggshells Kitchen Co. to the rescue, as per usual, with the latest in their cooking class lineup featuring Lee Edwards on Oct. 15 from 6-8 p.m.

Edwards, a certified sommelier, is the beverage director of Yellow Rocket Concepts, which includes two of our favorite spots, Big Orange and Local Lime, with a resume also listing The Capital Hotel Bar, Ciao Baci and Ferneau.

Join Edwards as he teaches guests all about the huge difference your choice of glassware makes for beverage’s flavor and how to choose the right one. Enjoy a craft beer tasting and delicious snacks, too!

Admission is $75 a seat and includes a home bar starter kit of four tasting glasses. For full information and reservations, contact Eggshells Kitchen Co. here or by calling (501) 664-6900.

TBT: 'Til Death Do Us Part Themed Wedding

Gallery by Whitney Bower Imaging

Hayley Berry & Chad Taylor
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
Oct. 6, 2012


It's the first Throwback Thursday in October and we're in the mood to spook!

We're big suckers for Halloween around here, which is why we're still SO in love with Hayley Berry and Chad Taylor's 'Til Death Do Us Part wedding almost exactly two years ago. From her black diamond engagement ring and matching Vera Wang gown, to the bare branches and tiny skulls, this is one of those time that, in Internet speak, we literally can't even.

Now excuse us while we lose ourselves in this #flawless wedding.


Photography by Whitney Bower Imaging

10 Things You Didn't Know About Cupcakes on Kavanaugh


A big trend in the world of weddings is to ditch the traditional cake and go for something a little more fun. No one understands this more than Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, but these aren’t your run-of-the-mill cupcakes. Maybe you want classic favorites or to try something new for your bridal showers, luncheons or any other affair. They’ve got what you’re looking for, even if you don’t know you’re looking for it.

Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Cupcakes on Kavanaugh. 

1. Dippers

Tiny and delicious and dipped in goodness, just like the name suggests, a box of these makes a great hostess gift.

2. Cake Pops

Didn’t know these faves could get better? Then you’ve never had a Kavanaugh pop. You can even get them arranged in a stand like a wedding cake. No plates, no flatware, no mess.

3. Cupcakes in a Jar

Squash the chance of your cupcakes getting smushed in these ultra transportable treats.

4. Mini Cupcakes

Too adorable to handle, too tasty to keep your hands off of. 

5. Mini Wedding Cakes

Have your cupcakes and a real one, too! Don’t miss out on cutting the cake, have a mini cake (6” max) to go with your little cuppies!




6. Cupcake Push-pops 

Yep, just like the Flintstones ice cream of your childhood, except with cupcakes. These are perfect for to-go shower favors. Genius? We think so.

7. Custom Designs

These chefs can pull off everything from cartoon characters to dreamy white roses and everything in between. Your treats should look the way you want them to on your special day. Don’t settle.

8. Gourmet Flavors

That goes double for taste. And that’s why they use all natural ingredients. You won’t find any corporate boxed mixes laying around this joint. Pro tip: Try the mint julep!

9. Jumbo Cupcakes

…are two words that should always be together. Share with your closest gal pals or split one with your main squeeze. Now you just have to agree on a flavor.

10. Delivery

You and your girls get a little hangry while shopping? Want to kick off your bachelorette party right? With their new partnership with Chef Shuttle, your unsatisfied cravings are a thing of the past, no matter where you are.


For more information, visit their website, follow them on Facebook or give them a call at (501) 664-2253. If you want to experience the deliciousness for yourself, stop by the shop at 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock.


Musical Month: 13 October Concerts for Families

Image by Sugar Free Allstars

Hit pause on the "Frozen" soundtrack and engage the senses at a live music experience. The whole family can enjoy this weekend's (Oct. 4-5) symphony performance featuring "Karate Kid"-composer Bill Conti or popular family band Sugar Free Allstars at the Children's Library and Learning Center (Oct. 22; pictured above).

We've also included a few options for parents who want to send the kids to a sleepover and plan a date night (after all, how can you miss seeing Color Me Badd at the State Fair?)! Keep reading for details on all 13 concerts!

Oct. 4

Charlie Wilson in Concert at Verizon Arena: Showcasing new hits and old Gap Band favorites, this concert from smooth-singing Wilson will "drop a bomb on you." 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. $49.50-$82.50. For info: (800) 745-3000,

Oct. 4-5

Bill Conti's Academy Awards at Pulaski Academy Connor Performing Arts Center: Oscar and five-time Emmy-winner Bill Conti, conductor of the Academy Awards Orchestra and composer of film scores “Karate Kid” and “Rocky," leads the ASO in a celebration of the big screen. Get your popcorn, find your seat, and settle in for an evening of movies, music, and silver screen glitz and glamour. Performances are: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 & 3 p.m. Oct. 5. $19-$58; kids get in free with the Entergy Kids' Ticket for Sunday performances. For info: (501) 666-1761,

Oct. 9

ASO Rockefeller Quartet Concert at The Capital Hotel: Stop by after work or school for a free concert at the Capital Hotel! The concert features short, accessible pieces along with commentary from the musicians of the Rockefeller Quartet. Guests are invited to mingle after the performance. 5:15 p.m. Oct. 9. For info: (501) 666-1761, FREE!

James Cotton in Concert at Wildwood Park for the Arts: Cotton is considered the greatest living harmonica player and won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1996. Cotton’s collaborators include Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, B.B. King, Otis Reading, and Carlos Santana. 7 p.m. Oct. 9. $35. For info: (501) 821-7275,

Little Rock Wind Symphony Presents “Energy and Reflection” at Second Presbyterian Church: The LRWS opens its 22nd season with a concert conducted by Dr. Timothy Oliver. From the opening number, Esprit de Corps by Robert Jager, to the final selection of Apollo Unleashed, this season opening concert reflects high energy with balanced reflection provided by Ticheli’s Requiem and Jacob’s Intermezzo. The program features trumpeter Christopher Wilson performing the rousing La Virgen de la Macarena, a paso doble (bullfighting song) made famous by the great trumpet virtuoso Rafael Méndez. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. $10, seniors $8, students are free. For info: (501) 666-0777,

Oct. 10

Arkansas Chamber Singers Fall Concert: Mass in Time of War at St. James United Methodist Church: The opening concert features the incredibly lyrical "Mass in Time of War" by Franz Joseph Haydn and the uplifting, zestful "Regina coeli," K. 276, of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; both works performed with soloists and an orchestra of players from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. $22, seniors (60+) are $15; students are $10, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. For info: (501) 377-1121,

Oct. 10-19

Concerts at 75th Annual Arkansas State Fair at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds: Check out the musical lineup at the fair, which will please fans of all musical tastes. "Bad to the Bone" George Thorogood will kick things off on Oct. 10. The week will also include performances from country artist Travis Tritt, rockabilly legend Sonny Burgess, '90s R&B group Color Me Badd, Sisqo-fronted R&B act Dru Hill, classic rockers REO Speedwagon, and "Cooler Than Me" singer Mike Posner. Advance gate ticket prices are $5.99, and $2.99 for children ages 6-12. All concerts are included in the admission ticket. Premium upgraded concert seats are available for $15. Oct. 9-10. All tickets can be purchased online at

Oct. 17

Five Finger Death Punch & Volbeat in Concert at Verizon Arena: A raucous evening with four bands: Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Hellyeah & Nothing More. 6:10 p.m. Oct. 17. $51.50. For info: (800) 745-3000, PARENTS NIGHT OUT!

Justin Moore in Concert at First Security Ampitheatre: Arkansas-native Justin Moore brings his "Off the Beaten Path" to Little Rock, along with opening act Backroad Anthem. 7 p.m. Oct. 17. $25.50. For info: (800) 745-3000,

Oct. 18

Music & Fun with the Kinders at CALS Main Library: A fun and lively children's concert featuring Brian and Terri Kinder. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18. For info: (501) 918-3000, FREE!

Oct. 18-19

ASO Masterworks Series: "Blazing Brass" at Maumelle Performing Arts Center: Richard Jorgensen, principal trumpet with the ASO, performs during this concert including selections by composers Joseph Haydn and Anton Bruckner. Performances are: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 & 3 p.m. Oct. 19. $19-$58; kids get in free with the Entergy Kids' Ticket for Sunday performances. For info: (501) 666-1761,

Oct. 22

Kidstock at Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center: Bring your blankets and chairs to this family-friendly music festival. Musical groups include Sugar Free Allstars and Ellis Family Band. The fun continues with tree painting, yoga, sack races, bubbles and more. 4-6 p.m. For info: (501) 978-3870, FREE!

Oct. 24

Lyon College Pipe Band at CALS Ron Robinson Theater: Arkansas Sounds presents a free concert featuring traditional Scottish bagpipes, Scottish and Irish dancers, and a ceilidh (Celtic) band with guitars, accordions, uilleann (Irish) pipes, and singers. 7 p.m. Oct. 24. For info: (501) 320-5715, FREE!

For more October events, browse our full online calendar here.

Foodie Families: 5 Tasty Events This Weekend

Image by Dean Wheeler
The Southern Salt truck at the Hillcrest Farmers Market on a recent Sunday

Feast your way through the first weekend of October! In addition to a gluttonous number of activities (pumpkin patches, amazing festivals, and music and theater performances), there are five weekend events that look downright tasty. From cultural cuisine to food truck treats, you can fill your belly at one of these delicious dining affairs.

Main Street Food Truck Festival in Downtown Little Rock: Snack on delicious fare from more than 30 food trucks and mobile eateries (including Southern Salt Food Company, pictured above). Plus, shop craft vendors, enjoy local musicians and street performers, and sip a brew at the beer gardens. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will cross Main Street 7-10 a.m., and many of the trucks will open with early bird specials. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4. For info: (501) 375-0121, Entry FREE!

Little Rock Asian Festival at Mosaic Church: Sponsored by Asian Pacific Resource & Cultural Center, this festival celebrates the Asian Pacific heritage with delicious food, entertainment, games, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3; kids under 12, military, fireman & seniors free. For info: (501) 374-2001, click here.

Chili Fights in the Heights: This family-friendly festival with chili, music and more is held on the streets of the Heights Neighborhood. Cooking starts at 1:30 p.m. with awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. Chili tasting kits are available for purchase for $4. All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Foodbank. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Free admission; chili tasting kits $4. For info: (501) 565-8121,

5th Annual Taste of T Street at Miss Selma's School: Friends of Miss Selma's Foundation invite the community to enjoy a variety of food booths. Plus, the event includes a petting zoo, carnival games, live entertainment, free lemonade and popcorn, and live and silent auctions. 2-6 p.m. Oct. 4. $15, children 12 and under $10. For info: (501) 225-0123,

10th Annual Shrimp Boil at St. Mark's Episcopal Church: Don't miss this rollicking evening filled with live music by the Greasy Greens, big fun and great Cajun shrimp. Kid's tickets and menu available. Proceeds benefit St. Francis House. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 4. $35 at door. For info: (501) 590-2236,

For more October events, browse our full online calendar here.

The Rep Announces October's Thriller "Wait Until Dark"

Image by Greg Henderson

Arkansas Repertory Theatre's 2010-2011 season is made up of productions that started out as or were made into movies.


’Tis the season to be scary!

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre recently announced its latest production: “Wait Until Dark,” written by Frederick Nott and directed by Robert Hupp. 

The thriller follows the story of a sinister con man, two ex-convicts and Susy, a blind woman who knows something is amiss. When the sun goes down, she plays by her own rules until the chilling end.

The play earned a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Play and earned a movie adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin. It also earned a top-ten spot on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments. Yikes.

The Rep’s production will run from Oct. 24 - Nov. 9. They will also host tons of events to coincide with the spooky spectacle including a fight choreography class, “Pay What You Can” Night, director talks and a sign interpretation performance. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, call the box office at (501) 378-0405 or visit their website.

Fido Fun: 6 October Events for Dog Lovers

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Your pup is part of the family, right? Then, celebrate your family pet at one of these canine-themed activities in October!

Some of the following events are just for humans, such as the performance of Go, Dog. Go! at the Children's Theatre. But Fido can get in on the family fun at several events this month, including the 3rd Annual Paws on Pinnacle and Pooches & Pumpkins at Good Earth Garden Center. 

Tail Waggin' Tutors at Laman Library Argenta Branch: This program provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where children can boost their reading skills and build self-esteem by reading to furry friends. 3:30 p.m. each Tue. & 10:30 a.m. each Sat. For info: (501) 687-1061, FREE!

Go, Dog. Go! at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre: Find out where the dogs are going and why they are going so fast, as the Children's Theatre presents this captivating adaptation of P.D. Eastman's famous canine extravaganza. Watch the stage explode with a delight of color, motion, music, and dogs. 7 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Oct. 3-5. $12.50 for children and adults & $10 for AAC members. For info: (501) 372-4000,

Atomic Dogg Magazine Super Bully Show at Clear Channel Metroplex: Sponsored by Black Gold Premium Dog Food, this worldwide event includes vendors, kennels, magazines, clothing, and a Triple AKC Conformation event at 10 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. Oct. 4. $15, kids under 15 are free. For info: (770) 658-9237,

3rd Annual Paws on Pinnacle at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: This event features informative programs about caring for your dog, getting outside and hiking safely with your dog, and agility and working dog demonstrations. The final event of the day will be a dog "Howl-O-Ween" costume contest! Programs begin at 8 a.m., and the costume contest at 3 p.m. All well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome to attend. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18. For info: (501) 868-5806, FREE!

Pooches & Pumpkins at The Good Earth Garden Center: Snap family photos in themed areas, bring your pup for a pet costume contest, snack on free hot dogs, ride along for a hayride, and enjoy balloons, face painting, and live music. Kids and pets in costume receive little pumpkins while they last. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Oct. 18. For info: (501) 868-4666, FREE!

Barktober Fest at MacArthur Park: Paid admission includes food/beer/wine and leashed-dogs welcome. Oct. 25. See website for time and additional details. For info:

For more events, browse our full online calendar here.

Fuller and Son to Open Store in the Heights

Image by Fuller and Son

Good news, handy folks! 

Fuller and Son announced it's opening a new store in the Heights. The shop will be located in the previous home of Hestand's grocery store at The Heights Center, next to The Toggery. 

On its Facebook page, the hardware store wrote: 

"For years now we've wished for a store in the Heights, but retail space being such a precious commodity in that area made it seem like it would remain a wish...until now."

Owner JR Fuller told Soirée the new store will offer the same service and merchandise but expect a different look. "We're introducing a more modern, clean feel in terms of aesthetic but not taking away from what we've done on a service side and that is, we are still a working man's hardware store and want to provide exceptional knowledge and service to the community," Fuller said.  

Fuller went on to explain its distrubutor, Orgill, helped introduce this new concept that focused on areas where square footage was at a premium. Read more about the idea here. 

Renovations are currently underway. 

Fuller hopes to have doors open in early to mid November but tells Soirée, the date may change depending on construction. 

Fuller and Son currently has six stores in Little Rock and Maumelle.


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