Grape stompers and roaming musicians will transport guests to wine country at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Wildwood Park for the Arts’ annual Wine & Food Festival. Guests will enjoy 170 specially selected wines, tastings of Rock Town Distillery's vodka and gin, and artful edibles created by some of the area’s finest chefs and restaurants including Lulav, Acadia, Capriccio Grill Italian Steakhouse, 1620 and Ferneau.
A silent auction and a cork pull will add to the festivities.
Music will be the eastern European-influenced folk melodies of the Meshuggar Klezmer Band, classical guitar by Michael Carenbauer and lively polkas from the Itinerant Locals.
Tickets are $75 each. Discounts are available for Arkansas Repertory Theatre subscribers and those who purchased tickets to the Rep's production of Evita. To purchase call (501) 821-7275 or click here.
Proceeds from Wine & Food Festival will help support the Park’s statewide educational touring production Art To Go! A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will also help match a grant provided by the Arkansas Arts Council for the Park’s new Arts in Education residency at Chenal Elementary.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the University of Arkansas Global Campus, 2 E. Center St. Fayetteville.
The World Tour is a consolidation of The Banff Mountain Film Festival, which attracts an audience of over 10,000 each November to Banff Centre in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It features 30 events over nine days including screenings of the world's best mountain films and readings from adventure writers, seminars on mountain issues, panel discussions and presentations by prominent mountain personalities, filmmakers, and industry figures, a trade show that puts the latest outdoor equipment, clothing, books, and adventure travel at your fingertips, and more.
Tickets for the World Tour are $14 in advance and can be purchased by clicking here. They're $16 at the door.
To view a trailer click here.
Employees of the fledgling Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville gave a sneak peek tour to media and select members of the northwest Arkansas business community Wednesday (Sept. 15). About 160 people attended.
According to ArkansasBusiness.com, museum director Don Bacigalupi made several announcements from an open-air space that will become the museum's library, designed to eventually hold about 50,000 art-related volumes.
Three new works were introduced into the museum's permanent collection:
The museum is likely a year from completion, but most of the foundation work is set and skeletons of main buildings are erected.
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ArkansasBusiness.com has covered the museum, expected to be a major Arkansas tourist attraction, extensively. After the jump, links to previous coverage, including a sample of the art the new museum will feature.
She is a third-generation jeweler who is a graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America and a certified gemologist appraiser with the American Gem Society. She recently earned a master's degree in business administration at Webster University.
Stanley serves on the American Gem Society International Board of Directors and chairs the International Guilds Committee. She is on the Jewelers Vigilance Committee Executive Committee and the Better Business Bureau of Arkansas board and is president of Pulaski County Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Loyd Stanley, her father, won the Retailer of the Year award in 1985. Caroline Stanley, her sister, won the award in 1992.
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Tackle holiday shopping early at Mistletoe Merchants Sept. 16-18 at Statehouse Convention Center, 7 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock.
This three-day shop-fest features unique specialty gift items, handcrafted jewelry, home furnishings, women's fashions, personal care products and children's clothing and gifts within a festive and fun environment.
Shop from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 17 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 18.
Martinis & Mistletoe, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 17, will include a silent auction to benefit the Arkansas Children's Hospital, a cash bar, a cafe, shopping bags, and door prizes. Admission is $5 after 5 p.m.
Voices of Lee from NBC's The Sing Off will perform holiday and patriotic music at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 18.
Admission is $8 for a one-day pass and $12 for a three-day pass (children 12 and under free).
Fill out a registration card at the door for a chance to win door prizes that will be awarded throughout the event. To register for a $250 Shop the Show giveaway or a $1,000 Day Spa Package from Renaissance Medical Spa, sign up at the door or click here.
Goodwill's largest store in Arkansas can be found at 5914 Arkansas 5 in Bryant (the former Harvest Foods building).
The new store is quite different than the usual public perception of a charity-based thrift store, according to Brian Itzkowitz, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.
“It has a separate book department that is specialized and set off from everything else. There is Wi-Fi Internet service and a coffee bar,” he said.
Steve Terry, vice president for donated goods, said shoppers will be surprised by the quality of goods available, including designer outfits that sell for $300 to $500 when new, boutique jeans such as Citizens of Humanity, William Rast and Seven for all Mankind, and children’s items from Polo and the Gap.
Store hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m-6 p.m Sunday. Goodwill attendants will gratefully accept donations of gently used items during these hours at the facility's drive-through donation center.
Goodwill plans to open a similar store in west Little Rock later this year where the former Circuit City was located.
For more information click here.
The Capital Hotel and Ashley's at the Capital present Town & Country Culinary Weekend featuring chef Josh Feathers of Blackberry Farm, a luxury resort in Walland, Tenn. renowned for its cuisine, on Sept. 17-18.
Smoky Mountain Throwdown, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 on the grounds of Historic Arkansas Museum with Black Farm homestyle cooking, libations and bluegrass music, $95 per person.
Demonstration Cooking class, 10 a.m. Sept. 18 in the River Market demo kitchen (third floor) with chefs Josh Feathers and Lee Richardson, $25 per person/$35 per couple.
Town & Country Dinner at Ashley's, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18, five-course dinner prepared by Blackberry Farm and Ashley's culinary teams; cocktails in the kitchen at 6:30 followed by dinner at 7 p.m., $150 per person.
For more information call (501) 370-7015.
Potlucks always seem to bring out the best in cooks. But along with preparing a delicious contribution to a group dinner, it's important to know how to keep food safe when serving large groups of people over extended periods of time.
Leading causes of foodborne illness, according to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, are:
The Cooperative Extension Service offers these suggestions on how to keep food safe:
Cook foods to the recommended safe internal temperature. Never partially cook food for finishing later because you increase the risk of bacterial growth.
Refrigerate ingredients for salads before mixing them together.
After cooking, refrigerate perishable foods promptly in shallow containers. Thick foods such as stew should be no more than two inches deep; thinner foods such as soup should be no more than three inches deep.
Keep refrigerators at 40 F. or lower.