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Bobby Ampezzan

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Festival, Chacko born same year

posted: 05/10/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

"Food festivals for $800, Alex," is perhaps how the contestant chose his clue when Jeopardy! aired Feb. 3, 2010.

UP AND COMING: Thea Foundation event to take over Bill's place

posted: 05/10/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

May, the month of botanical bounty! Here, from my peregrine perch downtown, I spy a span of social events as diverse and unexpected as a tour of P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farms on a homemade hallucinogen.

Ernest Ritter Arnold

posted: 04/19/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

If America’s frontier spirit no longer means westerly migration and homesteading, it lives on in the generational belief that children should leave their hometowns and “make a name” for themselves. Not Ritter Arnold. His name is made. His hometown is his enterprise.

MUDBUG BOOGIE: Come rain or shine

posted: 04/19/2015 2:17 a.m. Gallery Discuss

How many mudbugs does it take to fill two pavilions with hundreds of happy twisting, sucking, pinching crawdad-dicts shimmying to zydeco and raising a cheer for CARTI?

HUMANITARIAN AWARDS: West-Scantlebury and Barth honored as humanitarians

posted: 04/19/2015 2:16 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Just Communities of Arkansas inducted two new humanitarians into a council of Natural State illuminati at a banquet Tuesday night at the Statehouse Convention Center -- Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation chief Sherece West-Scantlebury and Hendrix College professor-pundit Jay Barth.

SURGEON'S CALL: Former chief surgeon's party just what the doctors ordered

posted: 04/19/2015 2:14 a.m. Gallery Comment 1

"Here's the deal," said Dr. John Weiss of Fayetteville, to the three or four dozen doctors, family and friends assembled in the banquet hall at the Little Rock Country Club to toast Dr. Gil Campbell.

UP AND COMING: IV Party to give hospital a transfusion of support

posted: 04/19/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

For a while the foundation folks at CHI St. Vincent -- or maybe the event planners? -- were sotto voce about the big "IV" party's location. Since its debut atop the parking deck at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center nine years ago, location -- or the transformation thereof -- has always been a big part of its serendipity. Event planner Todd Bagwell temporarily carpeted the oil-stained concrete in a bright pink shag, and socialites still applaud the bathrooms (they were so not-rooftop).

Torii Kedar Hunter

posted: 04/05/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

If ever there was an appropriate place for Torii Hunter to land, it's here. The all-star outfielder who, in his 17th season, still musters the skills to merit $10.5 million from the Minnesota Twins this year, has had about as prosperous a life as the son of a schoolteacher and a drug-addicted electrician in Pine Bluff could imagine.

BUSINESS LUNCHEON: Off to a quick start

posted: 04/05/2015 1:52 a.m. Gallery Discuss

It probably hasn't happened too often ... a man is introduced at the Capitol as the state's new economic development director then is whisked off immediately to the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center and a seat up on the dais for a luncheon.

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS: Clinton 'scholars' in town for library reception, dinner

posted: 04/05/2015 1:51 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Earlier this year, Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton welcomed the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a program for already established leaders (business, academic and political) and in partnership with the presidential libraries of Bush and Clinton as well as the two other Texas libraries -- that of George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.

UP AND COMING: Chef cookoff, swanky parties, everybody give!

posted: 03/29/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Here are a couple of hot tickets this week. Pulaski Technical College hosts its Diamond Chefs preliminaries Tuesday at its Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute. On Thursday, inside its Jack Stephens arena, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock holds its 12th Taste of Little Rock.

UP AND COMING: Opera star returns the favor

posted: 03/15/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

OK, this is my all Conway, all Column, um, column. First up ...

We want to love Zaffino's

posted: 03/12/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Zaffino's is a family place. By that I mean, of course, family-friendly, but also familial. And familiar. At the hostess station we're greeted by the proprietress, Nori Fryar, who says she'll sit us in her daughter-in-law's section. Later, our server begs leave of us because she has Nori's grandbaby at home to tend, and in fact, she only came in for the dinner rush because her mother-in-law was shorthanded.

Being vegan offers positives, negatives

posted: 03/09/2015 1:51 a.m. Comments 2

Editor's note: This is the seventh in a series of articles about Kickstart Your Health Little Rock.

Loyce Del Boyette

posted: 03/08/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

A snowy evening last month helped cast the vacant dining room at Terry’s Finer Foods in a honey lamplight, and there sat Del Boyette, a regular, rolling the wet wax of a tabletop candle around its glass perimeter the way Don Draper might wet rocks ’round a drained tumbler.


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