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Bobby Ampezzan

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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.

UP AND COMING: Mock beasts had a ball for Van Wyck's birthday

posted: 03/01/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Hear about Bronson Van Wyck's birthday bash Feb. 7? One woman arrived wearing an 11-foot albino boa constrictor. There were a Siberian tiger cub and a jaguar kitten. It was written up in Vogue, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post's Page 6.

Irritated eyes stir itching for burger

posted: 02/23/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

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

BUSINESS HALL OF FAME: Heads of their class

posted: 02/22/2015 2:30 a.m. Gallery Discuss

If the business of business is business, as the maxim goes, and if one should never mix business with pleasure, as the other one holds, then shame on the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame! Every year this august council more ably and reliably pools the state's most celebrated names in industry -- as well as industry analysts and reporters -- for a new induction and a heckuva party at the Statehouse Convention Center.

HEALING HEARTS: Thanking the heroes

posted: 02/22/2015 2:23 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The charity group with a hand in everything from assault counseling and offering shelter to tobacco cessation and suicide prevention gave out a handful of awards at its gala Feb. 12 at the Holiday Inn Presidential Center.

Notice: Kale in a blender doesn't make a smoothie

posted: 02/16/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

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

UP AND COMING: Commitment paying off for AKA sorority sister

posted: 02/15/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Something caught my eye at a recent Senate confirmation hearing. That's right, a Senate confirmation hearing. These are ordinarily one of Washington's mainstage nonevents.

HEART BALL: Sweethearts on stage

posted: 02/15/2015 2:32 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Since its inception, the local American Heart Association affiliate has poured more than $24 million into Arkansas' research labs and classrooms, offices and clinics. Those dollars don't raise themselves. So on Feb. 7 the local association office held the 29th consecutive Heart Ball inside the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center.

Life as herbivore (mostly) painless

posted: 02/09/2015 1:53 a.m. Comment 1

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles about Kickstart Your Health Little Rock, a 21-day experiment with a plant-based, vegan diet.

4 set for Business Hall of Fame induction

posted: 02/08/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Al Bell, the former head of Stax Records, always planned to be a doctor. His high school biology teacher told him he had the aptitude, and long fingers.

Taking a first bite of 21-day project

posted: 02/02/2015 1:49 a.m. Comments 2

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

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