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Emily Van Zandt

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Emily at a glance

Favorite Meal: The rind of brie cheese
Foreign county you’d like to visit: Ireland
Dream job: Cocktail and beer writer for a national magazine
Favorite all-time song: Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
TV show you never miss: No cable, but I do like to Netflix binge on '90s shows like Frasier
Most memorable concert: Side stage for Odd Future's performance at Pitchfork '11
Favorite snack: Nutella and pretzels
Favorite movie: St. Elmo's Fire
Tourist attraction you most want to visit: The birthplace of Paul Bunyon in Bangor, Maine
Celebrity you’d most like to meet: Emma Stone

Bio

Emily Van Zandt became an Arkansan in 2012 after stints covering entertainment and nightlife in Kansas City and Chicago. She was brought on board as a writer for Sync in 2013.

A native of Jefferson City, Missouri, and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Emily spent her first years out of college in Kansas City. While reporting for the Kansas City Star she developed a love for whiskey cocktails and dive bar food, which served her well as a nightlife reporter for Chicago commuter publication RedEye from 2010-2012.

Emily's writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, RedEye, Arkansas Life, The Kansas City Star, the Jefferson City News Tribune and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

When she's not in the newsroom or spending quality research time eating and drinking in Little Rock, Emily prefers to be on her iPhone and laptop simultaneously while watching teen-targeted sitcoms on Netflix.

She freely expresses her thoughts on pop culture, beer, the South and rap music circa '99 on Twitter at @vanzandt.

Recent Stories by Emily Van Zandt

Home(town) brews

posted: 07/07/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

It wasn't too long ago that sipping locally brewed suds on a Friday night wasn't so simple -- or popular. Just five years ago, there were only two locally owned brewpubs in Little Rock. Now, the field has expanded to six brewery taprooms and brewpubs in Little Rock and North Little Rock, with a handful more on the way in the next year.

More breweries on the way

posted: 07/07/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Asana Alehouse: Combining craft beer and yoga is the aim of this in-the-works Little Rock area brewery, which owners describe as "two-parts brewery, one-part yoga studio."

With great toppings, hot dogs go gourmet

posted: 07/01/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Behold, the humble hot dog. Tucked into a tender split bun and slathered in mustard and relish, the Americanized sausage is as sure a sign of summer as any picnic dish.

Theater Review: Merry Wives a playful romp done '50s style

posted: 06/14/2015 4:06 a.m. Discuss

Rain tapered off in time for the cast of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's Merry Wives of Windsor to take the stage on the lawn of The Village at Hendrix for the show's final Conway performance Saturday night.

Tracy Hudspeth: Outdoors, simple living keep family in Arkansas

posted: 03/30/2014 midnight Discuss

Ask Tracy Hudspeth to describe his proudest moment, and he’ll immediately start talking about his kids.

Gift of life: After holidays, need for blood donations high

posted: 12/26/2013 midnight Discuss

While the holidays are prime time for charitable giving, American Red Cross officials hope that spirit continues well into January.

Thomas Colyer Courtway

posted: 11/17/2013 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Somewhere, in a parallel universe, Tom Courtway is taking power meetings, in a power suit, in a power office in Washington. He’s pulling in six or seven figures a year as an oft-retained tax lawyer. He visits his home state when he can, but not as much as he’d like.

Back again: Car show to return to the mountain

updated: 06/14/2013 1:43 p.m. Discuss

What started out with just a few trophies and an idea to get car enthusiasts together has blossomed into a major event in Mountain View. In 2012, Kelly Simmons and Matt Sloan helped organize the first car show at Mountains, Music and Motorcycles. The annual festival, which has been part of the city’s summer schedule for eight years, has steadily grown to be the most popular event of the year in Mountain View.

New greenhouse leads to big plans

updated: 06/14/2013 1:38 p.m. Discuss

When Pam Baxter looked out at the bare-boned greenhouse on the campus of Sulphur Rock Magnet School, she knew the school deserved more. With a grant from Citizens Bank’s Education Initiative under her belt, Baxter set to work adding a cover to the greenhouse, planting trees, adding picnic tables and buying supplies to turn the space into an outdoor ecology lab and classroom. By the end of May, the area was ready for its official ribbon cutting. But that doesn’t mean Baxter is done with improvements.

Remembering the past: History, recreation come together at Jacksonport State Park

updated: 06/12/2013 10:30 a.m. Discuss

When Portfest is in full swing, it can be easy to forget the history of Jacksonport State Park. Crowds gather at the main stage with blankets and camping chairs. They pull in on boats and stand in line for gator-on-a-stick and funnel cakes. But even when the park is at its most crowded, park superintendent Mark Ballard can be counted on to remember what made the park — and the city of Jacksonport — what it is today. Ballard, who started working at Jacksonport in 1990, said that passing down the history of the area to the region’s young people and visitors to the park is vital to learning from that history.

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