Some of you wonderful regular readers have been asking me lately: where the heck have you BEEN? And it’s true – I haven’t been able to post anything at all in longer than I feel comfortable with, so I thought I’d share a few pictures with everybody and catch you all up on what’s happening in Arkansas Foodies-land.
As many of you may know, I’ve recently begun contributing some reviews and posts to the Arkansas Times through their print edition and their Eat Arkansas blog, and Jess has been contributing some photographs. Because that’s an actual paying gig and this blog is not, I’m afraid that a lot of my spare time has been taken up with trying to hunt down content for over there. I think I’m getting the hang out of trying for increased production (at least I hope so) – which should allow me to resume regular posting here. Since Eat Arkansas is focused mostly on restaurants, festivals, and foodie news, we still need a place to talk about all the things we cook and love to eat – not to mention talk about the places we go that are outside central Arkansas.
We’ve been extremely happy getting to know all of you over the past couple of years – this whole food-writing thing really started off as a fun chance to combine my love of writing with Jess’ love of photography by focusing on a subject we both love – food. It’s an exciting time to be a foodie in Arkansas, because we’re really at the beginning of a renaissance in food and food culture. There have always been great places to eat in the state, but the people of Arkansas are now demanding more from their food purveyors, growers, and vendors. People in this state are growing ever more adventurous in their appetites – and the chefs and shopkeepers are listening.
I’d like to thank each and every one of you who have clicked on of our stories over the years, who have posted a comment (be sure to do that over on Eat Arkansas, too!) and who have sent encouraging e-mails, tweets, and Facebook messages. We aren’t going anywhere – and we’re gearing up to get back into the kitchen and start cooking it up. It’s the beginning of the farmers market season, and with the Hillcrest, River Market, Argenta, and new SoMa farmers markets all gearing up we’re sure to find some interesting things to make. I’ve got plans to talk some about everything from foie gras to kombucha, from sushi to fried okra – so I hope that you all will keep checking back for what we’ve got coming. Be sure to keep cool with hot weather around the corner (we recommend some Loblolly ice cream) and be sure to keep sending us your recipes, restaurant suggestions, and foodie news. We’re planning on being at the Bernice Garden on May 10th for the Savory Pantry Tweet Up, so we hope you’ll all stop by and say hello. And remember: cook well, eat well, and BE well. Cheers!