Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series

The Arkansas Foodways Initiative allows Historic Arkansas Museum to delve deeper into Arkansas foodways and provide even more programming around our food heritage. The History is Served: Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series debuting in 2018 will be the first of such programming—and is made possible by the support of our History is Served sponsor, Ben E. Keith Foodservice Distributors.

History is Served will take a look at four influences in Arkansas cuisine and delve into the food history of each. Held quarterly, this new series will invite four Arkansas chefs to create a modern menu inspired by historical research on each theme.

Tickets are $45 ($35 for museum members) and will be available online a few weeks before each dinner. 

Pre-Colonial Arkansas • O-gah-pah (Quapaw)
Feb. 22, 2018 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm
The debut dinner for our History is Served series appropriately delved into the history, culture and cuisine of Arkansas’s first people, the Quapaw Tribe. Gilbert Alaquinez, executive chef of 42 bar and table, and Chef Michael Selig, director of Food, Beverage and Events, took inspiration from Quapaw food and table traditions, focusing on the ingredients that create a Quapaw meal, to prepare a modern interpretation for the dinner (more...).

Colonial Arkansas • French and Spanish Colonists
April 5, 2018 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm
The second dinner for our History is Served series examines the meals of the French and Spanish colonists who ruled Arkansas from 1673 to 1803. Chef Mary Beth Ringgold will take inspiration from research gathered by the museum’s Arkansas Made Heritage Foodways research project on what foods were available and how the colonists adapted their traditional meals to the environment. Guests will begin with cocktails and appetizers before being seated at a communal harvest table. Sharing the meal will be an immersive way to learn more about Colonial Arkansas and historic foodways (more...). 

Territorial Arkansas • Scottish & German Settlers
July 26, 2018 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm
The third dinner celebrates the history, culture and cuisine of German and Scottish settlers in Arkansas’s Territorial period. Chef Shanna Merriweather and Capi Peck of Trio’s Restaurant will take inspiration from research on the period provided by the museum’s Arkansas Made team to create a modern interpretation of Territorial cuisine. (more...)

Arkansas’s Southern Foodways • Legacy of African Americans
November 15, 2018 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm 
This meal will explore the vast and incomparable contributions of African Americans to Arkansas’s culinary traditions, specifically examining the Colonial and Antebellum periods of Arkansas’s history. Evette Brady and Chef Tim Morton of RH Catering will take inspiration from research to create a modern Southern meal. (more...).