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 debuted in 2018 and is the first of such programming.

Tickets are $60 ($45 for museum members) and will be available online a few weeks before each dinner.


April 18, 2019 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Catfish Tales in Four Courses • Chef Scott Rains of Table 28

Cocktails sponsored by Rock Town Distillery

The first of our 2019 History is Served dinners features the humble catfish, the 2019 Arkansas Food of the Year announced by the Department of Arkansas Heritage. First record of catfish in Arkansas was 1557 by a man known as the “The Gentleman from Elvas,” noting the fish with “great spines” in Pacaha, an Indian settlement that was in what is now Northeast Arkansas. The Natural State is also the birthplace of the catfish industry, and catfish has a culture of its own in this state, with traditional sides debated and tall tales shared among fishermen. For this dinner, Scott Rains will upend what we think we know about this whiskered protein and offer up a contemporary take that will amaze your taste buds.

Tickets available online only, starting at 9 am, March 11. Limit two per user. SOLD OUT


June 6, 2019 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm

If Reasons Were as Plenty as Blackberries: Arkansas Fruits and Berries • Jonathan Arrington & Jack Sundell, The Root Café

Cocktails sponsored by Rock Town Distillery

For the second dinner in our 2019 History is Served: Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series, Jonathan Arrington and Jack Sundell of The Root Café will present a meal that features a different Arkansas fruit for each course. Whether it’s a savory twist on berries or an unexpected pairing with a main course protein, each course, inspired by Arkansas’s rich heritage in fruit production, will surprise and delight. You’ll go home with a full mind as well, hearing of folk tales with lines like, “[blackberry] briars close out and take more farms in Arkansaw than mortgages ever did in Kansas,” and learning why we called this dinner, “If reasons were as plenty as blackberries.” 

Tickets available online only, starting at 9 am, May 11. Limit two per user.  SOLD OUT


July 11, 2019 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm

The Genealogy of Food Traditions: The Summer Vegetable Plate •  Capi Peck, Trio's Restaurant

Cocktails sponsored by Rock Town Distillery

 The third of our 2019 History is Served dinners looks at food lineage and explores how recipes and dining customs are handed down within families. What ends up on the plate becomes a reflection both of place and of relationships. Like the storybook character Eloise, Capi Peck practically grew up in the Hotel Sam Peck whose menu lives on in a few dishes served at Trio’s. Along with a take on their Farmer’s Market Splendor (a summer vegetable plate that’s been a staple at Trio’s for more than 15 years), Capi will serve up stories -and dishes! - with history and provenance, such as Granny Verna’s tomato relish and Raida Pfeifer’s cucumbers. We’ll include a special call for family cookbooks and recipes to add to our research on Arkansas’s heritage foodways.

Tickets available online only, starting at 9 am, June 17. Limit two per user, please. SOLD OUT