A recap of a wonderful food weekend gone by!

The weekend kicked off Friday night with the massive consumption of gumbo at this year’s Jumbo Gumbo Cook Off held at the River Market Pavilion. Kudos to Jessica Johnston-Myers and everyone involved with this year’s cook off. The entire event, with its great gumbo, loud music, and perfect weather, was an absolute blast! And the biggest compliment of all…everything was well run and extremely organized.

Proceeds from this wonderful event went to help out The Allen School. Fellow foodies (Michael Roberts of Arkansas Foodies and Thanh Rasico of Red Kitchen Recipes) and I gave out our Silver Spork Award to the teams we felt churned out the evening’s best gumbo. My award went to Team Apartment Hunters. Congrats to all the participants!

Afterwards, I returned home for a late night viewing of Lincoln (great movie). Gumbo + Lincoln = Great Friday night. The planets must have been aligned because I slept until 7:30 a.m. the next morning. For someone with two young children that’s equivalent to a normal person’s noon. Daniel Walker of Eat Arkansas fame hit me up on Facebook about an hour later for a potential Root Café rendezvous. Who am I to say no?

Silver Spork Award goes to...Apartment Hunters. (photo courtesy Jess Roberts)

Silver Spork Award: Apartment Hunters (photo courtesy Jess Roberts)

Once at Root, I took down the eggs banh mi— or as they describe it: “two eggs shipwrecked, topped with housemade garlic mayo, pickled carrot & daikon radish, jalapeno, fresh cilantro, hoisin and sriracha. Served with toasted baguette and a small side salad ($5.75).” It was excellent, but not quite as good as Dan’s biscuits and gravy. Holy sh*t, Little Rock. You gotta try Root’s take on this southern classic.

Eggs Banh Mi from The Root Cafe

Eggs Banh Mi from The Root Cafe

With Dan fading into a food coma and his two youngens getting a tad restless, we decided to head over to the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market.

Dan had a few pastries reserved with market participant Mylo’s Coffee Company. My bite of his kouign amann, coupled with some of their fresh-brewed Sumatra coffee, was nothing short of divine. Mylo’s products and the people producing them are absolute gems…and here’s hoping for a brick and mortar establishment sometime soon!

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Mylo Coffee Company’s Kouign Amann

After a nine-hour eating hiatus, I met my wife and her co-workers at Ristorante Capeo on North Little Rock’s Main Street, marking our second visit to the Italian eatery. The first time left us unimpressed, probably from the bland fried sage leaves, as well as an unmemorable lamb shank. Overall, things were much improved this time around. I ordered the pork chop—a thick-cut piece of meat that was a tad overdone, but covered in a delicious, sweet and savory butter sauce. Even the fried sage leaves were fantastic, as was the lasagna, which at $11 might just be one of the best values in town. Unfortunately, a fine meal did end with a poor dessert —an occurrence I am growing far too accustomed with in Little Rock. My Italian cream cake was dry and left me wanting a few more bites of my wife’s panna cotta.

There you have it…my food weekend in review. All and all, a glorious one! How was yours?

1 Comment

Thanh Rasico April 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

That pastry from Mylo Coffee Company looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try that!

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