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story.lead_photo.caption Loretta Tacker, owner of the Shake Shack in Marion, poses for a photo Thursday after a news conference at the Department of Arkansas Heritage where she was named a finalist for the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame in the Proprietor of the Year category. The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame committee revealed the finalists in four categories and the Food of the Year for this year’s Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

The Department of Arkansas Heritage has named the finalists in four of the five categories for the 2019 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, recognizing Arkansas restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events.

• Arkansas Food Hall of Fame: AQ Chicken House, Springdale; 4-Dice Restaurant, Fordyce; Bruno's Little Italy, Little Rock; Burge's Restaurant, Little Rock and Lewisville; Craig Brothers Cafe, DeValls Bluff; Doe's Eat Place, Little Rock; Keeney's Food Market, Malvern; Kream Kastle, Blytheville; the Ohio Club, Hot Springs; Star of India, Little Rock.

• Proprietor of the Year: Capi Peck, Trio's, Little Rock; Loretta Tacker, Tacker's Shake Shack, Marion; Peter Brave, Brave New Restaurant, Little Rock; Sami Lal, Star of India, Little Rock; Scott McGehee, Yellow Rocket Concepts, Little Rock.

• Food-Themed Events: Hope Watermelon Festival; International Greek Food Festival; Our Lady of the Lake Church's Annual Spaghetti Dinner; Tontitown Grape Festival; World Championship Duck Gumbo Cookoff.

Gallery: Restaurant finalists in the 2019 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

• Gone But Not Forgotten: Klappenbach Bakery, Fordyce; Mary Maestri's Italiano Grillroom, Springdale; La Scala Italian Restaurant, Little Rock; Uncle John's, Crawfordsville; The Shack Barbecue, Little Rock.

The winner in the fifth category, the People's Choice Award, is chosen solely on the basis of the number of nominations for a particular restaurant, and will be announced at the induction ceremony, Feb. 25 at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Tickets are $20. Call (501) 324-9346, email [email protected] or visit ArkFoodHOF.com by Feb. 8.

The public submitted 650 nominations from all 75 Arkansas counties during October. A panel of 13 food professionals and "foodies" selected the finalists.

Photo by Staton Breidenthal
Paul Austin displays catfish as the 2019 Food of the Year on Thursday during a news conference at the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame committee also announced the finalists in four categories for this year’s Arkansas Food Hall of Fame.

Metro on 01/11/2019

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