My mother and I headed over to Eureka Springs last year for Food & Wine Weekend and it was worth every penny (and calorie!). You can enjoy the special menus and wine pairings at this year’s Food & Wine Weekend taking place this weekend from Thursday, Nov. 7-Sunday, Nov. 10.
Here’s a rundown of some of the offerings:
- Linda Hager, owner and chef of the Cottage Inn Restaurant located at 450 W. Van Buren, will host Wine Dinners Thursday through Sunday night from 6pm-8pm. Each evening a different five-course meal will be paired with a selection of international wines. Reservations can be made by calling 479-253-5282.
- In addition to their regular fish and lasagna specials, DeVito’s of Eureka Springs will offer Raimondo Winery wine flights and DeVito’s signature martinis. Plus farmer’s market pasta made with fresh, seasonal produce from the local Farmer’s Market. DeVito’s is located at 5 Center Street.
- On Nov. 8 and 9, Cuisine Karen will offer a hands-on cooking class at her Provençal-style home at 10 Woolridge in Eureka Springs. The menu includes local grass-fed pork shoulder roast braised in white wine with bay leaf and sage, sautéed brussel sprouts with vinegar reduction sauce and a touch of Sorghum molasses and Swiss chard, and a dessert tart with raisins and pine nuts on a marzipan crust (conventional & gluten-free versions). The class runs from 10:00am – 2:00pm and costs $45 per person.
- The Garden Bistro’s Wine Dinners will feature fare centered around local farm products, tapas style. Six courses will be served, each course paired with a wine suited to compliment the dish. Dinners are Thursday night at 7 p.m., Friday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Garden Bistro is located at 119 N. Main Street and it is recommended reservations be made by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 479-981-0667. (NOTE: We enjoyed this restaurant last year and you can read about our experience here. Click here to see how we spent 24 hours in Eureka Springs.)
- Chef David Gilderson of the Grand Taverne Restaurant at 37 N. Main Street will offer special 3 course dinners on Thursday through Saturday evenings, or guests may choose from the regular menu as well. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jerry Yester, of The Lovin’ Spoonful, on piano on Thursday and Saturday, and local Arkansas Red on guitar on Friday evening.
- Keels Creek Winery at 3185 E. Van Buren will be host to the Boston Mountain Potters show & sale on Friday through Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. each day. Also at Keels Creek, Dr. Doug Hausler, owner of the winery, and Greg Schneider, owner of Railway Winery will present a series of lectures and discussions including wine tasting from 2013 production (in progress) and recent vintages. The lectures are $10 per person and include wine tasting and a logo glass, or $20 per person for all 3 days. Friday’s lecture is History of Wines in the World, Saturday is History of Wines in the Americas and Sunday is History of Wines in Arkansas. The lectures are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Make your reservations today. Your taste buds will thank you.