Dixie Pig, Kream Kastle nominated for Hall of Fame

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — Finalists have been announced for the 2018 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, and two local restaurants made the cut.

Dixie Pig and Kream Kastle are both finalists for the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. The other finalists include: Franke’s Cafeteria of Little Rock (Pulaski County); Feltner’s Whatta-Burger of Russellville (Pope County); Doe’s Eat Place of Little Rock (Pulaski County); McClard’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant of Hot Springs (Garland County); Bruno’s Little Italy of Little Rock (Pulaski County); White House Café of Camden (Ouachita County); Ed Walker’s Drive-In of Fort Smith (Sebastian County); Neal’s Café of Springdale (Washington County); The Venesian Inn of Tontitown (Washington County); and DeVito’s of Eureka Springs (Carroll County).

The Department of Arkansas Heritage launched the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame in 2016 to recognize Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events across the state.

Nominations were accepted from the public from September 11 through October 31 in five categories: Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, Proprietor of the Year, Food-Themed Event, People’s Choice and Gone But Not Forgotten.

Winners will be announced at a reception and induction ceremony on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. The business casual reception will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 6:15 p.m.

A total of 450 submissions were received from 40 counties across the state for the second class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. “We’re so pleased to see the public support for this program continue to grow,” said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. “We look forward to many years of celebrating Arkansas’s unique food traditions.”

The public is invited to attend the reception and induction ceremony. Tickets are available for purchase, but space is limited. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by emailing Shelby Brewer at shelby.brewer@arkansas.gov or calling 501-324-9349. Tickets must be reserved no later than February 26. Payment will be accepted by cash or check at the March 6 event. For more information about the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, visit ArkFoodHOF.com.

The 13-member selection committee includes Paul S. Austin, Evette Brady, C.C. (Chip) Culpepper, Cindy Grisham, Stacy Hurst, Montine McNulty, Tim Morton, Rex Nelson, Tim Nutt, Kat Robinson, Christina Shutt, Swannee Bennett and Lisa Speer.