Favorite Things: Payne Harding

It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, just about a month before his new Little Rock restaurant, Cache, opens, and Payne Harding is difficult to get on the phone. On the agenda for today? Interview potential staff members, choose linens, narrow down stemware and, you know, put the finishing touches on the menu with the help…

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Pleased As Punch

Big holiday parties are an ideal time to knock the dust off that matching crystal bowl-and-ladle set, and to convince yourself that sugary drinks pair perfectly with turkey and pie. But punch doesn’t have to be red, fizzy and sherbet-topped. Punch—boozy, balanced and crowd-pleasing—is the grandfather of the modern cocktail. And while party-friendly libations have…

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A Foodie Year in Review

The past year was a packed one for Little Rock’s bar and restaurant scene. From buzzed-about openings and patios packed with margarita-crazed masses, to quick name changes and new local brew options, here are the highs from 2013: BRICK AND MORTAR Central Arkansas locavores have long supported the area’s farmers markets and food trucks, which…

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One on One: Back to Black

  Martin Thoma and his wife, Melissa, like to joke that they share a congenital defect: Neither can say “no.” Which, it would seem, is a good thing for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. More than 15 years ago, the couple, owners of the Little Rock-based communications firm Thoma Thoma, was asked to do volunteer work…

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