First Course: Your Month in Food, Annotated

Get your prix fixe, y’all

COCKTAIL HOUR

Swinging Seasonal Swizzles Cocktail Class

What: Pink Poinsettia? Apple Butter Old Fashioned? Pink Irish Coffee? Yes, please.

When: Dec. 12

Where: Pink House Alchemy HQ in Fayetteville

Details: Search “Swinging Seasonal Swizzles Cocktail Class” on Facebook


Holidaze: A Pop-Up Cocktail Lounge

What: Touting “40 Days of Cocktail Cheer,” this pop-up lounge from the minds behind Maxine’s and Leverett Lounge is about the most Christmassy thing we’ve ever seen. (Bonus: A quarter of their bar sales are going to three local non-profits.)

When: Open nightly from Nov. 21 – Dec. 31, (plus, a whole lotta special events)

Where: 18 E. Center St. in Fayetteville

Details: facebook.com/holidazefayetteville


FIRST COURSE

90th Annual Louis Mancini Sausage Supper

What: As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” And this 90-year-old recipe for Italian-style sausage definitely needs no fixing. (Same goes for the sauerkraut and baked green beans.)

When: Dec. 7

Where: Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church in Little Rock

Details: https://www.dolr.org/events/90th-annual-knights-columbus-louie-mancini-sausage-supper


SECOND COURSE

Whiskey & Buffalo Dinner

What: The meat from Ratchford Buffalo Farms is tough to beat. But a mushroom-crusted Ratchford filet with mustard whiskey sauce, (or a bison burger with goat cheese and watermelon radishes), paired with whiskey flights? Perfection.

When: Dec. 21

Where: Nomads Trailside in Fayetteville

Details: Search “Whiskey & Buffalo Dinner” on Facebook


THIRD COURSE

Merry Christmas at the Farm!

What: When one of your favorite family-owned farms throws a Christmas feast—especially one that involves 22-24-ounce bone-in ribeyes, spatchcocked pastured chicken, and 24-26-ounce French-cut pork chops—you don’t ask questions. At least aside from “Where do I sign up?(Editor’s note: You can sign up via their website.)

When: Dec. 6

Where: Rabbit Ridge Farms in Bee Branch

Details: facebook.com/RabbitRidgeFarms/events

(Note: If you’re wanting anything other than a burger, be sure to reserve your meal before Dec. 4)


FOURTH COURSE

Horseback Riding and Winery

What: Step 1: An hourlong horseback trek through the Ozarks. Step 2: Wine. And pizza. And cheese. And chocolate. Step 3: Bliss.

When: Dec. 1

Where: Pickup at Bike Rack Brewing Company in Bentonville

Details: 37northexpeditions.com/all-trips/horseback-riding-winery-thanksgiving


DESSERTS

S’Mores & Pours

What: S’mores? That’s child’s play. S’mores with Shamus Stout Mallows, paired with seasonal local brews? Adulting at its finest.

When: Dec. 6

Where: Stone’s Throw Brewing (9th Street location)

Details: Search “S’Mores & Pours” on Facebook


Classes at Rick’s Bakery in Fayetteville

What: Spanning everything from peppermint-unicorn cakes to gingerbread houses, these classes will make your holiday baked goods anything but cookie cutter.

When: Throughout the month of December

Where: Rick’s Bakery in Fayetteville

Details: facebook.com/pg/ricksbakery/events


COFFEE

Cafè Quality Masterclass Presented by Breville and Onyx Coffee

What: A master class on grinding, extraction, milk texturing and latte art? From Onyx? We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!

When: Dec. 7

Where: Onyx Coffee Lab in Rogers

Details: Search “Cafè Quality Masterclass Presented by Breville and Onyx Coffee” on Facebook


NIGHTCAP

15th Ever Nog-off

What: You’d think that we’d get tired of competitive egg-noggery a decade and a half in. Nope.

When: Dec. 13

Where: Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock

Details: https://www.historicarkansas.org/events/2019-12-13-2fan