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