First Course: Your Month in Food, Illustrated

Three Fold takes on fried chicken, Kyleigh McGee bottles her lemonade, a HAM dinner focused on fruit, a hand-made supper club, and Stan Lee’s Arkansas connection

Strawberry Shortcake With Ice Cream

Arkansas fruits and berries are the focus of this month’s Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series from the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. The Root Cafe’s Jonathan Arrington and Jack Sundell will present five courses, each focused on a different fruit or berry from The Natural State. We’re not gonna lie, though: We’re already looking forward to dessert.

June 6 | (historicarkansas.org)


The Stan Lee Foundation x Onyx Coffee Signature Blend

News flash, True Believers: Stan Lee—aka the late creator of every Marvel Comics powerhouse from Spider-Man to The Avengers to The X-Men—was a fan of Northwest Arkansas’ own Onyx Coffee Lab. So much so that the Stan Lee Foundation enlisted the friendly neighborhood roastery to produce its signature blend—a honey-processed Ethiopian offering that would make The Man himself exclaim, “Excelsior!”

Available now | (baxtor.co)


Chinese Fried Chicken and Hay Fries

The owners of Little Rock’s Three Fold Noodle + Dumpling Co. have opened a new concept in their original Center Street location called Haybird, a restaurant serving a Chinese take on Southern fried chicken, which consists of fried boneless breasts and legs served over super thin-cut “hay” fries.

Open now | (215 Center St., Little Rock; 501-500-1080)


Pork Tenderloin With Sherry Apricot Glaze

Paired with APA-roasted cauliflower, lemon-braised kale and bacon snap peas, this pork tenderloin is the star of chef Justus Moll’s four-course dinner for The Little Craft Show’s second annual Handmade Supper Club at Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville this month.

June 22 | (thelittlecraftshow.com)


Kyleigh’s (Bottled) Lemonade

Our favorite little CEO, Kyleigh McGee (who turns 9 this month), is taking her lemonade-stand business to the next level by bottling and distributing her beloved beverage on her own website.

Available now | (kyleighslemonadestand.com)