Eureka Springs is known for its unique dining experiences but this fall, aside from their award-winning usual dishes, area restaurants will showcase special menus and wine pairings for the annual Eureka Springs Food & Wine Festival that takes place on Thursday, November 6th through Sunday, November 9th, 2014.
Linda Hager, owner and chef of the Cottage Inn Restaurant located at 450 W. Van Buren, will host Wine Dinners Thursday through Sunday night from 5pm-8pm. Each evening a different five-course meal will be paired with a selection of international wines. Reservations can be made by calling 479-253-5282.
On November 8th, Cuisine Karen will offer a hands-on cooking class at her Provençal-style home at 10 Woolridge in Eureka Springs. The menu includes traditional boeuf bourguignon with locally-raised beef, light & creamy milk-free mashed potatoes, and flourless chocolate almond cake with chocolate glazing. The class runs from 10:00am – 2:00pm and costs $45 per person.
Chef David Gilderson of the Grand Taverne Restaurant at 37 N. Main Street will offer special 3 course dinners on Thursday through Saturday evenings, or guests may choose from the regular menu as well.
Fresh Harvest, at 512 Village Circle, will be hosting a book signing for “Healthy Options for Everyday” by local authors Sheila Reese, Casey Sams and Kim Duhamel. The book signing will be from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, November 8th. Samples of the recipes will be available throughout the day. Plus, Fresh Harvest will be offering complimentary tasting tours of their olive oils and balsamics.
The Crescent Hotel at 75 Prospect will host several food and wine related events in their restaurants. On Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the Crystal Dining Room, participants can learn about unlocking the basic secrets to food and wine pairing. This is a complimentary event for registered hotel guests or $10 to the general public. From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00p.m. the special in the dining room will be the Crescent Stack (Pan fried polenta, crab cake, 5 oz. filet with hollandaise) paired with a premium flight of wines from their award winning cellar. On November 7th at the Crescent Hotel’s Skybar, enjoy special pricing on authentic Margarita Pizza and select wines by the glass. And on November 8th you can experience a global sampling of cheeses and wines from around the world with an interactive and educational addition to the Crystal Dining Room’s regular Sunday Brunch. $24.95
The Balcony Bar at the Basin Park Hotel at 12 Spring Street will offer a special of Elk Burger sliders topped with bourbon caramelized onions served with pickles and chips $10.99 during their normal operating hours of 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
In addition to their regular specials, DeVito’s of Eureka Springs will offer wine flights and DeVito’s signature martinis. Plus farmer’s market pasta made with fresh, seasonal produce from the local Farmer’s Market. DeVito’s is located at 5 Center Street.
Eureka Thyme will feature the art of Les Brandt, wood turner extraordinaire. On November 8th, Les will be in the gallery at 19 Spring Street to explain a bit about his process and how the found wood he uses tells him what it’s going to become. He will have many food safe pieces for sale, plus some spectacular sculptural art. Hours are during regular Second Saturday Gallery Stroll hours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate food, wine, and wood.
The Stonehouse will feature a “Merlot-off” for Food and Wine. It will consist of two Merlot flights with cheese pairing and will be available Thursday thru Saturday from 1:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 89 S. Main Street.