Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series

The Arkansas Foodways Initiative allows Historic Arkansas Museum to delve deeper into Arkansas foodways and provide even more programming around our food heritage. The History is Served: Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series debuted in 2018 and is the first of such programming.

Tickets are $60 ($45 for museum members) and will be available online a few weeks before each dinner.


April 18, 2019 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Catfish Tales in Four Courses • Chef Scott Rains of Table 28

The first of our 2019 History is Served dinners features the humble catfish, the 2019 Arkansas Food of the Year announced by the Department of Arkansas Heritage. First record of catfish in Arkansas was 1557 by a man known as the “The Gentleman from Elvas,” noting the fish with “great spines” in Pacaha, an Indian settlement that was in what is now Northeast Arkansas. The Natural State is also the birthplace of the catfish industry, and catfish has a culture of its own in this state, with traditional sides debated and tall tales shared among fishermen. For this dinner, Scott Rains will upend what we think we know about this whiskered protein and offer up a contemporary take that will amaze your taste buds.

Tickets available online only, starting at 9 am, March 11. Limit two per user. SOLD OUT


June 6, 2019 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm

If Reasons Were as Plenty as Blackberries: Arkansas Fruits and Berries • Jon Arrington of The Root Café


July 11, 2019 • 6:30 – 9:30 pm

The Genealogy of Food Traditions: The Summer Vegetable Plate • Scott McGehee of Yellow Rocket Concepts