Local restaurant named Arkansas Food Hall of Fame winner
The winners have been announced for the 2017 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, and a Eureka Springs restaurant is one of them. At a reception and induction ceremony on Feb. 28, Grotto Wood Fired Grill and Wine Cave was named the winner of the People’s Choice category.
The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame was launched by the Department of Arkansas Heritage in September 2016 to recognize Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events across the state. Nominations were accepted from the public in four categories: Food Hall of Fame, Proprietor of the Year, Food-Themed Event and People’s Choice.
Nearly 300 nominations were received for the inaugural class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame.
“We’re so pleased with the overwhelming response from the public. This is just the beginning of a program that will celebrate Arkansas food and culture for years to come,” said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
The 12-member selection committee included Paul S. Austin, Evette Brady, C.C. (Chip) Culpepper, Cindy Grisham, Stacy Hurst, Montine McNulty, Tim Morton, Rex Nelson, Tim Nutt, Kat Robinson, Christina Shutt and Lisa Speer.
The mission of the Department of Arkansas Heritage is to identify Arkansas’s heritage and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors by the discovery, preservation and presentation of the state’s natural, cultural and historic resources. This is accomplished through the work of four museums, the Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum; and four heritage resource agencies, the Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and Arkansas State Archives.