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Last Friday night at the Arkansas Capital Corp., I got to drink Chardonnay and eat goodies that Margie Raimondo of Raimondo Winery will be selling when her storefront opens at 615 Main St., and I can heartily recommend her products. She'll have wine tastings and other culinary events and will sell her special products, like the fabulous onion jam and olives I had the other night. She also sells balsamic vinegars, extra virgin olive oils, more jams and other gourmet foods of her own making.
Meal starters? We think they deserve more love. Southern Gourmasian, Juanita's, Tusk and Trotter, The Flying Saucer and Damgoode Pies get a big thumbs up for their appetizers—and that's just scratching the surface.
Caleb Looney and Alisyn Reid are looking to tap into a new niche in the Arkansas brewing scene by pairing a couple of their favorite things, beer and yoga, together to open what might be the nation's first combination brewery/yoga studio, Asana Alehouse Brewing Company.
HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which premiered last April, has consistently shown itself to be a Daily Show-level contender for the humor-news crown. Up for discussion on the show last night: the myriad ways major poultry producers exploit chicken farmers. Also featured in the video: Arkansas Republican Rep. Steve Womack, who gets plucked and roasted for placing a rider on the agriculture appropriations bill that forbids the USDA from enforcing already-written protections for the nation's poultry farmers.
In Touch magazine reports that it has obtained a Springdale police report containing allegations of sexual misconduct against an unnamed teen that it says it has confirmed was Josh Duggar, a minor at the time and now a prominent lobbyist for the Family Research Council and a leading voice for legal discrimination against gay people.
The Bentonville Film Festival, launched this year by actress Geena Davis and held earlier this month from May 5-9, earned a number of largely positive notices from major outlets like the Huffington Post ("At the Bentonville Film Festival, Women Are Playing in the Major Leagues"), the L.A. Times ("Bentonville Film Festival pushes diversity message from year one") and the New York Times ("Bentonville, Ark., Hosts a Film Festival Without a Movie Theater"), most of them centering on its unique and vital agenda — promoting diversity and gender equality in filmmaking — and its celebrity cache (e.g. an acting workshop taught by Robert De Niro, a softball game led by Rosie O'Donnell, etc.).