The 20th annual Cooks Tour returns 

Coming up Sunday, April 17, is the 20th annual Cooks Tour benefiting the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. It's a Chenal Valley home tour and chef's-sampling event that will feature signature dishes from Loca Luna, Red Door, ZaZa Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co., 1620 Restaurant and the Chenal Country Club.

Opening their doors for the 1-4 p.m. tour are Melissa and Dr. John Hampton; Tina and Robert Head; Evelyn and Dr. Jerry Thomas, and Brenda and Harry Herget. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and may be purchased at www.cancer.uams.edu/cookstour or by calling 501-686-8286.

A Patrons Party (tickets $125, include tour) will be held 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 15 at the home of Tracy and Pete Yuan. Call or go online to purchase those tickets.

Times publisher Alan Leveritt and A&E editor Lindsey Millar will provide the entertainment at the next dinner/fundraiser for The Root Cafe, the local-foods-oriented restaurant going in the old Sweden Creme location on South Main. The dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, April 15 at Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott St., will preview the cafe's homemade bratwurst and vegetarian bahn mi. The program will cover the history of the Times. For tickets or more information, write theroot@therootcafe.com or call 501-944-8500.


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