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Mary Beth Ringgold Named to Arkansas Food Hall of Fame from Arkansas Business

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Credit: Arkansas Business
Written by Jan Cottingham on Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

The members of the second class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame were announced earlier this month by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which sponsors the program recognizing “Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events.”

The department said it received 450 nominations from the public for the winners in five categories.

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame: Franke’s Cafeteria, Little Rock; McClard’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant, Hot Springs; and the Venesian Inn, Tontitown.
Proprietor of the Year: Mary Beth Ringgold (Cajun’s Wharf Restaurant, Capers and Copper Grill, all in Little Rock).
Food-Themed Events: Gillett Coon Supper, Gillett (Arkansas County).
Gone but Not Forgotten: Cotham’s Mercantile, Scott (Pulaski County).
People’s Choice: JJ’s Lakeside Cafe, Lake Village.