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Meet the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Committee!

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, November 20, 2017

Nominations poured in for the 2018 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame! But who decides the winners? Meet the 13-person Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Committee! This group of Arkansas foodies, chefs, authors and historians understands and appreciates the unique food customs that flavor our Authentic Arkansas culture.

Members of the committee are:


-Paul S. Austin, executive director of the Arkansas Humanities Council, and co-host of the “Chewing the Fat” radio program


-Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage

-Tim Nutt, Arkansas historian and Director of Historical Research Center, UAMS Library


-Swannee Bennett, director and chief curator at Historic Arkansas Museum, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage


-Evette Brady, restaurateur and acclaimed chef


-Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association

 

-Kat Robinson, food and travel writer

-C.C. “Chip” Culpepper, chief creative officer at Mangan Holcomb Partners


-Tim Morton, celebrated Little Rock chef


-Christina Shutt, director at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage


-Dr. Cindy Grisham, Arkansas historian and food author


-Rex Nelson, senior editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, food author and co-host of “Chewing the Fat”


-Dr. Lisa Speer, director of the Arkansas State Archives, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage

This diverse group of experts is charged with selecting the finger-licking finalists from the entries, and then selecting winners from each category (except for the People’s Choice category, the winner of which is based solely on the number of nominations from the public). So without further ado, we offer a very special toast to the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Committee. Without them, this blue-plate program would not be possible.

Be on the look out for the 2018 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame nominees coming soon!