Rumbles: Chef Shuttle Open, NW Arkansas Food Festival and More

We told you a couple of weeks ago that Chef Shuttle, the restaurant delivery service that started in Little Rock, was opening in Northwest Arkansas. They’re officially open now and serving the Rogers and Bentonville zip codes 72712, 72718, 72756 and 72758. According to a post on Facebook, they’re delivering from IDK? Cafe, La Antigua Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom Rogers and On the Border in Rogers. They say they hope to expand into Fayetteville and Springdale “within the next couple of months.”

The first NW Arkansas Food Festival is this week, with the Taste of NW Arkansas happening Thursday night and the NW Arkansas Beer and Burger Fest on Friday. Both events are sold out, but if you’re going and you want to know a bit more of what to expect, 30 restaurants will be at the Thursday event and eight local places will be showing off their burgers on Friday. Check the website for a full list of participating restaurants, breweries and other vendors.

Someone broke into the Chunky Dunk food truck Monday night and smashed the back window as well as vandalizing the inside. Anyone with information should contact Fayetteville police. Check the Facebook page for word on when they are reopening.

We hear that Apple Blossom Brewing Co. is looking for some help. They’re hiring kitchen help and an assistant brewer. Those interested in helping in the kitchen can apply in person from 2-5 p.m., while brewing hopefuls can send resumes to abcbrewmaster@gmail.com.

In other brew news, Columbus House Brewery is all about getting people active before they enjoy a beer, and they recently announced they’ll be hosting twice-monthly yoga classes. Ashleigh Price will teach the free classes on the second and fourth Sundays of the month beginning at noon at the brewery. They’ll be held outside when possible. The brewery doesn’t open until 1 on Sundays, so this is an opening for the yoga class only, and participants will receive a special drink after the class.

And Core Brewing Co. is planning what sounds like an amazing beer-themed float trip for a great cause. July 171-9 the brewery will host a float trip on the Kings River, with a different style of beer for each mile. Food and drink is included in the $120 ticket price, and proceeds from the event go to the Humane Society of the Ozarks and the Jacqueline Core Foundation, set up in honor of Core founder Jesse Core’s mother, who died from lung cancer. The foundation funds innovative cancer research. Tickets are on sale at the brewery and pubs now, or email CoreFloat@corebeer.com for more information.

Finally, good news for fans of specialty groceries and Springdale. The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal (subscription required) reported this week that local grocer and business owner Antonio Almaraz is planning to renovate the former Dwight’s Shopping Center on Holcomb Street in Springdale, and workers there said it was to become a grocery store. Alvarez owns the La Espigo de Oro bakery building that is across the street from the long-empty shopping center, and also owns El Ranchito Super Mercado on Huntsville Ave. Hat tip to Team Springdale for sharing this one.

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Rumbles: Chef Shuttle Open, NW Arkansas Food Festival and More