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A Southern Night at the Cinema – Arkansas | Video

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Discover the South through the lens of culinary artisans in The Local Palate’s Southern Night at the Cinema video series. Born out of a desire to experience Southern cities through the eyes of the chefs that call them home, these bite-size stories transport viewers to destinations in Arkansas, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In each city, acclaimed chefs guide us through their favorite restaurants, watering holes, and hidden gems. Watch as they share their stories, connection to their communities, and journeys with food, and above all, teach us about the diverse and vibrant communities that shape the Southern culinary landscape.

Arkansas is known as The Natural State for its abundance of natural resources, scenic beauty, and world-class outdoor activities, from the world’s only public diamond mine to the soothing waters of Hot Springs National Park. Not only that, but from soul food to barbecue, fried catfish to cheese dip, Arkansas is home to some of the finest comfort food in the South. Whether you are visiting the boyhood home of Johnny Cash or delving hundreds of feet below the earth’s surface in a living cave at Blanchard Springs Caverns, you will find unforgettable adventures across The Natural State.

Mark Abernathy

Mark Abernathy is the owner and executive chef of Local Luna and Red Door restaurants in Little Rock, Arkansas. He’s been named one of the most influential chefs in the US and featured by Food Network, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Southern Living, The Washington Post, and other outlets. Abernathy has more than 50 years of experience in the restaurant industry and vast experience hosting televised cooking demonstrations, participating in food festivals, and contributing to nationally renowned cookbooks. Abernathy remains committed to his community in Little Rock and spends his spare time with family or making music.   

Micah Klasky

Raised in Arkansas, chef Micah Klasky discovered his passion for food in his granny’s kitchen. He spent his days watching her cook traditional Southern fare, igniting his lifelong interest in food. After gaining experience across the country, learning from decorated chefs like Cassidee Dabney and Matthew McClure, Klasky was named executive chef of The Hive at 21c in Bentonville. Klasky promotes a taste of the unique culinary identity of “high South” cuisine that Arkansas is known for. He strives to cultivate an exemplary experience, maintain a respectful and inclusive environment for his staff, and craft unique and sustainable dishes for The Hive.

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