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Table Talk: August 27–September 2

This week: Culture Counter comes to Rountree, Big Cedar unveils a bourbon event, Hold Fast Brewing's food truck lineup and more.

By Claire Porter

Aug 27 2019 at 10 a.m.

Culture Counter, the new market and cafe going in the former Homegrown Food, plans to offer homemade ice creams.
Courtesy ShutterstockCulture Counter, the new market and cafe going in the former Homegrown Food, plans to offer homemade ice creams.
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Get Cultured

In the latest installment of “What’s New in Rountree,” Homegrown Food’s replacement is set to open next month. Culture Counter, a combination market, cafe and community space, is planning a grand opening weekend September 21–22 in the former grocery store on Pickwick Avenue. The market offers ethically sourced, organic and local products, and the cafe features bites, breakfast, lunch and “freshies.” But, the sweetest part of all is the homemade ice cream, made with Ozark Mountain Creamery dairy and available by walk-up window. We’re swooning.

Better with Bourbon

Ready, aim, fire. Big Cedar has announced its newest event, Masters of Bourbon. On September 21, spend the day hitting the mark at the Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy, then taste test six bourbons and a special food menu meant to complement the spirits. The evening concludes with a shooting presentation, cigars and fireside desserts. 

Truck To It

Now that Hold Fast Brewing is open for business, it’s not holding back. The Kimbrough Avenue brewery announced its food truck lineup for the next few weeks—because it’s unwise to sip on an empty stomach! Check out appearances from Jamaican Patty Co., Davalon, Not’cho Ordinary Taco, London Calling Pasty Co. and more, plus a regular Tuesday partnership with Tinga Taco starting tonight. 


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Battle of the Booze

Head to Hotel Vandivort Wednesday night to taste your way through cocktails highlighting Grand Marnier during the USBG Booze Battle. Try each unique creation from local bartenders, then for $1 per vote, cast a vote for your favorite. All proceeds benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.

Feelin’ Fizzy

If you want to sip and sample without as much alcohol, check out the kombucha and chocolate pairing class on September 21, featuring local favorites Spring Branch Kombucha and Askinosie Chocolate. Sample four chocolate bars, each paired with a locally brewed ’booch and learn about how these fermented products are related. Then, check out a factory tour of Askinosie. Spots are limited, and reservations are required. 

Quite the Pair

For the full pairing experience, head to The Finley off the Ozark square for a full wine pairing dinner. Tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., indulge in passed appetizers and four full courses, each paired with a unique wine. Dishes include duck prosciutto, salad, filet and a toffee custard. Reservations are required. Call 417-582-1912 to claim your spot. 

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