LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Historic Arkansas Museum will once again present the "stiffest" competition in town. The 8th Ever Nog-off will be on Friday, December 14, 5 - 8 pm, in conjunction with downtown Little Rock's 2nd Friday Art Night. The free event is open to the public and will include live Celtic Ozark music by Lark in the Morning. As part of 2nd Friday Art Night, a free shuttle is available to transport visitors to other Art Night venues. Shuttle service ends at 8:30 p.m.
Historic Arkansas Museum's 8th Ever Nog-off is a culinary celebration of a favorite holiday drink, and friendly competition for the best eggnog in town. Two awards are given with the prize being bragging rights. The People's Choice goes to the eggnog that receives the most votes from the Nog-off's discerning guests who have chosen winners astutely for the past seven years. The Taster's Choice goes to the eggnog that gets the nod from celebrity tasters.
This year's competitors are: Capital Hotel, Copper Grill, Bridget Farris, Loblolly Creamery, Drue Patton and Museum Director Bill Worthen. The celebrity tasters have not yet been confirmed.
"The Nog-off: where the competition is stiff, but the eggnog is stiffer," one guest recorded on his tasting notes at the First Ever Nog-off in 2005. At that time, the museum's Nog-off was the only known eggnog competition in the country. For decades Museum Director Bill Worthen has treated museum staff to his "famous" eggnog at every staff holiday party. It is a 150-year-old family recipe passed down seven generations and he is very fond of it. It turns out that other people have family recipes that they are fond of, too. The museum's education director, Starr Mitchell, thinks her mother's recipe is superior. It was this kind of friendly competition that inspired the Nog-off. Both Worthen's and Mitchell's eggnogs have won the Nog-off, in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The first winning eggnog was William E. Woodruff's Eggnog, a recipe prepared by Louise Terzia and documented in Matters and Things in General by Mary Fletcher Worthen. Woodruff was the founder of the Arkansas Gazette newspaper.
Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; tours of historic grounds are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which was created in 1975 to preserve and enhance the heritage of the state of Arkansas. Other agencies of the department are Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.
(Source: Historic Arkansas)