Over a week ago, on a Monday, I got a call from my friend Chef Donnie Ferneau who was super excited about launching his new business Good Food By Ferneau. I've known Chef Ferneau for many years now- I'd gotten to know him through his famous table visits while dining in his establishment Ferneau frequently, during 4 or 5 of my birthday celebrations, acknowledging it as my favorite restaurant in Little Rock for many years. After Donnie left Rocket 21, we hosted a series of cooking demonstrations modeled after the cooking classes he held at Kitchenco. before it closed. I had always enjoyed attending the classes, and when I found a new perfect kitchen where he could do them again, we partnered in bringing fun to the Little Rock foodie community again with our own classes.
He's a nationally and locally acclaimed chef, instrumental in projects including the No Kid Hungry cause, appearing at celebrity events with people like Eva Longoria, and many other important things that I can't currently name. There was something involving Johnny Depp... He has also taken time to visit my daughter's public elementary school to address the importance of eating good food to feed your mind and to tell the students how he would be in Washington addressing Congress for better school meals for them. He also joined my kids and brother in law on a day to create over 300 sack lunches to hand out to the homeless at Friendly Chapel on a hot summer day. He's a good friend. His girlfriend Meaghan is also a wonderful person and an integral part of this new business!
You can pick up some lean protein dishes from Good Food - they come with complex carbs that are good for your metabolism. This is a tasty, lean chicken dish that I enjoyed the first week. Check out the web site and Facebook page for current specials! The prices are quite reasonable and you can feel good about yourself the rest of the day! Or until your next meal. Whatever you choose it to be.
Salads are another available perfect lunch option! And these are packed just right with the dressing aside and roasted chicken available to add. Available Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 2 pm $8 per salad and $3 more for the chicken.
This past Monday night, just a week after Good Food By Ferneau started, Donnie & Meaghan hosted their first Pop Up Dinner in their location right behind the old Ferneau location. I believe they had 35 people attend, and we were able to taste 4 courses of their gluten free, sugar free dishes for just $25 BYOB. I was mostly impressed with the squash spaghetti because I've never made it on my own, and it was something new that I've never had that I discovered I loved! There will be more Pop UP Dinners, so follow on Facebook to keep up with the news: https://www.facebook.com/goodfoodbyferneau