Author Jason Irby Spearheads Food Contest to Discover Official Arkansas Signature Food Dish

Arkansas has dozens of inherited food dishes or entrees that are commonly prepared and eaten by Arkansans and even shared around the world, but none bear a name associated with Arkansas or a city/municipality within its borders.

Jason Irby, author of My Arkansas, My Home, a publication from his Love Within Life series, has spearheaded and designed a contest which will discover and designate an official Arkansas Signature Food Dish or entrée.

The winning contestant is expected to receive $1,000 in prize money.  There will also be second and third place winners.

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Author Jason Irby Announces Arkansas Signature Food Contest at Arkansas Heritage Celebration

After awarding 5 recipients as “Legend Among Us” before an enthusiastic   audience at the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month, author Jason Irby announced his pledging of the first $500.00 to establish a contest that would create a signature Arkansas food dish.

Irby is an author, and founding chairman of Jason IRBY INNOVATION Foundation (JIIF).   Secretary/Treasurer, Tiffaney Lewis also pledged a matching $500.00 in prize money.

Irby first revealed the initiative to establish a the Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest after reading IT’S OFFICIAL! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols, by Arkansas Capital Historian David Ware.

Irby then began looking closer into the matter.

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IT’S OFFICIAL! Author Jason Irby in Pages of Newly Released History Book About Arkansas State Symbols

The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies recently released “It’s Official! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols,” authored by David Ware, a historian of the Arkansas State Capitol.  It’s Official is a volume of essays that examine each of Arkansas’ officially designed symbols, outlining their beginnings, their significance at the time of their adoption, and their place in modern Arkansas.

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