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September 10, 2020

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Eden Restaurant’s Chef Josh Barr to Host a Personal Cooking Class
(Hot Springs, AR)—Award-winning Chef Josh Barr of Eden Restaurant at Hotel Hale in Hot Springs, Arkansas will host a live virtual cooking class on Tuesday, September 30, 2020 at 6 p.m. as part of Arts and The Park, the 10-day celebration of the arts in the spa city. The class will last approximately one hour and include instruction for a cocktail, entrée, and side dish. Chef Barr will demonstrate how to prepare the dishes and will be available for questions during the class. At the end of the class, participants will be able to enjoy a delicious meal from the comfort of their own home.
Those wanting to cook along with Chef Barr can register at beginning September 11, but space is limited so early registration is recommended. A shopping list and Zoom link will be emailed to those who are registered seven days prior to the class. Prior to the class, participants will need to shop for the ingredients, all of which will all be available locally. Attendees will also need to assemble the ingredients (which should be pre-measured and ready to cook) and join the virtual class via the Zoom link provided a few minutes before 6 p.m. on September 30. The registration fee is $25 per household.
Josh Barr, Executive Chef of Eden in Hot Springs, AR, first found himself drawn to cooking as a small child while watching his grandmother in her kitchen and knew by ten years old that he wanted to turn the culinary arts into a career. His childhood in Arkansas, where he learned Southern favorites from his family, shaped his Modern French with Southern flair culinary style. He was also deeply influenced by chefs such as Anthony Bourdain, who inspired him to look into the connection between storytelling and food. In 2008, Barr began his training at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, where he learned classical and French cooking practices. Chef Barr currently leads Eden’s kitchen, where he likes to unite his Southern upbringing with his classical training.
This culinary arts experience is just one of the many events taking place as part of Arts & The Park, the 10-day celebration of the arts in Hot Springs September 25 – October 4. For more information on this or any of the other events, visit the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance’s website at: or email

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Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance Seeks Festival and Programming Director

July 31, 2020

For Immediate Release

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Mary Zunick 501-545-6960 /

(HOT SPRINGS, AR)— The Hot Springs Area Culture Alliance, a non-profit organization with the mission to celebrate, advocate, and promote the arts in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is seeking a Festival and Programming Coordinator.  This part-time contract position will be the key management leader for Arts & The Park, a ten-day celebration of the arts that showcases local and statewide artists and includes an outdoor juried exhibition and festival, gallery walk, virtual studio tours, and community-partnered events. Arts & the Park held annually in Hot Springs in the spring, but due to COVID 19 has been rescheduled for September 25 – October 4, 2020. The Festival and Programming Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the administration of Arts & The Park and other HSACA programming events throughout the year. A job description is attached. For more information or to submit a resume, email Please submit resume prior to August 15, 2020.