Cooks Tour of Argenta: Jazz Brunch to Benefit UAMS Cancer Institute Auxiliary

By Susan Van Dusen

Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased in advance at or by calling (501) 686-8286. 

Guests can visit a selection of Argenta’s shop and venues, while sampling delicacies by local chefs. Participating chefs include Mark Abernathy of Loca Luna and Red Door; John Beachboard, Scott McGehee and Ben Brainard of ZaZa Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co., Big Orange and Local Lime; and Brian Cherry of Argenta Market.

Natalie and Win Rockefeller Jr. are the presenting sponsors of the event, and Glazer’s Distributors of Arkansas is the beverage sponsor.

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary Cooks Tour was founded 22 years ago with a two-fold purpose: to raise funds for projects that benefit cancer patients in Arkansas and to increase public awareness of the resources available at the Cancer Institute.  

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 790 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or