Before James Beard award-winning executive chef Joel Antunes arrived in Little Rock, the city was poised like Charleston and Austin were a decade ago, before they dove into the deep end of the global culinary pond. At Ashley's, chef Antunes has made his own big splash by accummulating a virtual United Nations team of chefs to work with him in the Capital Hotel's newly renovated $2 million kitchen. Expect imaginative yet unpretentious menus seasoned with a global taste
for conviviality and creativity. But don't relegate reservations to only-for-special-occasions categories. Ashley's deserves a constant presence in leisure travel as well. Reserve the chef's table for private parties of 10–18 guests in Ashley's fabled wine cellar.