The nomination period for the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame is open through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst made the announcement in an Oct. 1 news release.

This is the third year for the statewide program to recognize restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events, according to the release.

“Food is an integral part of who we are as Arkansans,” Hurst said. “The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame honors Arkansas food culture as a significant and specific aspect of our state’s heritage. We want to hear about your local favorites when it comes to food – food events, people and places.”

Nominations are being accepted at in five categories:

• Arkansas Food Hall of Fame – This award recognizes longstanding restaurants that have become legendary attractions in Arkansas.

• Proprietor of the Year – This award honors a chef, cook and/or restaurant owner in Arkansas who has made significant achievements in the food industry.

• Food-Themed Event – This award honors a community food-themed event or festival that makes the state a great place to live and visit.

• People’s Choice – Identifies the public’s favorite. This award is in the hands of Arkansans. The restaurant or food truck that receives the highest number of votes wins.

• Gone But Not Forgotten – Remembers the collective culinary legacy of a once-and-always influential Arkansas restaurant that has since ceased operations.

“Winners will be chosen this winter by a committee of Arkansans who are historians, chefs, foodies and food authors,” according to the release.

The committee includes Paul S. Austin, Evette Brady, Chip Culpepper, Cindy Grisham, Stacy Hurst, Montine McNulty, Tim Morton, Rex Nelson, Tim Nutt, Kat Robinson, Wendy Richter, Christina Shutt and Swannee Bennett.

Honorees and finalists will be announced at a special ceremony on Feb. 25, 2019, at the Ron Robinson Theater.

The deadline to make a nomination is Oct. 31. Details: .