The Hive Puts Soybean Twist on Classic Dish Award-winning chef adds soybeans to top-selling pasta, supports Arkansas soybean producers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Jan. 31, 2018) – Demonstrating continued commitment to Arkansas agriculture, The Hive in Bentonville is February’s featured restaurant for the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board’s Kitchen|Fields Table Tour. To show support for Arkansas soybean producers and help educate Arkansas consumers on the state’s largest row crop, award-winning chef Matt McClure is changing the lineup for their top-selling ricotta cavatelli pasta and adding edamame to the dish.

The Hive’s featured dish will feature two ways to eat soybeans: edamame and cured pork. Edamame, a popular dish is a vegetable soybean, harvested before complete maturity. The cured pork, which rounds out the entrée, is fed soybean meal as a quality feed protein source.

“The Kitchen|Fields Table Tour program speaks so much to The Hive’s desire to source local food. We are always looking to support the farms in our region which serves our ingredient-driven approach to cooking. I want The Hive’s menu to reflect the Arkansas food story, and soybeans are an integral part of Arkansas’ culinary identity,” said Matt McClure, executive chef at The Hive.

Since its launch in 2015, the Kitchen|Fields Table Tour partners exclusively with Arkansas-owned restaurants to educates consumers through their taste buds. Beginning in January and running through June, each month will feature a partner restaurant and their unique take on soybeans from cheesecake to pasta to steak. This delicious food program allows diners to experience the many ways to eat this versatile bean beyond shelled edamame and tofu, and to learn of the impact our soybean farmers have on Arkansas’s $2 billion soybean industry.

The partner restaurants for the 2018 Kitchen|Fields Table Tour include:
• The Butcher Shop, Little Rock | January
• The Hive, Bentonville | February
• Postmaster’s Grill, Camden | March
• Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co., Little Rock | April
• J Town’s Grill, Jonesboro | May
Throughout the year, menus may change, but each restaurant’s dedication to supporting local and Arkansas make them a great lunch or dinner option year-round.
From the walls to the food, The Hive, located in the award-winning 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, is a work of art. Through the creation of executive chef Matt McClure, The Hive’s menu is prominent member of the high south cuisine movement, with respect to the region’s own style of refined dining.

As the Kitchen|Fields Table Tour travels the state, the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board encourages Arkansans to eat more soy foods and soy-fed protein, such as pork, beef, turkey and chicken. Foodies around the state can find more information on the program, including facts about our soybean industry, by visiting TheMiracleBean.com.

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About the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board: The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board consists of soybean producers appointed by the governor and nominated by various producer organizations within Arkansas. Although board members contribute many hours of their time to administering the program, they serve without pay.