Apr 23, 2024 - News

Taco Talk: Springdale events czar Kat Wilson

A composite photo of a woman sitting at a table: the first with her hands under her chin, smiling; the second looking at a plate of food and lifting the top bun to a torta.

Photos: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Kat Wilson's the sort of person you take to review tacos and she orders the torta. Artists are a funny bunch.

The setup: I met her at Alex's Taqueria in Springdale, where the red sauce is hot and the green is mild.

  • I ordered my usual tacos — two asada and one pastor ($2.60 each) — but added a cheese, bean and chicken gordita ($4).
  • Wilson's torta was asada.

Driving the news: She was named Downtown Springdale's executive director of events in March.

  • It's the latest in a long list of — jobs? gigs? posts? — where Wilson typically injects her spark of nonconformist creativity, business savvy and true get-'er-done grit.

The big picture: Springdale's downtown revitalization is turning the corner toward maturation. Businesses have launched, restaurants are a draw and developers are investing in residential units.

Between the lines: Wilson isn't making immediate, major changes to the city's list of successful events; however, next year she hopes to build on the calendar with even more events and broader appeal.

What she's saying: "It's such a big golden era for Springdale, right now," she said.

A photo of a plate of street tacos.
Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

The verdict: The tacos were solid choices, though I preferred the asada over the pastor. The gordita was fine, but not a must-have for me.

  • Wilson enjoyed the torta and liked how the asada was chopped.

What's next: A slate of events are scheduled throughout the spring, including the Art Walk set for Thursday-Saturday.

  • The renovated and reimagined Luther George Park is scheduled to reopen in October and will quickly become a centerpiece for many events, Wilson said.

Taco Talk is a regular feature. We sample a taqueria with the movers, shakers, artists and bakers of NWA, and rap about news in their world.

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