2014

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October 10, 2014

Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin

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October 10, 2014
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September 26, 2014

Trostel’s Greenbriar Chef Troy Trostel Takes Top Honors in Statewide Culinary Competition

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September 26, 2014
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Chef Troy Trostel of Trostel’s Greenbriar Restaurant in Johnston won first place honors at the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Dine Iowa Grand Tasting Gala held at the Atrium in Capital Square in downtown Des Moines on September 25. The competition was sponsored by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Soyfoods Council. All chefs featured a beef ribeye and a tofu side dish or sauce. The chefs worked with Braveheart Angus Beef® courtesy of Performance Food Group.

Chef Mike Holman of Dos Rios Cantina & Tequila Lounge placed second in the competition and Chef Augustin Quintana of Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino won People’s Choice honors. All three chefs received medals and cash prizes.

Creative & Innovative Culinary Masterpieces
As part of the competition, nine Iowa chefs presented their original culinary masterpieces in a professionally judged format. Throughout the month of September, a team of judges traveled to each chef’s establishment to taste and critique each competition dish. Each dish was judged on appearance, taste, tenderness, texture and use of product as well as overall creativity and practicality. Creativity and innovation were rewarded with bonus points. After all dishes were judged, the chefs came together at the Dine Iowa Grand Tasting Gala and presented sample size portions of the same dishes to more than 300 culinary connoisseurs. Each attendee cast their vote and awards were presented at the end of the evening.

Winning Dish
Trostel’s winning dish, entitled Trostel’s Two Generations Ribeye, featured a char grilled, gunpowder seasoning ribeye filet with horseradish parsnip potato puree and pinwheel ribeye cap steak on roasted sweet corn pepper croutons and sliced tofu stuffed beets, and was finished with a Wild Horse merlot reduction and poblano cream sauce.

“This competition is held as a celebration of Iowa restaurant industry month,” said May Schaben, vice president of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “The level of difficulty and creativity from year to year is consistently better than the last. This year’s chefs were extremely competitive, and the scores proved it. To receive top honors in a statewide competition like this is a great accomplishment.”

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Iowa Restaurant Association
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September 22, 2014

George Migliero Named 2014 Iowa Restaurant Association Restaurateur of the Year

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September 22, 2014
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G. Mig’s 5th Street Pub Owner/Operator George Migliero has been named the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year. Migliero accepted the award on September 25 at the Iowa Restaurant Association’s hospitality industry award ceremony at the Des Moines Savery Hotel in downtown Des Moines.

“This award honors the restaurant owner who inspires patrons, employees and the industry,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “George consistently over-delivers on expectations – whether it’s in his restaurant, a corporate function or a private catering event.”

An Innovative Transformation
Migliero’s culinary resume made opening a fine dining restaurant a seemingly logical next step in his career, but he took on a challenge in the form of a pub. He transformed a small, dark pub into a culinary destination. Bright lights and décor, an ever-evolving made-from-scratch menu, and fantastic staff put this once old tavern on the map.

“I’ve tried to build culture,” said Migliero of his pub-turned-masterpiece. “I wanted to have a place that was comfortable and welcoming to anyone. I just want to make people happy with food.”

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September 22, 2014

Iowa City Mercy Hospital Executive Chef Named 2014 Iowa Restaurant Neighbor

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September 22, 2014
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Iowa City Mercy Hospital Executive Chef Ron Hall was named the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2014 Restaurant Neighbor Philanthropy Award winner. Chef Hall accepted the award at the Association’s annual awards ceremony last month at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in downtown Des Moines.

Feeding Those in Need
The multi-award winning chef was selected for his work with two organizations addressing food insecurity. The first, a fresh food rescue program called Table-to-Table assembles volunteers to gather and distribute food to local agencies. In 1999, Hall founded “Thanksgiving-in-July”, a now annual food drive to benefit food banks in the Iowa City and surrounding areas.  The first year his efforts collected 5 tons of food. This year, 65 tons were collected and distributed to pantries in 7 different communities.

Passion for the Hungry
As a child, Hall’s home was destroyed in a fire. He and his family converted a railroad boxcar into their new home with charity dollars. Hall went without for a large portion of his life, and has been dedicated to making sure no one else has to go through the same.

“We live in the nation’s breadbasket,” stated Hall. “No one here should ever go hungry.”

Hall’s award was presented by both the chairman of the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors and the National Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors.

Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, commented, “Ron’s personal story made this award even more meaningful.  Our industry ‘feeds people,’ and Ron’s charitable work exemplifies our industry’s heart.”

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Iowa Restaurant Association
The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state. www.restaurantiowa.com

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Katelyn Kostek
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Iowa Restaurant Association
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September 22, 2014

Doll Distributing’s Mark Doll Named 2014 Iowa Restaurant Association’s Purveyor Partner of the Year

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September 22, 2014
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Mark Doll, President and CEO of Doll Distributing, LLC. has been named the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2014 Purveyor Partner of the Year. Each year this honor is given by the Association in recognition of the partner who goes above and beyond to provide exceptional services or products including professional integrity and care for Iowa’s restaurant community. Doll accepted the award at the Iowa Restaurant Association’s annual hospitality industryawards ceremony held on September 25 at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in downtown Des Moines.

Doll Distributing was founded by Merlin and Edith Doll in 1965 when they purchased a two-truck beer distributorship in Nebraska. In 1988 Doll and his siblings purchased the company from their parents and began to grow across the state. Now Iowa’s largest beer wholesaler, Doll Distributing LLC has three locations, employs 290 people and services 3,500 customers in 41 counties across Iowa.

Political Leader
Through their growth, Doll has remained active within the Iowa Restaurant Association.

“Mark has served as Chairman of the Iowa Restaurant Association and National Beer Wholesalers Association Board,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “He is a political leader and forerunner for our industry and the beverage industry.”

Doll Distributing remains a family business with four of the five siblings involved in the day-to-day operations. In addition to the Anheuser Busch and Corona beers, Doll distributes a large number of craft brands including many beers brewed in Iowa.

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The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state. www.restaurantiowa.com

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September 22, 2014

Chef Robert Anderson of the Iowa Culinary Institute Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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September 22, 2014
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Chef Robert Anderson, Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Educator and Program Chair of the Iowa Culinary Institute located at Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny campus has received the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Lifetime Achievement award. Anderson received the award at the Association’s annual hospitality industry awards ceremony held September 25 at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in downtown Des Moines.

Humble Beginnings
From a young age, Anderson knew he wanted to be a chef and took every opportunity to experiment in any kitchen available. In 1972 Anderson began his career in earnest at the Broadmoor Hotel and Air Force Academy Officer’s Club in Colorado Springs. In 1974 he moved to Ankeny, IA to serve as program chair to a three-student culinary and hospitality program at Des Moines Area Community College. His program now has a waitlist of 100+ students and is the state’s largest post-secondary culinary program.

Anderson became certified by the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator. In 2000 he was inducted into the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque. He is only one of 99 American chefs in this elite society of distinguished culinary arts professionals and the only active chef from Iowa.

“Robert has been a huge proponent for the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s ProStart High School culinary arts and restaurant management program,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “He has traveled the state helping schools understand the career opportunities available to those who pursue the hospitality profession.”

Anderson joins the handful of culinary masters to receive the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state. www.restaurantiowa.com

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September 22, 2014

Speaker Kraig Paulsen Named Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2014 Legislator of the Year

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September 22, 2014
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Des Moines, IA – Iowa House of Representatives Speaker Kraig Paulsen has been named the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2014 Legislator of the Year. The honor was presented to the Speaker at the Association’s annual awards gala by both the Chairmen of the Iowa Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Board of Directors Scott Carlson and Jack Crawford.

A Pro-Business Mindset
“This award honors the legislator who goes above and beyond to champion hospitality issues at the statehouse,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “Speaker Paulsen encourages job creation and business growth in Iowa, and with 11,000 jobs projected to be added in Iowa in the next decade, we appreciate his support.”

Speaker Paulsen’s standard by which he measures decisions requires the state to spend less than it collects and return unused tax dollars to Iowans. It also requires the state not use one-time money to fun on-going needs nor balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs.

His leadership qualities and pro-business legislation made Speaker Paulsen an obvious choice for the Association’s 2014 Legislator of the Year.

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The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state. www.restaurantiowa.com

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Iowa Restaurant Association
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September 22, 2014

Clinton Woman Named 2014 Iowa Restaurant Employee of the Year

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September 22, 2014
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Maria Muhs of Rastrelli’s Restaurant in Clinton was named the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2014 Restaurant Employee of the Year. Muhs accepted the award at a ceremony hosted by the Iowa Restaurant Association at the Renaissance Savery Hotel on September 25.

“There are more than 143,000 restaurant employees in the state of Iowa,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. Dunker pointed to the fact that Muhs, a 15+ year team member, is asked for by name from Rastrelli’s patrons, and that those who know her rave about her special salads. “Maria is this year’s best of the best. She is an excellent representative of the state’s hospitality industry.”

The honor was presented to Muhs by the Chairmen of both the Iowa Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Board of Directors.

This year, the family-owned restaurant celebrated 75 years of business with many of its long-time employees and devout patrons.

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The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state. www.restaurantiowa.com

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Katelyn Kostek
Public Relations Specialist
Iowa Restaurant Association
kkostek@restaurantiowa.com
515-276-1454

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September 22, 2014

Des Moines Central Campus Culinary Instructor Awarded Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation ProStart Teacher of the Year

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September 22, 2014
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Des Moines Central Campus retired Culinary Arts Instructor Elaine Wolf has been named Iowa’s 2014 ProStart® Educator of Excellence by the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation. ProStart is a comprehensive high school curriculum that teaches both culinary and hospitality management skills, and is currently taught in 23 Iowa high schools.

 

Wolf’s resume reads like a menu of achievements from institutional food to fine dining to teaching. She introduced the ProStart Program into Des Moines Central Campus in 2004, making the school the second Iowa high school to integrate ProStart into the curriculum.

 

Raising Funds Beside Local Chefs

Wolf’s determination to see her students succeed drove her to apply for grants to remodel the school’s 1950’s kitchen. $100,000 later, Des Moines Central Campus began construction on new culinary classrooms. Wolf retired at the end of 2013 and leaves a strong classroom and competitive program.

 

Case in point, to help fun their competitions, Wolf and her students partnered with local chef and now Wolf’s successor Chef John Andres to host biannual dinners for the public at Bŏs Restaurant in the Renaissance Savery Hotel.

 

May Schaben, executive director of the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation, said of Wolf, “She has been a manager, coach, cheerleader, advisor and mentor to her students throughout the years. Her passion for the culinary arts and dedication to her students made Wolf an obvious choice for this award.”

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The Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation exists to create and promote awareness of hospitality as a professional career path and to strengthen and improve the educational offerings, opportunities and services for the advancement of the restaurant and retail beverage industries in the state of Iowa.

 

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September 22, 2014

2014 Chef of the Year

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September 22, 2014
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Chef Dominic Iannarelli, Executive Chef at Splash Seafood Bar & Grill and Jethros BBQ in Des Moines has been selected the 2014 Iowa Restaurant Association Chef of the Year. Iannarelli accepted the award at the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Hospitality Industry Award Ceremony at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in downtown Des Moines.

 

“This award honors the professional chef who exemplifies creativity, culinary excellence and service to the profession and the industry,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “Dominic is an innovative and determined culinary master. He’s always striving for the next level of excellence.”

Pushing the Culinary Envelope

After earning a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Iowa State University, Iannarelli began travelling around the world to find new culinary experiences, but eventually came back home to Iowa. In 1998, Iannarelli partnered with Bruce Gerleman – an entrepreneur who developed a five star restaurant in downtown Des Moines – and Iannarelli quickly became the Executive Chef. Splash soon became one of only two Iowa restaurants to receive the prestigious Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award. The partnership quickly grew and Jethro’s BBQ was also formed.

 

Iannarelli is always ready to push the culinary envelope just a little further, but he is pleased with the progress of the region, stating, “I’m happy to see how far Des Moines has come in the past 10 years.”

Iannarelli will continue to be at the forefront of the Des Moines restaurant scene and is already planning new ways to introduce people to innovative cuisines and culinary styles.

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The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state. www.restaurantiowa.com

 

Media Contact:

Katelyn Kostek

Public Relations Specialist

kkostek@restaurantiowa.com

515-276-1454