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April 15, 2019

Iowa Restaurant Association Will Name State’s Top Mixologist April 25th

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Des Moines, IA – Tuesday, April 16, 2019 –The Iowa Restaurant Association will be hosting their annual State Mixology Championships at Smash Park in West Des Moines on April 25th. Competitors will create three cocktails for a panel of judges during the day and will be judged on taste, appearance, overall creativity and personality. The winner will be crowned Iowa’s Top Mixologist. A public tasting event will follow from 6-8pm. Attendees can sample the competition drinks and vote for the People’s Choice winner. Food samples will also be available and live music from Brian Congdon. Spirits will be sponsored by Sazerac Spirits and Diageo. Tickets are available at restaurantiowa.com.

Competing Restaurants/Bars:

Whiskey House, Ankeny
7 Hills Brewing Company, Dubuque
London Underground, Ames
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Des Moines
Jethro’s Bacon Bacon, West Des Moines
Fong’s Pizza, Cedar Rapids
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill, Des Moines
Arcadia Café, Ames
Uptown Food & Beverage Co., Ankeny

 

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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.restraurantiowa.com

 

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Iowa Restaurant Association
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April 10, 2019

Iowa Restaurant Association Seeking Nominations to Recognize the Contributions of Women in the Hospitality Industry

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April 10, 2019
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Restaurant Association will recognize 40 women  in Iowa’s hospitality industry for their creativity, leadership and contributions. Nominations can be made online at restaurantiowa.com and will be accepted until
May 15, 2019 at 5pm.
“Sixty-one percent of women have worked in a restaurant at some point in their lives,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “We are excited to celebrate women influencing every aspect of foodservice by recognizing those who are doing great things and building lifelong careers. From operations and human resource managers to servers, chefs and owners, women are making a huge impact at every level.”
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March 28, 2019

Seven Award-Winning Central Iowa Chefs Prepare

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March 28, 2019
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Des Moines, IA – Thursday, March 28, 2019 –Fine wine and cuisine connoisseurs can experience several of the greater Des Moines area’s most popular restaurants while relishing a 360⁰ view of downtown Des Moines at the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Culinary Affair, Sunday, April 7 at 5:30 pm at the Des Moines Embassy Club. This gourmet wine dinner will be presented by 7 of Iowa’s Top Chefs. All 7 courses will be specially paired with fine wine from E. & J. Gallo Winery and our center of the plate is sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers.A portion of the auction proceeds will support the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation as well as numerous scholarship and educational programs for High School and post-secondary students. Tickets are limited and available atwww.restaurantiowa.comor 515-276-1454.

Chef List

  • Hors d’oeuvres: State Culinary Champions Hampton-Dumont High School ProStart Students with DMACC Chef Mentors: John Andres, Dean Luttrell, Austin Bailey and Logan Lumley
  • Soup:Chef Zach Gaskel, Teddy Maroon’s, Des Moines
  • Salad:Chef George Migliero, G. Migs 5thStreet Pub, West Des Moines
  • Fish:Chef David Baruthio, Baru 66, Windsor Heights & Nomad Restaurant, Des Moines
  • Intermezzo:Chef Jesse Bryant, Bubba, Des Moines
  • Entrée:Chef Shawn Bennigsdorf, Aposto, Des Moines
  • Dessert:Chef Holly Evans, Crème Cupcake + Dessert, Des Moines

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

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Josephine Jensen
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Iowa Restaurant Association
jjensen@restaurantiowa.com
515-276-1454

 

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March 28, 2019

Hampton-Dumont and Des Moines Central Campus to Represent Iowa in National Culinary and Restaurant Competition in Washington D.C.

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February 28, 2019 – Des Moines, IA –Culinary and restaurant management students from Hampton-Dumont and Des Moines Central Campus were crowned the 2019 Iowa ProStart Invitational Champions. They competed with high school students from across the state in an event hosted by the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The invitational was held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on Tuesday, February 26. The teams could compete in both culinary and restaurant management events. The winners of both categories will represent Iowa in Washington D.C., on May 8-10 when they face off against winning teams from across the country for the national title as well as for scholarships.

“Top Chef” Style Culinary Competition

Culinary teams were given 60 minutes to prepare a three-course meal using only two butane burners. Teams then presented their dishes to a panel of industry professional judges to taste and critique. Their cooking techniques, knife skills, sanitation and teamwork were also evaluated.

Winners of the culinary competition included:

1stplace- Hampton-Dumont
2ndplace- Waterloo West High School
3rdplace- Davenport Community Schools

Management Competition

Management teams were challenged to create an original restaurant concept. They wrote business proposals and then pitched their concepts to a panel of Iowa restaurant industry professionals who posed as potential investors and judged their business plans, teamwork, presentation skills and critical thinking abilities.

Winners of the management competition included:

1stplace- Des Moines Central Campus
2ndplace – Hampton-Dumont
3rdplace – Davenport Community Schools

ProStart – Equal Parts Hands-On Culinary Training and Entrepreneurial Education
ProStart® is a nationwide, career and technical education program that develops high school students into tomorrow’s leaders and workforce. Similar to the AP model in other academic areas, it includes national certification exams, grants post-secondary credits and an industry-recognized credential. It’s equal parts entrepreneurial/management education and hands-on culinary arts training. ProStart students learn practical skills, build business savvy, and develop leadership abilities in the classroom so they can walk into the real world ready to make an impact in the hospitality industry and beyond.

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Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation (IRAEF)
The IRAEF is the leading education resource for the development of a professional and highly-skilled hospitality workforce in the state of Iowa, building connections between educational entities and industry employers seeking trained, qualified students and job candidates.

Media Contact:
Josephine Jensen
Public Relations Specialist
Iowa Restaurant Association
319-464-0766
jjensen@restaurantiowa.com