2019 Pop-Up Culinary Affair


Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation brings Pop Up Culinary Affair to Iowa City

June 5, 2019
VUE Rooftop-12th Floor Hilton Garden Inn
328 S. Clinton Street, Downtown Iowa City
$40 A POP  

Guests will sample their way through seven “Pop Up” courses presented by seven top chefs while enjoying a beautiful view of the city and watching the sunset. Courses will be paired with wine, local beer and signature cocktails. There will also be live music from local favorite Ben Schmidt. This will be a rare opportunity to taste the creations from seven talented and award-winning chefs from Eastern Iowa. Proceeds will benefit student mentoring and scholarship programs offered through the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation.


  • Eastern Iowa’s top chefs
  • 7-course sampling stations
  • Fruit and cheese bar
  • Best local brews
  • Wine & spirits sampling
  • Signature cocktails
  • Live entertainment


Pop Up Chefs                                                                                                            

Michael Wilson | VUE Rooftop | Hors D’oeuvres – Charred Iowa Beef Tips served with Harissa, House Tots and Oregano

Shawn Kiene | Food Fanatic-US. Foods | Soup – Spicy Chilled Melon Soup

Nathan Woody | Pullman Bar & Diner | Salad – Salad of Little Gems dressed with a Lemon Cream Dressing, garnished with Local Radishes, Toasted Seeds, Grana Padano and Spring Onion

Matt Meadows | Keller’s American Grill | Fish – Pho Poached Snapper Lemongrass Buerre Blanc Do Chua

Craig Vorba | Landmark Restaurant | Intermezzo – Lavender Blood Orange Sorbet—Zest of Blood Oranges, Blood Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Honey, Lavender Flowers served in an Orange topped with a Blood Orange Twist

Gabe Branch | St. Burch Tavern | Entrée – Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder Pave, Caramelized Cipollini Onions, Mushroom Infused Spaetzle, Pickled Granny Smith Apple

Zeph Leaton | Ruthie’s Steak & Seafood | Dessert – Cosmic Donut—Dark Chocolate Namelaka, Hazelnut Whipped Ganache, Tahitian Vanilla Bean Soft Caramel, Lavender Lemon Shortbread

Up & Coming Chefs | Cedar Rapids ProStart Students



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