Sip and savor with superhero chefs! The Justice League of Food, a local non-profit that educates and inspires at-risk youth in the culinary arts, will be hosting a tantalizing dinner series this fall called CULINARY SUPERHEROES - Fall 2019 “Local Harvest”.
The series will feature 3 of the Midwest's top chefs. Along with a team of young apprentices, these superheroes will create dishes that feature fresh, seasonal local food options. It's sure to be an evening filled with beautiful food and warm conversation.
All dinners will include a wine or beer pairing. Live entertainment during the evening! Doors at 6:00pm, dinner at 6:30pm.
Thursday, October 24 - Chef Joe Tripp - Featured Local Ingredient: Sweet Potatoes
Joe Tripp, a Des Moines native and graduate of the University of Iowa, first pursued his passions in the kitchen at the famed Colorado restaurant Fruition. It was there that he learned the importance of details and respect for the ingredients on the plate. Upon returning home, he teamed up with Simon to run the kitchen at Alba, eventually earning two James Beard nominations for Best Chef Midwest and two more as chef and co-owner of Harbinger.
Wednesday, November 13 - Chef Sean Wilson - Featured Local Ingredient: Apples
Sean Wilson is a seasoned chef hailing from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he started his career at the age of 14 working in some of the country's best fish and smoke houses. Sean left the beach and in his travels attended the renowned New England Culinary Institute. Over the years, Sean sought out and worked in kitchens spanning New York, Boston, Seattle, Spain, Vermont, and Northern California, rubbing elbows with some of the country’s top chefs along the way. Chef Wilson brought national attention to Des Moines, with three James Beard Foundation nominations for “Best Chef Midwest” and accolades from Food & Wine Magazine, CityView, FSR Magazine, DSM Magazine and other publications. Time Magazine has named Proof “Iowa’s Best Restaurant” two years in a row. He was also named one of the top 50 chefs in the United States in 2017., Chef Wilson Joined Forces with the Justice League of Food, in August of 2019 as the Director of Culinary Operations. The Justice League of Food is located at The Foundry in West Des Moines and works to break the cycle of poverty in central Iowa by providing area homeless and at-risk youth with job training and placement in the food and beverage industry.
Sunday, December 1 - Chef Aaron Holt - Featured Local Ingredient: Winter Squash
Aaron Holt was born and raised in Iowa growing up cooking with his mother (the best cook he knows), he was taught to use local and seasonal ingredients. His love and passion for food has led him to his culinary career, including as executive chef of RoCA where he earned the Iowa Restaurant Association's 2018 Executive Chef of the Year award. Currently, he is a culinary consultant for Sysco Iowa and the owner of Doolittle Farm LLC, a 53-acre property that includes organic fruits, vegetables, edible flowers, and micro-greens.
Wednesday, January 15 - Apprentices from the Justice League of Food led by Chef Sean Wilson - Featured Ingredient: TBD
$100 per person OR $375 per person for all 4 dinners in the series if ticket is purchased prior to October 17th.
Gold Package - $1,500.00 - 6 tickets to the October 24th event - 6 Free Pint Tickets to be redeemed at The Hall - Social media coverage through the Facebook event page and event promotions - Recognition on the menu and other printed materials
Silver Package - $500.00 - 2 tickets to the October 24th event - 2 free pint tickets to The Hall - Social media coverage through the Facebook event page and event promotions - Recognition on menu and other printed materials
Bronze Package - $250.00 - 1 ticket to the October 24th event - 1 free pint ticket - Recognition on menu and other printed materials
Please make sure to select at check out if you would like a wine pairing, or beer pairing!