Isle of Capri – Keller’s American Grill

Keller’s American Grill at Isle of Capri is the 5 location that I’m judging food at for the 2016 Dine Iowa Grand Tasting Gala event.

This is my third year of judging for this event.

Chef Robert Anderson and I are the main judges. It is a privilege to get to work with him, the IRA staff, and members from both the Soy andBeefCouncils.

During the next couple of weeks, leading up to the October 6, 2016 event, we have 10 different restaurants to visit. These restaurants are all across Iowa. 

Keller’s American Grill at Isle of Capri

At Keller’s you can find modern twists on the classics. They feature an assortment of specialty drinks and refreshments with a simple side of elegance. 


The Isle of Capri was a great looking casino on the outside and the inside! The only thing winning though that night was the dinner. The slots and I didn’t get along too well. 


The Meal


Rules: With this event, each competitor will prepare a main entrée recipe utilizing Braveheart Black Angus Beef Short Rib, donated by Performance Food Group (at least six ounces of cooked beef must be used). Additionally, each competitor will prepare a Tofu (soft-silken or water packed) side dish or sauce (at least a 1⁄4 cup of tofu must be used). 

Main Dish

Chef Daniel Wilda created a little trio plate featuring white miso braised short ribs, puree of baby carrots and then collard greens with Neuske’s bacon and smoked tofu. Chef Daniel had the short ribs sit int he white miso for 14 hours! It created a very tender and delicious short rib. No knife was needed. 

The tofu was crispy and fired with a great smoke flavor. 

If you’re interested in trying this dish, you can order it off of District 36’s menu, or attend the Iowa Restaurant Association Grand Tasting Gala.

For 50% off tickets, use the code: Winner


About Nick Lucs

Nick is the founder of Des Moines Foodster. He was born and raised in Des Moines and has always had a passion for being creative in the kitchen. Des Moines Foodster has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Juice Magazine, amNY, Travel Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau blog. He believes that coffee and craft beer make the world go 'round .

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