Honey Creek Resort Dining

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 and Beef Councils.

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.

Honey Creek Resort

It had been years since I visited Lake Rathbun. It’s a gorgeous lake and Honey Creek Resort blew my mind! Lovely cabins, a great looking golf course, and an outstanding restaurant awaited us during this trip. It was also fun to go through small towns on a Friday night. Some of them had hopping town squares! 




The property outside is stunning. Deer come right up to the walk paths and you can feel a nice breeze off of the lake. 

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The Chef at Honey Creek Resort

Chef Charles Severson prepared the dish. The best part was that he was a sous chef and totally rocked this dish. Take a look at the pictures.

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).

Homemade Empanadas


This was one of the best dishes that we had while out on the road. Delicious homemade empanadas were cooked perfectly. It was hands down one of the best fried empanada that I have ever had. It was flaky, great flavor and the short rib meat and mole sauce was paired perfectly. This will be a real crowd pleaser at the Grand Tasting Gala.

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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