Hotel Julien

Hotel Julien is the fourth 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 […]


Spectra at the Iowa Events Center

The Iowa Events Center is the 6th 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, […]


District 36 Wine Bar & Grille

District 36 is the second 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 […]


Fall Into Fresh Flavors at Bonefish Grill – New Menu!

You can still catch great fish in the fall. But instead of having to reel in your line you can just move your fork to your mouth. Bonefish Grill has a tantalizing menu that will satisfy your taste buds this autumn. Last week, I had the luxury of […]


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 […]


CABCo is 20 1

Downtown restaurant and brewery, Court Avenue Brewing Company (CABCo.), is gearing up to celebrate its much-anticipated 20th anniversary. Since 1996 the restaurant and its owner, Scott Carlson, have been a key part of the Court Avenue district’s growth and development, as well as a foundation for launching other […]


Trellis Cafe 1

Trellis Cafe is the first 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 […]


peace tree growler with hops next to it.

What’s in a Name?

Dear reader, I hate to break it to you, but the stereotype is true: Iowans are really, truly, genuinely nice people. I mean it, Iowa Nice is a real thing, not just a viral YouTube video! Having lived on the east coast for the first 22 years of […]


Everything You Need to Know About Food Delivery in Des Moines 4

Every week, whether it’s during the business day or evening, calendar notifications pop up and take your time away from fun things like grabbing lunch with friends or getting a bite to eat at a restaurant. When those to-do lists take over your life and take you away […]


Fresh Catches at Bonefish Grill

The wood-grilled fresh fish experts at Bonefish Grill are sailing into summer with the launch of a new seasonal menu. It features delights like fresh, hand-cut simply grilled Wild Salmon, Rockfish with Citrus Aioli + Shrimp topping and Dayboat Scallops — sushi grade George’s Bank scallops on a […]