Battledish Des Moines!

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Des Moines has been entered in an international Battledish: a competition between chefs around the world.

Six chefs have been chosen to compete in Battledish: Des Moines this October in conjunction with the 60 other chefs competing in North America for King of Battledish.

Saturday, October 5th, from 2pm-6pm, the competition grounds of downtown Des Moines. Foodies are invited to vote with their taste buds and try all six chef creations.

Chefs will be creating smaller versions of their dishes priced at $5 each. Drink pairings are also available at $5. Can you dish and drink with all six chefs in four hours?

Culinary titles: Most Delicious, Most Creative, Best Modern, Best Cocktail, Most Authentic.

Competitors and their dishes will be revealed to the public every week here in preparation for battle day.

Chefs / Dishes :

Mike Holman Executive Chef Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge: Dish: Argentinian beef tenderloin with fire roasted peppers, pickled onions, boiled eggs, mango vinaigrette and arugula served on homemade French rolls.

Cocktail: South American sangria with cachaca, absinthe, orange liquor, Mexican brandy, fresh fruit and topped with pino,

JOHN ANDRES EXECUTIVE CHEF BOS : Dish Surf & Turf of Braised Short Rib and Seared Scallop malbec-braised beef short rib / rye whiskey pan sauce / seared scallop / lemone mulsion

Cocktail: New York Sour Sazerac rye / fresh lemon / simple syrup / Bodegas Catena Zapata Alamos Malbec floated atop

Joe Mcconville Chef / Partner Gusto Pizza Dish: Fresh Pizza- carrot puree, ginger and maple glazed parsnips, sweet potato's, red onion and candid pecans.

Drink: Great River Brew: Farmer Brown Ale- American Nut Brown Ale

Jeff Deets Executive Chef Liberty's - An Iowa Grill Dish: Mini smoked chicken tostadas ----slow simmered rojo, poblano sweet corn pico de gallo and jack cheese,

Cocktail: Melon margarita

Sean Wilson Executive Chef/Partner Proof

Joe Tripp - Alba Dish: Braised Eden Farms Pork Belly, Grade A Farms Squash puree, Charred Brussels sprouts

Cocktail : By Shannon Emerson – Bourbon Street Beet- Bourbon, Beet Juice, Beets, Ginger syrup, fresh lemon juice, Peychaud’s Bitter

Sam Auen- Chef/ Owner Tacopocalypse Dish: Smoked Miso Ramen with Andouille: Smoked miso, hand made ramen noodles, soft poached egg, ssamchang, house pickled vegetables .

Drink - N/A What is Battledish? Battledish is the world's biggest chef competition taking place in cities around the world. Local chefs compete by presenting their creations and having the public cast their vote on who will be crowned King. Check out the latest battlegrounds and competitions at

What is the Battledish event like? Think of it as a walking adventure through Court District restaurants where chefs are waiting with their creations. At check-in, you will receive a map and a menu of the Battledish. It is then up to you to decide who to vote for. Battlegrounds are open for four hours. Everything is within walking distance.

Ticket Packages

Teaser Package: 6 Chef Dishes: $40 Try six dishes (or drinks) with this package! (6 tickets valued at $5 each for food and/or drink). Includes Admission.

Gourmand: Chef Dishes and Drinks at all 6 Restaurants: $65 Get your belly full by trying the full collection of dishes and drinks from all six chefs with this package! (12 tickets valued at $5 each for food and/or drink) Includes Admission.

VIP: Dishes and Drinks at all 6 Venues + Early Admission: $125 The VIP package includes six food and drink pairings, early admission (1pm), and swag bags.

General Admission: $15 Admission only. This grants you admission to Battledish! Eat as you please with every dish and drink priced at only $5 the day of the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact: My name is Mandi, your Dishcrawl Ambassador for Des Moines! You can e-mail me at

Are the dishes vegetarian friendly? Check menu for details.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds. All Dishcrawl events are rain or shine.

Are tickets available day of?: Yes, but they will be $20 at check in, and $15 online. Food & Drink tickets will be available the day of for $5.

Are kids welcome?: Yes, we love kids! Although, participating locations have the right to refuse service to anyone.

Do kids need a general admission ticket? Yes, every child above the age of 10 needs a general admission ticket and we recommend, depending on the age of your child 2 to 4 dishes per child.

Karess Haivala, Karla, Philip, Sarah , Carla and 169 others are attending Battledish Des Moines!

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