Culinary Walk_Poster Pic14th Annual Culinary Walk

Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; downtown Iowa City

A delicious fundraiser for Field to Family featuring seven downtown stops. Walk with friends and sample culinary treats from local restaurants featuring ingredients from local farmers. This event is rain or shine. Typically, restaurants set-up outside their restaurant for the Culinary Walk but move inside for rain. Here is this year’s menu:

New Pioneer Food Co-op

New Pi pulls out all the stops for the Culinary Walk and this year is no exception! Their menu includes:

Local Old Capitol Tofu Bánh Mì (Vietnamese sandwich) Canapé

A baguette slice of New Pi’s Farm bread baked with local organic Early Morning Harvest flour topped with organic avocado purée, local organic Old Capitol marinated tofu, pickled local organic Grinnell Heritage Farm carrots & daikon radish, garnished with local Organic Greens sprouts.

Local Beeler’s Pork Belly Bánh Mì (Vietnamese sandwich) Canapé 
A baguette slice of New Pi’s Farm bread baked with local organic Early Morning Harvest flour topped with organic avocado purée, local Beeler’s pork belly, pickled local organic Grinnell Heritage Farm carrots & daikon radish, garnished with Organic Greens sprouts.

Southwestern Local Kale Salad with Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Vegan & Wheat Free

Local Maple & Bourbon Butterscotch Mini Cupcakes

A mini cupcake filled and topped with Maple Butterscotch Pudding featuring local maple syrup from Great River Maple, local Cedar Ridge bourbon, and local dairy from Kalona SuperNatural, Hansen’s Dairy, and local cage-free Farmer’s Hen House eggs.

Beverages: Wilson’s Apple Orchard will be pouring their Apple Cider & Hard Apple Cider

Enjoy the opportunity to talk with our local food producers from Grinnell Heritage Farm, Old Capitol Food Co., & Great River Maple as well!

Share Lounge & Wine Bar

Share has a new chef as of THIS MONTH. Welcome to Iowa City, Heskeith!

The will be offering Sesame Tuna Skewers with grape tomatoes from Echollective Farm and pickled gherkins (from Wind Shadow Farms) dipped in a sweet chipotle lime sauce.

Pullman Bar & Diner

Pullman is new to the walk this year! We welcome their creative take on local ingredients. They will be offering:

Hoisin braised pork shoulder (Heartland Fresh Family Farms in Donnellson), heirloom tomato (Green Share LLC), nuoc cham liquid gel, and local garnishes from Muddy Miss Farm.

Atlas World Grill

Atlas uses their entire outdoor patio to treat the Culinary Walk crowd. Do not miss out!

Their menu includes:

Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Elk chorizo, kale, queso blanko, bread crumbs, poblano cream

(Elk: Wild Life Lakes Farm, Sweet Peppers and Kale: Muddy Miss Farms)

Heirloom Tomato Flat Bread

Toasted garbanzo bean flat bread, cucumber yogurt sauce, with local tomatoes, herbs

(Yogurt: Kalona Supernatural,Tomatoes: Friendly Farms and Echollective Farm)

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Almond sweet corn tuile, corn shoots

(Sweet Corn: Hotz Farm, Corn shoots: Organic greens)


Culinary excellence at its core, Basta is another stop you can’t miss!

Local Mushroom Fettunta

Grilled ciabatta bread, truffled roasted mushrooms, melted taleggio cheese

(Mushrooms: Anything But Green Gardens)

Tortelli en Brodo

Braised Lamb stuffed pasta in rich broth

(Lamb: Pavelka’s Point Meats, Sweet Onions: Echollective Farm)


Devotay never fails to delight on the Culinary Walk! They will be offering:

Pork & baba ganoush with Leeks, Red Wheat Berries & Local Mushrooms.  A vegetarian serving will also be included.

Motley Cow Café

The Cow is always one of the most popular stops on the walk, routinely offering quality ingredients with a creative twist. Their menu includes:

Spring roll of Old Capital tofu, shiitake, mustard greens and butternut puree

Corn cakes with tomato relish

Watermelon verbena fresca

Buy tickets online or at New Pioneer Food Co-op stores in Iowa City & Coralville. $15 student/reduced rate; $20 early bird rate through September 13. Starting September 14, all tickets cost $30.

Other Festival Events:

Local Food Fair 

Wednesday, September 16th, 5-7 PM at the Iowa City Farmers Market. Learn about local food related projects and programs from non-profits, grocery stores and other food – related businesses. Featuring food tastings, local food showcase plus business and educational opportunities!

Farm to School Farmer Fair at Kids Day
Saturday, September 19th 9 AM-12 PM, Iowa City Farmer’s Market
Featuring the Farm to School produce booth, hands-on educational activities taught by farmers, nutritionists, and chefs. Co-organized by Johnson County’s Alliance for Healthy Living. Fun and Free for all ages!

Share the Harvest Dinner
Sunday, September 20th, 5:00pm, 5:30 program begins; at the Sheraton, downtown Iowa City
A fundraiser for Field to Family featuring entrées from five local chefs with ingredients procured from local farmers, paired with Iowa craft beer. Our Keynote Speaker is Doug Alberhasky speaking on “Past Present and Future of Iowa’s craft beer industry.”
Tickets are sold at New Pioneer Food Co-op Iowa City and Coralville stores and online here. 

Proceeds from the Local Foods Festival support Field to Family’s Local Food Finder and Farm to School programs.

Sponsors of the Field to Family Local Foods Festival include (largest to smallest): New Pioneer Food Co-opIowa City Area Development Group (ICAD)Hy-VeeJohn’s GroceryHills Bank, Edible Iowa River Valley MagazineShare, Little VillageUICCUPractical Farmers of Iowa, Four Square Meals, Johnson County Public HealthLocal Foods Connection,Blue Zones Iowa CityPavelka’s Point Meats, MidWestOneKalona Supernatural and Organic Greens, LLC.

If you are interested in being a part of Field to Family’s annual Local Foods Festival in some way, please contact Michelle Kenyon.