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Issue #34: Winter, 2014-15 – Books That Cook!

Cover 34The 34th edition of Edible Iowa is now online, with a focus on books about food, Iowa authors, even a seed catalog library.  James Beard Award winner Elissa Altman returns with memories of Iowa’s most famous gourmand, Richard Olney.  There’s a book about Iowa’s craft breweries, and then there’s a feature on one of them (how’s that for a segue?).

That cover comes from one of the seed catalogs in the extensive collection at Decorah’s Seed Savers Exchange.

Please don’t forget to visit any/all of our #eiFriends, because we couldn’t bring you all this goodness without them, and be sure to tell’em we sent you.  Also please share the issue widely – we love to share good food!

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See You at the Expo!

BWF_14_Website Thumbnail PhotoThere’s a big Beer, Wine and Food Expo presented by Hy-Vee is approaching THIS weekend at Hy-Vee Hall in Downtown Des Moines, and Edible Iowa readers are being offered an exclusive discount! In its 7th year, this event promises to be the biggest and best one yet and will feature beer, wine and food both from nationally known brands and from local breweries, wineries and restaurants that include ieFriends like MadHouse Brewing, Confluence Brewing, Jasper Winery, and Peace Tree Brewing, plus Scratch Cupcakery and more. There will also be live chef demonstrations featuring chefs of local restaurants such as Trostel’s Dish!

From the connoisseur who is looking to expand their palette to the novice looking for an introduction to the world of food and craft beer, the expo will deliver a grand experience through over 100 different exhibitors, 400 varieties of wine and beer, 15 different restaurants sampling their food, and three different stages with cooking demos, wine tastings and more. Check the website for a schedule of events as well as unique ways to expand your expo experience.

Discount Offer:

 $5 off the $20 day pass

 $5 off the $30 day + alcohol sampling pass

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The Future of Food in Iowa: Mike Carberry, Candidate for Johnson County Supervisor

In response to our voter guide questions, Mike Carberry, candidate for Johnson County Supervisor, provided these answers.

Early voting has already opened.  Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4th.


10600537_10152252579253053_1489287432186264170_n1.     Many neighborhoods in our community suffer from lack of food outlets that offer healthy food options and as a consequence, poor health outcomes related to food and nutrition. These factors contribute to a lack of community food and nutrition security. What would you do to ensure community food and nutrition security and strengthen our local food system?

MC.    Food deserts are created in areas where there is poverty. As a Supervisor, I would look to reduce poverty by bringing in more and better jobs to Johnson County. Raising the minimum wage in Johnson County could also be looked at as an option. We also need more affordable housing in Johnson County that is not concentrated in these areas of poverty where food deserts arise. Inclusionary Zoning is an option that can spread affordable and workforce housing throughout the community. Increased funding to social service agencies that provide the community food is also important.

2.     What would you do to increase the amount of local, healthy food made available to schools, … Read More

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The Future of Food in Iowa – A Voter’s Guide: Janelle Rettig, Candidate for Johnson County Supervisor

download (1)As you know we included a voters guide in the latest issue, filled with questions for you to ask candidates. We just received answers from one such candidate, Janelle Rettig, incumbent candidate for Johnson County Supervisor.  Her answers are posted below, unedited and without comment.

You can see all the questions for candidate for local, state and federal offices, in our e-edition.  You are encouraged to ask any/all of any candidate you meet (especially with video!), and post it to Twitter with the hashtag #FoodPoliticsIA – we’ll repost all the responses we find.

Again thank you to The Iowa Food Systems Council‘s Food Access and Health Working Group Leadership Team for designing the questionnaire.


——– Original message ——–
Date:09/19/2014 6:58 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: Janelle Rettig
Subject: The Future of Food in Iowa
Thank you for writing me about local foods and nutrition.  I’m happy to try to answer some of your questions, but many of these seem geared to cities and I’m unclear how it would translate to the County.  I also really haven’t thought about some of these questions and would need to do more research.  I’m would love to hear your ideas.
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Harvest, 2014

Cover 33Issue #33 of Iowa’s premiere source for local food is now online.  It includes your invitation to the first Public Hearth event, and the new trailer to our Public Television show Edible Feast.  Tune in!

In this issue:

Field to Family — Local food festival returns to Iowa City for its 13th year

Grist for the Mill

Sweet Harvest — Hand-picking sweet corn at Dan D Farms in Knoxville — by Robert Leonard

Building Connections — Eat Greater Des Moines boosts local food efforts — by Renee Bricks

Buy Iowa —Regional food co-ops take off in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines — by Cindy Hadish

Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch  by Robert Leonard

The Future of Food in Iowa — A Voter’s Guide

The Public Hearth — Sun-dried tomatoes — by Bob Saar

Prairie Gold — An essay on honey and marriage — by Chris Wiewiora

Edible Nation — Building the soil of a restorative economy: A conversation with Slow Money visionary Woody Tasch — by Bill Giebler

Edible Imbibables — Manchester’s Franklin Street Brewing — by Tim Rask & Jeff Allen

The Last Word — Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production – The Manifesto of Read More

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A Public Hearth Cooking Event: Three Days on One Chicken (And other Depression folklore)

Tickets Available NOW!

Join in on the first Public Heath cooking event!



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This program is Edible‘s effort to share the basic techniques of cooking – to teach fundamentals (as opposed to recipes), and to encourage each student to share what s/he has learned.  We call that #CookItForward.

The Public Hearth was the brainchild of Edible Iowa publisher Kurt Michael Friese, based on two separate essays he wrote about America’s cooking problem.  You can follow (and contribute to!) the development of the Public Hearth on the Facebook page, and by following on Twitter at @ThePublicHearth.

Meanwhile please share widely, and we hope you’ll join us for the class.




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Summertime, and the Reading is Easy

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Cover design by John Bosley of RAYGUN


As always, our devoted  fans get the first crack at our new edition, #32. Dedicated to giving readers “A Taste of Iowa’s Food History,” in it you’ll find stories from Burlington to Amana to Barnes City. You’ll find recipes for summer salads, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches and more. Please remember to share with your friends!

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Edible Iowa #31, Spring 2014

Edible Iowa #31, Spring, 2014Dear Eater,

Hard to believe, but here we are starting our 9th year as your go-to resource for the best in Iowa’s local food and drink.  Thank you so much for joining us at the table, there’s plenty for everyone.

We have a couple good recipes for you, and a new writer on the crew named Laura Seether who’s talking up the java at Sidecar Coffee in Cedar Falls’ College Hill neighborhood.  You’ll be impressed with the photography of Marji Guyler-Alaniz, and you get to have a beer in Kalona with Rask & Allen, our intrepid beer hunters.  Nearby, Brandi Janssen takes you inside the healthy school lunch system in the Mid-Prairie school district.

Des Moines wonder-chef David Baruthio is at it again, this time with a new pizza joint, and Renee Brincks returns with a new edition of “The 99” up in the Driftless Region.

Ben Vivant brings some Cocktail Culture, Bob Saar will help you keep warm on a rainy spring day with Two Jay’s Corn Whiskey, and Katie Roche has the scoop on Scott Koepke and Soilmates in Iowa City.

We’re also launching a new regular column, The Public Hearth, which is an effort to inspire people … Read More

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