Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

‘Thrilla in the Skillet’ Latke Cook-off to Benefit DMARC Food Pantry

Latke brou-ha-ha pits two latke “pros” together in a fun event to help stock the DMARC Food pantry shelves.

The inaugural “Thrilla in the Skillet” pits two latke cooks, Steve Wilke-Shapiro and Doug Jotzke, against each other in a knock-down, drag-out, head-to-head latke cook-off for he unofficial welterweight title of “Best Latke in Des Moines.” Tickets are now on sale for $10. All proceeds from the event will benefit the DMARC Food Pantry Network.

Thrilla-in-the-Skillet-PosterWhat: “Thrilla in the Skillet” Latke cook-off to benefit DMARC Food Pantry Network
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 6:30pm
Where: Historic Hatton House, 1730 7th Street, Des Moines

“We’ve joked about this for years, even offering some friendly smack-talk to each other,” said event organizer and latke competitor Wilke-Shapiro. “We decided that if we were going to do this throwdown, we could do some good while having a good time. The DMARC Food Pantry Network is a natural fit.”

Attendees will participate in the latke tasting and vote on their favorite for the “Tasters’ Choice Award”. A silent auction for donated items including restaurant gift cards will be held. The main event is a latke presentation and judging by a panel of guest judges. Forty tickets are available, including up to eight VIP kitchen passes.

A latke is a form of potato pancake traditionally eaten at Hanukkah. The oil they are cooked in is said to represent the oil in the eternal flame re-lit in the Second Temple of ancient Israel after its destruction. Latkes come in many different forms, from a thick croquette-like patty to a thin, crispy pancake with large shreds. There are as many recipes for latkes as there are people who cook them; recipes are often passed down from generation to generation.

MovetheFood is an initiative of the Des Moines Area Religious Council to address the entire food system in Greater Des Moines, building on more than 35 years of food assistance work, catalyzing fresh generations, and engaging new constituencies to further support a vision for a day when everyone in Polk County has enough to eat.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit the event website at here.