Iowa City is a great place for musicians and writers and it is also a wonderful place for food. A wealth of natural farms surround our small town and, as a consequence, there are several cutting-edge restaurants and chefs who provide tasty, organic options for the inhabitants of Iowa City. Mission Creek’s food programming celebrates the chefs, restaurant owners and wonderful waitstaff of our town with a series of special events including a series of special dinners and brunches.
The festival will begin with a food + wine pairing at the Motley Cow Café that will feature Iowa pork dishes created and served with care and flair by the talented staff at the Cow. Menu includes: Course 1: Citrus salad w. La Quercia coppa, arugula, chevre / Course 2: Braised Pavelka’s Point pork shank w. cornbread pudding, kale, and tomato / Course 3: Apple galette w. bacon caramel, and crème fraîche (Menu subject to change)
Devotay will host a four-course beer dinner, featuring the high-test and tasty beers of Newton’s own Van Houzen Brewing Company, perfectly paired with Devotay’s rustic, delicious dishes. Menu includes: Course 1: The Professor (Double IPA) + Citrus-herbed salad, honey almonds, currant scone; Course 2: Sacrifish (Belgian Tripel) + Potato Scaled Sole, malt endive slaw; Course 3: Three-Toed Dog (Three-grain beer – wheat, barley, oats) + Unrefined house-made pasta, snow peas, toasted oats, local mushrooms in a juniper parmesan broth; Course 4: Symphony (Double Chocolate Stout) + Coffee rubbed local lamb chop, pepper and salt legumes, maple sugar-stout glaze
Trumpet Blossom Cafe hosts a delectable vegan brunch (11am – 2pm) and Americana music showcase (2pm – 4pm); consider this a chance to reinvigorate with nurturing food and music, both local and all made with love. Menu includes: Seasonal fruit with spiced nuts and fresh mint; Vegan Florentine with English muffin, seasoned tofu, cashew hollandaise, greens, and herbed aioli; Mint chocolate cupcake with coconut lavender frosting & chocolate chips (Menu subject to change)
Chef Ben Halperin, from Augusta (in Oxford, IA), will collaborate with The Mill staff on an epic festival-closing brunch, served up at The Mill. Expect hearty hangover cures with Louisiana flair (Chef Ben spent years cooking in New Orleans). Free mimosas while they last. Menu includes: Chicken & waffles; Grits and grillades (back by popular demand!); Egg bakes (meat + vegetarian); Home fries; French toast bake (Menu subject to change)