DES MOINES, IOWA (June 1, 2020)  The Iowa Restaurant Association announced today that the first round of Iowa Restaurant Employee Relief Fund grants have been distributed to 75 recipients across the state. Funds were distributed to eligible workers on a first-apply, first-receive basis in the form of $250 one-time grants.

WASHINGTON DC (April 28, 2020) — US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement after President Donald J Trump signed an Executive Order to keep meat- and poultry-processing facilities open during the COVID-19 national emergency.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (January 9, 2020) — Industry, a nationwide hospitality-only professional network with members in every state, is proud to announce winners of the inaugural 

DES MOINES, IOWA (November 19, 2019) — On Monday, the Iowa Restaurant Association, in collaboration with The Soyfoods Council and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, completed their statewide culinary competition at a Celebratory Gala at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The two-part competition challenged top chefs from across Iowa to create an entrée featuring a Beef Sirloin Ball Tip Steak and a soy-based side dish or sauce.

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (November 13, 2019) — Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation are continuing to reduce childhood hunger in Iowa with the Power Snack(tm) program. This year, food insecure children across Iowa will receive Pork Sticks in addition to existing Power Snack coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread.

DES MOINES, IOWA (October 28, 2019) — On November 18, in conjunction with the Iowa Hospitality Convention and Expo, the Iowa Restaurant Association will host its Annual Tasting Gala and Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony at the Iowa Events Center. The awards honor hospitality industry leaders across the state. This year’s winners include:  


2019 Award Winners

Restaurateur — Robert Johnson, B-Bops, Des Moines

DAVENPORT, IOWA (October 21, 2019) — Raising Cane’s will open their first restaurant in Davenport, IA. Starting at 10AM, they’ll be serving up their one of a kind menu of fresh, never-ever frozen chicken-fingers, homemade Cane’s Sauce, grilled Texas Toast, crinkle-cut French fries, and creamy Coleslaw.

BETTENDORF, IOWA (October 2, 2019) — Students in culinary education programs at three Iowa high schools will go head-to-head in a “Top Chef” style cooking competition. Davenport Community Schools, Cedar Rapids Community School District, and Mt Pleasant High School will participate for prizes and bragging rights. The event will be held at The Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center on October 17, 6-8PM. The event is open to the public and includes dinner for $20.

MUSCATINE, IOWA (September 16, 2019) — A taco is a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a flour or corn tortilla folded around a filling, which is generally made of spiced meats and garnishes like salsa and cilantro.


DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 31, 2019) — Join the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) and Music Director Mark Russell Smith as we kick off 2019-20 Season with an evening at Wide River Winery in the Village of East Davenport. Enjoy delicious wine from Wide River Winery, great music from the QCSO Brass Quintet, and charming company, all while helping to support the QCSO. Wine will be sold by the bottle and 50% of your purchase will be donated back to the QCSO!