Best Buddies Chef Challenge

Partnering with 15 local restaurants

Best Buddies of Iowa is partnering with fifteen local restaurants and caterers for the 2017 "Chef Challenge." This will be the 12th annual event.

So what is the chef challenge? It's a tasting competition and auction that raises awareness and funds for the organization’s mission.

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The Oct. 5 Chef Challenge runs from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines. Guests are encouraged to sample the culinary stylings of each chef and vote on a favorite sweet and savory item. Participating restaurants include: Guru BBQ, Brick Street Books & Café, Wasabi Chi, Baru66, Tumea & Sons, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Iowa Taproom, Waterfront Seafood Market, Range Grill & Golf, The Machine Shed, Hy-Vee Market Grille, Centro, Sam & Gabe’s, Echo’s Cookie Shop, and Main Street Café & Bakery.

Tickets cost $90 per person or $60 for young professionals under the age of 35 and Table sponsorships available starting at $1250 for a table of 10 at

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