This past weekend was an eventful one for Des Moines restaurant news. Here is a look at the two top stories.
Downtown favorite Centro experienced a fire in their kitchen exhaust duct on Saturday morning. The duct fire started around 9 a.m. in the hood above the restaurant's wood burning pizza oven. There was no major cosmetic damage to the kitchen and no one was hurt; however, the restaurant was forced to close for the weekend to repair the damage to the duct work. Centro management had hoped to re-open for lunch today, but announced via their Facebook page this morning that the restaurant would probably be closed until Wednesday evening:
Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support these past few days! We remain closed today, but we are on track to re-open Wednesday evening. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to serving you all as soon as we are approved to re-open.
Centro will have to pass an inspection by the health department after all of the damage is repaired, and then the restaurant will able to open their doors again.
In other restaurant news, the Dishcrawl-sponsored "Battledish: Des Moines" took place over the weekend. The event pitted local chefs against each other in a competition of culinary creativity. The contest's competitors included Mike Holman of Dos Rios, John Andres of BOS, Joe McConville of Gusto Pizza Company, Jeff Deets of Liberty's, Sean Wilson of Proof, Joe Tripp of Alba, and Sam Auen of Tacopocalypse. The event was judged by a number of local celebrities and food bloggers. The chefs' offerings were judged in five separate categories. Chef Joe Tripp of Alba was crowned the Battledish King after his dish (Braised Eden Farms Pork Belly with Grade A Farms squash puree and charred brussels sprouts) was chosen "Most Delicious" by the judges. Here is the complete list of "Battledish: Des Moines" winners:
Most Creative - Sam Auen (Tacopocalypse)
Most Authentic - Mike Holman (Dos Rios)
Best Modern - Joe Tripp (Alba)
Best Cocktail - Sean Wilson (Proof)
Most Delicious/King of Battledish: Des Moines - Joe Tripp (Alba)
Battledish competitions take place in major cities all over North America, and the winners of each competition will compete in the above five categories to be crowned the North American Battledish King. For more information on Battledish, go to the competition's page on the Dishcrawl website.