The Second Annual Thrilla in the Skillet will be held on Sunday, March 9 at Tacopocalypse and the Northland Gallery in Des Moines. The event is a potato latke cook-off to raise money for the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Food Pantry. Thrilla in the Skillet II will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and tickets are available through Tikly for $18 for adults and $8 for kids. There will only be 120 tickets sold for this limited space event. If any tickets are leftover, tickets will be sold for $25 at the door.
This year's event will see a rematch between Steve Wilkie-Shapiro and Doug Jotzke, plus a third mystery opponent. Organizers have said that the third competitor is a "professional chef at a local restaurant with multiple crowns in Cityview's annual 'Best Of' contest." Attendees will vote for the "Taster's Choice" winner, and then the three competitors will fry up their best for an “Iron Chef” style judging. The judges will consist of Tacopocalypse's Chef Sam Auen, Des Moines Register food writer/blogger Jennifer Miller, and two local Rabbis, who will be charged with determining the event's winner. For those who don't know what a latke is, a latke is a type of potato pancake traditionally eaten at Hanukkah. It is made of grated or shredded potatoes, onions, egg, flour or matzo meal, salt, pepper, and a few secret ingredients.
The event will also have a silent auction for items donated by local businesses, including restaurant gift cards, local goods, and other prizes. For more information on Thrilla in the Skillet II, go to the event's website or Facebook page.