Eleven of Greater Des Moines' most talented chefs will compete to create their best low-fat, healthy entrees Friday while raising money to benefit Meals from the Heartland.
Morsel Combat, which debuted last year as a project of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy's class of 2012, attracted more than 600 guests during its inaugural event. This year's event will be held at Embassy Suites on the River on April 26.
Designed to support the Healthiest State Initiative, Morsel Combat's competing chefs' challenge is to dazzle a panel of chefs with healthy creations weighing in at less than 600 calories and fewer than 20 grams of fat. Guests will join a panel of judges in voting for their favorite while enjoying live music from local band, The Snacks. To see a list of the competing chefs, click here.
"It's a once-of-a-kind event -- an evening of amazing food, music, and an opportunity to meet the chefs of your favorite restaurants," said Chrystal Tamillo, chair of Morsel Combat foundation's board, " At the end of the night you feel good knowing you ate healthy and helped a person in need."
West Des Moines-based non-profit Meals from the Heartland packages and distributes meals to feed the starving and hungry.
Awarding Morsel Combat's "2013 Top Chef" prize will be Jessica Dunker, president of the Iowa Restaurant Association, Jerry Armstrong, chairman of Meals from the Heartland, George Formaro, executive chef partner of Orchestrate Hospitality, and Kristin Porter, blogger of Iowa Girl Eats.
Guests can cast their own vote, taking part in small-plate versions of each chef's creation before selecting a favorite dish to award the "Peoples' Choice" champion.
Advance tickets are $35 and can be ordered here. Tickets are $40 at the door.