Enjoy Steak de Burgo, pork tenderloin and loose meat sandwiches on this Des Moines foodie tour
Brad Magg, owner of Goldie's Ice Cream Shoppe in Prairie City, has earned several \u0022best tenderloin\u0022 honors throught the years. Magg talks about the elements that make a good pork tenderloin sandwich. Bryon Houlgrave/The Register
As Iowa food aficionados know, local dishes like Steak de Burgo, pork tenderloin and loose meat sandwiches are solid dishes in our state's food culture and culinary history.
And now there's a culinary tour you can take that showcases the best of all three delicacies and more.
On April 6-7, Wow! Des Moines Tours and local author Darcy Maulsby will give local culinary enthusiasts a whole new appreciation for the foods Iowa made famous.
“When you think about experiences that are uniquely Iowan, you have to start with our foods,” said Eric Prosperi, president of Wow! Des Moines Tours. “This tour has something for natives and newbies alike. We’ll start with some of Iowa’s food icons and then take some fun detours along the way.”
Prosperi said on this tour, guests will visit several area restaurants that are keeping these traditions alive and will learn about and taste some of the area’s finest examples of fried pork tenderloin sandwiches, loose meat sandwiches and Steak de Burgo. The featured restaurants will be a surprise to tour-goers.
“If you have an appetite for adventure, you can’t do better than Iowa when it comes to history, culture, and one-of-kind culinary experiences,” said Darcy Maulsby.
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Maulsby should know. She is a storyteller and literally wrote the book on food history in Iowa. She’ll help lead the tour, sharing plenty of enticing tidbits and fascinating stories along the way.
Her book, "Culinary History of Iowa: Sweet Corn, Pork Tenderloins, Maid-Rites and More," documents the influential foods, cultures, people and restaurants that make up the surprisingly diverse Iowa food landscape.
“I’m passionate about helping people make the farm-to-fork connection and reconnecting with Iowa history,” Maulsby said.
Tickets are on sale for the upcoming “Wow! Tenderloins and So Much More Tour” dates and can be purchased through the wowdsmtours.com, Wow! Des Moines Tours' Facebook page or cookingwithalessandra.com.
Additional dates will be announced. Wow! Des Moines Tours also offers a tour of area pizza restaurants. Tickets for private tours can also be arranged by contacting Wow! Des Moines tours at email@example.com.