This past weekend I went back home to Iowa to visit my mom, and we ended up going to an event that I just have to tell you about. The event was a fundraiser for Four Oaks, which is a non-profit agency devoted to child welfare and assuring that kids become successful adults. It was called “Cuisine in the Corn” and described as a “unique dining experience” with wine tasting and appetizers, followed by a hayrack ride to the cornfield…
…to a long table that could seat 85 people for dinner. In a cornfield.
Contrary to what you might think, Iowans don’t usually eat diner at a table in a cornfield, so this was definitely a unique and fun experience. In fact, one of the guys sitting next to me at dinner kept repeating “We’re eating dinner in a cornfield. Can you believe it?!”
The meal was made with all locally grown products, and started off with corn chowder and salad, followed by filet mignon, garlic whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables and strawberry shortcake. Despite having to prepare a meal (and serve it in a cornfield, may I remind you), everything was cooked to perfection. The chowder was hot, the salad was crisp, and the steak was perfectly tender. I had originally planned to take pictures of the food but let’s be honest. I was too busy eating and enjoying the night to take pictures of the food.
After the hayrack ride back to the barn, the night ended with a bluegrass band and a barn dance. It doesn’t get much more Iowa than that now, does it?