Oskaloosa Ready To Pick Newest Restaurant
This Thursday, somebody is going to win a restaurant startup package worth $153,000 to open their own eatery in Oskaloosa, but they’ll have to pass through plenty of challenges to get there in Iowa’s Best Bite Restaurant Challenge, a contest conducted by local marketing firm Art A La Carte.
Iowa’s Best Bite Restaurant Challenge is a national talent competition that seeks to place restaurants in rural communities, and this year’s competition in Oskaloosa has narrowed down the contestants to three semifinalists who submitted detailed plans for their vision of the city’s newest restaurant.
This diverse group will face a panel of industry leaders who will critique and question their business acumen on May 15. Included in the judging group is eastern Iowa restaurateur Jim Mondonaro, who operates Iowa City restaurants Givanni’s Mondonaros, Joseph’s, Mondo’s and Saloon. Frank Hansen of MCG, Blair Van Zetten of Oskaloosa Foods and local food celebrity Ruthi Rogers round out the judging panel. The two who satisfy the judges will face yet another challenge the next day, as they cook for a panel of community tasters and present their vision of Oskaloosa’s newest restaurant.
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