Spring 2023 Gourmet Dinner Themes and Dates


French Chef Dinners: Friday January 27 and Saturday January 28
The ICI is delighted to welcome back our two guest chefs and dear friends, Jérôme Baron-Pelossier and Fabien Gauthier, from L’Association des Cuisiniers de la Loire, from the region of Des Moines’ Sister City, St-Etienne, France. We are also excited to host their wives, Sandrine and Carine.

The dinners are priced at $150 per person, and $60 of each ticket is a tax-deductible gift to the DMACC Foundation in support of our annual French Chef Exchange Program.  Come celebrate with our French guest chefs as they prepare a special menu, along with the ICI culinary team of students and chefs.

Piedmont: Thursdays, Feb 16 and 23, Mar 2
Experience the cuisine of this central Italian region, paired with wines from the Italian vineyards of Des Moines’ Krause family.

American Bounty: Thursdays, Mar 23, and Apr 6
Explore the many regional cuisines offered here in the United States, from the South to the Pacific Northwest!

Fleur de Lys Gala: Saturday, Apr 1
Join us on the “Streets of Paris” as we celebrate the arrival of spring and our 38th Anniversary of the French Chef Exchange. The proceeds of this French gourmet buffet dinner (with paired wines) and auction go to support our exchange, which provides scholarships for our top graduates to travel to France every May and do culinary internships with our French chefs in the St-Etienne region.

We will be unable to honor dietary restrictions at the Gala since it is a buffet rather than a plated dinner. This dinner will be $150 per person (with a tax-deductible portion of $100 per person).

Thai: Thursdays, Apr 13 and 20
Discover the flavors of Thailand, the country DMACC will celebrate this year as part of our International Year event.

All dinners will be in the Lakeview Dining Room of the ICI, located in Building 7 on the DMACC Ankeny campus.

The cost for each dinner is $120 per person ($40 per person is tax-deductible and will be credited towards membership in the ICI Chef’s Toque Society​​), unless otherwise noted in the dinner descriptions above.

Champagne or sparkling wine reception will begin in the ICI Atrium at 6:00 PM, and dinner will be served at 6:30 PM.  Please do not arrive earlier than 5:45, as students need time for set up.

We are only able to accommodate dietary requests based on medical allergies or religious restrictions. Please alert us to medical or religious dietary requests upon making your reservation.