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Extra! Extra! Thrilla in the Skillet Press Release

Latke cookoff fundraiser rematch promises to be hotter, greasier, and potatoier than the first!

Press Release IconDes Moines, IA – January 1, 2014 — The second annual “Thrilla in the Skillet” pits two latke cooks, Steve Wilke-Shapiro and Doug Jotzke, against each other in a head-to-head rematch for posession of the Golden Spatula and the unofficial title of “Best Latke in Des Moines.”  A third competitor will be added to the mix as well – a professional chef who promises to kick things up a notch.  Tickets go on sale January 15, 2014.  Up to 100 tickets are available.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the DMARC Food Pantry Network (

What: “Thrilla in the Skillet” Latke cook-off to benefit DMARC Food Pantry Network

When: Sunday, March 9, 2014, 6:00 pm

Where: Tacopocalypse/Northland Gallery, 621 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Attendees will participate in the latke tasting and vote on their favorite for the “Tasters’ Choice Award”.  A silent auction for donated items including local restaurant gift cards will be held.  The main event is an “Iron Chef” style latke presentation and judging by a panel of guest judges.

Join in the pre-event excitement by “liking” the Thrilla in the Skillet page on Facebook at  Fans can participate in periodic contests, event announcements, and latke-cooking tips for anyone who wants to try it out at home.

A latke is a type of potato pancake traditionally eaten at Hanukkah.  Latkes come in many different forms, from a thick croquette-like patty to a thin, crispy pancake with large shreds.  While the basic ingredients are simple (potato, egg, a binder such as matzo meal or flour, and seasoning) variations in the proportions and procedure result in a broad variety of results; recipes are often passed down from generation to generation.

MovetheFood ( is an initiative of the Des Moines Area Religious Council to address the entire food system in Greater Des Moines, building on more than 35 years of food assistance work, catalyzing fresh generations, and engaging new constituencies to further support a vision for a day when everyone in Polk County has enough to eat.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit the event website at

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