Des Moines, IA, June 18, 2013 – Three well-known local chefs made appearances at Des Moines’ 2013 Winefest Grand Tasting in Captial Square. Chefs George Formaro, Michael LaVelle and Enosh Kelley each gave a 30 minute cooking demonstration featuring easy and delicious recipes using soy foods.
First to demonstrate was Chef Formaro, chef and owner of Formaro. He prepared his delectable Iowa Burrito Bowl consisting of smoked paprika black soybeans on top of brown rice, topped with lettuce, cheddar cheese, corn salsa, pico, chipotle lime sour cream and guacamole.
Chef LaVelle, culinary director of the Des Moines Embassy Club, then constructed scrumptious soybean dangos with Maytag white cheddar and Eden Farms bacon.
Lastly, Chef Kelley , chef and owner of Bistro Montage, created a mouth-watering 72 hour short rib braised in soy served with edamame kimchi, mango caviar and soy air.
The chefs created 50 samples for the Grand Tasting audience, who was on the edge of its seat in anticipation to test the recipes.
“This event is a fun way to demonstrate how easy it is to use soybeans in delicious recipes,” said Linda Funk, The Soyfoods Council executive director. “Anyone from world renowned chefs to cooking rookies can create quick and amazing meals using soy products.”
Chef LaVelle, culinary director of the Des Moines Embassy Club, talks through the preparations of his soybean dangos with Maytag white cheddar and Eden Farms bacon.
About the Soyfoods Council: The Soyfoods Council is a non-profit organization, created and funded by Iowa soybean farmers, providing a complete resource to increase awareness of soyfoods, educate and inform media, healthcare professionals, consumers and the retail and foodservice market about the many benefits of soyfoods. Iowa is the country’s number one grower of soybeans and is the Soyfoods Capital of the world.
About the Role of Soyfoods in a Healthful Diet: Soyfoods have played an important role in Asian cuisines for centuries. In recent years they have become popular in Western countries because of their nutrition and health properties. Soyfoods are excellent sources of high-quality protein and provide a healthy mix of polyunsaturated fat. In addition, independent of their nutrient content, there is very intriguing evidence indicating soyfoods reduce risk of several chronic diseases including coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer. All individuals are well advised to eat a couple of servings of soyfoods every day.