Best chef? Best eats?

February 19, 2011 —

Carly Groben, chef-owner of Des Moines’s Proof and Flour restaurants, is up for the Best Chef contest run by CNN and “Food & Wine.” You should totally vote for Carly – her food is AMAZING (when you click the link to vote, scroll allllll the way down to register your pick!) and how much fun would it be to claim the best chef in the country right here in Des Moines?

Also, Baru 66 in Windsor Heights is up for best new restaurant in the United States in the James Beard Restaurant awards! Other local nods in the Beard awards – the chefs at Lucca and Alba are up for best chef in the midwest.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.