, and Northern Iowa Energy Corp were all in attendance.
Chef Dan Ankrum of the ArtHouse Cafe and Avant Garde Catering, is a classically trained chef who studied at the Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in the Twin Cities. His unique culinary creations specialize in locally sourced vegetables for a "farm to fork" dining experience. "We try to be cutting edge and whimsical," he said. "We do every genre of food."
Ankrum is known for creating "Pop-up" dining experiences throughout Waterloo. He makes themed, multi-course meals in unique locations for one to two nights that are met with huge success and a strong following. His are the only such events in the area. Pop-up menus range from "Fusi-Q", a unique twist on traditional barbecue dishes, to "Heirloom" an event that featured all ingredients and courses coming from within a forty mile range.
Providing fresh, diverse produce not only allows him to make excpetionally tasty meals but sustainable ones. "We've always been the type of place that makes use of locally grown, organic crops," he said. "We like to source our own ingredients from our own gardens by using organic, sustainable farming practices that aren't done much anymore."