From mixing up spirts behind the bar to delivering decadent drinks at big events, Iowa certainly has no shortage of premier mixologists.
Oliver Hassman is the executive chef of Kalona Brewing Company, a native brewery with a made-from-scratch kitchen. “We love to keep things local and use as many local vendors as possible, from local cheese curds from The Kalona Creamy to grass-fed beef raised on JimRay Farms just five miles north of Kalona.
W Yoder is the head brewer of Kalona Brewing Company, a craft brewery and restaurant that opened in 2013.
Zephaniah “Zeph” Leaton is the executive chef at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, a privately owned casino resort about 15 minutes south of Iowa City. “As the executive chef, I oversee the operations of each restaurant plus our Banquets team.”
Amanda Rae Campbell is a fitness trainer, lifestyle consultant and owner of Tire Trained. The Marion-based hybrid training gym offers HIIT and functional training classes with an inclusive “come as you are” community.
Ryan Parsons is the owner and lead cinematographer of RPMedia, LLC, a visual arts company based out of Des Moines focusing on wedding, event and branding cinematography.
Seventeen-year-old Maanya Pandey is the founder and president of Love For Red. The Des Moines-based nonprofit works to fight period poverty in local communities by donating menstrual products to places in need in Iowa.
Haley “Stallie” Wedemeier is the owner and baker of Stallie’s Sweets, a baked-to-order business in Huxley, which takes its moniker from Stallsmith, Wedemeier’s maiden name. You might spy Stallie’s Sweets’ Treat Trailer (the newly renovated 1972 Layton camper) at events around Iowa, like Locally Grown Showcase in Madrid, or the neighborhood brewery.
Doug Goettsch is the co-founder and director of hospitality at the ever-expanding Big Grove Brewery. “What started off as a desire to have the best brewpub in Iowa morphed in to one of the largest breweries in the state.”
Ashley Flury is the manager of Coach’s Corner, a sports bar and restaurant in Iowa City. Coach’s Corner serves as the local gathering spot to enjoy just about any sporting event and is also a supporter of nearby high school and University of Iowa athletics.