Allie Lanham is the owner and chef of The Hangry Lady, crafting charcuterie boards, grazing tables, wedding cakes and more in the Newbo City Market storefront in Cedar Rapids. “We take pride in creating beautiful, edible art for any occasion.”
Whether it be donating vital sign-monitoring (and potentially life-saving) devices for infants, providing therapeutic services for women survivors of violence or volunteering their time at a variety of impactful organizations, this philanthropy-minded group is showing up for Iowa and its communities in a big way.
In honor of the month of love, meet five Iowa-based power couples who are sharing their dreams for the future, most cherished traditions (from bird watching to barbecuing!) and what they love most about one another.
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.