Top Chef: Downtown Iowa City

Monday, February 24th, 2020 5 p.m. – 8 p.m at Graduate Iowa City

Top Chef: Downtown is the local culinary event of the spring. Downtown and Northside Marketplace restaurants prepare signature dishes from some of the area’s favorite restaurants, while area mixologists craft exquisite cocktails. The title “Top Chef” is awarded by a panel of culinary experts and all guests can weigh in to determine the People’s Choice winner.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, January 1st at 7:00am.

After 10 years, Top Chef: Downtown is still offering a unique experience to try sample dishes straight from a variety of chefs and mixologists. The event will be hosted by the Graduate Iowa City (210 S. Dubuque St.) and feature entrees, desserts, and drinks from over 25 different establishments! Come find a new favorite dish and support your local restaurants and bars.

This year, the event proceeds will be donated to the Strengthen-Grow-Evolve Campaign with The Englert Theatre and FilmScene. The two organizations will join us at the event with some extra entertainment for guests to enjoy! Sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust CompanyUS Foods and Graduate Iowa City, Top Chef: Downtown will be an evening you won’t want to miss!



Thank you to our attendees for voting people’s choice, and also our amazing judges! Congratulations to all of the 2020 Top Chef: Downtown winners!


1st place: Goosetown Cafe
2nd place: El Banditos
3rd Place: Pullman Bar & Diner


1st place: St Burch Tavern
2nd place: Goosetown Cafe
3rd place: Pullman Bar & Diner


1st place: Clinton Street Social Club
2nd place: Joseph’s Steakhouse


1st place: Saloon
2nd place: The Mill


1st place: The Dandy Lion


1st place: The Dandy Lion

Top Chef: Downtown Iowa City

General Admission ticket includes samples from all categories (Entree, Dessert, and Mixology).

Top Chef: Downtown will be at the Graduate Iowa City from 5:00-8:00pm on Monday, February 24th.


Through a collaboration with Think Iowa City, Iowa City Area Development Group, Iowa City Area Business Partnership and the Iowa City Downtown District, we're providing continued updates and resources for COVID-19 related information. Thanks to the support from MidWestOne Bank, West Bank, GreenState Credit Union, Great Western Bank, Hills Bank, Two Rivers Bank, U.S. Bank and CBI Bank Trust, Johnson County and other area partners, the Project Better Together team has created a community-wide Shop Local program to help encourage and motivate local spending at Johnson County local businesses. Starting June 22nd, for every $150 spent shopping local, receive a $20 gift card of YOUR choice to a local business.

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