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5th Annual International Food Competition

November 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

collage featuring 5 international food dishes

collage featuring 5 international food dishesCome taste dishes from around the world prepared by QC professional chefs and international BHC students!

Enjoy free food tasting, live music, a dance program and raffles!

• QC professional chefs and BHC students are invited to enter an international dish. All dishes must be homemade.
• A panel of three judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for students and chefs based on taste, creativity and presentation.
• Prizes:
– BHC students win scholarships.
– Professional chefs win trophies and media recognition for their businesses.

RSVPs required by Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Entrepreneurial Center. Thank you to event sponsors Ascentra Credit Union and the Illowa Construction Labor and Management Council.

About the judges

LaTisha Howlett

LaTisha Howlett co-owns Bayside Bistro with her husband, Darryl. She has been creating and cooking from scratch meals for Quad-City residents for more than 18 years. Howlett’s focus is on fueling the body to function at its optimal peak. She prefers to use fresh, whole full-flavored ingredients such as herbs, spices and produce when creating fresh menu ideas.

Leo Kaalburg

Leo Kaalburg of Out to Eat with Leo is just a man on a course to write about it all. Maybe enjoy a few meals with his friends in food here and there. Maybe do some good, kinda like Kung Fu with David Carradine, just less karate and more tacos.

K.C. Ross (Chef Keys)

K.C. Ross, more affectionately known as Chef Keys, is a New York City transplant thriving to make a difference in the Quad Cities. She is a former law enforcement officer who dedicated her efforts in the community and food since adolescence. Her culinary background consists of working in restaurants, hospitality and health care. She has catered independent events and collaborations and has created a niche social media following. Ross has pivoted from law enforcement to further her career by combining several typically independent paths. She is currently working in content production while showcasing different cultures through food and travel.


November 17, 2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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