Time: 5 - 8pm

Location: Dogpatch Urban Gardens

Featured Chef: Lynn Pritchard from Table 128 Restaurant + Bar

Chef Bio: Lynn Pritchard grew up on a small family farm in Annawan, Illinois.  Central to his upbringing was a mother, who if not in the kitchen, was found in the garden, caring for the produce that would soon be on the dinner table.  Lynn began studying business and soon shifted to the culinary arts when he moved to New York.  As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, he has worked for and with some of America’s greatest chefs; Stephen Pyles, Dean Fearing, Hubert Keller, Anne Willan and Julia Child. 

After several years of living on the East coast and in the South, Lynn returned to the Quad Cities area and opened Red Crow Grille.  As the Executive Chef for six years, he garnered multiple awards for his culinary skills and became a well-recognized figure in the restaurant scene.

 With a career change from kitchens to sales and distribution, Lynn and his wife, Sarah, moved to Des Moines in 2006.  However, like a siren’s song, the restaurant business kept calling him back.  Today, Lynn & Sarah are co-owners of Table 128 Bistro + Bar in Clive, IA which they opened in the Spring of 2013.  The restaurant has been recognized as one of the best restaurants in Iowa and has a loyal following of the best guests anywhere, according to Lynn.

If not in the restaurant, Lynn can be found on the phone with one of his farmer/vendors, rubbing the bellies of and playing with his dogs (Trotter and Keller, named after two of his favorite chefs/mentors), tending to his chickens or reading anything about food, restaurant or business culture.

Lynn and Sarah are involved in several private and public organizations including Chaine de Rotisseurs, the Iowa Restaurant Association, Court of Master Sommeliers, Winefest Des Moines and many non-profits.  Together, they enjoy traveling, exploring unique wines and wine regions, reading and just spending a few rare moments of relaxation together.