Cook for a Good Cause

For just $25, you can join Self-Help International cook up some great food and support a great cause! On Wednesday, Feb. 9, hop on Zoom and get cooking with Dave Murrin-von Ebers from The Bartender’s Handshake in Des Moines and Chef Maribeth Mulready. Dave will open up the evening with a lesson on how to make a specialty cocktail inspired by Nicaragua.

After the cocktail portion, Chef Maribeth will take over and teach us how to prepare an appetizer and main course dish inspired by cuisine from Ghana. You will receive the Zoom information after registering for the class. Here is the grocery list and final menu . Groceries are not included in the registration price. She will also give a short demonstration on kitchen knife skills so you can learn how to cut up vegetables properly.
A short video will be viewed to tie in the connection of food to Self-Help International’s programs to alleviate hunger in Ghana and Nicaragua. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Denholm, Self-Help’s Director of Development, at 319-352-4040, or

Register here for the Wednesday, February 9, 2022 event from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (central time)

More About Our Bartender:

Dave Murrin-von Ebers is a bartender and owner at The Bartender’s Handshake, a small neighborhood cocktail bar on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines. Dave started his career in 2007 slinging brats and beer at the Hessen Haus. His love for bartending grew, and after visiting his sister in New York, he became fascinated with the craft cocktail movement. As he began experimenting with classic cocktails and creating his own, he landed the opportunity to run the bar program at Eatery A. Taking inspiration from the culinary side of the restaurant, Dave learned a lot about flavors as well as restraint: creating a delicious drink is one thing, but for a bar to succeed, that drink needs to be simple enough to be recreated consistently under busy circumstances. Dave left Eatery A to travel the country for a couple of months, researching bars and cocktails from here to New York. When he returned he continued to hone his skills at Juniper Moon, a dedicated cocktail bar, where he memorized and created a slew of original and classic cocktails. In October 2019 he opened The Bartender’s Handshake with the goal of creating a space where the community comes together, whether it’s over a creative cocktail, a shot and a beer, or a booze-free beverage.

Meet Chef Maribeth:

Maribeth is a health supportive chef, focusing on plant-based cuisine. She trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. Before becoming a chef, Maribeth spent 5 years as a school counselor and uses her background to explore the link between food, feelings, and decision making. She has worked in several kitchens and now focuses on recipe development, including writing a cookbook for young adults entering their first home through Iowa Homeless Youth Center. She currently lives in Des Moines, IA, with her husband (who enjoys her meals with gusto) and two young children (who enjoy boxed macaroni and cheese). You can find her on Instagram @ChefMaribeth.