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What is the Master Foodie Program?

The Dubuque County Master Foodie program provides current, research-based, local information about our Dubuque County food system. Through participation in a 6 week hybrid online and in person course, participants will gain a greater understanding of the food system through online training modules, in person tours, and hands on local food activities.  

Program training schedule

  • Week 1 (March 21), Working in Food Systems & Community Overview - Learn where to find local foods in Dubuque County, meet other cohort participants, and learn where our foods come from
  • Week 2 (April 4), Local Food Packaging - Learn about product packaging and special considerations for local foods, Locust Street HyVee
  • Week 3 (April 11)  Food Preparation - Work on knife skills and meal preparation with local foods and professional chefs
  • Week 4 (April 18), Food Distribution - Discover how food moves through our food system in Dubuque County, opportunities and challenges for local farms, and a special focus on food hubs
  • Week 5 (April 25), Food Production - Visit a local diversified food producer and discover the process of producing food in Dubuque County
  • Week 6 (May 2), SustainabilityDiscuss value added foods, sustainability, and learn about restaurant sourcing at Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar
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Program Details

When is Master Foodie? Weekly sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm starting March 21st – May 2nd.  Training topics will include food production, sustainability, local food distribution, and cooking and preparation among others. Online modules will be available each week to complete at your leisure. Total time commitment each week is roughly 3 hours. 

Where are classes? Classes are held at locations around Dubuque depending on the week’s training topic.

What is the Cost? The cost for this program is $80 and all registrants will be required to complete a background check prior to the start of the cohort. 

How do I Register? Registration deadline is March 7 for a class start date of March 21. Participants may register at You can also scan the QR code below.

QR code for registration

What volunteer opportunities are available? Following the training course, Master Foodies are requested to complete 10 volunteer hours helping to promote or educate others about our local food system. Volunteer opportunities may include but are not limited to:

  • Harvest of the Month Preschool
  • PoP Club at Dyersville and Dubuque Farmers Markets
  • Video Production
  • In school taste tests

You can also ask Program Coordinator, Brittany Demezier for local food volunteer opportunities.

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This page was last updated by Ray Kruse on 1/29/2024