Hy-Vee loses Des Moines Democrats' Steak Fry contract
Polk County Democrats dropped Hy-Vee as the caterer for this year's Steak Fry fundraiser, Polk County Democratic Chairman Sean Bagniewski told Axios Wednesday.
- Politics factored into the decision, he said.
Catch up fast: The Steak Fry began more than 40 years ago as a fundraiser for former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and the Iowa Democratic Party.
- Polk County Democrats resurrected the event in 2017 after a several-year hiatus.
- Hy-Vee had catered the event since at least 1992, Bagniewski said.
State of play: Hy-Vee's PAC has overwhelmingly supported GOP candidates since 2010, according to data published by the Hy-Vee Inc. Employees’ Political Action Committee.
- That's created tensions among some Democrats, as reported by the left-leaning blog Bleeding Heartland.
What's happening: Orchestrate Management, which operates multiple metro restaurants including Centro and Bubba, agreed to match Hy-Vee as the lowest bidder this year, Bagniewski said.
- Hy-Vee did not respond to Axios' request for comment.
The event: This year's Steak Fry is Sept. 17.
- It starts at 1 pm, in DSM's Water Works Park, $35.
- And according to the party, "All Democrats are welcome."
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