Nebraska’s beloved Runza sandwich will represent the state at a new national food event.

The Flavored Nation event in October aims to serve the most iconic food from each of the 50 states. Organizers of the event have selected the corn dog as the food representing Iowa.

The event, in St. Louis at the Dome at America’s Center, is expected to draw as many as 12,000 people and is billed as a “taste of every state.”

“We are proud to be representing the state,’’ said Becky Perrett, director of marketing for Runza Restaurants. “There is a ton of commitment and loyalty from our customers.”

Serving the meat pocket at the event will be Chris Zeeb, Runza Restaurants’ executive chef, and Donald Everett Jr., president of Runza Restaurants.

The first Runza Restaurant opened in 1949 in Lincoln and began serving the namesake Runza sandwich, which features ground beef, onion, cabbage and seasonings baked inside homemade bread. There are now more than 80 locations across Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.

The Iowa restaurant or chef that will prepare and serve the corn dog has not been announced.

Flavored Nation is spearheaded by its executive producer, Richard Gore, who served as president of live events at Food Network.

For more information on Flavored Nation and to purchase tickets, visit

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