As chef and food program manager for the Wallace Centers of Iowa (WCI), Porter oversees food programming for the Wallace House in the Sherman Hills District of Des Moines. The Wallace House is the historic home of the Wallace family, four generations of leaders in agriculture and agriculture journalism. 

At the Wallace House, Porter heads the kitchen for the tearoom, which features lunch and readings from historic women’s section of Wallaces Farmer magazine.

The Wallace House also hosts Farm to Table Thursdays, which include three-course dinners; Know Your Farmer Dinners; and special events, all featuring local foods. 

Porter was named one of 40 Women to Watch in 2022 by the Iowa Restaurant Association.

Eat local
Katie Porter's’specialty is local foods. 

Dishes like roasted baby beet salad with orange vinaigrette or kohlrabi coconut slaw regularly appear on her menus, flavored to perfection with herbs grown in the Wallace Farm herb garden.