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What’s Happening: June 13

 

Matt and Neil

Plant a Mile Volunteer Day, June 19, 9:30am-11:30am
Help our Plant a Mile farmers plant, weed, and harvest fresh, locally grown produce to help feed families using the DMARC Food Pantry network.  Our second volunteer opportunity is on Wednesday, June 19 from 9:30 a.m.to 11:30 a.m. at Ali Family Garden.  To participate please e-mail Michael Frandsen at intern@dmreligious.org and let us know if you have any other questions.

 

Mad Meatball Grand Opening, June 15, 6pm-9pm
New restaurant from the owners of Capital Pub and Hot dog Co. opens its doors this Saturday, June 15th and BFBL member, Jasper Winery,  will be releasing the first wines from the 2012 vintage, their Iowa La Crescent, Edelweiss and Sparkling Edelweiss.

 

All-Iowa Wine Festival, June 15, 4pm-9pm
All Iowa Wine Festival featuring 8 central Iowa wineries including BFBL members Covered Bridges Winery, Two Saints Winery, Grape Escape, and Rosey Acres Winery. Cost is $15 per person and includes entry to the festival grounds, a commemerative wine glass, a coupon for $5 off a bottle of wine, and 10 wine samples.

 

Companions in the Garden (Garden Destination), June 15, 9am – 12pm
The art of growing vegetables, herbs and flowers together in communities which enhance the growth of each is the basis of companion planting. Learn which plants help their neighbors grow better, invite pollinators, deter harmful garden pests and enhance flavors and nutrition in their companions. Dress to learn in the Gardens! Cost is $35 per person. Pre-Registratio​n is required, and register Early….Class sizes are limited! For more info email workshops@garde​ndestination.co​m or call 515-993-4100

 

Cookin’ with Katie (Wallace Center), June 18, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
“Rethinking Dessert” is our third class at the Wallace House. You won’t feel so guilty about enjoying dessert after you learn how to reduce sugar and increase flavor.

 

Iowa Ingredient: Heavy Cream, June 20, 6:30pm
Check out Iowa Ingredient to see featured BFBL member Picket Fence Creamery!

 

Blindly Imbibe: Blind Wine Tasting,  June 20, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Do you really know why you love your favorite wine? Take away the brand name, pretty label and points on someone’s scale, and what are you left with? Join Abbe for a new tasting series with no labels, no price tags, and no preconceptions. Cost is $20 per person. Hosted by Gateway Market.

 

Music at the Winery (Covered Bridges Winery), June 22, 6pm – 8pm
Kick back, relax, take in the music, and enjoy some great wine at Covered Bridges Winery Kick. Don’t forget to bring along a picnic, a blanket or chairs! Featuring RBJ Trio. Watch the website for updates!

 

Des Moines Declares Ham Independence, June 23, 12pm-5pm
After a tour of the beautiful Grade A Gardens’ grounds, belly up to the bounty of Iowa with all things local. Beer music and all things ham (and cheese) will be available.
Admission is free, but all donations will go to the Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Next Generation program. So please leave some bucks in the buckets. They’re trying to raise $75,000 for the program & every little bit (they gratefully accept big bits, too) helps. NO: Pets, smoking or sourpusses YES: Picnic blanket, folding chairs, dancing shoes, appetites, smiles & some greenbacks for a great cause.  For more information email info@slowfood.com, visit the event page, or call The Cheese Shop at 515.528. 8181. BFBL member participants include: La Quercia, Centro, Gateway Market, The Cheese Shop of Des Moines, and Grade A Gardens.

 

Wine & Canvas (Jasper Winery), June 23, 2pm – 5pm
No painting experience necessary, just come to enjoy great drink specials and leave amazed with your own inner artist! (And a painting to show off to friends and family, of course.) Cost is $35 with, Canvas, Paint, Brushes, Easels, and Aprons provided. Sign up here.

 

Neighborfood Des Moines, June 23 2pm
Dine at 8 different restaurants in a East Village, all within walking distance. Your ticket will include food at each participating location, with drink specials to be offered. Tickets will be $40, more information here.

 

Wine Education Series, June 25, 6pm – 7:30pm
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill will host a discussion and tasting of wines from around the world and pair them with light appetizers created by Splash Executive Chef Dominic Iannarelli. The May class features wine from Washington and the June class features wine from Germany and Austria, presented by Ben Nelsen, Certified Sommelier.  Cost is $40 per person. Reservations required. Call (515)244-5686.

 

unWINEd: The Other Side (Jasper Winery), June 28, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Enjoy wine, sangria, and Madhouse beer by the glass and bottle at Grey’s Lake South Terrace . The City of Des Moines will be cooking up food for purchase as well!

 

In and Outs of Composting (Garden Destination), June 29, 9am – 12pm
Learn about the Soil foodweb system, what makes a successful compost pile and benefits that it will give to your soil and plants. We will address different types of  compost, including compost extract and compost tea and the methods of garden applications. Overview various types of compost bins, build a pile together, and learn about our farm-scale compost operation. Dress to work outside! Cost is $35 per person.  Pre-Registratio​n is required…And class sizes are limited! Dress to learn & work in the Gardens! For more info email workshops@garde​ndestination.co​m or call 515-993-4100

 

Summer Concert Series 2013
Held every Thursday from 6-9pm, enjoy free live music on the lawn. We’ll be serving wine, sangria and Madhouse beer by the glass ($5-6) as well as grilling up burgers and brats ($6). We have some chairs and tables but it’s not a bad idea to bring some chairs or blankets as well. As a reminder, all ages are welcome but please leave the pets at home. And since it’s a free event, please celebrate the evenings enjoying our wine and beer (other alcoholic beverages will need to stay at home). Yay for summer!
June 13- Flipside
June 20- Nadas
June 27- The Workshy

What’s Fresh: Strawberries

By Kelsey Johnson

It’s almost time for the quintessential beginning of summer fruit: strawberries.

Grinnell Heritage Farm reports that their strawberries should be ready for harvest within the next week. While they recommend people “just eat ’em,” here’s a recipe from Gateway Market if you’re looking for an extra sweet indulgence. Also look for fresh leafy greens, rhubarb, asparagus, and garlic at the market this week.

 

Berries & CreamIMGP1061

      • 1 cup strawberries sliced
      • 1 cup blueberries
      • 1 cup raspberries
      • 1 TBS plus 1/4 cup Splenda (or sugar if preferred)
      • 1 cup heavy cream
      • 2 TBS sweet Marsala wine

Mix berries together in bowl with 1 TBS Splenda.  Let marinate for 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/4 cup Splenda and add one cup heavy cream and sweet Marsala wine. Divide berries in four martini glasses and pour equal parts of cream mixture on top of berries. Makes four servings.

Recommended: sparkling dessert wine, coffee, and the music of Wynton Marsalis or Pat Metheny

 

Plant a Mile Fundraising Dinner

Join Drake University for a night of great food and camaraderie at a fundraiser for the Plant a Mile project.  These efforts help the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network provide Central Iowa families access to fresh, locally grown produce. The project identifies farms willing to provide produce at a price that reflects both the value of the crop and the volunteer efforts that make the production possible.

Golden-tatersPlant a Mile is a project of Drake University and part of the Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign made possible with help from our sponsors: Campbell’s Nutrition, Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation, Devour Des Moines, the Downtown Farmer’s Market, HoQ Restaurant, Iowa Heartland RC&D, Kitchen Collage of Des Moines, and Maytag Dairy Farms.  Farms providing locally grown produce and grains this year include Ali Family Garden, Busy Bee Garden Center, Grinnell Heritage Farm, Maytag Dairy Farms, and Rinehart Family Farm.

The fundraising dinner will take place on Sunday, June 16 at HoQ Restaurant. For a $75 donation, participants will receive a locally grown meal including light appetizers, salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and coffee. Guests are encouraged to bring wine as there will be a $10 corkage fee donated to the Plant a Mile with a cash bar available. This is a great way to celebrate Fathers’ Day! We hope to see you there.

 

When: Sunday, June 16, 5:00 p.m.
Where: HoQ Restaurant , 303 E 5th St, Des Moines
Cost: $75 per person.  A cash bar will be available. $10 corkage fee donated to Plant a Mile (per bottle of wine—includes a wine opener from Kitchen Collage to take home).
RSVP is required by Wednesday, June 12. Reservations can be made online or by e-mail to bfbl@drake.edu.

 

Volunteer this summer on BFBL farms

Throughout the summer the Plant a Mile program will be recruiting volunteers to help our Plant a Mile farmers plant, weed, and harvest fresh, locally grown produce to help feed families using the DMARC Food Pantry network.

The first volunteer opportunity is on Wednesday, June 5 from 10 a.m.to 12 p.m. at Ali Family Garden.  To participate please e-mail Michael Frandsen at intern@dmreligious.org.  Up to 15 volunteers can be used on Wednesday.  If the spaces are filled, your name will be placed on the volunteer list and you will be offered first opportunity on our next volunteer event.  If you cannot make June 5 but are interested in volunteering e-mail Michael to be added to the potential volunteer list for future Plant a Mile farm events.

Help Plant Miles of Produce for DMARC Food Pantries!

By Matt Russell

Plant a Mile will be bigger and better in 2013 – But we need your help to make it happen.  We’re looking for people to donate time, talent, and treasure this summer.  We had fifty people participate in 2012, and this year we’re looking to double that number. We’ve created some new ways for people to join this effort, attempting to connect eaters passionate about local foods, the farms growing that food, and the organizations and businesses making this connection possible.

The first opportunity for donating is our June 16 fundraising dinner at HoQ Restaurant.  In addition, we’re scheduling volunteer work days at participating farms in Boone, Grinnell, Indianola, Newton and even with the City of Des Moines.  BFBL includes urban agriculture!

This project provides locally grown produce to Central Iowa families using the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network.  The creativity and team spirit of the Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local network is expanding the project from one farm and one mile of produce in 2012 to five farms and almost two miles in 2013.

The project identifies farms willing to provide produce at a price that reflects both the value of the crop and the volunteer efforts that make the production possible.  The DMARC Movethefood.org truck will pick up the produce from the farm and people can participate in Plant a Mile in a number of ways.  One important way to help out is to volunteer to work on one of the farms.  Those farms include: Ali Family Garden, Grinnell Heritage Farm, Maytag Dairy Farms, Busy Bee Garden Center, and Rinehart Family Farm. We’re creating a list of potential volunteers in the Greater Des Moines BFBL headquarters at Drake.  Please e-mail us at bfbl@drake.edu for more details about getting involved or joining us for dinner on June 16.

The sponsors of Greater Des Moines BFBL have once again come together to make Plant a Mile a reality.  Please share a word of gratitude with these members who’ve made a sponsoring commitment to BFBL that provides the resources for Drake University to do Plant a Mile: Campbell’s Nutrition, Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation, HoQ Restaurant, Kitchen Collage of Des Moines, Maytag Dairy Farms.

“This is a great way for people to help make a difference and become part of a project that’s building bridges in education, health, and wellness through locally grown foods, while serving those who are not able to afford the nutrient rich food that’s becoming increasingly abundant on Iowa farms,” says Teresa Adams-Tomka co-owner of Kitchen Collage of Des Moines.

Make plans to support Plant a Mile by attending the fundraising dinner at HoQ Restaurant on June 16.  What a great way to celebrate Fathers’ Day.  E-mail us for a reservation at bfbl@drake.edu

 

Plant a Mile Fundraiser $75 donation
5 PM, Sunday June 16
Light appetizers, salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and coffee
$10 corkage fee to bring along your own wine.  Fee goes to Plant a Mile
Cash bar

 

What’s Happening: May 22

Plant A Mile Dinner, June 16, 5pm
Join Buy Fresh Buy Local at HoQ Restaurant for dinner as we try to fill Greater Des Moines’ food pantries with fresh produce. Learn more about the project and what you could do to help here.

 

Local Food Opportunity Closes Later this Month
AmeriCorps has three VISTA positions they need to fill by the end of the month.  The Meskwaki Settlement is located near Tama, IA and they are in our second year of the VISTA program on the Settlement. They have worked put in over a dozen community workshops, hosted a food film festival, started a community garden and developed a school garden, held several community wide planning meetings and are completing a strategic plan for community food system development based on results from a community survey and the meetings. It’s a great community to work in with lots of excitement around local, healthy and traditional foods.

 

Wine Education Series, May 28 & June 25, 6pm – 7:30pm
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill will host a discussion and tasting of wines from around the world and pair them with light appetizers created by Splash Executive Chef Dominic Iannarelli. The May class features wine from Washington and the June class features wine from Germany and Austria, presented by Ben Nelsen, Certified Sommelier.  Cost is $40 per person. Reservations required. Call (515)244-5686.

 

Gypsy Beers Class, May 28 at 6:30pm
In honor of craft beers The Cheese Shop of Des Moines will be holding a Gypsy Beer class, featuring their favorite gypsy brewers’ stuff — like Mikkeller, Evil Twin, Stillwater Artisanal Ales & others. These guys make some of the best beers in the world & they don’t even have a home base; they craft their yeasty miracles at breweries all over the world. The TCS’s favorite beer geek Andy Grooms will provide an in-depth look at these beauties & pair them up with some of the world’s best meats & cheeses.

 

Tim Stop Music, May 31, 9pm-11pm
The Gramercy Tap is hosting Iowa native Tim Stop. The alternative, acoustic rocker will take the stage at 9, no cover!

 

Swine Festival, June 1, 4pm-8pm
Iowa’s premier pork and wine event at the Iowa Culinary Institute/DMACC Campus in Ankeny .Two of Iowa’s best tastes come together in a casual, yet refined event designed to benefit the viticulture and enology program at Des Moines Area Community College. The Seventh Annual Swine Festival will feature central Iowa’s finest chefs and Iowa wineries. Chefs will prepare samples of gourmet pork offerings while wineries will pour samples and offer wine for sale. BFBL members participating: Tacopocalyps, Gateway Market, Catering by Cyd, Covered Bridges Winery, Grape Escape Winery, Jasper Winery, and Two Saints Winery. Tickets are limited and are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. More information available here.

 

Winefest Des Moines 2013 presented by Dahl’s
A full week of activities ranging from indulgent to informative, you won’t want to miss a moment of Des Moines’ most spirited summer social events.  Look for BFBL members at events all week long.

  • Ramsey Subaru Iowa Lawn Party, Sunday, June 2, 2pm- 5pm
    The second annual Lawn Party celebrates all things Iowa by featuring local wine, beer and cuisine. Enjoy samples of local food and sips from area wineries and micro-breweries, all accompanied by music from a favorite Iowa band.  Enjoy food and wines from BFBL members.  
  • Dupont Pioneer Sips & the City (Winefest), June 7, 6pm – 9pm
    An energetic event looking to attract young professionals looking to jumpstart the weekend. Attendees experience the urban scene while sipping on a wide variety of wines and enjoying hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants at Nollen Plaza. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door with the option of upgrading to the Willis VIP Lounge for $35.
  • Bankers Trust Grand Tasting (Winefest), June 8, 6pm – 9pm
    The”grand” is put back in Grand Tasting at this intimate evening showcasing the best food and wine available in central Iowa. Des Moines’ finest restaurants and caterers will prepare hearty hors d’oeuvres to be paired with high-end wines at Nollen Plaza . A limited number of tickets will be sold for $75 with an option to upgrade to the Willis VIP Lounge for $35. Cocktail attire.

 

Weekly Events at Grape Escape
Every Saturday night is Movie on the Barn. Movie Menus this year will be choice of beef-burger’s, nachos, cheese and cracker plates. Don’t forget your lawn chair! List of films:
June 8 – “Flight”
June 15 – “Trouble with the Curve”
June 22 – “Hope Springs”
June 29 – “Hunger Games”
Also featured is “Sunday Social at the winery” every week from 2-5pm. Come on out, relax under the gazebo and enjoy a glass of wine, yard games, and informational sessions.

 

Wheatgrass 101  June 5, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Fresh Cafe & Market wants to teach you about wheatgrass: WHO (started this? Who should drink it? Who can grow it?) WHAT (what is it? what’s it good for?) WHERE (where can I grow it? where can I get it?) WHY (why would anyone want to drink this or even grow it?) HOW (how do I grow it?) $20 per person. Guests must pre-register and pre-pay. We have room for 12 people. You will leave with your own flat or pound of grass OR a punch card for FRESH shots! Please call the cafe at 515-440-4700 with your credit card or send in a check to 1721 25th Street Suite 110 West Des Moines, Iowa 50266.

 

Blindly Imbibe: Blind Wine Tasting,  June 6 & 20, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Do you really know why you love your favorite wine? Take away the brand name, pretty label and points on someone’s scale, and what are you left with? Join Abbe for a new tasting series with no labels, no price tags, and no preconceptions. Cost is $20 per person. Hosted by Gateway Market.

 

 unWINEd: The Other Side (Jasper Winery), June 14 & 28, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Enjoy wine, sangria, and Madhouse beer by the glass and bottle at Grey’s Lake South Terrace . The City of Des Moines will be cooking up food for purchase as well!

 

Companions in the Garden (Garden Destination), June 15, 9am – 12pm
The art of growing vegetables, herbs and flowers together in communities which enhance the growth of each is the basis of companion planting. Learn which plants help their neighbors grow better, invite pollinators, deter harmful garden pests and enhance flavors and nutrition in their companions. Dress to learn in the Gardens! Cost is $35 per person. Pre-Registratio​n is required, and register Early….Class sizes are limited! For more info email workshops@garde​ndestination.co​m or call 515-993-4100

 

Cookin’ with Katie (Wallace Center), June 18, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
“Rethinking Dessert” is our third class at the Wallace House. You won’t feel so guilty about enjoying dessert after you learn how to reduce sugar and increase flavor.

 

Music at the Winery (Covered Bridges Winery), June 22, 6pm – 8pm

Kick back, relax, take in the music, and enjoy some great wine at Covered Bridges Winery Kick. Don’t forget to bring along a picnic, a blanket or chairs! Featuring RBJ Trio.

 

Wine & Canvas (Jasper Winery), June 23, 2pm – 5pm
No painting experience necessary, just come to enjoy great drink specials and leave amazed with your own inner artist! (And a painting to show off to friends and family, of course.) Cost is $35 with, Canvas, Paint, Brushes, Easels, and Aprons provided. Sign up here.

 

In and Outs of Composting (Garden Destination), June 29, 9am – 12pm
Learn about the Soil foodweb system, what makes a successful compost pile and benefits that it will give to your soil and plants. We will address different types of  compost, including compost extract and compost tea and the methods of garden applications. Overview various types of compost bins, build a pile together, and learn about our farm-scale compost operation. Dress to work outside! Cost is $35 per person.  Pre-Registratio​n is required…And class sizes are limited! Dress to learn & work in the Gardens! For more info email workshops@garde​ndestination.co​m or call 515-993-4100

 

Summer Concert Series 2013 (Jasper Winery)
Held every Thursday from 6-9pm, enjoy free live music on the lawn. We’ll be serving wine, sangria and Madhouse beer by the glass ($5-6) as well as grilling up burgers and brats ($6). We have some chairs and tables but it’s not a bad idea to bring some chairs or blankets as well. As a reminder, all ages are welcome but please leave the pets at home. And since it’s a free event, please celebrate the evenings enjoying our wine and beer (other alcoholic beverages will need to stay at home). Yay for summer!
May 30- Decoy
June 6- Pianopalooza Band
June 13- Flipside
June 20- Nadas
June 27- The Workshy

Members Recipe Archive

Here are some of our members favorite recipes! Follow links below to discover some mouth-watering dishes that feature in-season, locally produced ingredients.

All Spice: http://allspiceonline.com/recipes/

Coyote Run Farm: http://www.coyote-run-farm.com/recipes.html

Gateway Market: http://www.gatewaymarket.com/recipes.cfm

Grape Escape Winery: http://www.grapeescapeiowa.com/recipes.html

Grinnell Heritage Farm: http://www.grinnellheritagefarm.com/Recipes.html

Griffieon Family Farm: http://www.iowafarmfresh.net/whats-cooking.html

Iowa Food Cooperative: http://iowafood.coop/recipes/

Maytag Dairy Farms: http://www.maytagdairyfarms.com/aspx/recipes.aspx

Mo’Rub: http://morub.com/category/recipes/

Picket Fence Creamery: http://www.picketfencecreamery.net/recipes.html

Wasabi Farms: http://www.wabisabi-farm.com/recipe

Wheatsfield Cooperative: http://welcome.to.wheatsfield.coop/recipes

 

MEAT

Broadhorn Farm: http://www.broadhornfarm.com/?page_id=255

Dalla Terra Ranch: http://www.dallaterraranch.com/recipes.html

Rosmann Family Farms: http://rosmannfamilyfarms.com/?page_id=23

 

 

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