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