What’s Happening: August 1

Devour Des Moines, August 3rd
Tri To Eat It All! This swimming, biking, running, eating extravaganza shows off Des Moines’ local food, and all proceeds go to our Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign! Last day to register is TODAY! (August 1)


Live Music: Gilbert Goldsmith at Zanzibar’s, August 1, 6pm


Paul Sprawl at Peace Tree, August 2, 8-10pm
Peace Tree is pleased to host an evening of live music by Minnesota-based singer/songwriter Paul Sprawl! We request a $5 cover on live music nights to support our hard-working and talented artists. Treehouse Members pay no cover, so ask how you can join the club! Event Page:


All you can eat BBQ, August 3, 5pm-11
Co-sponsored by allspice All you can eat BBQ at the FFA Enrichment Center – Ankeny DMACC Campus LIVE Music by The Brian Holtz Band Wine & Beer pairing by Della Viti Wine Bar of Ames. More info here.
Tickets: $35.00 per ticket or $250 for tables of 8. Children age 12 years and under – FREE * $20.00 of each ticket is Tax Deductible * The price of your ticket includes, all you can eat BBQ from the competitors, potato salad and side, dessert and soft drink, live auction and live music. Cash bar available on site.


Sample Sunday (Picket Fence Creamery), August 4, 12-5pm
… Lunch is served!  Adult meal:  Angus burger or brat, chips, drink – only $5!  Kids’ hot dog meal, $3. Also:  walking tacos and corn dogs, $3. Slice of peach pie (made in Pella!) and fresh peach ice cream – $3 Kids!  Balloon animals, popcorn, decorate a sugar cookie, see the calves and cows.
*90% lean ground beef, $4.99/lb. with 10 lb. purchase
*Pella pie and quart of ice cream – only $12.99
*Iowa wines – 2 for $24
*BUY FOUR QUARTS OF ICE CREAM – get the fifth one FREE!!!


Hearts & Homes Historic Tea (The Wallace Centers of Iowa) August 6, 11:30am – 1pm
The 90-minute program combines a three-course lunch with readings from historic pages of the women’s section of Wallaces’ Farmer magazine. Lunch will be curry chicken salad on artisan bread with a variety of cookies and chocolates for dessert. The program begins at 11:30 am at the Wallace House. Cost is $20 per person and reservations are required. Call 515-243-7063 or email carlahicklin@wallace.org.


Crooked Mile – Live Music (Gramercy Tap), August 10, 9pm


Blindly Imbibe (Gateway Market), August 1 & 15, 7:30-8:30pm

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.


Restaurant Week, August 16-25

The metro area’s top chefs create special fixed-price menus for the week. Diners pay only $25 for two lunches or one three-course dinner. BFBL members include: Alba, Baru 66, Centro, Django, Dos Rios, The Gramercy Tap, HoQ, Lucca, Sbrocco, and Splash Seafood


Raw Food Week, August 19-25 Sponsored by Campbell’s Nutrition  

When you attend any Des Moines Raw Food Week event, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to Campbell’s Nutrition!
August 20 – Gateway Market is proud to partner with Raw Food Week | Des Moines for the Raw and Refined Community Dinner on August 20th, co-hosted by Gateway Market & Cafe Culinary Director, Chef Bill Overdyk! For more details, click here.
August 23 – Meet Jennifer Cornbleet at Campbell’s Nutrition and pick up a copy of the book, which invites readers to get to know the delicious world of raw food preparation with over 100 foolproof recipes using common ingredients. While you’re at Campbell’s, plan to partake in a variety of free samples available for this special Raw Food Week event! For more details, click here.


Wine Education Series (Splash Seafood) August 27, 6-7pm
Discuss and taste wines from around the world and pair them with light appetizers created by Splash Executive Chef Dominic Iannarelli. The July class features wine from Oregon and the August class from Southern Italy presented by Ben Nelsen, Certified Sommelier. Cost is $40 per person. Reservations required. Call (515)244-5686.


Wine & Canvas (Jasper Winery) August 25, 2-5pm


Homemade Happy Hour Summer Cooking Demonstration Series, Every Other Monday 3pm – 5pm
These demonstrations will happen bi-weekly starting June 24th on Monday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the kitchen of Kitchen Collage. The event is free and there are many samples to be had! (Dates: August 5 & 19)


Food for Thought Dinners, Thursdays 5:30pm – 8pm|
The Wallace House invites you to a new program, “Food for Thought,” that combines locally-sourced dining with conversation about food. Diners will order from a changing menu of appetizers, entrees, and desserts created from local ingredients, including fruits and vegetables grown at the Country Life Center. Entrees range from $15-$20, appetizers $6-$8, and desserts $5. Bring your own wine. Reservations are encouraged, as seating is limited. Call 515-243-7063 or email carlahicklin@wa​llace.org.
August 01 – Heirloom Tomatoes
August 08 – Iowa Sweet Corn
August 15 – State Fair Foods
August 22: Heirloom Tomatoes
August 29: Peaches


Annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting (Grinnell Heritage Farm), September 1, 4-8pm
This year we’re adding an educational component.  Scott Keopke from New Pioneer Food Coop will be talking about his role at the coop and what he thinks about the local food scene.
– Music – The Porch Stompers
– Mini Horses – Triple V Training
– Guest Speaker – Scott Keopke from New Pioneer Food Co-op


Hear it in the Grapevines (Two Saints Winery) 1-4pm
Live music concert series Sundays.
August 4 – The Bobcats
August 18 – Mills Street Band
September 8 – Hot Tamales & The Red Hots
September 22 – Tony Valdez


Music at the Winery (Covered Bridges Winery) 6-8pm
Kick back, relax, take in the music, and enjoy some great wine. Bring along a picnic, a blanket or chairs.
August 03 – Chad Elliot
August 24 – Ron Burchett


Summer Concert Series 2013, Thursdays 6pm – 9pm (Jasper Winery)
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’ll have regular appearances by the Chocolaterie Stam gelato cart – yes, you can even have a wine or beer gelato float – as well as the Gusto Pizza truck. 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!
Aug 01 – Dazy Head Mazy


unWINEd: The Other Side (Jasper Winery) 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!
August 09 – Freestyle
August 23 – Brother Trucker
September 6 – Brian Holtz Band
September 20 – Sonny Humbucker Band


Wine-In Movies (Grape Escape)
Every Saturday night from June through September join us for our Wine In Movies in the Vineyard.  Outdoor movies on a 11 foot by 20 foot screen with surround sound, full 1080p High Definition picture, and fire pits.


Sunday Socials, 2pm – 5pm (Grape Escape)
Wine Education Segments Yard Games Great Wines Good Times with friends, new and old