What’s Happening: August 15


Blindly Imbibe (Gateway Market), August 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 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


Iowa Wine Tour, September 15, 12-6pm
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon visiting four picturesque Central/Southern Iowa vineyards and wineries! Enjoy wine tasting, food pairing, education, vineyard tours and on-site shopping. Member wineries on this tour include Jasper Winery and Two Saints Winery. Price per person of $55 includes ticketing fees, climate controlled round-trip transportation, bottled water and snacks on-board the bus. Must be 21 years or older to participate.


Hear it in the Grapevines (Two Saints Winery) 1-4pm
Live music concert series Sundays.
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 24 – Ron Burchett


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 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