What’s Happening: December 11

Madhouse Brewing Release Party (Jasper Winery), December 12, 6-9pm Join to celebrate a free, open to the public, beer, wine, and food tasting experience. Jasper Winery will be releasing their 2012 Iowa varietal dry reds wines, and samples from Maytag Dairy Farms. More on the event here.


All things Nepal (Gramercy Tap), December 14, 4pm – 8pm 

Enjoy traditional music, artwork, appetizers and much more!


Splashdance (Splash Seafood), December 15
Watch as Des Moines’ hippest, freshest seafood restaurant turns into Des Moines’ hottest & freshest dance club, known as “Splashdance”. There will also be FREE champagne, for you shy party go-ers.


Sample Sunday (Picket Fence), December 15, 12pm – 5 pm
Come for free samples and killer deals! Details here.


Osteria Centro, January 24, February 21, March 14, 6:30 pm Centro will be hosting some special dinners in the South Union Bread Café space at night, with a special four course meal. Tickets are $30/person and reservations required. See more info and the menu here.


Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association annual conference, January 23-24 in Ankeny, IA The conference will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Campus, and for more information on keynote speakers and registration visit the conference website.


New Years Dinner with Peacetree (Sbrocco), December 30, 6:30 pm

Four courses each paired with a different brew. $75/person or $140 per couple listed here.


Homemade Happy Hour Cooking Demonstration, Every Other Monday 3pm – 5pm These demonstrations will happen bi-weekly 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! December 16 & 30


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. December 12: Celebrate the Holidays (end of 2013 program)