What’s Happening: December

By: Hannah Linnemeyer


Jasper Winery and Madhouse beer Release Party/ Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 11th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Chef’s from local restaurants HoQCentro, and Le Jardin will be preparing a food sample to pair with Jasper winery’s 2013 vintage Chancellor, Marquette, and Noiret. This is the first opportunity to sample these dry red wines having spent the last year in Jasper’s barrel room.


Jingle in the Junction on Dec. 11th from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Historic Valley Junction

The businesses in Historic Valley Junction and the streets will be lined with over 150,000 twinkling lights. Along with FREE horse and trolley rides, live reindeer, Santa, and caroling. Watch Bill Gordish carve beautiful ice sculptures, go on the Ruby Slipper Scavenger Hunt, or vote on your favorite store’s Window Display.


Downtown Farmers’ Market – Winter Market, Dec. 12 – 13, 2014, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. located at Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at The Hub, Downtown Des Moines

The Winter Farmers’ Market is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties, and gift giving with more than 130 vendors. Farmers will be selling a variety of locally raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams, and a variety of late season and greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fresh handmade products including locally produced honey, jams, salsa, wine, cheese, noodles, breads, pies and cinnamon rolls. In addition, poinsettias, fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths, handmade holiday ornaments and home decorations will be available.


Taste of Warren County on December 13th, 2014 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Hwy 92 West, Indianola, IA

Sample your way around the room to over 30 local vendors. Edge of the Woods Raspberry Farm will have ice cream, raspberry sauce, and blackberry sauce!


Country Christmas Sample Sunday & Holiday Bazaar at Picket Fence Creamery on December 14th from noon – 5 p.m.

Head on over to Picket Fence Creamery to sample cranberry cheese curds, peppermint stick ice cream, egg nog, and much more! There will also be sugar cookie decorating, balloon animals, Iowa wine tasting, and Christmas karaoke.


Food for Thought Dinners at The Wallace House on Thursday, December 4, 11, & 18 from 5:30pm – 8pm

The Wallace House invites you to “Food for Thought,” a program 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. Bring your own wine. Reservations are encouraged, as seating is limited. Call 515-243-7063 or email deannebryce@wallace.org.


Meals at The Gathering Table Restaurant on Friday, December 5 & 12, Lunch from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Country Life Center, 2773 290th Street, Orient

The Gathering table prepares fresh, locally grown ingredients for a unique country dining experience. The menu changes weekly. Walk-ins are welcome, though reservations are encouraged.


Cookin’ with Katie Culinary Class on Monday, December 15th beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Wallace House

Holiday Brunch: Guests coming for the holidays? Wow them at the table with a fabulous brunch. Wallace House location. 2+ hour class begins at 5:30 pm. $40 per person. Reservations at deannebryce@wallace.org or 515.243.7063. Advance payment required, 48 hr. notice for full refund.


Wine School 101 at Two Saints Winery- classes begin December 6, 2014 – Feb. 21. 2015

Sample 8-10 wines and learn how to swirl, sip, and serve them. Visit http://www.twosaintswinery.com or call 641-396-2102 to reserve your spot.


The Cheese Shop Fondue Night, Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 7:00pm