What’s Happening: February/March

Chocolaterie Stam Wine Dinner (Sbrocco), February 25, 6:30pm 
Come for a very special Sbrocco Chef’s Dinner with Chocolaterie Stam. We’ll have four courses, all prepared with February’s favorite: Stam’s chocolate. But don’t think it’s all sweet, we’ll bring a savory flavor to the evening. Then each course will pair perfectly with a different wine. Cost for this dinner is $65 per person or $120 for two. Do call ahead, reservations are required and space is limited!


Peace Tree Brew Dinner @ HoQ, February 26
Five courses of gourmet farm-to-table fare paired with Peace Tree brews for $65 per person. Give us a call at 515-244-1213 to reserve your spot for the event.


Wine Tasting (Sbrocco), February 27, 5pm – 7pm
Each month, Sbrocco hosts a different portfolio for a free wine tasting. This month, we’ll have Kim St.Pierre with Glazer’s.


Pathways to Food Security: Environment, Economics and Equality at Drake University, February 28
Drake University is hosting a half-day Engaged Citizen Conference on Friday, February 28 from 1:30 to 8:00.  The event is free and open to the public.  Please register online if planning to attend.  The Engaged Citizen theme this year is: Economic Inequality and Social Responsibility. Detailed information is available on the Engaged Citizen Experience webpage (http://www.drake.edu/dc/engagedcitizenexperience/).

The keynote panel, co-sponsored by the Harkin Institute, is Pathways to Food Security: Environment, Economics and Equality.  Featured speakers include
•Marc Gunther, Editor-at-large, Guardian Sustainable Business US Moderator
•Chinh Dao, Associate Professor of Biology, Drake University
•Cassie Edgar, Platform Operations Director, DuPont Pioneer
•Sarai Schnucker Rice, Executive Director, Des Moines Area Religious Council
•Ricardo Salvador, Director and Senior Scientist, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
•Darci Vetter, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, United States Department of Agriculture


Fat Tuesday Dinner (Peace Tree), March 4, 5:30pm
Fat Tuesday is just around the corner, so to celebrate, we’re inviting our friends from Le Jardin in Des Moines down to Knoxville for a New Orleans-inspired beer dinner! Chef Tag Grandgeorge will treat beer and food lovers alike to a decadent four course meal. Each course will be paired with Peace Tree brews and Chef Tag will sneak some beer into his recipes as well. Our staff will be on hand to roll out the red carpet, talk beer and give brewery tours. Dinner is $55 including tax and gratuity. Additional beers may be purchased. Reservations are required and a credit card number will be taken to confirm your reservation. Reservations can be made online at www.peacetreebrewing.com or by calling (641) 842-2739.


“Meet the Farmers” Andrew and Melissa Dunham (Grinnell Heritage Farm), March 7, 6 pm – 8pm
This event is designed to introduce more people to Andrew and Melissa and their farm. For a personal invitation, contact Kylee at kyleejeff@gmail.com


Thrilla in the Skillet (Tacopocalypse) March 9, 6pm
The Thrilla in the Skillet is Des Moines’ premier latke cook-off to benefit the DMARC Food Pantry Network. Attendees participate in the latke tasting and vote on their favorite for the “Tasters’ Choice Award.” A silent auction for fabulous packages will be held. The main event is an Iron Chef style presentation and judging by an esteemed panel (with special guest judges). Event page here.


Wallace House Cooking Classes with Katie, 5:30pm
All classes focus on using fresh, locally produced ingredients. Each class begins at 5:30 pm, lasts at least 2 hours and includes food tastings. Cost is $40 per person per class. Select any or all of the classes. Make your reservations with Carla by calling 515-243-7063 or emailing carlahicklin@wallace.org. Class size is limited. Advance payment is required. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Check, cash or credit card.

April 14: Don’t Forget About the Kids: introducing new foods to the young palate
April 28: Pizzas at Home: traditional and inspired crusts with fresh garden toppings
Oct. 20: The Hunter’s Feast: preparing pheasant, deer, elk & bison
Nov. 10: Hearty Soups: stews, pureed soups and broth soups for family meals
Dec. 15: Holiday Brunch


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


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! March 10 & 24


Yoga & Brunch (HoQ), March, 10am – 2pm–check with HoQ for exact March date
It’s a one hour all-levels yoga class followed by a hearty continental breakfast for $25. Did you resolve to eat better, shop local, exercise more, manage stress, or try new things in 2014? If so, or even if you didn’t, come check it out! Call 515-244-1213 to reserve your spot.