What’s Happening: June 13


Matt and Neil

Plant a Mile Volunteer Day, June 19, 9:30am-11:30am
Help our Plant a Mile farmers plant, weed, and harvest fresh, locally grown produce to help feed families using the DMARC Food Pantry network.  Our second volunteer opportunity is on Wednesday, June 19 from 9:30 a.m.to 11:30 a.m. at Ali Family Garden.  To participate please e-mail Michael Frandsen at intern@dmreligious.org and let us know if you have any other questions.


Mad Meatball Grand Opening, June 15, 6pm-9pm
New restaurant from the owners of Capital Pub and Hot dog Co. opens its doors this Saturday, June 15th and BFBL member, Jasper Winery,  will be releasing the first wines from the 2012 vintage, their Iowa La Crescent, Edelweiss and Sparkling Edelweiss.


All-Iowa Wine Festival, June 15, 4pm-9pm
All Iowa Wine Festival featuring 8 central Iowa wineries including BFBL members Covered Bridges Winery, Two Saints Winery, Grape Escape, and Rosey Acres Winery. Cost is $15 per person and includes entry to the festival grounds, a commemerative wine glass, a coupon for $5 off a bottle of wine, and 10 wine samples.


Companions in the Garden (Garden Destination), June 15, 9am – 12pm
The art of growing vegetables, herbs and flowers together in communities which enhance the growth of each is the basis of companion planting. Learn which plants help their neighbors grow better, invite pollinators, deter harmful garden pests and enhance flavors and nutrition in their companions. Dress to learn in the Gardens! Cost is $35 per person. Pre-Registratio​n is required, and register Early….Class sizes are limited! For more info email workshops@garde​ndestination.co​m or call 515-993-4100


Cookin’ with Katie (Wallace Center), June 18, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
“Rethinking Dessert” is our third class at the Wallace House. You won’t feel so guilty about enjoying dessert after you learn how to reduce sugar and increase flavor.


Iowa Ingredient: Heavy Cream, June 20, 6:30pm
Check out Iowa Ingredient to see featured BFBL member Picket Fence Creamery!


Blindly Imbibe: Blind Wine Tasting,  June 20, 7:30pm – 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. Hosted by Gateway Market.


Music at the Winery (Covered Bridges Winery), June 22, 6pm – 8pm
Kick back, relax, take in the music, and enjoy some great wine at Covered Bridges Winery Kick. Don’t forget to bring along a picnic, a blanket or chairs! Featuring RBJ Trio. Watch the website for updates!


Des Moines Declares Ham Independence, June 23, 12pm-5pm
After a tour of the beautiful Grade A Gardens’ grounds, belly up to the bounty of Iowa with all things local. Beer music and all things ham (and cheese) will be available.
Admission is free, but all donations will go to the Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Next Generation program. So please leave some bucks in the buckets. They’re trying to raise $75,000 for the program & every little bit (they gratefully accept big bits, too) helps. NO: Pets, smoking or sourpusses YES: Picnic blanket, folding chairs, dancing shoes, appetites, smiles & some greenbacks for a great cause.  For more information email info@slowfood.com, visit the event page, or call The Cheese Shop at 515.528. 8181. BFBL member participants include: La Quercia, Centro, Gateway Market, The Cheese Shop of Des Moines, and Grade A Gardens.


Wine & Canvas (Jasper Winery), June 23, 2pm – 5pm
No painting experience necessary, just come to enjoy great drink specials and leave amazed with your own inner artist! (And a painting to show off to friends and family, of course.) Cost is $35 with, Canvas, Paint, Brushes, Easels, and Aprons provided. Sign up here.


Neighborfood Des Moines, June 23 2pm
Dine at 8 different restaurants in a East Village, all within walking distance. Your ticket will include food at each participating location, with drink specials to be offered. Tickets will be $40, more information here.


Wine Education Series, June 25, 6pm – 7:30pm
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill will host a discussion and tasting of wines from around the world and pair them with light appetizers created by Splash Executive Chef Dominic Iannarelli. The May class features wine from Washington and the June class features wine from Germany and Austria, presented by Ben Nelsen, Certified Sommelier.  Cost is $40 per person. Reservations required. Call (515)244-5686.


unWINEd: The Other Side (Jasper Winery), June 28, 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!


In and Outs of Composting (Garden Destination), June 29, 9am – 12pm
Learn about the Soil foodweb system, what makes a successful compost pile and benefits that it will give to your soil and plants. We will address different types of  compost, including compost extract and compost tea and the methods of garden applications. Overview various types of compost bins, build a pile together, and learn about our farm-scale compost operation. Dress to work outside! Cost is $35 per person.  Pre-Registratio​n is required…And class sizes are limited! Dress to learn & work in the Gardens! For more info email workshops@garde​ndestination.co​m or call 515-993-4100


Summer Concert Series 2013
Held every Thursday from 6-9pm, 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 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!
June 13- Flipside
June 20- Nadas
June 27- The Workshy