What’s Happening: June 27

unWINEd: The Other Side (Jasper Winery), June 28, July 12 & 26 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


Farm-to-Table Dinner, June 29, 6 & 8pm
The Wallace House in DSM’s Chef Katie creates a four-course gourmet meal from straight-from-the-garden produce and other ingredients from Iowa family farms. Tables are available at 6 pm & 8 pm. Cost is $50 per person. Bring your own wine. Email carlahicklin@wallace.org or call 515/243-7063 to make your reservation. Advance payment is required.


Wheatgrass 101 (Gateway Market), July 10, 6:30pm
WHO (Who should drink it? Who can grow it?) WHAT (what is it? what’s it good for?) WHERE (where can I grow it? where can I get it?) WHY (why would anyone want to drink this or even grow it?) HOW (how do I grow it?)
$20 per person. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER and PRE-PAY. We have room for 12 people.
You will leave with your own flat or pound of grass OR a punch card for FRESH shots… so it’s practically FREE!
Please call the cafe at 515-440-4700 with your credit card or send in a check to 1721 25th Street Suite 110 West Des Moines, Iowa 50266. E-mail, message or call with any questions!


Herbs and Edible Flowers (Garden Destination), July 13, 9am
Tour the gardens and I.D. herbs and flowers. Learn how to harvest, store and preserve your herbs. Then learn how to use some of the herbs and edible flowers in the kitchen to create stunning dishes. Cost is $35 per person.
Register Early….Class sizes are limited! Dress to learn & work in the Gardens! Pre-Registration is required.
For more info email workshops@gardendestination.com or call 515-993-4100


Edible Urban Garden Tour, July 13, 11am
Carpool from Little Red Hen to host sites for tours and light tastings; conclude with live music, educational materials, and a local foods potluck. Stops include: Little Red Hen, Franklin Community Garden, and BFBL member The Wallace House. And best of all, it’s free! More details here.


Iowa Shakespeare Experience, July 13-23
Pack a picnic and enjoy FREE Shakespeare in the park!  The Festival presents only local vendors, and this year BFBL member Jasper Winery returns again. Plus The Cheese Shop of Des Moines is the Festival’s official picnic provider (call ahead and pick up an extraordinary boxed supper there!)
General Admission at the Mainstage in Simon Estes is free (no tickets required).  VIP seating or Residency Show seats are purchased via Midwestix.com, limited availability at Gate. Contact: (515) 274-8989
July 14: “Will Call” Traveling Show: Historic Jordan House. Late Afternoon Matinee.
July 19-21: “The Passion of OTHELLO”  Picnics at 6pm, Curtain at about 8 at ISE’s Mainstage at Simon Estes Amphitheater, Downtown Des Moines on the Riverwalk.


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: July 8 & 22)


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.
June 27 – Cheese
July 4 – CLOSED
July 11 – Grilling
July 18 – Chocolate
July 25 – Yoga


Summer Concert Series 2013, Thursdays 6pm – 9pm (Jasper Winery)
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’ll have regular appearances by the Chocolaterie Stam gelato cart – yes, you can even have a wine or beer gelato float – as well as the Gusto Pizza truck. 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 27- The Workshy
July 4 – Brian Congdon & Brad Seidenfeld
July 11 – Mr. Baber’s Neighbors
July 18 – Final Mix
July 25 – Brother Trucker