What’s Happening: November

Eat, Play, Love; November 7, 5pm – 9pm
You’re invited to Eat, Play, Love Des Moines night at Confluence Brewing Company to Benefit Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local! Come drink some great local beer at Confluence Brewing Company, listen to some live music, eat some great local food, play some games and help a great organization.  Get some give-a-ways and have a great time!  The best part is that entrance is FREE and proceeds to go Buy Fresh Buy Local! Dinner for purchase from Mo’rub. More info here.


Tim Stop @ Gramercy Tap with Jake Bender, November 8, 9pm

Come on.  You know the drill by now.  You come to Gramercy, for free, and we rock out.  Pretty simple. If you’re lucky, you might get a guest appearance from Jake Bender.  Which would essentially be the equivalent of buying a winning scratch-off lottery ticket.


The Cheese Shop Anniversary Party, November 8 & 9

Come help us celebrate our second year of Cheese Shop-ness this weekend. To mark this momentous, uh, moment, we’re going to bust out the good stuff ! We’ll be clearing out our cellar, which is full of reserve wines that we almost NEVER pour by the glass. We’ll also feature fresh East Coast oysters from the Westerly area in Rhode Island – Watch Hill oysters.


5th Annual Two Saints Winery Open House, November 9, 12pm – 4pm

Welcome the Holiday season with hot mulled wine and lots of specials in the tasting room. We will be conducting a “California vs Iowa Wine” blind tasting with our newest wine that will be released at the Open House. Sip, swirl and taste these wines and try to determine if you can pick out the local wine.

There will be free wine tastings, appetizers, local vendors in the banquet room and specials on our wine just in time to pick out that perfect gift for your loved ones. Buy a case of wine and receive 15% off the price. All other wines will be 10% off. We would be happy to help you select your holiday wines. Grab your friends and enjoy a fun filled afternoon.


Live Music: Lojo Russo @ Peace Tree, November 9, 8 pm – 10 pm


Iowa Food Coop & Eat Greater DsM Speed Dating, November 11, 1pm – 3:30 pm

Are you a local producer who is interested in selling your product to local restaurants? Considering getting into wholesale? Already selling wholesale? Are you a chef trying to connect with great, local producers? Would you like the chance to talk directly to a producer about what you would like to see more of when purchasing? Interested in being a part of a discussion to talk about wholesale distribution of local food within Iowa? This could be JUST the kind of speed dating you need! We are looking to bring together 15 producers and 15 chefs in a speed dating type of atmosphere.



Fine Wine Smackdown (The Cheese Shop), November 11, 6pm In other TCS news, you’ll want to check out our class on fine (read: expensive) wines. We’ll pit Cheese Shop pet wine rep Marcus and other reps from the fabulous Okoboji Wines against each other. At only $50, this is a helluva deal and a one-time opportunity to taste all those high-end wines you like to ogle when you’re in here. AND it’s the only chance you’re going to have to get a special price on these special wines, which have limited availability.  Come at 6 for a warm-up sip; class starts at 6:30. Call 515-528-8181 for reservations; seats go fast!


Live Music: Har-di-Har, Dylan Sires & Neighbors @ Peace Tree, November 11, 7pm – 10pm


Get Your Pie On (Kitchen Collage), November 14, 10am – 12pm  

Lebo will be teaching the fine art of pie-making for $50 a person. From 12pm-1pm there will be a “pie social” which will include pie sharing (guests are encouraged to bring their own), readings and book signings. Read about the event in The Des Moines Register.


99th Annual Iowa Farmers Union State Convention, November 15th & 16th

Beginning farmers and farm policy advocates should attend to learn, discuss and share ideas on how policy can be used to promote the success of Iowa’s next generation of family farmers.  The day will feature a series of interactive workshops on policy topics impacting beginning farmers and ranchers. More info and registration.


Sbrocco’s 6th Annual Holiday Wine Show, November 16, 11am – 3pm

Sbrocco’s sixth annual Holiday Wine Show will be on Saturday, with $10 admittance. Winery representatives will be on hand to help sample 70+ wines. Light snacks will be included. Some wines will be available at special pricing that day only. Sbrocco’s 2014 Wine Club will be introduced that day as well. For a $30 annual fee, members will receive free admittance to the Holiday Wine Show & bi-annual high end tastings. Additionally, members will receive year-round discounts, including 10% off retail case buys, 1/2 price appetizers & wines every Sunday, 20% off entrees on Mondays, 20% off all wines by the bottle, plus parties & member-only perks.


Chef’s Dinner (Sbrocco), November 19, 630pm

Sbrocco has teamed up with East Village favorite allspice to present our next Chef’s Dinner. Four courses, all prepared with allspice oils, vinegars & spices then paired with wine. Cost is $55 a person, $100 for two. Reservations by phone are required (282.3663) & space is limited.


Holiday Open House (Edge of the Woods Raspberry Farm), November 23, 10 am – 4 pm

Sample this season’s bounty in flavorful jams and jellies as well as honey, locally made relishes and other specialties.  We will also feature local crafts, funky collectibles and art by VB Designs. Located north of Indianola and just east of the Summerset Winery. Address is 15285 Fairfax St. and phone is 515 961 7252.


Sample Sunday (Picket Fence), November 24, 12pm – 4 pm

Come for free samples and killer deals!


Wine Education Series (Splash Seafood), November 26, 6pm – 7:30pm

Discuss and taste wines from around the world and pair them with light appetizers created by Splash Executive Chef Dominic Iannarelli. The November class features wine from Northern California presented by Ben Nelsen, Certified Sommelier. Cost is $40 per person. Reservations required. Call (515)244-5686.


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: November 18)


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. http://www.wall​ace.org/events.​html
November 7: Local Meats
November 14: Abundance
November 21: Functional Foods