April 22, 2014
Gateway offers an impressive selection of cheeses.

Happy Birthday, Gateway 

By Wini Moranville


Gateway Market and Café swung its doors open on April 23, 2007, and thanks to this go-to Sherman Hill venue, we've had seven great years of artisanal meats and cheeses, locally grown produce, well-purveyed wines, and scads of previously hard-to-find items like French green lentils, true Sherry vinegars and Marcona almonds.

To celebrate this milestone, the shop is offering 20 percent off everything in the store on Wednesday, April 23. Count me in--and allow me to share my shopping list: 

  • Niman Ranch bone-in pork chops: These naturally raised, well-marbled chops hark back to the days when pork tasted like pork and was truly a wonderful thing.
  • French green lentils: Considered the "caviar of lentils" for their pleasantly beady texture, these nutty-flavored beauties taste great in salads and soups.
  • Cheese, cheese and more cheese: I'll be picking up some Prairie Breeze, Cypress Grove cheddar, Ossau-Iraty sheep's-milk cheese-and whatever else snags my attention.
Find fresh, organic produce at Gateway.

Produce: I've especially got my eye on some gorgeous rainbow-colored carrots right now.

  • Olives: Sure, olive bars may be popping up in other places, but Gateway's remains among the most colorful and diverse.

Two small caveats: The special does not include the café, catering and gift card purchases, and is not valid with any other order.

Small Bites: 

  • As of this writing, Eatery A is slated to open today. Check out my preview here.
  • Three spots remain in my French Salads Cooking Demonstration at Vom Fass, the olive oil, vinegar and spirits shop. The class costs $25 and will be held this Thursday, April 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 244-5020 to reserve a spot.
  • Blonde Fatale, a beer from Peace Tree Brewery in Knoxville, won a Gold Award in the Belgian Style Blond/Pale Ale category at the 2014 World Beer Cup, which was held in Denver earlier this month.


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Feminine Flair

By Kellye Crocker


Lace isn't just for lingerie--or grandma's doilies--anymore. It has slipped into women's fashion, and Julia Talerico, manager of Velvet Coat, predicts we'll see more. "It's whimsical and fun," she says. 

The freshest looks mix textures and styles, turning lace pieces into super separates. Today's lace tops, for instance, stand on their own--you can't see through them, Talerico says. Bonus points: They're comfy, not itchy.


Looking to "lace up"? Talerico offers ideas from her East Village shop here, but cautions that it's just a start. These pretty multitaskers can dress up or kick back, and they all look great with jeans. (Try white for a change.)



Silk lace-back top by Heather ($179). "The combination of textures is surprising and interesting, and it's fun when they do something on the back," Talerico says.

Crochet tank by twenty ($88) with Huck Finn shorts by G1 ($112), perforated-leather espadrilles by Bince ($250) and the dagger scarf by rag & bone ($160). Crocheted items and lace-patterned textiles are stylish takes on the trend, Talerico says.

Madalena lace shell in desert sand ($245) and Riley leather skirt in cognac ($895), both by Diane von Furstenberg; Nappa Hobo handbag by Sondra Roberts ($74); and Claire pump in cappuccino by Vince ($375). 


Stepping Up
Nick Peterson will walk for his grandma at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a fundraising walk May 3 at Principal Park. Georgia Peterson, who lived in Huxley, had beaten breast cancer once, but the disease eventually returned, and she died in December. "I've never seen somebody so strong," says Peterson, a Madrid native.

In his new job as community events specialist for the American Cancer Society, Peterson is organizing the walk. The newly established position is part of a restructuring aimed at broadening the nonprofit's impact throughout Iowa.

This is the second year Principal Park has hosted the event, but last year's surprise May snowstorm dampened participation. Registration starts at 9 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m., which will be along the Principal Riverwalk. Registration is $25 (survivors are free) and includes a T-shirt. You can register online or at the event. "Folks can come together and celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and show our commitment to fight breast cancer," says Peterson, who hopes to raise $100,000 this year--and plans to make the event even bigger next year.

Money raised will help pay for several programs that assist Iowans, as well as for scientific research in and out of the state. This year, an estimated 2,320 Iowa women
will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 390 more are expected to die from it. The
100-year-old American Cancer Society spends more on breast cancer research--currently $86 million nationally--than it does on other types of cancer, and its grants have led to several breakthroughs, including developing lifesaving breast cancer drugs such as tamoxifen. -K.C.
Gabriel Lueders, "Clouds" (2013), charcoal on paper, 60 x 72 inches.

New Olson-Larsen Artist


Most preschoolers enjoy scribbling with crayons. But at a young age, Des Moines multimedia artist Gabriel Lueders, who recently signed with Olson-Larsen Galleries, remembers painting and making sculpture to convey concepts. "In one sense, art is my first language," Lueders said in a news release. "It's the language I use to express the things that can't be said in words." Lueders' new work includes abstract charcoal drawings and paintings that explore shadow, light, texture and depth as physical elements in a world that's often screen-focused. He's also an experimental woodworker, painter and performance artist.


Along with adding Lueders to its lineup, Olson-Larsen is marking a big birthday. Stop by the West Des Moines gallery to see the "Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibit," highlighting two- and three-dimensional pieces by each of the gallery's 60-some Midwestern artists, through June 7. Not to quibble, but the gallery actually traces its history back 44 years, to Jan Shotwell's pioneering Jan's Gallery in Valley Junction. In 1979, Ann Larson and Marlene Olsen purchased and renamed the gallery, which Susan Watts bought in 2010. -K.C.

Back in the (Bike) Saddle


Pump up those tires--and yourself--for the summer bicycling season. The Des Moines Bicycle Collective kicks it off right with Bike Month, a host of cycle-centric activities and events throughout May for everyone from the dedicated roadie to the kid with training wheels.  

You can pedal to work as part of the "Bike Commute Challenge" and win prizes in the "Passport Adventure" by participating in events. (Don't forget to wear your "brain bucket.") Some of the more unusual outings include the nighttime High Trestle Trail ride under a full moon, a bike tour of Des Moines area backyard chicken coops to learn about urban chicken-raising, and the national Ride of Silence, a silent, slow ride to honor those who have been hurt or killed while bicycling. For a Bike Month overview --and several event highlights--read "Gear Up" in the latest issue of dsm here and then go to the collective's Bike Month Iowa website for the full scoop and to register. -K.C.

Kellye Crocker

Kellye Crocker lives in Clive and writes fiction for teens and nonfiction for adults. A former Des Moines Register senior reporter and current dsm contributing writer, she's also written for Parents, Better Homes and Gardens and Glamour, among other national publications. Connect with her on Twitter: @kelcrocker.
Wini Moranville

Wini Moranville, author of "The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day," is a food, wine and travel writer who covers the dining scene for dsm magazine. Follow her at All Things Food DSM - Wini Moranville and catch her food segment on Fridays at 6:40 a.m. on KCWI-23's "Great Day" morning show.

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