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May 20, 2014

The Early Bird, Etc. 

By Kellye Crocker

 

Help us help you spread the word about your event, organization and news. Don't worry about an official press release (unless it's handy). Just email us the details and, if you can, include a digital photo. But here's the important part: Please contact us early.

The dsmWeekly editing/design/production pixies need time to work their magic, which means we start reporting stories as much as two weeks ahead (and plan even further out). Another wrinkle: The number of items we can run each week is limited. That means we're often juggling stories to fit in as much good stuff as possible. More lead time = more good stuff = win/win/win.

As a reminder, we focus on Greater Des Moines arts and culture, food and dining, nonprofits and philanthropy, style and design and--a catchall category we think of as "new and notable"--sundry items of interest. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

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Le Jardin's charcuterie plate
stars pork pâté, along with rabbit liver mousse, dry salami and
other delicacies.

A Profusion of Pâté  

By Wini Moranville

 

"Sunday, March 27, 1977. Last night, my
host family took me to a great restaurant,
but the first thing served was that icky cold meatloaf the French are so fond of. ..."


Fortunately my tastes have evolved since I penned those words in my journal of a high school exchange trip to Burgundy. That "icky cold meatloaf" was actually pâté, a French delicacy that I've grown to adore, especially now that you can get great versions locally. Three favorites:

At The Cheese Shop of Des Moines, charcuterie pro Brett McClavy crafts his house pâté with pork shoulder, pork liver, pork belly and dried porcini mushrooms for "an hommage to pork." No pâté enthusiast in this town should miss this take on
pâté de campagne (course-ground pork pâté). Also keep an eye out for a rotating selection of specialty pâtés, such as goat meat pâté and rabbit pâté.

Chef Jerry Talerico at Sam & Gabe's started serving pâté long before pâté was cool. His luscious Pâté Forestičre brings a mix of meats and mushrooms, and is classically served with mustard, relish and toast points.

Also read about chef Tag Grandgeorge's great ways with pâté, including his rabbit liver mousse, in my review of Le Jardin in the May/June issue of dsm.

Makeup for Grown-ups
 
Is your makeup routine making you look older? The following stories are shocking but true (but, like on "Dragnet," the names have been changed to protect the innocent). Jessica Culbertson, a makeup artist at Sahar's Salon and Spa, shares quick fixes for these common makeup mistakes.
  • Camouflage Cathy attacks under-eye bags and circles with too much concealer, "which makes it look even worse," Culbertson says. She recommends a pen highlighter/concealer such as Active Light Under-eye Concealer by jane iredale, the brand Sahar's carries. ("Less is more" also applies to foundation, Heavy-Handed Hannah.)
  • Bare-Faced Barb skips makeup, but Culbertson says every woman should at least wear blush. "Blush brings life to your face instantly," she says. Choose a bright (not too dark) shade and blend well. For a natural day look, try neutral eye shadow, brown mascara on top lashes only and lipstick one shade darker than your natural lip color, she says.
  • Sparkle-Shine Sheila is all about shimmery eye, cheek and lip colors, which "bring out the lines you don't want to see," Culbertson warns. Matte formulas are more flattering as skin ages.
  • Time-Warp Tina found a groovy look--decades ago. Freshen up by experimenting with new colors and techniques. "Women need to experiment with their makeup more," Culbertson says. "I tell people, 'You need to play.' "
Speaking of playing, jane iredale's "The Makeover Room" is ridiculously addictive. Choose among eight diverse model headshots--or upload your own--to sample a variety of looks with just a few clicks. -K.C.

Hidden Hunger Grows

 

In response to a growing hunger problem, the
Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) plans to expand its Food Pantry Network and allow families more emergency food per month. "We are actively looking for new pantry locations" and potential partners for them, DMARC Communications Manager Luke Elzinga says. "We hope to add three by the end of the year."

DMARC's 13 city and suburban food pantries have served 15 percent more families since January, Elzinga says. Currently, families receive a four-day food supply each month. The nonprofit hopes to increase the allocation to five days in July, Elzinga says. The monthly limit last increased in December 2012 from a three-day supply. DMARC also aims to serve 16,500 families this year, up from 15,000 last year.

The organization can expand its programs thanks to money-saving efficiencies at its new, larger facility at 1435 Mulberry St. You can tour the new offices and food pantry warehouse, hear speakers, enjoy refreshments and cheer the ribbon cutting at the grand opening ceremony June 10 at 4 p.m. The celebration is open to the public, but DMARC asks that guests RSVP to Linda Vander Hart (lvanderhart@dmreligious.org or 277-6969). -K.C.

Spotlight on Four

 

Instead of showcasing a single artist's work in the front of the gallery and a group show in the back, Moberg Gallery's new "Four Solos 1" allocates one-quarter of its prime real estate to each of four artists to use as they please. The exhibit, which opened May 16 and runs through July 3, features works by these artists: 

  • Bart Vargas, whose energetic paintings attempt to subvert the authority of the square. The Council Bluffs resident also is a sculptor, working with trash, surplus and recycled materials to speak to 21st-century consumerism and waste.
  • Thomas C. Jackson of Cedar Rapids, who explores American imagery in photographs, drawings and paintings. He often combines two or more images, reflecting what he calls "America's channel-changing attention span."
  • John Phillip Davis, whose textured paintings prowl the space between control and chaos. A Des Moines native and Grand View University graduate, he recently moved to Missouri.
  • Heather Brammeier, who says internal struggles inspire most of her paintings and installations. In her latest, the Illinois artist creates lyrical tangles from red and blue cross-linked polyethylene tubing. The material becomes a metaphor, she says, for the way humans think.

Look for more "Four Solos" shows to come. -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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