June 10, 2014

Nominate a Sage Over 70


Talk to local up-and-comers, and most likely they'll attribute some of their success to a mentor or role model. These mentors and role models are often community icons--men and women who, through their creativity, talent and vigor, have made a positive difference in Greater Des Moines.  


At dsm, we honor these veteran achievers with our annual Sages Over 70 award. And we'd like your help in choosing them! To nominate a leader you know, fill out the nomination form here by June 20. The nominee needs to be age 70 or older and should meet several of the following criteria: 

  • Has consistently demonstrated leadership through the decades.
  • Has contributed and still contributes to the betterment of the community, even
    if behind the scenes.
  • Has been a role model/mentor to others.

Those honored in previous years include Robert Burnett, Monroe Colston, Michael Gartner, Willie Stevenson Glanton, William Knapp, Elizabeth Kruidenier, former Gov. Robert Ray, and Fred Weitz in 2011; Richard "Red" Brannan, Johnny Danos, Nolden Gentry, G. David Hurd, Mary Kramer, R.W. and Mary Nelson, and Tom Urban in 2012; and James A. Autry, Mary Campos, Joy Corning, E.J. Giovannetti, Robert Larsen, and Neal Smith in 2013.


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Winefest Wrap-Up

By Wini Moranville


I was lucky enough to attend three major events
from this year's Winefest Des Moines. Highlights:  

  • Iowa Lawn Party at Jasper Winery: Merlot-candied bacon, Maytag blue cheese and arugula topped the winning burger in the Winefest & Beef Slider Challenge. Here's the recipe (scroll down a bit). I'll also remember this event as the first place I ever tasted the amazingly dreamy David's Famous American Craft Custard, made by
    a stockbroker who lives in South Amana, and available at select Hy-Vee stores. (Try the salted caramel.) 
  • Prima Dinner, Terrace Hill: Chef Lynn Pritchard of Table 128 Bistro and Bar
    knocked it out of the park for this event,
    pairing inspired, detailed cuisine with wines from Oregon's Illahe Vineyards. Attention lamb lovers: the exquisite lamb chop with black garlic puree proved once again that this chef is a master of lamb.
  • Grand Tasting: Splash Seafood Bar & Grill had the longest line, and for good reason: Chef Dominic Ianarelli was serving up caviar and oysters paired with sommelier Ben Nelson's selection of true French Champagnes. The best "who knew" wine of the entire tasting, however, was Heinrich Red (pictured), a beautiful medium-bodied, fresh and juicy red with intense brightness--a perfect summer sip for those who drink reds all year round. Find it at Gateway Market.
A scene from last year's event.

Night Riders

By Kellye Crocker


Helping local young people is as easy as riding a bike. It's fun, too, when you glide through downtown Des Moines after dark alongside the likes of Captain America, Pac-Man, Death Star Storm Troopers and other spirited pedal-pushers. The third annual Moonlight Classic is June 14 at 9:30 p.m. and benefits Orchard Place.

The noncompetitive ride, with a new 10-mile route highlighting local attractions, begins and ends at El Bait Shop, 200 S.W. Second St., where live classic rock and soul from Boomerang will pump you up and cheer you back. Plan now to win a prize for best costume, bike and helmet lighting, or team bus decorating. For more information, including safety requirements, a list of businesses that rent bicycles, and fun photos from previous years (including a marriage proposal in lights), click here. Register online through June 13 to save $5 per rider. (Registration at the event is $35.)

The ride aims to raise $80,000 for Orchard Place, which provides inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment and other services for nearly 8,000 young people. Learn more


Beer Book


If you've ever wanted to meet someone who has held the national title of "Beer Drinker of the Year," now's your chance.

Actually, the honor is less dubious than it sounds.
J. Wilson snagged the 2012 award in an annual contest held by the Wynkoop Brewing Co. in Denver, Colo., and he says the competition is "less a chugging contest and more a matter of beer knowledge and work within the industry--along with a sprinkling of fun."

Indeed, as a certified beer judge, award-winning home-brewer and Minister of Iowa Beer (yes, that's an actual part-time position with the Iowa Brewers Guild), Wilson knows beer. Better yet, he knows Iowa beer--so well, in fact, that he's written a book on the subject.

"Iowa Pints: A Guide to Iowa Breweries" went on sale June 3 (available through In it, Wilson (who is also the editor of the Adams County Free Press), explores the stories, people and brews behind more than 50 Iowa breweries crisscrossing the state--from West Okoboji to Fort Madison, from Decorah to Shenandoah. The book also recounts the history of the Iowa brewing industry.

Wilson will be on hand for a meet-and-greet and book signing at El Bait Shop
(200 S.W. Second St.) June 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The venue will offer specials
on all Iowa-brewed beers. Find out more about J. Wilson on his blog,
A scene from "Romeo and Juliet," presented by Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE) in 2012.
Photo courtesy of ISE.
Riverbank Bard


Mayhaps you seek thrills and romance? Huzzah, and make haste to the Simon Estes Amphitheater for the free "Shakesperience Festival of the Classic Arts" June 11-13 at Ye Olde Des Moines riverfront. "Tempestuous," produced by the nonprofit Iowa Shakespeare Experience (ISE), is an original, full-length production with live music, dancing and special effects, based on "The Tempest."

The show begins "after sunset fadeth" (about 8 p.m.), but-lo!--the gates open at 6 p.m. with music, an art market and gourmet food vendors. Have your kitchen-trull prepare a portable supper, including your favorite ale or mead (don't forget lawn chairs or blankets). For a few gold coins, lords and ladies can reserve café tables and tents through MidwestTix here. At intermission, coloratura soprano Marie Schmidt performs lyrical opera, part of ISE's efforts to spotlight classical arts beyond theater. For more information and to learn about ISE's year-round programming, click here.   


Hark! In other Shakespeare alfresco news, a reminder about a production we told you about in our April 29 issue: Reperatory Theater of Iowa presents "Shakespeare on the Lawn: The Merchant of Venice" June 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. outside Salisbury House. Lawn chairs will be provided, and you are welcome to bring a picnic. You also can preorder food from Catering DSM and pick up your order when you arrive at the show. Admission is $25 for adults; $15 for students and children ages 9-18; and free for children under 8. Order tickets here or by calling 274-1777. -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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