July 22, 2014
With buttons at each end of the doubled fabric, this scarf doubles as a shrug.

Splendid Scarves

By Vicki Ingham


I've been looking for a summer-weight scarf
and found a treasure trove at Accenti in the East Village: feather-light viscose shawls in yummy tangerine and watermelon hues, whisper-thin polyester prints, bright crinkly silks and synthetic pashmina in gorgeous solids and prints.

But the coolest of all is the scarf/shrug. Made of a viscose-cotton-spandex blend, it's a doubled length of fabric secured at each end with four buttons, forming short sleeves. Slip your arms through the sleeves and open the scarf to full width for a light over-the-shoulders shrug. To wear it as a scarf, just wrap the doubled fabric once or twice around your neck and thread one end between the buttons at the other end to hold it in place. It's available in black, black and white, and black and stone for $75.

Find Accenti at 400 E. Locust St.; 284-8877.


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La Quercia prosciutto. 
Photo by Amy Finkel.

Finding La Quercia Out and About

By Wini Moranville


It's always great to see Central Iowa restaurateurs support local growers and producers, and a sterling example of that is the way in which our chefs bring La Quercia prosciutto--made in Norwalk by Des Moines residents Herb and Kathy Eckhouse--to their tables with great pride.

Michael Bailey, executive chef of Embassy Club West, says, "We have a La Quercia cart that we slice from tableside. ... It is not only a great local product but a worldwide product in quality that I've been very proud to serve on my menus for years."

You can find La Quercia in charcuterie plates at Blue Tomato, Centro, The Cheese Shop of Des Moines, Django, Le Jardin, Splash Seafood Bar & Grill and Trostel's Dish, to name a few. Also find it used in one-of-a-kind recipes at these venues:

  • Alba: Enjoy this creative kitchen's take on chicken saltimbocca, with truffle spring pea risotto, La Quercia prosciutto and a pea tendrils salad.  
    (524 E. Sixth St.; 244-0261)
  • Louie's Wine Dive: Hungry? Dig into the four-pork gnocchi, with La Quercia prosciutto, pork shoulder, ground pork and Italian sausage in a red wine and cream sauce. Or try the portobello prosciutto and truffle mac, with a Taleggio cream sauce.
    (4040 University Ave.; 777-3416)
  • Centro: La Quercia prosciutto stars with mushrooms and Marsala sauce in this venue's version of chicken saltimbocca. Tip: One order will generously feed two diners, and the kitchen is gracious about splitting entrées.
    (1003 Locust St.; 248-1780)
Louis Armstrong

Happy Birthday, Satchmo!


If Louis Armstrong were still alive, he'd be 113 years old. Celebrate the jazz legend's birthday Aug. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Salisbury House & Gardens, which is hosting a live jazz concert on the south lawn. While you're there, impress your friends with these little-known facts about the illustrious trumpet player: 

  • He wore a Star of David for most of his life to honor the Lithuanian Jewish family who took him in when he was 7 years old.
  • In 1937, he became the first African-American to host a national radio broadcast--on the CBS radio network.
  • He was the first jazz musician to be featured on the cover of Time magazine (Feb. 21, 1949).
  • In 1964, he knocked The Beatles out of the No. 1 spot on the pop charts with his recording of "Hello, Dolly!"

The Ballyhoo Foxtrot Combo will kick off the Salisbury celebration at 2 p.m., followed by the Party Gras Classic Jazz Band at 3:45 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, or you can bring a picnic. Lawn chairs are provided. Admission is $15 per person, $5 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under.

Young professionals ages 21-35 can start celebrating the night before, when Salisbury House is transformed into a jazz-era speakeasy with cocktails, appetizers and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 for Salisbury House Young Professionals and $30 for nonmembers, $30 and $35 at the door, and include complimentary admission to the Sunday bash. -V.I.

Batik showcases the
participants' love of color.

Art's Universal Language


Refugees from Burma and Bhutan have been among the many ethnic groups who have been welcomed to Iowa through Lutheran Services in Iowa. Through the outreach program at the Des Moines Art Center, some elderly refugees have participated in classes that have allowed them to express themselves in spite of language barriers. A recent session focused on batik, which Art Center faculty member Martha McCormick says is an art form found in every culture around the world and one that tapped into the participants' love of bright color and imaginative designs.

The batiks will be exhibited at First Unitarian Church on July 27 at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds from sales will be used to buy art supplies for the refugees to continue creating outside of class. -V.I.
Parranderos Latin Combo blends salsa with Central and South American musical genres.
Music and Memories


The 2014 Warren Morrow Memorial Concert at Wooly's in the East Village Aug. 2 will raise funds
for a grant named after the much-loved businessman and community leader, who died two years ago. Administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the grant is awarded to agencies working to improve the lives of local Latinos in the areas of youth leadership, education and financial literacy.

The concert will star the popular, high-energy Parranderos Latin Combo, which opened for the Des Moines Symphony at the Yankee Doodle Pops concert this year, and Estrofia, a Spanish rock band from Omaha. The evening also will include a silent auction featuring the work of local Latino artists, a dance party with a local DJ, and the presentation of the second Warren Morrow Latino of the Year Award. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and open to those 21 and older. -V.I.


Vicki Ingham    

Vicki Ingham is a
Des Moines freelance writer and editor. A former book editor at Meredith Corp. and freelance editor for John Wiley & Sons, she writes for a variety of magazines, including dsm. She's also the author of "Art of the New South: Women Artists of Birmingham, 1890-1950" and is currently researching Iowa's historic architectural stained glass.
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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