February 3, 2015

Better Together    

By Belle Du Chene


100+ Women Who Care will celebrate its five-year anniversary Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. at Centro (1007 Locust St.). You don't have to be a member to attend; you can enjoy a cocktail, listen to the presentations and, if you wish, join on the spot. Three members will make a five-minute presentation on the charity of their choice, and then the group will vote by secret ballot to name the recipient of the group's donation.


The organization currently has more than 200 members. Any woman can be a member; the only requirement is to donate $100 at each of the four events ($400 per year). After Thursday's event, the other meeting dates this year are May 4, Aug. 4 and Oct. 4.   


We sat down with co-founder Sue Kenny for a little Q&A about the group.  


What are you most looking forward to this year?

I think every woman who has joined our group hopes that more women will participate so that we can touch every charitable cause presented at each of our events.


Why would you tell a friend to join the organization?

Being a member of 100+ Women Who Care allows us collectively to have a major impact on a cause. By attending the events, we are being philanthropic as well as educated about the charities throughout our area. 


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The Fifth Annual Chili Cook-Off is sure to hit the spot.  

Calling All Chili Lovers 

By Wini Moranville


Now that winter is back, the Fifth Annual Chili Cook-Off Feb. 6 will undoubtedly hit the spot. Held in the Capital Square atrium in downtown Des Moines, the event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.Ticket-holders can sample competing chilis, including entries in the professional, amateur and vegetarian categories, and sip beer samples provided by Doll Distributing.


Last year's champ in the professional category, Sam & Gabe's, will not be returning; however, the runner-up, Jethro's BBQ, will be back, vying for the top spot. Other contenders include Big City Burgers and Greens, Tally's Restaurant and Catering, Woody's Smoke Shack, Cafe Di Scala, Gusto Pizza Co., private chef Don Hensley and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.


Last year's first- and second-place winners in the amateur category, Kyle Barton and Ed Clausen, respectively, will be back to defend their titles, as will Tally's, which won the "People's Choice" award.


When asked what surprising or intriguing ingredients have shown up in the chili recipes, organizer Marcie Morrison said that many of the cooks have kept their secrets close to the vest. Bacon, however, has been a popular ingredient, and Templeton Rye has appeared now and again.


The event also includes a silent auction. Up for bidding are a basketball signed by Fred Hoiberg, a vegan dinner for four prepared by Sheree Clark, a Wine Styles tasting for 20, and a cooking class at Malo led by chef George Formaro.


Judging the event are a panel of TV anchors, media types and food pros, including Chris Diebel, Sonya Heitshusen, Andy Fales, Heather Burnside, Bill Stowe, Teresa Adams-Tonka, Courtney Johns, Mark Doll and ... yours truly.


The event costs $15 in advance/$20 at the door; purchase advanced tickets on the Roasting Cancer Website.


fyi: Mark Your Calendar   

  • The Second City returns to The Temple for Performing Arts (1101 Locust St.) Feb. 3-8 with an all-new production, "The Best of The Second City," featuring some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from show's 55-year history. Tickets cost $20-$38 and can be bought here.
  • Des Moines Community Playhouse will present "A Streetcar Named Desire" Feb. 6-22. Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play chronicles the tragic tale of Blanche DuBois in New Orleans. Tickets cost $23-$34 and can be purchased here. Showtimes vary; visit for more information.
  • Bravo Greater Des Moines marks its 10th anniversary at the Bravo Awards Gala on Feb. 7, always one of the most anticipated events of the year. (See our story on the event from our most recent issue here.) The event starts at 6 p.m. and runs until midnight at Hy-Vee Hall (630 Third St.). Tickets cost $300 each and can be purchased here.
  • Des Moines Charity Hack (dsmHack) is currently accepting applications from area nonprofits in need of technical assistance. The organization brings together more than 80 developers, designers and project managers who work to find cost-effective solutions to technology challenges that plague participating nonprofits. There is no cost for participation in the program that will take place Feb. 26-28, but space is limited. Applications must be received by Feb. 13. Visit or email for more information.

P.S. Don't Forget Your Sunscreen     

By Belle Du Chene


It might be overcast and feel like 5 degrees below zero outside, but that doesn't mean you can forget about sunscreen. Some 80 percent of damaging UV rays pass through clouds, and UV rays also can penetrate glass--meaning that being inside doesn't totally protect you from sun damage. Also, if you're planning a ski trip, be sure to treat a day on the slopes like a day at the beach. In addition to getting exposure from the direct sun, you're also getting rays reflected from the snow. The easiest way to combat the rays is to purchase a moisturizer with sunscreen in it, preferably one that contains lanolin or glycerin instead of an alcohol- or gel-based one.   


Belle Du Chene is senior editor of dsm magazine.

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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