February 10, 2015

Trend Report: Bravo Greater Des Moines Gala   

Did you attend Bravo Greater Des Moines' 10th annual Bravo Awards Gala Saturday? We were there, camera in hand, to scope out the latest trends in evening wear and accessories. See our report on Facebook here


Also on scene was dsm contributor Amanda Reynal, who took over our Instagram for the day to document the entire gala experience. Click the above link to see her coverage and to follow @dsmmagazine. You also won't want to miss the Flipogram slideshow of the event on our Facebook page, which already has over 1,500 views!    



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Gramercy Kitchen & Cocktails will offer a creative yet reasonably priced menu this Valentine's Day.

A Romantic Dinner with Range   

By Wini Moranville


I've caught wind of quite a few great menus around town for Valentine's Day, but the one at Gramercy Kitchen & Cocktails caught my eye for its reasonable price and the thoughtful range of options that can please both "keep it simple, please" diners as well as those seeking some creativity on the plate.


The menu ($40 for three courses) kicks off with a choice of coconut shrimp with spicy pineapple remoulade, creamy leek soup with truffle oil, or an arugula salad with apple, goat cheese and candied walnuts.


For the main course, the meat-and-potatoes half of your duo can opt for the prime rib or the grilled pork chop with apple cider reduction, while the more adventuresome one can choose the mahi mahi with saffron nage and eggplant puree. Desserts stay in the classic-romantic vein, with the choice of a chocolate torte with raspberry sauce, vanilla crme brle, or chocolate-dipped strawberries.


If you go, I suggest trying to snag one of the curved booths that line the restaurant. I love the way they let you cozy up together--while still keeping an eye on the scene. The cushy seating would be a great place to sip on the featured cocktail that evening: the Lover's Night Martini, with raspberry vodka, lime juice, triple sec, cranberry and Champagne.


Gramercy Kitchen + Cocktails is at 400 Walnut St. For reservations, call 288-9606.


 xoxo: Mark Your Calendar  


Not sure what to do this Valentine's Day? We've rounded up our picks for events happening on Feb. 14 throughout Greater Des Moines.

  • Civic Music Association will present "An Intimate Evening" with acclaimed vocalist Nnenna Freelon and celebrated classical guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University. Tickets cost $18-$48 and can be purchased here. 
  • Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Des Moines Heart Ball, an annual black-tie gala in support of the American Heart Association. The event is from 5:30-11:30 p.m. an Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veterans Memorial. Tickets cost $250 and can be bought here. Guests can expect both a silent and live auction as well as entertainment by the Standing Hamptons during a dance party at 8:30 p.m.
  • Ballet Des Moines invites the whole family to follow the yellow brick road to the Renaissance Savery Hotel (401 Locust St.) for The Emerald City Ball - A Family Affair. The event will take place from 6-10 p.m. and include food and drink, dancing and characters from the city of Oz. Tickets cost $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight and can be purchased at Each ticket purchased to the event includes a ticket to the ballet's "The Wizard of Oz" performance at Des Moines Civic Center on April 4. Should you decide to stay the night, rooms are available for $119 or $129 and include breakfast for two. For more information on the hotel stay or to reserve a room, call 244-2151. 
  • Des Moines Social Club will host Hearts Against Humanity - A Valentine Party for Horrible People at 7 p.m. for both singles and couples who aren't feeling so lovey-dovey this Valentine's Day. Tickets cost $25 or $200 per table of 10 (buy them here) and include a buffet-style dinner from Krunkwich Ramen House, cheap Andr Champagne, a live performance by Anna Gebhardt, a comedy show and a photo booth. Guests are invited to share their worse breakup story for a chance to win a prize. Teams of 10 can play the popular game Cards Against Humanity with a prize for the winning team and honorary gifts for especially abominable answers. For more information click here.
  • If you care to do something a little more exciting on Valentine's Day, China's The Peking Acrobats, a troupe of gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts will appear at Des Moines Civic Center at 1 p.m. as part of the Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Family series. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased here.

P.S. Shades of Seduction     

By Kelsi Ziemann


Need a dazzling new way to give your lips a lot of love for Valentine's Day? Now is the time to sport a bold lip in a rich pink, plum or red. Here are a few to choose from that are sure to be your heart's desire. 


Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain ($13). This affordable lip stain is easy to apply, long-wearing and it contains avocado oil so your lips won't feel dried out (for that Valentine's Day smooch).   





NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32). This pigment-packed lipstick combines a weightless feel with a bold pop of color. Your lips will feel luscious after just one swipe.
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24). This water-resistant lip crayon is made entirely of food-grade ingredients and it's gluten-free certified. It contains orange peel wax to lock in moisture and resveratrol (a  strong anti-aging antioxidant found in red wine).
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.

Kelsi Ziemann is a full time makeup artist for her company, Kelsie Ziemann Artistry.
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