February 17, 2015
Carly Madson was featured in the Look section in a recent issue of dsm. Photo by Joelle Blanchard.

It's All About YOU! 


Do you or someone you know have a great sense of style or a unique look? If so, please join dsm and the Des Moines Social Club Feb. 27 for a special casting for the Look section of dsm magazine. The event will take place at the Social Club (900 Mulberry St.) and will coincide with the Jazz Happy Hour scheduled for that evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will be fun--we promise! So come, hang out with your friends, enjoy jazz performances by a diverse roster of local musicians and show off your style to one of our photographers.

Also that evening, the Social Club will host the
Greater Des Moines Music Coalition's 10th anniversary Backstage Ball from 7:30 to11:30 p.m. The event will include drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and performances from Des Moines music veterans Scott Yoshimura and Annalibera. Guest emcee will be Iowa Public Radio's Bob Dorr. Tickets are $75 each, available at Mars Cafe or through Learn more about the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition here.  







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Warm up with soup and companionship at Slow Food
Des Moines' potluck.

Slow Down With Soup

By Wini Moranville


"There's a long stretch in the late winter, after Valentine's Day and before spring, that can seem kind of bleak," says Slow Food Des Moines board member Elisabeth McLaury Lewin. She and her fellow slow food-istas have just the cure for that:

The Slow Food Des Moines Winter Soup Potluck.

The potluck will be Feb. 22 at 515 Brewing Co. (7700 University Ave., Clive; 661-4615), from 2 to 5 p.m. Everyone's invited to this free event, as long as you bring a soup, salad,or dessert to share (plus the utensils needed for sharing). Bowls, plates, cups, silverware and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, and beer will be available for purchase.


Prizes will be awarded for the best soups, with all diners casting votes. Expect some mighty fine entries: "The Des Moines slow food community is fortunate to have so many creative and skilled cooks and professional chefs among its ranks," McLaury Lewin says.


Interested? McLaury Lewin encourages you to come whether or not you're a Slow Food Des Moines member. "Bring a friend. ... make your favorite dish, and just come! If you like good food and good company, you'll fit right in," she says. 


For more details, check out the Slow Food Facebook page or email the organizers at


fyi: Mark Your Calendar   

  • Sample top wines and fine cuisine from some 40 vendors Feb. 20 at the annual
    Wine and Food Showcase, a fundraising event for Des Moines Metro Opera. The event will take place at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown (700 Grand Ave.) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40 in advance or $50 at the door; VIP tickets are $100 per person. Buy tickets here.

  • Iowa's first national improv comedy festival, The Big Des Moines Improv Festival (The Big DIF), will be Feb. 20-21 at The Last Laugh Comedy Theater (1701 25th St., West Des Moines). Troupes from Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago and Des Moines will perform improvisation. Tickets are $14 for each individual show and $45 for an all-access weekend pass; purchase them here. For more information and to see the schedule, click here.
  • Join Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) for Table: Sharing Food & Stories From Bhutan Feb. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown Lutheran Church of Hope location (1821 Ingersoll Ave.). Try new foods and learn about the cultural heritage of Bhutan from refugees who have relocated to Iowa. The event is free but requires online registration. To find out more about the trials and triumphs Bhutanese and other refugees have faced as they've traveled from their homelands and resettled in Des Moines, read this story in dsm.
Some 400 people gathered at the Des Moines Community Playhouse for the unveiling the January/February issue of dsm.

P.S. You're on the List   


Please join us as we unveil the March/April issue of dsm magazine on Feb. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.
(short program at 6 p.m.).
Lincoln Savings Bank
is hosting the party at its Ankeny location, 1375 S.W. State St. Please note that, unlike usual, the unveiling is on a Monday. We hope to see you there!


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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