May 5, 2015
Please join us May 19 for The List Finale.
The List Finale 

Discover the connection among people who have appeared on dsm's "The List" over the past two years at The List Finale May 19 at Spirit Home Healthcare (12010 Ridgemont Drive, Urbandale). What, for example, do Paul Rottenberg and Jay Byers have in common? How about Loretta Sieman and Steve Zumbach? Come to the party to find out--and to enjoy networking, hors d'oeuvres, live music and more. The party is a send-off for "The List" as well; after 12 years of appearing in dsm, it has been retired. The event starts at 5 p.m., with the program at 6 p.m. We hope you'll join us!


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The new Fong's in Ankeny is spacious, sleek and has a squeaky-clean feel. 
Fong's Opens in Ankeny   

By Wini Moranville 


Ankeny is home to the new Fong's Pizzeria. The venue is an offshoot of the downtown Des Moines Fong's, located on Fourth Street and famous for its Asia-meets-Italy hybrids, including the Mu-Shu pork, Fongolian beef and Kung-Pao chicken pizzas.


What's new in Ankeny? Spaciousness galore. The behemoth hot spot, which opened April 28, offers 6,400 square feet, compared with 1,600 square feet at the Fourth Street location. Of course, part of the charm of the original Fong's is its dive-bar snugness and old-time character (when it opened in 2009, it took over the space of a down-at-the-heels Chinese restaurant that had been around for almost 100 years). Still, those who may have been turned off, on occasion, by the Court Avenue all-in party-crowd atmosphere at the Fourth Street Fong's might appreciate the sleek, squeaky-clean feel--with plenty of room to move--of the new spot.


Or, maybe the party will simply move to Ankeny; after all, the bar serves 88 beers on tap, compared with eight in the Des Moines location. The new venue also has added a craft-cocktail angle to Fong's Tiki drinks: They'll now be made with fresh-squeezed juices.

Fong's in Ankeny is at 1415 SW Vintage Parkway, Suite 120; 243-8888. Find out more at

fyi: Mark Your Calendar   

  • Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) has announced its second annual "Staging Connections Series," which partners operatic performances with art shows, presentations and films in the months leading up to the opera's 2015 festival season. Times, dates and venues vary; click here for more information. To learn about the magic behind the costumes and scenery of DMMO's upcoming season, check out our story from the May/June issue of dsm here and make sure to take a look at our behind-the-scenes video here.
  • Salisbury House and Gardens will present a lecture by author and distinguished professor of American literature at Northeasterm University Carla Kaplan on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. Kaplan will discuss her book, "Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance," a group biography on six women who influenced the black cultural shift in the 1920s. Tickets costs $15 and can be bought here.
  • Do you need gift ideas for this year's graduates? You're sure to find plenty at Market Day, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kirkwood (400 Walnut St.). The spring market will feature a variety of art, vintage and handmade items created by Des Moines-based crafters and vendors. For more information, visit the Market Day blog here.
P.S. Des Moines Arts Festival Wants YOU (to Volunteer)   

Des Moines Arts Festival organizers are calling for volunteers to fill the 1,200 shifts available during the event, June 26-28 in Western Gateway Park. When you report for your shift, you'll receive a T-shirt to wear during the shift(s). Volunteers must be at least 16. For more information on job descriptions and to sign up, click here. 

P.S.S. Correction 
Claire Latcham was a photo assistant for the Des Moines Metro Opera photo shoot for the May/June issue of dsm, but her name didn't appear on the list of credits. We apologize for the oversight and appreciate Claire's fine work.
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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