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June 16, 2015
We are anticipating a large--and fun!--crowd for the unveiling of our July/August issue at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

You're Invited

 

Please join us as we unveil the July/August issue of dsm magazine on June 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. (short program at 6 p.m.) at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (909 Robert D. Ray Drive). Guests are invited to enjoy a cocktail and appetizers on the veranda and in the gardens. We look forward to seeing you there!

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You won't want to miss the six-course Iowa Wine Dinner June 18

at Strudl Haus.

Austrian Chef Presents
Iowa Wine Dinner 
By Wini Moranville
 

Austrian-born chef Michael Leo of Strudl Haus is pairing six courses with wines from Indianola's Summerset Winery on June 18. Many courses feature Iowa-sourced products.

 

But really. What does a chef from Europe--where winemaking stretches back millennia--think of Iowa's relatively new wine industry? "We all know that Iowa wines are not French wines," Leo says. "Some are better than others."

 

He adds, however, that he finds some affinities between Summerset wines and those from his native Austria. The vidal blanc, he says, is somewhat similar to a pinot blanc from his homeland. Summerset's marechal foch resembles zweigelt, the number-one-consumed red wine in Austria.

 

Leo also says that he thinks it's time for Iowa chefs to support Iowa wineries the way they support Iowa farmers. It's a great mission for an exceedingly good price: While many wine dinners can climb into three figures, this event costs $55 (not including tax and tip) per person, including wine with each course. The evening will kick off with Summerset Festiva sparkling wine. Elk bratwurst begins the rising arc of the meal, followed by corn chowder and then a salad of Cleverley Farms greens and goat cheese.

 

For the climax, Hickory Farms pork loin with new potatoes and vegetables will be showcased with the Summerset vidal blanc (I love the way Europeans serve white wines with pork). The denouement of the meal will bring rhubarb strawberry crepes and a cheese course of Pella Gouda cheese.

 

Strudl Haus is at 1951 Indianola Ave. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required; call (515) 259-9886 to reserve. And be sure to check out the review of Strudl Haus in the July/August issue of dsm, which will be published June 23.

fyi: Mark Your Calendar

  • Be sure to check out the Annual Landscape Show at Olson-Larsen Galleries now through Aug. 1. Always a popular exhibit, the show features the works of Pat Edwards, Dave Gordinier, Michael Johnson and John Preston. For more information, click here.
     
  • Still need a gift for Father's Day? You can pick up handmade and vintage items at Mancraft market day June 18, from 3 to 9 p.m., while enjoying brews and food truck fare at 515 Brewing Company (7700 University Ave., Clive).
     
  • A cultural affair and farmers market to honor refugees is scheduled for the annual World Refugee Day on June 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lutheran Social Services in Iowa (3200 University Ave.).
     

  • The third annual Family Tees Golf Tournament, which benefits Children and Families of Iowa, will be June 22 at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona. Tee times and registration fees vary by flight. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information and to register, visit cfiowa.org.

P.S. You Heard It Here First

 

In April we broke the news of Art Week Des Moines, the new multiday festival June 22-28 celebrating local artists. Since then, we've heard from co-creators David Safris and Liz Adelman that the event, which leads up to the annual Des Moines Arts Festival, is shaping up nicely. The schedule of activities is growing by the day, with public art tours, special restaurant dinners, lectures, gallery shows and more.

 

Adelman is excited about the variety of festivities being offered. "Where else can you see works of art by iconic urban street artists or watch a mural being painted during happy hour?" she says. "Whether you're interested in well-known artists or those on the way up, Art Week will have something for everyone."

 

Events are planned for each night during Art Week Des Moines. Visit artweekdesmoines.com and click on the events tab to see the schedule.

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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