June 30, 2015
Passport to Fine Dining
By Wini Moranville
From left: Chefs David Baruthio, Enosh Kelley and Michael Leo.

In these days of cook-offs, food feuds and chef smack-downs, it's always nice to see restaurateurs come together to collaborate rather than compete. That's the way Bistro Montage chef/owner Enosh Kelley and two other local chefs felt as they designed next month's Passport to Fine Dining program.


Kelley has teamed with David Baruthio, chef/owner of Baru 66, and Michael Leo, chef/owner of Strudl Haus (an Austrian café) for an enticing way to nudge food lovers to dine out during what is generally a slow season for restaurants. During July, when you dine at all three restaurants and order the four-course $40 "Passport" menu at each, you'll receive a stamp on your "passport" (a clever card you receive at the first place you dine).


After you've collected stamps from all three locations, you'll be entered to win a drawing. The prize: A dinner for six prepared by the three chefs at a location to be determined. Second prize includes a $40 gift certificate from each restaurant, while third prize is a bottle of wine from each restaurant.


For more information, visit the event's Facebook page, Passport to Fine Dining.

(Also be sure to check out the review of Sturdl Haus in the new issue of dsm by clicking here.)



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The new issue is out! Click here to read the July/August 2015 edition. Did you know you can pair athletic footwear with almost anything in your wardrobe? Found out how in our Game Changers story, and go behind the scenes of this sporty photoshoot in this video. You can also find out the story behind our cover model, Apollo, and other rescues who stole our heart in Dogue, a feature that shares the stories of area rescues we love and the people who saved them.

fyi: Mark Your Calendar

  • It's time once again for the annual Easter Seals Iowa Sunnyside Regatta. The corporate paddleboat race to raise funds to support children and adults with disabilities will be July 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Lake Cheerio at Camp Sunnyside (401 N.E. 66th Ave.) with a reception to follow at Woodland Hills Golf Course. Click here to learn how your business can be involved or contact Allison Piazza at
  • A free preview of selected scenes from "Shakuntala," a dance performance based on a poem by India's classical Sanskrit writer Kalidasa, will be performed by Gateway Dance Theater company July 1 at 7 p.m. in the Drake Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit
  • The Polk County Heritage Gallery (111 Court Ave.) presents "Iowa Exhibited XXX" now through Aug. 27 during gallery hours (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Polk County Office Building. You won't want to miss Mary Muller's work in pastel titled "Looking North from South Amana," this year's best of show winner. Admission is free; enter through the northwest doors of the Polk County Office Building. For more information click here.
  • Des Moines Symphony's 22nd annual Yankee Doodle Pops will attract more than 100,000 attendees on July 2 as music inspired by our state fills the Iowa State Capitol West Terrace. The evening will kick off with a performance by the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance by the Des Moines Symphony at 8:30 p.m., and finish with a grand finale fireworks display. The event is free; for more information click here.

P.S.: Corrections

In the July/August issue of dsm, Dr. Fred Klingbeil, the director of pediatric rehabilitation at ChildServe, Blank Children's Hospital and Mercy Children's Hospital and Clinics, was incorrectly referred to as a psychiatrist. Dr. Klingbeil is a physiatrist.


Also, in the story on the nonpartisan group No Labels, former state Sen. Maggie Tinsman was identified as a Democrat. She is a Republican.

We apologize for the errors.

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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