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2020 SAGES OVER 70 ANNOUNCED

We at dsm are
pleased to announce this year's Sages Over 70, six remarkable women and men who have made our community a better place for all of us through their leadership, mentorship, philanthropy and citizenship. They are:

  • Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College.
  • Allison Fleming, community volunteer and philanthropist.
  • Robert Pulver, retired founder, president and CEO of All-State Industries.
  • John Ruan III, chairman of Ruan Transportation and the Bankers Trust board of directors.
  • Robert Shaw, M.D., retired neonatologist, Blank Children’s Hospital.
  • Pam Williams, co-founder and director of the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps.

You can read more about these inspiring individuals in our September issue. And mark your calendar for Sept. 23, when we will honor them at an event at the Sheraton West Des Moines. More event and ticket details will be announced this summer.

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Vino 209 is one of the restaurants that has reopened at 50% capacity. Pictured here is the sharable plate
Caponata-roasted eggplant.


RESTAURANTS ASK: TO OPEN OR NOT TO OPEN?

Writer: Karla Walsh

“No one created a business model that profits at 50% capacity, so these decisions are difficult for operators,” says Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association.

That challenging position Dunker is referring to is what every restaurant owner in town had to consider last Wednesday when Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa restaurants could reopen at 50% of normal capacity at 5 a.m. last Friday. Is it better to stay closed or stick with curbside? Or readjust and reopen the dining room?

To help guide those who choose to open their doors—and those patrons who decide to dine out—the Iowa Restaurant Association created the “Iowa Hospitality Promise,” which vows that restaurants will properly social-distance tables, clean and sanitize all tables and chairs after each use, offer hand sanitizer at the entrance/exit and more. In partnership, diners should stay home if they have any underlying health conditions, if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms of the virus.

Managing Partner Chris Diebel said Bubba hired a company to deep-clean and disinfect their restaurant top to bottom overnight each night, and they also spent two days last week measuring and moving furniture to ensure it’s properly distanced to meet all safety standards. They reopened for in-house service on Saturday.

In addition to Diebel’s Southern-inspired downtown restaurant, the following venues also reopened Friday through today: Angry Goldfish, The Club Car Restaurant and Lounge, Cooper’s on 5th, Court Avenue Restaurant and Brewing Co., The Dam Pub, Eggs and Jam, Gilroy’s, G. Mig’s., Irina’s Restaurant and Bar, Jethro’s BBQ, Louie’s Wine Dive, Range Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, Teddy Maroon's, Vino 209, Waveland Cafe, and Wellman’s Pub (Ingersoll and West Glen).

If you're not comfortable pulling up a chair in a dining room outside of your home quite yet, the restaurants below could use your carryout support as well since their dining rooms will remain closed for the time being as they prepare to reopen later on.


*Note that this is not a definitive list of locally owned restaurants who have or have not opened, but was accurate and as thorough as possible at press time.

Recently picked up from Taste! To Go: steak with chimichurri sauce and corn salsa.

CATERERS DO CURBSIDE PICKUP, TOO

By Wini Moranville

While many caterers specialize in serving dozens (or even hundreds) of diners at a time, these days, some have been scaling down to offer household-size meals. What a great way for diners to try something special for a small celebration or date night. Check these out:

Taste! To Go debuted its new curbside pickup service this month. Each week brings event-themed dinners, usually tied to a holiday or seasonal activities. Earlier in May, its menu offered Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day-themed items. This week and next, Taste! To Go is celebrating Memorial Day (yes, for two whole weeks), and it’s all about grilling: For entrees, choose from an amazing array of burger (and burger-esque) ideas, from meaty bacon and cheddar-stuffed burgers to salmon patties and portobello patties. You're covered with sides, too – potato salad, baked beans, watermelon salad, quinoa with roasted vegetables, and more.

Later in June, Taste! To Go will move into a Father’s Day menu—because as owner Andrea Williams says, “Throwing parties is what we do.”

Indeed. And I can’t wait to see what the company has got going for the Fourth of July. Check out the menu here.

Catering by Cyd is offering a “Dine on the Deck” package that includes four courses plus two bottles of wine. Designed as a special date-night dinner, the meal kicks off with a cheese course featuring Iowa cheeses, then moves on with lettuce wraps (with greens from local growers), Cyd's gourmet hand pies (including empanadas and enchiladas potosinas) and a house-made fried fruit pie for dessert. The Four Graces pinot noir and Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé should go down quite well with the feast.

“I wanted to offer something date-worthy, but also super-casual for outdoor dining,” explains owner Cyd Koehn. “You can just sit on your deck in your flip-flops and nibble away into the night.”

Flip-flops? Not for me. I think any time Koehn’s food is on the table—and Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé is in the glass—it’s worth dressing for the occasion. I might even put on some heels—it’s date night, after all.

Koehn plans to offer additional pickup and delivery options in the coming weeks. Keep up with what she’s doing on her online ordering site.
Des Moines Community Playhouse will show three two-person-cast plays in June, July and August.
Photo: Des Moines Community Playhouse

ARTS, CULTURE EVENTS ON TAP DURING PANDEMIC

Greater Des Moines organizations are taking new approaches to events during the pandemic. Here are four to put on your calendar for the upcoming weeks.

  • Des Moines Community Playhouse has announced a new initiative called "Live Theatre Drive-in." Starting June 12 and continuing nearly every weekend through Aug. 15, the Playhouse will present three two-person-cast plays in its parking lot, with audiences remaining safely in their cars listening via a radio frequency, just like at drive-in movie theaters. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, but reservations are required as space is limited. The first show is "Love Letters," which will be presented through June. "Rounding Third" will be performed in July, and "The Roommate" caps off the lineup in August.

  • Des Moines Performing Arts' 2020 Summer Camps have been made virtual, starting on June 9 and running through July 24. DMPA will offer eight classes and camps tailored for preschoolers up to college-aged adults, marking the first time these courses have been made available to preschoolers and kindergartners.

  • At 4:30 p.m. this Thursday (May 21), Mainframe Studios is hosting a virtual social gathering event, "In the Air," via Zoom. Attendees will first hear from arts and culture organizations before moving into breakout rooms for smaller group happy hour experiences. Each breakout room will feature artists sharing insights about their creative process.

  • Art Week Des Moines is going all virtual this year, helping create and host Facebook live events June 19-26. In an announcement, organizers encouraged "artists and arts supporters to organize events that celebrate our amazing art community" while staying at a safe distance. More information can be found on the Art Week Des Moines webpage.
Dr. Amy Shriver uses a mnemonic device to help families cope with stress — "CC 1-2-3."

HOW PARENTS CAN COPE WITH COVID-19

In the past few months, the daily lives of parents have been upended as they've been forced to deal with interruptions both in their careers and at home. In the latest dsm "Lifting the Veil: Life Interrupted by COVID-19," expert panelists tackled the topic of mental health for parents during the pandemic and provided some tips for those who are struggling.

  • Dr. Amy Shriver, a pediatrician at UnityPoint in Des Moines, suggested a mnemonic device for families to relieve stress: "CC 1-2-3." The first C is connection, and the second stands for coping. The 1 means to take "one moment to feel and to forgive." The 2 stands for "two eyes for seeing, and two arms for holding." And for 3: "What are three ways you can show your children you love them every day?"

  • The situation can be a bit trickier for those co-parenting, said Christina Smith, president of Community Support Advocates. Her No. 1 suggestion is to "focus on what you can control." Smith also addressed single parents: "Don't try to be everything to everyone," she said. "Your No. 1 role is to be a parent."

  • The community at large can step up and assist parents, said Suzanne Mineck, president of the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation. Parents are missing their support networks, so "how are we going to ... play our role in noticing, protecting and inspiring each other? Simple acts of feeding or comforting or guiding our kids — that's what makes a strong and resilient community."


The next dsm Lifting the Veil virtual event starts at noon Friday and will focus on how small businesses have been interrupted by the pandemic.
George Migliero shows us how to make a honey-smoked turkey Rachel wrap.

CULTURECASTS FEATURE TURKEY WRAP, DSMTV LIVE

If you're looking for something new to make at home, George Migliero, owner and chef at G Migs, showcased one of his restaurant favorites, the honey-smoked turkey Rachel wrap, in the latest dsm CultureCast What's Cooking in Iowa Restaurants. The video is five minutes long and the recipe consists of just seven steps, so give it a try for lunch this week.

DSMTV Live didn't even exist three months ago. Now it's one of the go-to places for Greater Des Moines live music and events during the pandemic. Jerry Lorenson, one of the project's creators, joined us on the latest dsm CultureCast podcast to take us through how it came together.
 
 
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