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Nominate someone you respect to join this distinguished roster of past honorees, the Sages Over 70.


At dsm, we honor our city's veteran achievers and leaders with our annual "Sages Over 70" award. And we'd like your help in choosing them. Honorees are people who have generously shared their time as community leaders and mentors, as well as those who have been equally generous as philanthropists. Each year, the Sages Over 70 are honored with a public reception and stories in dsm magazine.

To nominate someone you know, submit this form by April 30.

Nominees must be age 70 or older and should fit these criteria:
  • Has consistently demonstrated leadership through the decades.
  • Has contributed and still contributes to the betterment of the community, even if behind the scenes.
  • Has been a role model or mentor to others.

We look forward to hearing from you!
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Click this image for a video visit to the Des Moines Art Center, the most recent in a series of dsm magazine's CultureCasts.


The beauty and spirit of fine art can't be constrained. Art finds its own way to unite and inspire us. That is certainly true here in Central Iowa, where three major arts organizations have established ways to reach you, in your own home.

The Des Moines Art Center now offers 360-degree video tours of its galleries and exhibits, including the new show by the Scottish sculptor Karla Black.

The Des Moines Symphony
is launching "DMSO at Home," featuring videos and streaming content including self-produced videos from musicians; a weekly score study series with maestro Joseph Giunta; and mini-concerts on Facebook. Hear more from Giunta, who is our guest in this podcast from dsm's CultureCast series. Also noteworthy, the Symphony today announced its 2020-2021 season's theme, Beethoven 250, in celebration of the composer's quarter-millennial birthday (he was born in December, 1770). The season begins in October with his joyful Ninth Symphony.

Des Moines Metro Opera also has elevated its online offerings. They have joined a group of opera companies to present "virtual prelude talk" featuring speakers from around the country on Facebook Live, starting Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The talks precede online broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

All the delights of a Coci Cucina breakfast pizza are still available, just a phone call away.


By Karla Walsh

Craving a break from cook-a-palooza 2020? Same. And since none of us needs more stress about creating the just-flaky-enough pie crust or kneading and rolling picture-perfect hot cross buns, I vote that you outsource to the pros.

Start a new tradition this Easter and order takeout for your Easter brunch or dinner from one of these locally owned gems:

Coci Cucina
Order by: Call 515-278-8148 to order for curbside pickup anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Easter Sunday.
Menu includes: $15 wood-fired breakfast pizzas, homemade cheesecakes and the majority of their usual dinner menu.

Order by: 12 p.m. Saturday, April 11, via Eventbrite.
Menu includes: Brunch for two for $32, including pastries and choice of two entrees (egg wrap or bison hash).

Order by: 12 p.m. Thursday, April 9; call 515-257-4744 or email
Menu includes: Dinner for two for $50 or dinner for four for $100, including deviled eggs, choice of ham or fried chicken, three sides, and Creme cupcakes for dessert.

Harvey’s at Hotel Pattee
Order by: 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8; call 515-465-3511 or email
Menu includes: Brunch for two to 20 for $16 per person, including apricot-glazed ham, beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn pudding, string beans, green salad, rolls and cupcakes.

The Club Car
Order by: Thursday, April 9; email
Menu includes: Family meal for six to eight (price varies based on protein choice), including rolls, pie, three sides, and choice of prime rib, ham, pork loin, chicken de Burgo or steak de Burgo.

Order by: 12 p.m. Thursday, April 9; call 515-809-1727 or email your completed Easter brunch order form to
Menu includes: Easter brunch for $16 per person or brunch for four for $58, including glazed baked ham, scrambled eggs, bacon, corn flake French toast, scalloped potatoes, garlic green beans, mac and cheese, coconut cake and bread pudding.

Other Restaurant News and Notes
No need to wait until Sunday to support local restaurants.
Eatery A has reopened for curbside carryout pizza and desserts (don’t miss the Salted Caramel Budino) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Table 128 has begun testing takeout and delivery lunches on select days—watch their Facebook page for updates.

Alba is now mailing gift cards as they deep-clean their dining room. Call 515-244-0261 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday to purchase.

As of today, Wasabi Waukee is offering a limited menu and family meals via delivery and curbside carryout. Wasabi Ankeny will follow suit soon.

Want to steer clear of the supermarket? The Justice League of Food has launched a "Pop-Up Pantry." Order food online (they will purchase directly from their food vendor and sell it to you at that same cost) with bulk food ordering and curbside pickup at the Hall. Learn more and find pickup dates on the Hall Facebook page.

Or get your produce delivered to your doorstep via Capital City Fruit or Prudent Produce.

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Cured meats from LaQuercia just became easier to obtain, thanks to an online outlet direct from the Norwalk producers.


By Wini Moranville

Just last week, La Quercia, the cured meats producer in Norwalk, began selling their products online, direct from their Norwalk plant. Previously, buyers had to purchase through other online retailers or buy from brick-and-mortar shops.

This is great news for many reasons. First of all, buying direct from La Quercia can be less expensive—a 2-ounce package of their sliced classic Prosciutto Americano that goes for $12 on another site is just $7.49 at The even better news is buying it locally means keeping more of the dollars in the area. The best news? The prosciutto itself is just grand: With its long shelf life and infinite versatility, it’s a terrific item to have on hand while we’re all making fewer trips to the store.

The cured meat’s super-concentrated flavor means that a little goes a long way in recipes. Even so, I asked La Quercia owner Kathy Eckhouse for her tips on making her prosciutto go even further. A few ideas:

• Use as a garnish: "The other night, I tossed some pasta with peas, and put a little prosciutto on the side of the plate, using it as a garnish instead of the main focus," Eckhouse said.

• Flash-fry it: Eckhouse advises slicing it into thin strips and frying it (she uses olive oil, but a neutral-flavored vegetable oil or butter will do, she says). "Flash frying concentrates the flavor and dries out the moisture," she explains. Once it’s frizzled, you can sprinkle it on soups, salads or pasta, or fold it into an omelet.

• Prosciutto sandwiches: "I really like butter and prosciutto sandwiches," Eckhouse says. "They’re so darn easy, and really satisfying. You can make little ones and serve as a small side dish to soups and salads."

On a personal note, I’m also a huge fan of butter-prosciutto sandwiches. Unlike a lot of deli meats, which require piling them high to get any impact, a couple slices of prosciutto can make an incredibly gratifying sandwich filling. And there’s something about butter and prosciutto that really does the trick.

P.S.: Try Kathy’s super-simple Pasta With Pancetta and Leeks recipe, featured in dsm magazine. You can substitute prosciutto, and while leeks are optimal, onions will do in a pinch. Also, when you’re ordering prosciutto, consider grabbing a tube of ’nduja, a spicy prosciutto spread I wrote about in this past article.

Order cured meats from La Quercia at
Dietitian Jessica Schroeder offers insights for good nutrition while workIng from home.


By Karla Walsh

With a two-week supply of dark chocolate (OK, and ice cream and cheese—you know, just in case!) just steps away, it’s tempting to snack early and often when you work from home.

"Humans are creatures of habit. We have routines for waking up, going to work, eating, coming home from work, enjoying the evening, and tucking into bed," says Jessica Schroeder, a registered and licensed dietitian and the owner of Expedition Wellness in West Des Moines. "But what happens when all of that is suddenly disrupted?"

That’s where Shroeder and nutrition pros come in. Here are simple strategies she suggests implementing to help you fuel up wisely as you work from home:

Create a "new normal." "Try writing down your daily routine to use as a guide. Set alarms on your phone to help remind you of your routine [say, drink a glass of water; eat a piece of fruit at 10 a.m. to prevent hanger symptoms right before lunch] to help you stay on track. Before you know it, you won't need the alarms and you will be back on track," Schroeder says.

Fill up (then drain!) that water bottle. "Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water daily. I tell my clients to purchase a reusable bottle that is 32 ounces or larger. That way, you only need to refill once and you can easily track how much you have drank throughout the day," she says.

Track your portions. We’ve all grabbed that family-size bag of chips once or twice and pulled it open for a "quick snack," only to polish off a good half of the package. The solution: "Don't allow yourself to grab a whole bag or box and take back to your home desk. Look at the portion size listed at the top of the food label," then place that much in a bowl, Schroeder says. A serving of crackers might be four crackers—and it's OK to choose eight crackers—"but being mindful of actual intake is key for sticking to your wellness goals," she says.

Plan your meals. Make a schedule for the week, or even just the day, ahead so you don’t resort to what’s quickest and most craveable at the moment. (We see you, frozen pizza …) "Prepping food for the day in advance can set you up for success to help make the best choices," she says.

Choose the right carbohydrates. And by that, we mean those with fiber. Whole grain crackers, sprouted bread, fruits and vegetables offer energy-boosting carbs with enough fiber to keep you satisfied. Bonus points if you pair these high-fiber carbs with protein. "Protein will help keep you full, help keep blood sugars stable, and speed up post-workout recovery after your in-home workouts," Schroeder says. A few smart snack ideas:
     1 apple, sliced, with 2 tablespoons of nut butter
     6 whole grain crackers with 1 ounce of cheese
     1 cup carrot and celery sticks with ¼ cup hummus

Stock up on sensible snacks. "Filling up on fruits and vegetables gives your immune system a big boost," Shcroeder says. She suggests the following items to help your body be better at fighting off potential illnesses, all while providing nutrition to power you through a day of work:
     Hard-boiled eggs
     Whole food protein or snack bars
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