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January 18, 2023

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The steak tartare hosts an entire forest of flavors, with microgreens and mini mushrooms popping up from the patty.

First Look at Barbarian With a 6-Course Menu

Writer: Karla Walsh

Pretzels and wings are perfect for a casual afternoon of beer and conversation with friends. But imagine a brewery where you’re greeted with an amuse-bouche orb of white chocolate filled with fruit juice and a kick of chili pepper. After popping that bite, you spot dishes on the menu that sound simple but are far from it.

Chef Jacob Demars’ take on "brewery food" is totally different from anything you may have eaten near any large metal fermentation tanks – and different from anything I’ve ever seen served in Waukee. This unique experience can now be yours on Sunday nights at Kinship Brewing Co., 255 N.W. Sunrise Drive, where Barbarian Restaurant debuted on Jan. 15.

My friends and I dove into the six-course chef’s tasting menu ($75). Beyond the amuse-bouch, we were most surprised and delighted by:

  Drink variety. You can pair your Barbarian fare with a Kinship beer, cocktail, spirit-free mixed drink (try the Nojito) or glass of wine, like the Spanish red La Traca Bobal (our table’s favorite).

  Nostalgia. If you ever had a chance to dine at Demars’ R I Restaurant in Windsor Heights, you’ll recall dishes like risotto carbonara, Cape Ann baked stuffed clams and a playful apple dessert that looks like a Red Delicious but is actually vanilla custard that’s encased in white chocolate and tastes like apple pie.

  Details. The plating is eye-catching, as you can see on Instagram @barbarianrestaurant, but the garnishes aren’t just for looks. The microgreens, itty-bitty pickled beech mushrooms and swooshes of sauce elevate the flavors. Case in point: the Brussels sprouts and beets, with carrot ribbons, a barely-there-but-beautiful orange-peel puree and a white chocolate mousse.

  Value. The kitchen may dial in the portion sizes and pricing as business ramps up, but with three small plates, a light soup, an entree and a dessert at $75 (compared with $23-$30 for a single entree), the chef’s tasting is certainly the way to go if you take your appetite and sense of adventure.

Barbarian Restaurant is open Sundays at Kinship Brewing Co. Tables are booked for the next few weeks, but keep an eye on Resy for any cancellations. March tables will be released soon.

Hoyt Sherman Place will host Dionne Warwick for one night only. The Jan. 21 show begins at 8 p.m.

Centennial Celebration With Dionne Warwick

Music legend Dionne Warwick, whose evocative and luminous vocal style has earned her generations of fans since she released her first album in 1963, will perform at Hoyt Sherman Place on Jan. 21. The evening also will celebrate the gilded theater’s 100th anniversary.

The six-time Grammy Award-winning singer has sold more than 100 million records, including such hits as "Say a Little Prayer," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "Walk On By." Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are still available.

The French Experience (Friday, 7:30-11 p.m.): Looking for a new experience? Voilà! Immerse yourself in all things French at xBk. Enjoy French cocktails, wine and cheese while testing your knowledge at francophile trivia and challenges. The Nola Jazz Trio will also perform. Get tickets online.

No Sleep stand-up comedy (Friday, 8 p.m.): Comedians from across Iowa will converge at Wooly’s for a night of comedy, music and obscure cultural references as the 10 acts face off for a chance to headline the next show. Get tickets online.

Wine & Dine Week (Sunday, times vary): Winefest’s Winter Wine & Dine Week begins Sunday, when 11 local restaurants will host dinner specials for multicourse meals and wine pairings. Browse the list of participating restaurants online or, better yet, read our dsm preview before you make your reservations.

Music festival: The Gross Domestic Product Music Festival will return April 15 and head for the first time to Hoyt Sherman Place. The GDP lineup includes several notable names alongside emerging voices, including the Envy Corps, B. Well and Geneviève Salamone (pictured). Tickets are available now on Ticketmaster and also will be sold at the door.
Ballet ball: Support the arts and have a ball at Ballet Des Moines’ annual fundraiser gala on March 3. This year’s Big City Ball will include a four-course dinner, full cocktail menu, a silent auction, an exclusive ballet preview, live music and, of course, dancing. Attire is black tie. Learn more and purchase individual tickets or a full table online.
Author announcement: Good news for bibliophiles: Chris Bohjalian will headline the 2023 DSM Book Festival. The author has penned numerous bestsellers, notably "The Flight Attendant," which is now an Emmy-nominated series starring Kaley Cuoco on HBO Max. The festival will take place March 25 at Capital Square, 400 Locust St. Learn more about the event and Bohjalian on the festival’s website.
Clockwise from left: Suzanna de Baca, BPC president and CEO; Jeff Fleming, director of the Des Moines Art Center; Ben Easter, photographer; and Christine Riccelli, editor-in-chief of dsm. Photo: Duane Tinkey.

Check Out Our January Issue

What a night! Some 400 guests packed Stew Hansen Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep Fiat in Urbandale yesterday. It was our first unveiling of 2023 and the last for Christine Riccelli in her official role as editor-in-chief. She and incoming editor Michael Morain helped Des Moines Art Center Director Jeff Fleming and photographer Ben Easter unveil a striking portrait of Fleming for the new issue’s cover.

View photos and a video of the event, then read the full issue, including a story on the Art Center's 75th anniversary and a profile of Fleming.
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