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Nothing says festive fun quite like a parasol in your beverage. Our Halloween news: Jimmy's drinks are back from the dead at Gilroy's.


By Wini Moranville

If you happened to reach legal age sometime during the 1980s or ’90s, and happened to be living in Des Moines at the time, you might well have ended up at the gone-but-not-forgotten Jimmy’s American Cafe at some point. Its bar was, in its day, the see-and-be-seen watering hole, especially on a Wednesday night. That’s when the immensely popular restaurant hosted its “Jimmy Buffett Night” for Margaritaville-style fun, with drink specials and a good-time vibe that tended to pack the place. (At least that’s what I’ve heard from many sources—I wasn’t around town for most of those years.)

Starting tomorrow night, Gilroy’s Kitchen, Pub and Patio (which inhabits the former Jimmy’s space) will let Jimmy’s-inspired good times roll with its Welcome Back Wednesdays. Each Wednesday, the fun will last from 5 p.m. to close (11 p.m.), with $5 drink specials. Two of the five drinks offered were snagged from an old Jimmy’s cocktail menu: the Jimmy's Lemonade and the American Cafe Punch. Other drinks will include the Parrothead Margarita, a Tequila Sunburn and a Pineapple Racer. Bottles of domestic beers and Corona will go for $3.

Specials include the Cheeseburger in Paradise ($11), with smoked cheddar, Heinz 57 and trimmings, served with fries. Two other specials, an Island Burger with grilled pineapple and hand-breaded chicken tenders with a honey drizzle, are also in the works.

If you’re not jonesin’ for a cheeseburger and tropical cocktail, just get there early. From 4 to 6 p.m. any weekday (including Wednesdays), you can take advantage of their Rush Hour Happy Hour, when appetizers go for half price, and mules, beers, wines and well liquors are $1 off.

Gilroy’s Kitchen, Pub and Patio is at 1238 Eighth St., West Des Moines; 515-809-1727;

Wini Moranville, who writes about cooking, wine and dining for dsm, is on Facebook at All Things Food DSM.

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John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. They will be featured in stage presentations as well as on the show floor at the Holiday Boutique this weekend.


More than 200 companies are coming to the Iowa Events Center this weekend to create the first-ever Des Moines Holiday Boutique, Nov. 3–5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Promoters expect 20,000 to attend, and promise “high-quality vendors showcasing the latest trends, jewelry, gifts, children’s items and gourmet foods for the holiday season.” The show is produced by MPE Shows/MarketPlace Events, which produces similar consumer shows nationwide, including the Des Moines Home & Outdoor Living Show and the Des Moines Home & Garden Show. They produce holiday boutique events in Kansas City, Minneapolis and Detroit.

Details about vendors, speakers, in-show events and ticket discounts are available at the show's website,

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At Reed's Hollow, smoked chicken isn't served on a plate. Chicken and applewood smoke are only the beginning of this dish. 


At Reed’s Hollow in Beaverdale, chef Zach Gutweiler has a knack for building flavors in a way that enhances the essence of each dish.

Gutweiler calls on both ingredients and techniques to do this. Take, for example, a brisket entree I tried recently. The brisket was smoked for six hours, then cooked eight hours sous vide (vacuum sealed in a temperature-controlled liquid bath) until rich, bold and spoon-tender. Then the meat was grilled; the burnt ends were clipped and used to make a rich broth, which when combined with adobo chiles and brown sugar brought that sweet-meaty-vinegary-smoky appeal of barbecue sauce, but heightened and enhanced.

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Dancer and choreographer Siudy Garrido, a native of Argentina, is the artistic director of Miami-based Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater, performing Nov. 18 and 19 with the Des Moines Symphony.


Two engaging and completely different musical experiences are coming up, presented by the Des Moines Symphony, which plans first to rock you, then to charm you with flamenco. That combo gets our interest.

The symphony begins its annual Pops Series with "The Music of Queen" Nov 11 at 7:30 p.m. The symphony will perform with a rock band and singer Brody Dolyniuk’s soaring vocals to capture Queen's distinct sound from “Somebody to Love” to “Under Pressure,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and more.

The symphony continues its 80th season one week later with "Ritual Fire Dance" Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov 19 at 2:30 p.m. Andalusian melodies and rhythms combine with folk inspiration and magic tales in this Spanish-flavored concert featuring the acclaimed Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater.

All performances are at the Des Moines Civic Center. More information about the performers and the concerts, including ticket prices and online sales, is available here.

Travels abroad influenced the work of artists Olivia Velentine and Firat Erdim and their decision to live in Des Moines.


You’d be hard-pressed to suggest something that Olivia Valentine and Firat Erdim couldn’t make into art. Some thread? She’s done it. Rocks? That’s his. Tattooed phyllo dough? Yes. In fact, that creation ended up as part of an exhibit in Illinois, shipped from where the artists were living in Turkey at the time.

“They have an interesting conceptual component to their work,” says Des Moines artist Christopher Chiavetta, who has a studio across the hall from Valentine in the Fitch Building. “They’re dealing with different perspectives of looking at the world. I find that interesting, because it makes me look at where I am, where I am existing, in a different way.”

After they married in 2003, teaching positions, fellowships and grants often sent them to different states and even different countries—one of the challenges for academic couples is finding suitable jobs in the same place. Now, however, they have a chance to put down some roots. In 2016, they accepted tenure-track positions in the College of Design at Iowa State University, and they’ve bought a house in Des Moines’ Sherman Hill neighborhood—a strategic choice, Erdim says.

“There’s a larger community [in Des Moines] of people involved in various art and design practices,” he explains, “and we didn’t want to limit ourselves to the university community as newcomers. Everybody’s been really friendly, really open, really nice.”

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"Chances Are" you'll get "Misty" on "The 12th of Never," when legendary Johnny Mathis comes to Des Moines next spring.


Auditions are this week for some local cutie to handle the kid's role in the Civic Center production of "Waitress," coming in December. On the subject of cuteness, "Dixie's Tupperware Party" will be playing once again across town at the Temple Theater. Recording legend Johnny Mathis will perform here in May. (Trivia Tidbit: Despite standing only 5 feet, 7 inches, Mathis was once a high school high-jumping star, whose rival in the San Francisco Bay area was the much taller future NBA star Bill Russell.) Explore the future of other arts and cultural events with a pair of easy-to-use online calendars. We at dsm magazine and the Business Record maintain this calendar with handy filters so you can see just the types of events you're searching for. Looking for even more categories? Check Catch Des Moines.

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