Meet one of Des Moines' most creative and most international artists, Yorame Mevorach, in the new May issue of dsm magazine.


The unveiling party for our May/June issue starts at 5 p.m. today (Tuesday, April 23), in the new headquarters of wealth management firm Gilbert & Cook, 5058 Grand Ridge Drive, West Des Moines. Stop in anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. for socializing and refreshments. Brief comments are scheduled at 6 p.m., then we’ll distribute copies of the new issue. We hope you can join us.

"Sustainability in new homes and remodeling is good for the health of the family dwelling there," says Chaden Halfhill, LEED AP. "A healthy home is achieved through sustainable building practices, the use of less toxic materials for cleaner air, and ...
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One of the female restaurateurs who have recently risen in prominence is Hannah Elliott (right) of Lola's Fine Kitchen, pictured with her brother and partner, Taufeek Shah, and the inspiration behind their business – their mother, Carmelita Shah


By Wini Moranville

"Women hold nearly 60 percent of the jobs in the food-service industry, yet they don’t receive 60 percent of the recognition," says Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. "It’s time to stop, look around with a little more intentionality, and take notice of their contributions."

To this end, the Association will select 40 Iowa women in the industry to feature in the summer print edition of the Food and Beverage Iowa Business Quarterly and offer expanded stories of the women on their website.

According to Dunker, a top reason women don’t get as much recognition as men in the industry is that the most visible restaurant roles are those of the chef owner/operator, and only about one-third of restaurants are majority-owned by women. 

"But that is changing." says Dunker. "Between 2007 and 2012 [the most current figures available], the number of majority-women-owned restaurants jumped 40 percent."

The association’s initiative has made me think of some of the women I’ve appreciated in the industry during the past decade. Sarah Prichard is a hands-on co-owner (with husband Lynn Pritchard) of Table 128, arguably our city’s best fine-dining venue. Sara Hill is an equally hands-on co-owner (with husband David Baruthio) of Baru 66, which shook up the gastronomy scene when it opened in 2010. Christina Moffatt blazed a trail with Crème Cupcake and Dessert Lounge, that innovative mash-up of bar and bakery.

Just in the past year or so, chef Cidalia Tamaz has shown diners a refined-rustic side of Mexican on Friday and Saturday nights in the upstairs loft at Lucca. Hannah Elliot has regaled us with Pakistani-Filipino fusion cuisine at Lola’s Fine Kitchen, which she owns with her brother Taufeek Shah in Ankeny. And Cherry Madole and Susan Madorsky have elevated lunch with the new-this-year Tangerine at the Art Center.

I know I’m just scratching the surface. No doubt, dear reader, you can think of others who deserve recognition. You can nominate them at the Iowa Restaurant Association's 40 Women to Watch webpage.

Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm magazine and dsmWeekly. Follow her on Facebook at All Things Food–DSM.

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Philanthropist, teacher and opera superstar Simon Estes, who sings with the Des Moines Symphony this weekend, worked with DMACC recently to create the Simon Estes School of Fine Arts.


We never want to miss an opportunity to hear Simon Estes, our favorite opera singer and one of our favorite people. The world-renowned star and inspirational humanitarian will perform selections from Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess" with the Des Moines Symphony Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. The concert will also feature Shostakovich’s "Festive Overture" and Bernstein’s choral masterpiece "Chichester Psalms," sung by Luther College’s Nordic Choir. 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 2:30 p.m. April 28; $15-$68;

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"Jiangmen Series No. 4," a 2019 work in ink and acrylic on paper, by Lianjie Zheng.


An exhibit of works by internationally renowned artist Lianjie Zheng opens at Moberg Gallery with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Also featured in the gallery, through June 15, are works by Georgi Andonov, Carolina Sardi, Mariela Yeregui, Goizane Esain, Antwain Clarke, Annick Ibsen, Juan Arreaza, and Tibi Chelcea. Readers of dsm magazine were introduced to three of these artists in feature stories: Clarke, Ibsen, and Chelcea.

Born in Beijing in 1962, Zheng grew up during China's "cultural revolution." As a child, he studied traditional ink painting, Chinese calligraphy and poetry. After the Tianamen Square protests of 1989, he ventured beyond those traditional art forms, creating images, films and performance work that elevated his reputation. He currently divides his time between New York and China. 

The Well Pennies – Bryan & Sarah Vanderpool – tour and record music while based in their Des Moines home.


Folk/pop duo the Well Pennies headline the first concert of this year’s "Summer in the City" series. The series includes four free family-friendly concerts at local parks, organized by the nonprofit Station 1 Records, which was featured in this story from dsm magazine. 
The Well Pennies will perform on May 25, followed by the funk jams of Boulevards on June 22; the Austin, Texas, hip-hop outfit Blackillac on July 27; and the eclectic rock of Denver's iZCALLi on Aug. 24. For details on these and other scheduled performers, visit

From food to fashion, from words to workshops – VeganFest offers eye-opening alternatives.


Organizers expect a crowd of 5,000 for the third annual VeganFest between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. this Saturday, April 27. They estimate 65 vendors will be set up for the event, spread between Cowles Commons and the atrium of adjacent Capital Square. The day includes a variety of programs and workshops. Get details here. Admission is $5 (free for those under age 18). Advance tickets are available here.

VeganFest began in 2017, organized by the nonprofit group VegLife Des Moines. Learn more about VegLife and its president, Amy Luebbert, in this article from dsm magazine.

"Star Wars: A New Hope" gets an orchestral accompaniment for three shows in June. May the force be with you – in fortissimo.

Jazz legend Marilyn May sings at the Temple Theater April 26 and 27.
• Chicago's famous Second City Comedy Club is producing a show at the Temple Theater, opening April 30.
• The Animal Rescue League's fun annual auction, "Raise Your Paw," is April 27 at the Iowa Events Center.
"Brews and Bites Food Truck Festival" returns to Outlets of Des Moines April 27.
• Also at the Outlets mall, Dress For Success has its annual pop-up sale, April 25-28.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers light up Hoyt Sherman Place April 28. 

Announced yesterday, the Des Moines Symphony has added a third performance of "Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert" on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. For other fun opportunities, explore 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. For even more categories, check Catch Des Moines.
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