Our hosts for the first new-issue unveiling of the new year: Sheraton West Des Moines.


The holidays may be over, but the party season sure isn't. That's because we're getting ready to celebrate the arrival of a new issue of dsm magazine on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and we hope you can join us.

Our party regulars know the routine: a fun, mingle-friendly party from 5 to 7 p.m., with brief remarks and distribution of magazines at 6 p.m. Our hosts this time are the fine folks at the Sheraton West Des Moines, 1800 50th St. You’ll get some food and beverages as well as a warm reception. If you haven’t attended one of these before, make a New Year’s resolution to join in the fun.

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Molly's Cupcakes will make a repeat appearance at Indulge this year.

Four Reasons to Break your Resolutions via 'Indulge'

By Wini Moranville

Now in its 11th year, "Indulge --  A Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Affair" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19. The event features chocolates, charcuterie-style meats, and artisan cheeses paired with wines from around the world.

Here are just a few reasons attending this party might be worth breaking any silly New Year’s resolutions you might have come up with:

• It will be held at West End Architectural Salvage. If the party chit-chat gets dull, you can wander through the fascinatingly purveyed and beautifully displayed artifacts of vanished lives.

"Full pours of wine and generous portions of cheese and chocolate." That promise from a press release about the event is good news to those of us who have elbowed our way through a crowd for thimbles-full of wine and scant cubes of cheeses at similar events.

The Cheese Bar and Molly’s Cupcakes are in. The Cheese Bar is coming up with a signature menu item for the event, and Molly’s Cupcakes will serve chocolate raspberry cake, French silk pie cake and  dark chocolate sea salt cookie dough.

• There’s whiskey, too. New this year, Templeton Rye will create a new cocktail just for the weekend’s festivities.

Other purveyors include Chocolaterie Stam, Soozie’s Doozies, Sartori Cheese, and Kindred Creamery. Live entertainment will be provided by Mike Aceto on Friday and Bruce Day on Saturday.

Tickets cost $40 in advance and $50 at the door (if not sold out) and are available through For more information, go to

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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Bob Pace leads off the lineup of musicians performing in the Botanical Blues concert series on Sundays, January through March.


The annual Botanical Blues concert series resumes Sunday, Jan. 6, and continues every Sunday through March 31 at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Concerts feature local and regional blues artists playing from 2 to 4 p.m. inside the tropical conservatory with adult beverages and light snacks available from Trellis Cafe.

We've already put favorites on our calendars. Here's the complete schedule:
  • Jan. 6: Bob Pace
  • Jan. 13: Scott Davis and John Mattingly
  • Jan. 20: Cindy Grill and Alan Smith
  • Jan. 27: J.D. Flanagan and Pat Hemann
  • Feb. 3: Stuttering Jimmy and the Goosebumps
  • Feb. 10: James Biehn
  • Feb. 17: Eastside Brothers
  • Feb. 24: The Blue 2: Bob Dorr and Jeff Petersen
  • March 3: The Brian Holtz Project
  • March 10: Jodie Bodley and Dewey Cantrell
  • March 17: Bryce Janey
  • March 24: Dennis "Big Daddy" Kain
  • March 31: Matt Woods

Concerts are included with the $10 cost of admission (free for members; discounted for seniors, military and children). Learn more at

In the album of life, are you more of a "before" photo? Fitness experts can coach you on ways to work toward this look.


Serious about your fitness resolutions? You may find help and like-minded resolutionists at the free Health & Fitness Expo this weekend, Jan. 5-6, in the State Fairgrounds' Jacobson building. Organizers promise more than 100 vendors with the latest in athletic wear, fitness gear, training, health services and more—including health and nutrition experts in seminars and breakout sessions. Opportunities include group yoga, workout sessions, cooking demos and kids' activities. Get details here.

We like to showcase philanthropic fundraisers in the pages of dsm magazine—and readers enjoy seeing who was where.


The start of the year seems like a proper time to remind you that we welcome the opportunity to consider photos and info from your charity fundraisers for publication in the RSVP section of dsm magazine.
The process is simple and explained on this page on our website, It also helps to know what we look for in the photos we consider: First is quality; blurry images and poor exposures won't work. Second is variety; please don't send 30 photos of your guest speaker posed with each attendee. The key: bright, sharp images of small groups (two to five people) so they're clearly recognizable. Questions? Email our managing editor:

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