Mother's Day Meals, Bathroom Makeover, Hoyt Sherman Place
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Carrot cake from HoQ is one of the items on the East Village farm-to-table restaurant's menu.


Writer: Karla Walsh

Whether you’re ready to dine indoors, prefer a patio, dig a celebration at home, or want to go the homemade route entirely, we have Mother’s Day meal ideas that will warm her heart.

Order catered cuisine. As part of her impressive lineup of family-style fare, Cyd Koehn of Catering by Cyd added a Mother’s Day meal bundle ($22.50 per person) to her slick online ordering site. Click here to preorder for pickup on Sunday, May 9, at your desired time, and you’ll each be treated to an arugula and apple salad, Caprese pasta salad, garlic breadsticks, lemon-Parmesan chicken, and lemon maple raspberry cake.

Brunch it up. For patio or in-house dining, consider HoQ (303 E. Fifth St.). The East Village farm-to-table restaurant’s celebratory menu features HoQ’s signature farmers market-famous breakfast burrito along with plenty of pastries, egg entrees, toasts and more, plus a selection of brunch cocktails. Order a la carte or choose the three-course option for just $30 ($45 with bottomless mimosas or bloody marys). See the menu on their website, then book your seats via Opentable or by phone at 515-244-1213 for Sunday, May 9, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Savor an al fresco feast. Purchase a table for the first of four 2021 “Farmstand to Fork” dinners at Dogpatch Urban Gardens (5085 Meredith Drive). Hosted by Dogpatch owners Jenny and Eric Quiner and chef Jacob Schroeder (whom you might remember from his Scotcheroo Hot Cocoa), I received a sneak peek of the menu. You won’t leave hungry, and this is one event too good to miss. Buy a table on the Dogpatch website, which works out to $125 per person, while supplies last.

DIY style. You can’t go wrong with breakfast in bed, especially if it’s made with love. Recreate Eatery A’s Quiche Lorraine, food blogger Ally Bilhorn’s Overnight Nutella Cinnamon Rolls or personal chef Jasmine Hayes’ Bananas Foster-Topped Banana Bread—we have recipes and how-tos for them all, straight from the chefs.
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    Mother's Day is right around the corner, and what better gift than a bathroom makeover? Located in Glen Oaks in West Des Moines, this remodeled bath features all the luxury, clean-line surfaces and fixtures so popular today. The remodel, by Texturious Designs, includes a double sink cabinet and makeup vanity, chrome accessories, and even heated flooring under the marble-look floors. A new free-standing tub with built-in storage provides the ultimate soaking spot surrounded by sunlight.

    “This luxury bath didn’t miss any details,” says Jen Haywood of Texturious Designs.

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    The Hoyt Sherman mansion restoration includes two bedrooms featuring period furnishings and fabrics.


    Writer: Christine Riccelli

    Last year when the pandemic forced Hoyt Sherman Place to close, staff members soon found themselves demolishing walls instead of planning shows. In one of the local cultural industry’s most creative pivots, Hoyt Sherman launched a $1.1 million project to restore the 1877 mansion adjacent to the theater, moving up the original timetable by three years.

    “We’ve been able to keep all 10 of our full-time staff working and paid” over the past year, Executive Director Robert Warren told me last week during a sneak peek of the restored space. The finance director, for example, is also a seamstress who made the duvet covers with period-appropriate fabrics, and the operations and technical directors assisted with the demolition work.

    The restoration impresses with its meticulous attention to detail. Walls were rebuilt according to the original blueprints, and 42 pieces of wood were used to restore each doorframe and transom. Hand-painted wall stencils (reproduced after the 1897 design was uncovered), vintage doorknobs, ornate corbels, gas-electric chandeliers, and marble fireplaces are some of the other details that make the manor feel as if you’ve been transported to when prominent businessman Hoyt Sherman (1827-1904)  lived there with his family.

    The showpiece second floor, which previously was used for administrative offices, was gutted and restored to two bedrooms outfitted with period furniture and fabrics; a later addition to the building now serves as an archive room that contains historical documents.

    To see the space for yourself, take advantage of the private guided tours Hoyt Sherman Place is offering May 10-14 and 17-21. For a $500 donation, a group of eight can see the space as well as learn about the home’s history and the Sherman family’s legacy. Find out more and reserve a time by calling 515-244-0507 or emailing

    The money generated through the tours will help fund the rest of the restoration. So far, $625,000 has been raised through historic tax credits, government and corporate grants, private donations, and the organization’s foundation. Not only was the funding secured during COVID, it also directly followed the campaign to raise $4.9 million to build the new Center for Artists and Education, a 9,000-square-foot addition completed in February 2020 and originally set to open to the public last June. 

    Hoyt Sherman Place will reopen the mansion and art gallery to the public on June 1. Then, on July 1, the theater will begin reopening, with limited-capacity shows and other safety protocols in place. During the free Jazz in July concerts on July 13, 20 and 27, Hoyt Sherman will host open houses for the Center for Artists and Education.

    Whenever the theater is back to full capacity, there will be no shortage of performers eager to take the stage. Currently, 41 shows are in the queue, Warren says, “and there are weekends in 2022 where three or four artists are competing to perform.” Keep up to date on shows and ticket availability through Hoyt Sherman’s website,
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      dsm contributor Deidre DeJear will host our upcoming virtual Inclusion event next week.


      You'll learn how to experience our community's rich diversity at our first-ever dsm Inclusion: Discover Diverse Des Moines, a virtual event at noon on May 6.

      dsm contributor Deidre DeJear will guide a talk show-style discussion with some of Des Moines' leaders and influencers, asking them where they go to experience the city's
      diverse arts and culture, food and dining, home and garden, and design and fashion scenes.

      Guests include Joseph Jones, director of Drake University's Harkin Institute, Marta Codina, region bank president at Wells Fargo and China Wong, owner of Salon Spa W, among others. Registration is free.

      Last call for dsm Dinner Party: Our May/June virtual dsm Dinner Party starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. And while the meal is sold out, you can still tune in for free. Co-hosts Karla Walsh and DeJear, along with the dsm team, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the new issue, plus you'll get tips on how to put together a top-notch charcuterie platter. Sign up here.
        Hang out on the Salisbury House and Gardens lawn at the Garden Party on May 23. Photo: Salisbury House


        Salisbury House and Gardens is celebrating spring with a new fundraising event, called the Garden Party, at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 23. Organizers encourage patrons to dress in their favorite spring outfits. As they put it, "big hats and fascinators [are] welcome."

        The Dueling Fiddles will provide music, and activities include yard games, tours of the historic house, a brunch mimosa bar and more. Tickets are $75 and registration is limited. Sales end May 14.
          Wooly's, an East Village music venue, is one of Kuuku Saah's favorite places to experience live entertainment.
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          Writer: Luke Manderfeld

          Warm weather seems here to stay, and we're getting antsy for some live music this spring and summer. We asked Kuuku Saah, president of the Des Moines Music Coalition, for some of his favorite spots.

          Wooly's: One of the few Des Moines venues where you can see national touring acts on weeknights. (504 E. Locust St.;

          Carl's Place: The house band, Fat Tuesday, plays on Tuesday nights. After the first hour or so, the show is an open jam. (1620 Woodland Ave.;

          Noce: “This jazz venue is near and close to my heart,” Saah says. “Co-owner and operator Max Wellman has done an incredible job keeping the doors open throughout the pandemic.” (1326 Walnut St.;

          The Lift: An intimate setting for new artists to play acoustic sets. There are also great martini, cocktail and beer options. (222 Fourth St.; @dmlift)

          80/35: This two-day music festival (July 9-10 this year) brings big names to Des Moines while also promoting local acts. Some performers who appear go on to do amazing things, such as Lizzo in 2016, Saah notes. (

          This story appears in our May/June issue, which publishes online at 5 p.m. today. Head over to to read!
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