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Magazine launch parties are always great fun, drawing a lively crowd. The next is Oct. 1, for our statewide publication, ia magazine.


We do enjoy nice parties, and some of our favorites are dsm's own new issue launch parties. We have a special one coming up Oct. 1: the launch party for our annual statewide publication, ia magazine. It's everything you've come to expect from dsm, but covering topics all across Iowa.

Please join us for this once-a-year celebration, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Elements at Prairie Trail, 1380 S.W. Vintage Parkway in Ankeny. We'll enjoy food, drinks and socializing, plus brief comments and distribution of this special edition at 6 p.m. Save the date now; we hope to see you then.

Featuring a mobile kitchen and wood-fired trailer, the Rolling Prairie rig serves Wallace Farms organic proteins.


By Wini Moranville

If you, like me, aren’t quite ready to give up meat but wish to make thoughtful choices about the meats you do eat, then let me remind you about Wallace Farms. This family farm in Keystone, Iowa, is devoted to raising grass-fed beef. In addition, the family works with a network of small farms to purvey other artisan meats, including chicken, pork, lamb and (admittedly from farther afield), wild Gulf shrimp. Ordering is easy: You simply select from the 120-plus products on their website (see link below), then pick them up at a specified time at one of the drop-off locations in West Des Moines, Waukee and Johnston. Orders can also be shipped to your home.

But … what if you don’t cook all that much? Nick Wallace has you covered with his Rolling Prairie rig. This food truck/catering business offers pick-up-and-go dinners (akin to the Grateful Chef's modus operandi), with all dishes anchored by the same high-quality proteins that Wallace Farms grows or purveys.

Running the kitchen is Iowa native Gabe Stielow, who operated a catering business in California before returning to Des Moines, where he worked as a lead prep cook for Americana. He later served as a private chef/caterer for a few select clients in the area before partnering with Wallace on Rolling Prairie.

Recent menu items have included free-range organic turkey and noodles, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, cider-brined chicken, and beef and shrimp fajitas. Sides are equally thoughtful: Last week’s menu featured mixed roasted vegetables (including parsnipsyum), fresh buttermilk biscuits, shallot mashed potatoes and a green salad with locally grown vegetables. All were included in the price of the menu package; each serves four to five diners and costs $50 total.

For now, Rolling Prairie offers its takeout for every-other-Wednesday pickups; Wallace says they hope to offer the service every week in the near future. Meals can be picked up between 4 and 6 p.m. at The Hall in West Des Moines.

Keep track of what Rolling Prairie is up to—including how and when to order and what’s on the menu—by following them on Facebook here. Their next takeout day is scheduled for Sept. 25. Find out more about ordering meats from Wallace Farms on their website

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

Get ideas and meet contractors during the Tour of Remodeled Homes this weekend.


In the broad category of home shows, one of our favorites is the annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, coming up this weekend, Sept. 21-22. It's fun to see what creative contractors can do to solve real challenges in real homes.

Some 16 homes are on this year's tour, and you can preview them here. Tickets are $10, available at any of the participating homes or in advance by clicking here. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit


"Circumscribe," a sculpture by Canadian artist Josh Garber, is Des Moines' newest public art installation, now at 3101 Ingersoll Ave.
The work was donated by Iowa native Sean Susanin, who owns a Chicago auction house.

"As lovers of the arts and the great outdoors, we are thrilled about this addition to our space on the avenues," says Clinton Akerberg, owner of Collaborate DSM, where the sculpture is located. Akerberg is a board member of The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand. "The sculpture itself speaks to us, specifically regarding the community, as it takes many different shapes depending on the angle in which it is viewed. From one side, you can actually see the shape of a heart which represents the love and community involvement and inclusion that The Avenues embodies."

Garber’s work has been described as "unexpected and surprising" by Sculpture Magazine, and is in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

The Avenues’ public art committee has identified over 50 locations on Grand and Ingersoll that would be appropriate for public art, with a goal to install up to 20 pieces over the next five years. Local artist Larrassa Kabel's work, "Black Crown of Recurring Loss," is scheduled to be installed at Plymouth Place and 42nd Street in mid-October.
This sculpture has been installed along Ingersoll Avenue, the first of many to be added to the neighborhood over the next five years.

Bring an appetite, curiosity and a smile to experience the World Food and Music Festival this weekend.


Three events mark the arrival of fall on our calendar. We got through the Iowa/Iowa State game last weekend (congrats, Hawkeyes!). Next up, the World Food and Music Festival and Beaverdale Fall Festival. The events are very different, but they remind us of the changing season as surely as the cooling nights and falling leaves.

The World Food and Music Festival has grown into a major cultural event in its 15 years. Located in Western Gateway Park Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22, it serves up the food and social flavors of far-off lands, along with music from more than 30 acts on two stages. Check out the performers and their schedule here. And learn more details about the event by clicking here. Admission is free.

The Beaverdale Fall Festiva
l is a perennial favorite among Des Moines' neighborhood events. This family- and pet-friendly fest brings parades, music and a carnival atmosphere Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21. For details, click here.

Marking its 60th year with concerts at Noce, the Des Moines Big Band is older than most of its members.


The jazz cabaret Noce has announced its fourth annual fall/holiday lineup of shows, featuring local legend Scott Smith, the Des Moines Big Band and Gina Gedler, among other headliners in the near future. Get dates, times and tickets for upcoming shows by clicking here.

Noce is also introducing an innovative VIP membership program. For a one-time fee of $500, members receive special privileges and rates for themselves and three guests. Details are available here.
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