Iowa's Wallace House Is Offering "Food For Thought"

Iowa's Wallace House Is Offering "Food For Thought"

If you're interested in locally-sourced meals and discussion about food, reserve a date and plan to attend.

The Wallace Centers of Iowa's popular "Food for Thought" dinners will begin on Thursday, March 13 for the 2014 season at the historic Wallace House, located at 756 16th Street in Des Moines. The weekly dinners combine changing themes and local experts with locally-sourced meals to spark conversation about food.

DINING AND DISCUSSION: "Food for Thought" dinners combine locally-sourced dining with conversation about various food topics at the historic Wallace House in Des Moines. A local expert will be on hand each Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to discuss the week's theme.

Diners order from a changing menu created from local ingredients, including fruits and vegetables grown at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center near Orient, which is located southwest of Des Moines in Adair County, Iowa. The 2014 season for the "Food for Thought" dinners kicks off on March 13 featuring a conversation with Diane Weiland, CEO of the Wallace Centers, about why the nonprofit organization developed the program. Other food topics this year will range from specific ingredients such as asparagus (May 1), agricultural education with—The Amazzzzzing Bee (March 27), preparation methods such as Canning (Aug. 21), and food issues such as Free and Reduced Priced Lunches in Schools (Sept. 11).

Reservations are required, as seating is limited
The full listing of planned topics is available at the end of this article. Reservations are required for the "Food for Thought" dinners, as seating is limited. Call 515-243-7063 or email [email protected] to make your reservation. Updates regarding this and other Wallace Center programs are available online.

The Wallace Centers of Iowa is an organization with two locations. The Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center is located on a farm in rural Orient, and the Wallace House is in Des Moines. The Wallace House is located in the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood on the west edge of downtown Des Moines. Together, the two historic Wallace Center sites provide educational programs and community services, grow organic fruits and vegetables, and offer locally sourced meals.

"Food for Thought" dinners are at Wallace House in Des Moines
"Food for Thought" dinners combine locally-sourced dining with conversation about food. A local expert will be on hand each Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wallace House to discuss the week's theme. Diners order from a changing menu of appetizers, entrees and desserts—created from local ingredients—including fruits and vegetables grown at the Country Life Center. The evening's expert roams from table to table to interact with diners. Food topics change each week, ranging from specific ingredients such as asparagus, agricultural education such as farmers markets, preparation methods like canning, and food issues such as sports nutrition.

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The "Food for Thought" dinners are sponsored in part by the Neighborhood Investment Corporation.

Weekly Themes (topics are subject to change)
March 13: Why Food for Thought?

March 20: Gardening: Don't forget the veggies

March 27: The Amazzzzing Bee

April 3: Yoga

April 10: Etiquette

April 17: Gathering Around the Table

April 24: CultureAll

May 1: Asparagus

May 8: Our Mothers' Recipes

May 15: Farmers Markets

May 22: Rhubarb

May 29: The Grateful Chef

June 5: Salad Greens

June 12: Strawberries

June 19: The Wedding Cake

June 26: Edible Flowers

July 3: New Potatoes

July 10: Herbs

July 17: Eating Vegan

July 24: Cauliflower Rediscovered

July 31: Iowa Wine

August 7: Bacon

August 14: State Fair Delight

August 21: Canning-The New Phenomena

August 28: The Kids' Palate

September 4: The Nectar of the Gods

September 11: Free & Reduced Price Lunches

September 18: Sports Nutrition

September 25: Baking Bread

October 2: Walnuts-Live Forever

October 9: Apple Cider

October 16: Walking for Life

October 23: Infused Beverages

October 30: Thank a Farmer

November 6: Apples

November 13: Practical Farmers of Iowa

November 20: Thanksgiving Pies

November 27: CLOSED

December 4: Nutritional Snacking

December 11: Holiday Brunch

December 18: Meats for the Holidays

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