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.
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.
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