Slow Food Des Moines’ 2016 Farm Dinner: Wallace Country Life Center

2016_Fall_Wallace_Farms_Slow_Food_DinnerCome feast on the farm! Join us Sunday, September 11, 2016, for Slow Food Des Moines’ annual fundraising dinner at The Wallace Country Life Center of Iowa, part of The Wallace Centers of Iowa.

Leave the driving to us. We will gather at 4:15 pm at the rear parking lot at The Shops at Roosevelt (42nd Street at I-235 in Des Moines) and board the bus that takes us to The Wallace Country Life Center, outside the town of Orient, Iowa (approximately 45 min from Des Moines).

Wallace_Country_Life_Center_house-300x225The Country Life Center is the birthplace farm of Henry A. Wallace (born in 1888), who served the nation as US Secretary of Agriculture from 1933-41, US Vice President from 1941-45, and US Secretary of Commerce from 1945-46. Earlier in his career, he founded seed corn company Pioneer Hi-Bred in 1926 and was an editor at Wallaces’ Farmer magazine. In 1999, The Des Moines Register named Wallace the “Most Influential Iowan of the 20th Century.”

Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home. When we arrive at The Wallace Country Life Center we will take a walking tour of the farm before our big dinner. The Country Life Center includes 40 of the original 160 acres of the Wallace farm, flower and sculpture gardens, restored prairie, and an orchard and a produce garden. After our tour, we’ll have a fantastic dinner onsite in the Gathering Barn (see below), a meeting and educational facility which recreates the original barn from the early days of the farm.

Wallace_Country_Life_Center_Gathering_barn-300x200Our seven-course farm dinner menu is inspired by (and made from) the seasonal produce from the Wallace farm. But don’t let this year’s “Cornucopia of Vegetables” theme fool you, dishes will include plenty of Slow Meat too!

An All-Star Cast. We are honored to be creating the 2016 Slow Food Des Moines Farm Dinner with these incredible, imaginative and talented local chefs, bakers and brewers:

  • Katie Porter – Wallace Center / Wallace House
  • Austin Bailey – Wesley Acres
  • Joseph Kurth – Wild Yeast Bakery
  • Brett McClavy – The Cheese Shop of Des Moines
  • Charles Bienert – The Cheese Shop of Des Moines
  • Joe Tripp – Alba
  • Zach Gutweiler – Reed’s Hollow
  • Marcus Walsh – Sherman Ale Works

We will be providing water, tea and lemonade; all other beverages are BYOB. We will have full table service including stemware and wine keys; and we’ll provide refrigeration on the bus as well as during dinner service for drinks that need a chill.

The 2016 Slow Food Des Moines Farm Dinner is by reservation only. Tickets are $150, and can be purchased via this Eventbrite link.  The proceeds from this year’s farm dinner will be shared between Slow Food Des Moines’ 2017 fund and The Wallace Center of Iowa.

For up-to-the-moment updates, keep an eye on our Facebook event page.

We would like to thank every volunteer, and every guest, in advance for your commitment to helping build the Slow Food community in Central Iowa.

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