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A new dinner series showcasing local farmers will launch at a Des Moines venue known for its farm-to-table dining events.
On Thursday, Feb. 28, Wallace House at 756 16th Street in Des Moines will host its first “Know Your Farmer” dinner — pairing chef Katie Porter with Iowa farmers Steve and Becky Kerns, who are showcasing their Mangalitsa pork.
The 3-course menu includes:
- Appetizer - Pan-seared flat iron steak with sweet potatoes, tomato jam and micro greens
- Entrée - Roasted pork loin with butternut squash, radishes and rosemary jus
- Dessert - Apple tart with rosemary ice cream
Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner service beginning at 6:30 pm. Diners can bring their own beer or wine with no corkage fee. Seating is limited to 40 people and will be community-style. The cost is $55 including gratuity.
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The Kerns family of Clearfield, Iowa have the second-largest herd of Mangalitsa pigs in the United States. This heirloom breed is known for its especially tender, flavorful pork. The Kerns will be on hand to share their story before and after dinner.
“We ship our pork all over the country and even as far as Japan and Taiwan,” Steve Kerns said. “Sure, many of our clients are chefs and restauranteurs, but our products are available to anyone who likes a particularly tasty pork.”
For reservations, call (515) 243-7063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chef Katie Porter will resume offering “Farm to Table Thursdays” beginning March 28 at the Wallace House. Porter's seasonal, locally-sourced menu features a special chef’s appetizer, entree and dessert inspired by the farm plus several mainstays.
Dishes change often, depending on what fruits and vegetables are ready for harvest. Reservations are available from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and are strongly recommended as seating is limited. All of the produce on the menu is grown at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center farm near Orient, Iowa.
The Wallace House and the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center together make up The Wallace Centers of Iowa. The two historic sites provide educational programs and community services, produce fruits and vegetables and offer locally-sourced meals.