Above: We’re not sure of their normal skittering pace in the wild, but soft-shell crabs are going fast at Splash.
By Wini Moranville
I recently caught wind of some noteworthy dining events in the coming weeks:
• It’s soft-shell crab season at Splash Seafood Bar & Grill, and these tasty delights won’t last long. Chef Dom Ianarelli expects to have them at least until the end of May, and maybe a week longer (“but that’s iffy,” he says). This year the kitchen will be flash-frying the crustaceans and serving them with dew-drop cabbage slaw and smoked almond romesco. Splash is at 303 Locust St., 515-244-5686; splash-seafood.com.
• The Camp Dodge Concert Series, held on select upcoming Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m., is back in swing, and once again Trostel’s Greenbriar will be the concessionaire, serving burgers, brats, grinders and more; you can bring your own coolers full of beverages, and be sure to bring a lawn chair. Here’s the talent lineup: Sons of Gladys Kravitz (May 31), Red Dirt Renegades (June 7), Danika Portz (June 21), Sidewinders (June 28), Richard Arndt & the Brew (July 5), the Abby Normal Band (July 12) and Tony Valdez (July 19). Events are held in the Camp Dodge pool complex; all patrons over the age of 16 need to bring a photo ID to enter.
• Local food writer and wine expert Karla Walsh
is collaborating with chef Tag Grandgeorge
of Le Jardin for a four-course summer-inspired dinner, with each course paired with bubbles. And if you’ve ever doubted that bubbles pair with everything, Walsh will set you straight. “When in doubt of what to pair with a dish, I always opt for something sparkling,” she says. “The minerality and acidity that shines through in nearly every bubbly wine, whether it’s Champagne, Cava, Prosecco or sparkling wine, nicely complements everything from a savory entree to a sweet dessert.” Dinner costs $65, plus tax and tip. View the menu here,
and to reserve your spot, call 515-255-5787. Le Jardin is at 2814 Beaver Ave.; lejardindsm.com.