By Wini Moranville
Is there a better month to be in Des Moines than June? I think not. I hope these tidbits help you savor this bright and easy month even more.
• Summer Solstice Party with Chef Tag Grandgeorge
“I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it,” laments Daisy Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby.” One way to make sure you don’t miss the longest day of the year is to sign up for the Summer Solstice Party featuring four courses from former Le Jardin chef-owner Tag Grandgeorge. Weather permitting, the dinner will be served in the Plant Life Designs Events Garden in Van Meter. Served with wine pairings, the menu showcases garden-fresh touches, from radishes and summer’s first green beans to pea tendrils. The price is $69 per person; find full menu and reservation details at plantlifedesigns.com.
• Ninth Annual Summer Concert Series at Camp Dodge
Held on select Thursdays at the Camp Dodge Pool Complex in Johnston, this free annual summer music event is in full swing. June’s remaining shows include Red Dirt Renegade (June 20) and Sidewinders (June 27). Music start at 7 p.m.; you can pack a picnic, or leave the cooking to Trostel’s Greenbriar, whose staff will be serving burgers, brats, hot dogs, Graziano sausage grinders, popcorn and homemade potato chips. More info and a schedule of July shows are available at ioweanationalguard.com.
• New Menu Items and Shaded Patio Alert at Teddy Maroon’s
What do you seek when it comes to patio dining? As for me, shade is a top consideration. The patio at Teddy Maroon’s is on the east side of the building, which means, according to owner Chris Diebel, “it’s totally shaded by 1 p.m.” (They also have umbrellas for the lunch hour, he adds.) The patio might offer a good nudge to check out a few items that the kitchen recently introduced for summer. These include ahi tuna poke salad; shrimp and shishito pepper skewers; a seafood roll with lobster, monkfish and shrimp, plus a grilled chili-mango ahi tuna. Find a full menu at TeddyMaroons.com.
Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm magazine and dsmWeekly. Follow her on Facebook at All Things Food–DSM.