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Wallace Centers Of Iowa In The News

Food from the Whole Farm
Area chefs including Chef Katie talk about efforts to better utilize a greater portion of a farm's production.

Foodstuffs: News from Iowa's Culinary Scene
Information about spring cooking classes at the Country Life Center and Wallace House, plus the Thursday night Food for Thought program.

A Green Thumb Getaway
A spring-time visit to the Country Life Center.

Hunting for treasure in southwest Iowa
Lots to see and do in southwest Iowa, including the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center.

WHO-TV: An Iowa's Chef's Dream
How Chef Katie returned to Iowa to provide farm to table meals. Scenes from both WCI locations and how they connect to each other.

C-SPAN: 2014 Cities Tour
A visit to the Country Life Center and the story of three generations of Henry Wallaces.

WOI TV Family to Farm
overview of the Country Life Center, its connection to Henry A. Wallace, and the Real Soil food camp.

Planting for the Future
WCI's Beginning Small Field and Business Apprenticeships

NY Times Frugal Traveler Visits Gathering Table - August 2013
New York Time travel writer Seth Kugel visited the Country Life Center near Orient in August 2013. Praising his farm-fresh meal, he goes on to compare and contrast his Iowa eating experiences.

Wallace Centers of Iowa In The News


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Silos and Smokestacks

"People in cities may forget the soil for as long as a hundred years, but Mother Nature's memory is long and she will not let them forget indefinitely." --Henry A. Wallace

Inspired by the Wallace family legacy, The Wallace Centers of Iowa provides a variety of programs and services to build awareness of local food, sustainable agriculture, and civility. WCI serves both urban and rural communities with locations at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in rural Orient and the Wallace House in Des Moines. Activities include:

Production and Sale of more than 40 varieties of fruits and vegetables to local grocery stores, farmers markets, and Prairie Harvest Community Supported Agriculture subscribers.

The Gathering Table at the Country Life Center offers dining nearly year-round that utilizes locally-grown food. At the Wallace House in Des Moines, Thursday evening "Food for Thought" dinners combine locally-sourced menus with conversation about food.

Community-Building & Educational Programs:
Real Food camp educates teens about critical food issues such as food insecurity, food safety, and nutrition with a short-term intensive and long-term self-guided project.
Culinary Classes inspire cooks to use fresh, locally produced ingredients and expand their tastes.
Civility Dialogue Lunches gather concerned community members around the table for discussion about civility in our community.
Everyday Civility helps to build civility in the workplace with a two-hour learning session for employees.
Community Conversations facilitate conversation about current issues with community members and local experts.
Hearts & Homes Historic Teas share household tips and issues of the day from the women's section of the historic Wallaces' Farmer farm journal.
Farm-to-Table Dinners showcase in-season produce grown at the Country Life Center in a gourmet menu at the Wallace House.
Garden Workshops offer advice from local and regional experts to both new and experienced gardeners.

Entrepreneurial Food Production Processes and Activities shares practical advice and methods for other producers:
One Step at a Time helps emerging food entrepreneurs develop, test, process, package and market local food products to retail outlets.
Small Farm Field and Business Apprenticeships bridge the gap between a typical internship and independent farming with practical experience managing a medium-sized organic produce production garden.

Community-Building Consulting for neighborhoods, towns, non-profit organizations, and people who share a common interest.

Agri-Tourism Programs, Historic Tours and Archives: Provides information about the achievements of Wallace family members to students, authors, researchers, and the public for reports, articles, books, historical exhibits, and general interest.

Winner of the 2011 Better Together Award from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines


































Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 21 & 28, June 4, 11, 18 & 25
Food for Thought Dinners

Food for Thought combines changing food themes and local experts with locally-sourced meals to spark conversation about food. Order from a changing menu. Reservations are taken for each half hour from 5:30 to 8 pm: 515-243-7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org. Private dinners on May 14 and August 20.

Friday, May 15, 22 & 29, June 5, 12, 19 & 26
Gathering Table Lunches

Centered around the fresh produce grown in the garden right outside the Gathering Barn near Orient, lunches are offered 11 am to 1 pm. The changing menu can be viewed on the Restaurant page. Reservations suggested for groups. 641-337-5019 or katieporter@wallace.org.

Friday, May 15 & 29, June 5. 12. 19 & 26
Gathering Table Dinners

Centered around the fresh produce grown on site, dinners are offered 5:30 to 8 pm at the Country Life Center near Orient. New for 2015 are weekly Country Favorite specials such as fried chicken or pork chops. The changing menu can be viewed on the Restaurant page. Reservations recommended. 641-337-5019 or katieporter@wallace.org.
Closed May 22 for a private party.

Wed. May 13
Leadership & Civility Series

This lunch series invites leadership experts to share insight into effective leadership. Des Moines Water Works' Manager Bill Stowe will speak on "Taking a Stand in a River of Controversy" 11:30 am - 1 pm, $25. This event has a wait list.

Saturday, June 6
Farm to Table Tour & Dinner

Walk the land where your food comes from, along with produce production staff and then enjoy a delicious four-course meal prepared by Chef Katie. Tours begin at 5 pm, and dinner at 6:30 pm. $50/person. Reservations: 515.243.7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org

Wed. June 17
Leadership & Civility Series

This lunch series invites leadership experts to share insight into effective leadership. Activists Donna Red Wing and Bob Vander Plaats will address "Lessons in Civility from Two Activists" 11:30 am - 1 pm, $25.

Wed. June 24
Leadership & Civility Series

This lunch series invites leadership experts to share insight into effective leadership. Callista Gould will speak on "Can We Talk? Finding Civility When We Disagree." 11:30 am - 1 pm, $25.

July 12-17
Real Food Summer Camp

Teens will explore the world of food during this six-day adventure. Hands-on activities such as food harvesting and preparation are combined with field trip experiences such as the World Food Prize and research farms. 515.243.7063 or dianeweiland@wallace.org for more info.

Monday, July 20
Cookin' with Katie: Tarts

Get up to speed on the newest tastes and latest cooking methods with Chef Katie at the Wallace House. Each class begins at 5:30pm, lasts at least 2 hours, and includes dinner and handouts. $40/person. 515.243.7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org

Saturday, July 25
Farm to Table Dinner Fundraiser

Held inside the restored Wallace House, Chef Katie takes the freshest farm ingredients and transforms them into a five-course gourmet dinner. All of the produce is grown at the Country Life Center farm near Orient. $70/person. Bring your own wine or beer. Reservations required. 515.243.7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org

Tuesday, August 4
Cookin' with Katie: Tarts

Get up to speed on the newest tastes and latest cooking methods with Chef Katie at the Country Life Center. Each class begins at 5:30pm, lasts at least 2 hours, and includes dinner and handouts. $35/person. 515.243.7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org

Tuesday, September 8
Cookin' with Katie: Soups

Create a whole meal from basic stock, veggies, and leftovers. with Chef Katie at the Country Life Center. Each class begins at 5:30pm, lasts at least 2 hours, and includes dinner and handouts. $35/person. 515.243.7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org

Monday, Sept. 14
Cookin' with Katie: Soups

Create a whole meal from basic stock, veggies, and leftovers with Chef Katie at the Wallace House. Each class begins at 5:30pm, lasts at least 2 hours, and includes dinner and handouts. $40/person. 515.243.7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org

Tuesday, Sept. 22
Cookin' with Katie: Holiday Appetizers

Get a jump start on your holiday planning with Chef Katie at the Country Life Center. Each class begins at 5:30pm, lasts at least 2 hours, and includes dinner and handouts. $35/person. 515.243.7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org

Monday, Sept. 28
Cookin' with Katie: Holiday Appetizers

Get a jump start on your holiday planning with Chef Katie at the Wallace House. Each class begins at 5:30pm, lasts at least 2 hours, and includes dinner and handouts. $40/person. 515.243.7063 or deannebryce@wallace.org

For more details visit our events page.

Upcoming Events
756 Sixteenth Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314
2773 290th Street, Orient, Iowa
515-243-7063 (Des Moines) • 641-337-5019 (Orient)
Email: info@wallace.org