Preparing fresh, locally grown ingredients for a unique dining experience.
Location: inside the Gathering Barn at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center, 2773 290th Street, Orient (for a printable map, click on Directions on the navigation bar)
Lunch Hours: 11 am - 1 pm Fridays
Dinner Hours: 5:30 pm - 8 pm Fridays
"I just wanted to say I think it's wonderful there are finally options in rural areas for farm-to-table dining... Thanks to everyone there for making these options available in rural areas and helping put farms back in the hands of families."
Since 2006, The Gathering Table has offered lunch menus centered around the fresh, organic produce grown in the four acre on-site garden and orchard. Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, locally raised beef, pork, lamb and poultry and desserts that are rich in flavor and beauty will be the foundation for menu options that change almost weekly. Prices range from $7 to $9 for entrees; desserts are $4.50.
Gathering Table Friday evening hours in 2015 are from 5:30 to 8 pm beginning March 13 and continuing to December 11. Reservations are strongly recommended for evening dining. Dinner entrees range from $13 to $19, desserts are $4.50. New for 2015 are weekly Country Favorites--specials such as meatloaf or fried chicken.
The Gathering Table restaurant may need to close on select evenings because of private events such as reunions and wedding receptions. These dates are posted in advance under Events on the home page. We apologize for any inconvenience.
In addition to the restaurant meals, Chef Katie also offers seasonal menus to groups renting the Gathering Barn near Orient and the Wallace House in Des Moines.
Information about renting space inside the Gathering Barn or at the Wallace House can be found on the Rental page. Katie would be happy to discuss menu options with you. Please call 641-337-5019 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chef Katie Porter
Katie Porter has always enjoyed food and cooking. Originally from Mount Ayr, Iowa, she ventured to Keystone, CO where she attended the American Culinary Federation of Colorado Mountain College. Katie has traveled the country and beyond during her career, holding cooking positions at fine dining restaurants in Colorado, North Carolina, and Chicago; in the Caribbean and Europe; and most recently at CSA farms in Wisconsin. Katie enjoys exploring the farming aspect of the culinary world and the importance of knowing how and where food is grown. As chef, Katie oversees the Gathering Table restaurant at the Country Life Center and Food for Thought Dinners at the Wallace House.
In her companion job as Food Programs Manager, she also teaches seasonal cooking classes, WCI's summer food camp for teens, and One Step at a Time, a value-added food program for area growers.