Big As a Barn News                                          April , 2 019
this issue:  
quilt show & brunch
know your farmer
farm to table thursday
spring hearts & homes
doing good
leadership lunches
american dreamer
cooking classes
shared use kitchen   
dates to know  
Farm to Table Thursdays, 5:30 to 8 pm, WH
April 15 Cooking Class, WH
April 24 Leadership Lunch, WH
April 25 Know Your Farmer Mangalitsa #2, WH 
April 27 Quilt Show Brunch, CLC 
April 27 - May 5 Quilt Show, CLC
April 30 American Dreamer, WH  
May 10 Friday Lunches begin, CLC 
May 17 Hearts  & Homes, WH
May 20 Cooking Class, WH
May 29 Leadership Lunch, WH 
WH: Wallace House
CLC: Country Life Center
American Dreamer 
Iowa actor Tom Milligan will 
present his one-act play about Henry A. Wallace, "American Dreamer", at the Wallace House on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 pm. A dessert reception follows the 45-minute performance. Cost is $20/person. Seating is limited, so please let Deborah know you'd like to attend. Tom will perform the show again on October 7 at the Country Life Center in honor of HAW's birthday. More details TBA.
Cooking Classes  

Classes begin at 5:30 pm at the Wallace House, last 2+ hours and include dinner. $45/person. Contact Deborah for your seat. 

April 15: Shoots, Sprouts and Microgreens. Chef Katie and Farm Manager Mosa will show you how to grow and cook your own greens.

May 20: Pucker Up! Rhubarb isn't just for pies. Learn how to use it and other tart ingredients in savory dishes

July 15: Tacos! No need to look for a taco truck! Make your own tasty and fun street tacos.

Sept. 16: Tapas. These traditional Spanish tapas could be the hit of your next patio party

Oct. 7: One Pot Meals. The perfect class for busy people! Get dinner on the table quickly with these delicious and convenient dishes.

Nov. 18: Holiday Appetizers & Decorating Tips. One of our most popular classes will help make entertaining easy this holiday season.

shared use kitchen 
Operated by WCI, the Mickle Center Shared Use Community Kitchen in Des Moines is available to rent. Contact Kitchen Supervisor Mary Kapler  or call her at 515.282.4715.
Program, Brunch kicks off Quilt Show 
Dozens of handmade, historic, contemporary, and art quilts will be hanging from the barn rafters all week long! The Country Life Center will host the show April 27 to May 5. Hours are 1 - 4 pm on weekends, 10 am - 4 pm weekdays. Admission is $5/person. Dessert with coffee or tea is available for an additiona l $5/person. Volunteers are needed! Please contact Lisa or call 641.337.5019. 
A Special Opening Day Event on Saturday, April 27 includes brunch at 10:30 am followed by a special program. Lois Houghtaling of Greenfield, quilter and retired high school family & consumer sciences teacher, will present "Mourning Quilts". $20/person admission includes brunch, program, show admission and first dibs on the Remnant Sale with fabrics, patterns & notions. Contact Lisa for Opening Day Event reservations or call 641.337.5019. 
Know Your Farmer
Mangalitsa pig
Our first Know Your Farmer dinner was SOLD OUT so we scheduled TWO MORE! Prices for all our Know Your Farmer events are $55/person, including gratuity. BYOB. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner begins at 6:30 pm.

April 25: Mangalitsa pork, # 2
Steve and Becky Kerns are back for another 3-course Mangalitsa pork dinner. Courses include pan roasted flat iron steak, red wine braised pork shoulder and dark chocolate tart with candied bacon. Just a handful of seats left! Email Deborah or call 515.243.7063. 
July 27: Mosa Shayan, Farm Programs Manager, WCI 
Time for a road trip! Learn how fruits and vegetables get from the farm to your fork. Tour the gardens and orchard at the Country Life Center, then feast on a 3-course meal that you'll not soon forget. Chef Katie is teaming up with Chef Sarah for the best of both WCI locations! Email Lisa  or call 641.337.5019
Thursday dinners get tasty reviews 
"Great flavors!" was the comment after the new season of "Farm to Table Thursdays" kicked off at the Wallace House. Chef Katie's seasonal, locally-sourced menu features a special chef's appetizer, entree, and dessert inspired by the farm, plus several mainstays (this menu is just a sample). Reservations are available from 5:30 - 8 pm and strongly recommended. Check your calendar for those special occasions and reserve your seat now. 515.243.7063
Spring at Hearts & Homes
Ready to get out of the house? Bring your family or friends to one of our Hearts & Homes programs--a 3-course lunch and program. Spring dates include April 12, May 17 & June 14, each from 11:30 am to 1 pm. $25/person. Email Deborah or call 515.243.7063.  Private teas are also available; just ask. 
Doing Good in the Garden 
WCI will grow and donate 10,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to the Food Bank of Iowa in 2019. This "Garden for Good" will help food-insecure Iowans access more locally-grown produce and eat more healthfully.  
You can assist in 2 ways: help in the garden or provide financial support. Each Monday during the growing season, volunteers will work 10 am to noon to help plant, weed or harvest. Contact Lisa to get on the volunteer email list for later details. Cash contributions are needed to cover the expenses of seed, equipment, and labor. If you'd like to be a "Garden for Good" sponsor, please email Ann.
Leadership Lunches  
Deborah is pulling the last details together for these always thought-provoking discussions--and she's got something new in the works! Watch for news the week of April 8 and be ready to book your table!  
Friday Lunches start May 10  
Make sure you plan at least one trip to the Country Life Center this season for Friday Lunch. Chef Sarah Mathiews will be in the kitchen each week, turning the fresh produce from the garden into tasty menu items. Lisa handles the front of the house so contact her for reservations or call 641.337.5019.  
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