February 21, 2017
Chef Joe Tripp has a few things to do before opening Harbinger on Ingersoll Avenue in April.

Recently, dsm food writer Wini Moranville sat down with innovative chef Joe Tripp to discuss Harbinger, the new restaurant he's collaborating on with restaurateur Jason Simon (of Alba and Eatery A). Tripp had just returned from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, where he traveled for five weeks for culinary inspiration.
During their conversation, Tripp received word that he is on the ballot for the James Beard Chef Awards for his past work at Alba. It's his second consecutive year snagging the honor. Read Wini's account here, with Tripp's revelations about things to come at Harbinger, which is scheduled to open in April in the Ingersoll Avenue building previously occupied by Bistro Montage.

Wini Moranville covers food and dining for dsm. Follow her at All Things Food - DSM Wini Moranville.  

Last week we featured a stunning Silent Rivers kitchen remodel in "Spectacular Kitchen Project Unveiling: Mo' Space, Mo' Function".  This week, we reveal ingenious storage solutions, and other surprises, that add to the innovative approach to this beautiful project. ... 

Unveiling the cover of each new issue is a tradition of dsm launch parties. It was a family affair last time, when cover model Nate Carter shared the spotlight with members of his family.

We're extra excited to invite you to the dsm party next Tuesday, Feb. 28,  because we'll be unveiling our March/April issue in the all-new Republic on Grand, 401 E. Grand Ave. in the East Village.

Our regulars know the drill, but we hope even more of you will join us, between 5 and 7 p.m. These new-issue unveiling parties are always fun, often in surprising places, and always hosted by interesting people. Bring a friend, make new ones, and get a fresh-from-the-printer copy of dsm.  
Silver Fox offers a variety of fashionable brands for women of all ages. Photograph courtesy of Lacy Brunnette.  

When we stopped in Silver Fox recently, we were excited by what we discovered. Mary Langen, who this month took over ownership of the Ingersoll mainstay, has infused the boutique with a fresh vitality that's sure to be a draw for both longtime and new customers.
Langen has stocked the store with a well-chosen selection of classic and contemporary clothing brands, including Eileen Fisher, White + Warren and Pure Amici, plus distinctive jewelry, Suzi Roher belts and scarves, and other accessories. We also were happy to find a variety of price points.
The store's well-known founder, Janice Zuckert, opened Silver Fox in 1981, and shortly after she died in 2013, her husband, Alan Zuckert, hired Langen to help manage operations. Now as the owner, Langen says her goals are to maintain Janice's legacy of quality while also moving the boutique into the future with styles and service that will appeal to women of all ages.
When you go to Silver Fox, it doesn't take long to realize that Langen is fully engaged in meeting those goals, working to foster strong relationships with her customers. "You're not a stranger here for long," Langen says.
In addition to personal styling services, Langen and her team offer closet consultations, help with packing for trips, home delivery of purchases, even staying before or after hours to meet customers' schedules. "We'll go above and beyond to make shopping here a convenient, pleasant and fun experience," she says.
Silver Fox is at 2725 Ingersoll Ave.; for more info, call 515-283-2725 or go to the store's Facebook page
Brian Campos has produced almost a hundred podcasts covering local musicians and national traveling performers.

Local music gets a frequent boost from podcasts created by Des Moines native Brian Campos.
Campos, 33, produces his "Pants OFF! Podcast" about twice a month, "every other Tuesday, unless I sneak in an extra one," he says. Each episode features insights into the lives of local or touring musicians. The project, initiated more than three years ago, will mark its 100th podcast this spring. "I used to be in bands in my teens and 20s," Campos says, "and this is kind of a way to get back into the music scene."
That goal seems to be working. This Friday, Feb. 24, he will emcee the Des Moines Music Coalition's Backstage Ball, where he will be honored as DMMC's "Fan of the Year" for his work in spotlighting local musicians. You can also see him in action Thursday, Feb. 23, when Campos will record Pants Off! interviews and performances with local bands Tyborn Jig and THA FÜT at 8 p.m. at Vaudeville Mews ($5 cover).  
You can find Pants OFF! Podcast on such places as iTunes, Sound Cloud and Google Play, Campos says. "Then you can subscribe to the series or cherry-pick," he adds. "It's free."
Annabelle Gurwitch wrote and performs "I See You Made an Effort," opening tonight at the Temple Theater.
Photo courtesy of Ed Krieger

Opening tonight at the Temple Theater, comedic writer, actress and TV host Annabelle Gurwitch performs her one-woman, one-act show, "I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50," based on her New York Times best-selling book of the same name.

The show is set on the eve of a 50th birthday, and Annabelle is hounded by AARP, flummoxed by internet passwords, and wondering whether a declining 401(k) will force her to spend her Eileen Fisher years in an elder hostel in Uzbekistan.

Gurwitch is perhaps best known for her years as the co-host of "Dinner and a Movie" on TBS, and numerous years as a commentator on NPR. She has another book that will be published in April. Her Des Moines engagement continues through March 12. Tickets start at $26, available here
From left, sommeliers Angel Arevalo and Kelsey Seay battled bottle by bottle for the title of Iron Somm, won by Seay. With them are Susan Hatten and Natasha Sayles of Winefest Des Moines, which produced Saturday's event. Photograph courtesy of Christopher Maharry, Maharry Photography.

By Wini Moranville

A splendid time was had at the third annual Iron Somm event last Saturday, where Kelsey Seay of Gateway Market became the first female champion in the series. Seay bested Angel Arevalo of Django to take the title in the grand ballroom of the Temple for Performing Arts.   

The evening's fine-tuned four-course dinner included a showstopper that left everyone agog: the salmon and scallop "Osso Bucco" -- a giant scallop rimmed by luscious salmon, accompanied by pureed parsnips and roasted mushrooms -- created by Splash Seafood Bar and Grill's executive chef Dominic Ianarelli. While tradition-bent wine lovers might have reached for a white wine for this dish, both sommeliers chose reds: Seay poured the Mas de Bressades cabernet/syrah blend from the Costières de Nîmes appellation, while Arevalo poured a Chateau Haut-Brisson St. Emilion Grand Cru. Diners agreed that the infinitely food-friendly French reds were just the ticket for Ianarelli's dish, which will not soon be forgotten.
Mark your calendars for Winefest 2017, June 3-10. Learn more at Winefest's website


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