A pair of Des Moines chefs are opening new restaurants in the near future, and a Clive restaurant is gearing up for a wine dinner. Here are the details.
Self-taught chef Sam Auen opened his first restaurant at the end of August. Auen's Tacopocalypse took over the space at 621 Des Moines Street in the East Village that was formerly the home of Luna Bistro. During a cooking demonstration at the World Food and Music Festival this past weekend, Auen announced that he would be opening a second Tacopocalypse next month. The chef/owner is targeting October 15 as the opening date for his second restaurant, which is going in at 119 West Broadway in Fairfield, Iowa.
Auen is not the only Des Moines chef/owner who is branching out. Alba's Jason Simon is in the process of converting the old Blockbuster video store located at 2932 Ingersoll Avenue into a restaurant. The restaurant, to be named Eatery A, will feature hand-made pasta and wood-fired pizzas. Simon is targeting early next year for an opening.
Finally, Table 128 Bistro and Bar announced last week that they would be hosting the Enigma Wine & Dine Sommelier Dinner Series on Sunday, September 29. Table 128 Chef Lynn Pritchard will be preparing a four-course dinner that will be accompanied by limited quantity, hard-to-find wines curated by Certified Sommelier Abbe Hendricks. The event will be $70 per person (including tax and gratuity), and reservations are required. Here is a look at the menu that has been announced so far:
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with maple bacon chipotle foam
Paired with: 2004 Vollereaux Cuvee Marguerite
Prawns Scampi with zucchini ribbons and lemon/saffron vinaigrette
Paired with: Tommasi 2011 Soave Le Volpare
Braised Beef Short Ribs with a natural reduction, kikko bleu cheese gnocchi, glazed cippolini onions and baby carrots
Paired with: Some Young Punks Mataro Mclaren Vale Lust Collides 2009
Chocolate Panna Cotta with bitter chocolate and spiced pumpkin seed brittle
Paired with: Digestif Cocktail prepared by T128 mixologist, Blake Brown
All of the wines will be available for purchase, and there will be individual party seating for the event. For more information on this event, or to make reservations, call Sarah Pritchard at the restaurant at (515) 327-7427.