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Posted August 05, 2020in The Dish

Dogtown rises in chaos

The Dog Days of 2020 began on July 22, but the dawning of the age of Dogtown had already commenced. The Drake neighborhood will spend at least $700,000 in the next couple years with developments that include housing, a hotel, the Harkin Center, a remodeled Varsity Theater, and probably a

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Posted July 01, 2020in The Dish

Dining in the year of the pandemic

There were more closings than openings for the first period in quite a while. Calamity breeds chaos. The last three months were piled high with a lot of both. Never have so many restaurants changed hands so quickly here. Reopening is hard in large part because many restaurant and bar

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Posted April 01, 2020in The Dish

Food in the year of the virus

Things got really crazy in the restaurant world last month. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling for a two-month ban of congregations of more than 50 people and for maintaining more than 6 feet of distance between people, The Wu Han virus claimed victory in the Pearl

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Posted March 04, 2020in The Dish

Good news, political food and food trends

And you thought we had a problem with farm-raised salmon? The newest Year of the Rat infested the world with new forms of dread and old ways of spreading them. Food, it turned out, was the most likely cause for the coronavirus. And that’s not a Mexican beer joke. Just

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Posted February 05, 2020in The Dish

Good news, bad news and new stuff we like

Black Velvet Canadian Whisky, the once and future king of Iowa, was the state’s most popular liquor brand. Wheat exploded to a 16-month high bolstered by potential Chinese demand following a trade deal. Argentina, Ukraine, Russia and Australia growers all had problems with their wheat crops. As Chicago wheat rallied,

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Posted January 01, 2020in The Dish

Lost legends, rising farmland prices and virtual reality glasses for dairy cows

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar took the top spot in an annual Iowa cooking competition. This year was a time of Dickensian bests and worsts. Des Moines’ food scene lost some legends. Innovative restaurateur Ralph Compiano, State Fair food division guru Arlette Hollister, Noah’s head Jimmy Lacona, pizza man

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Posted December 04, 2019in The Dish

Where is the music of food?

Why are there so many songs written about cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin and so few written about food? Food is the subject of at least as many movies as drugs. There are far more radio shows dedicated to food than drugs. And there are infinitely more paintings of food than

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Posted November 06, 2019in The Dish

Taste of New York wins Ultimate Pizza Challenge

And more good news Taste of New York won the Ultimate Pizza Challenge over the last three months. The Jordan Creek pizzeria has won the hearts of Des Moines’ diners in a little more than five years, which is a New York minute when it comes to pizza love. The

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Posted October 02, 2019in The Dish

Domesticated pets move to top of food chain

There is a lot going on in the restaurant world. The last month was a time of astonishing consequences for third-millennium Americans. After some 12,000 years of invention, ingenuity and hand-to-hand combat to reach the top of the food chain, green zealots shamed enough people into abdicating that top dog

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Posted September 04, 2019in The Dish

Coke and Pepsi flop in outer space

40 “Women to Watch” in hospitality August was a bitter time for local restaurant lovers. Three beloved, old-school cafés closed. They were Italian American classics and will not be easily replaced. Noodles, a southside icon with a huge crowd of golden-aged fans, closed because it was time to retire for

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