Field Trip | Firetrucker Brewery

During my formative years, field trips entailed excursions to museums, visits the local zoo, and classroom camps (Outdoor School, what?!). Here on DM Foodster, the “Field Trip” series will be a semi-regularly occurring post reviewing my latest haunts to some of Des Moines’ finest craft beer institutions. Expect real reviews […]

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Iowa Restaurant Association: 2015 Culinary Affair

Could this be one of the best night’s of eating in Des Moines? I’m guessing that it will be – and you shouldn’t miss out. April 12th, 2015, is going to be a night of elegant food and wine at Embassy Club West featuring central Iowa’s top chefs. The event that I’m talking about […]

All About The Avocado + Recipes

Avocados have been on the “trending” list for a long time; however, I have been what you call a late adopter.  But, my first time, I was hooked and now I can’t stop eating them on EVERYTHING. I decided to dig in a little deeper to find out some facts […]


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Dinner with Damo

If I were to ask you to name the largest Craft Brewer (by volume) in Minnesota, what would your guess be? Fulton? Or perhaps, considering their recent expansion, Surly? To which I would smugly reply “guess again!” (Mental Floss // Map found here.) You learn something new every day. Considering that […]

#IncredibleIs – My first trip to Bonefish Grill

I love seafood. I’m a regular fresh water fisher and have done a couple of deep sea fishing adventures off the coast of Florida. Now, of course, it’s going to be a little bit more difficult to find seafood like you can in Florida, but there are a couple places […]

Bang Bang Shrimp

Summit Beer Dinner Menu

Summit Brewery Beer Dinner at Eatery A 1

Not too often do you get to have a sit down meal with a head brewer – in this case the head brewer from Summit Brewery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was a cold, wet and quiet night in Des Moines but the atmosphere in the event room of Eatery A […]

Breitbach’s Country Dining 1

Maybe it’s the fact everything is made from scratch and the mashed potatoes are fluffed just right, the English Walnut pie & ice cream is melt-in-my-mouth, and the lightly battered cod tastes like it swam straight to my plate, that makes me keep going back year after year. That seems […]


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A Guide On What To Do Before You Brew

I blame my wife.* As a father of four daughters (three at the time, our fourth on the way), she felt that it would be a good idea for me to have a creative outlet…a hobby, if you will…to keep me busy, especially once the teenage years rolled around. So […]

15 Things You Hear When You’re A Dinner Guest

The next time you’re invited over for dinner or at a guest’s house with food you’ll definitely hear these things said over and over again. 1. It’s organic. 2. I haven’t made this before. 3. It’s from [insert store name] (because knowing will make it that much better). 4. It’s French. […]


11 Hipster Food Joints In Des Moines

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Just like any big city, whether you like it or not, Des Moines has a hipster food scene. Hipsters are drawn to artisanal provisions and locally harvested produce. The best part about all of that is Des Moines is able to feed the need of those “food requirements”. If you […]