The 11th Annual Winefest Des Moines will kick off on Saturday, June 1 with the Meredith Saturday Sessions. The Saturday Sessions are a series of intimate educational food and wine workshops held at the Meredith Corporation (1716 Locust Street) in Downtown Des Moines. Tickets for all the day’s workshops are available through MidwesTix. Here is a look at the different workshops Winefest is offering this year:
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Share the Table with Barilla
In this workshop, guests will watch Barilla Executive Chef Lorenzo Boni, a Bologna-born chef in the Meredith Test Kitchen, prepare lunch. Chef Boni and guests will then move into the Showcase Kitchen to enjoy the delicious Italian meal together. The intimate event is perfect for picking up tips and tricks from an esteemed international chef. A gift bag full of goodies from Barilla is also included in the price of admission. Tickets are $50.
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Garden to Plate
Eric Liskey, Deputy Editor of Gardens and Outdoor Living for Better Homes and Gardens, takes guests through cooking demonstrations focused on creating fresh, seasonal dishes straight from their own gardens. The session also includes a tour of the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden, as well as some sangria. Tickets for this session are $35.
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Beyond Filet, Beyond Cabernet
National Cattleman’s Beef Association Executive Chef David Zino introduces guests to fabulous cuts of beef beyond filet mignon, while Abbe Hendricks, sommelier and Wine Director at Gateway Market, will help guests discover the perfect summer wine pairings. Tickets for this session are $35.
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Food on Fire, Finding Your Spice
Editor of Better Homes and Garden‘s annual Grilling and Mexican magazines, Carlos Acevedo, shows guests how to create perfect party dishes on the grill and sommelier and co-owner of Proof, Zachary Mannheimer, will help pair the charbroiled cuisine with just the right wine. Tickets for this workshop are $35.
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Barilla Interactive Dinner
Barilla Executive Chef Lorenzo Boni and Deputy Food and Entertaining Editor of Better Homes and Gardens Nancy Hopkins lead guests through a hands-on cooking class. Following hors d’oeuvres in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Gardens, guests will enjoy a four-course, family-style meal paired with Biagio Cru Italian wines and prepared tableside for a truly interactive experience. Attendees will not only walk away with fantastic recipes to share, but also a gift bag of Barilla goodies to create another authentic Italian meal at home. Tickets for the day’s finale are $100.
For previews of the other 2013 Winefest Des Moines events, go to this article.