Apr 24, 2024 - Food and Drink

Wallace Centers of Iowa relaunches farm-to-table events

Photos of Wallace Centers of Iowa facilities.

Multiple educational meal programs operate from the Wallace Farm (left) near Orient and the Wallace House in DSM. Photos: Courtesy of WCI

Wallace Centers of Iowa (WCI) recently hired a new chef and is relaunching its popular farm-to-table meals.

Why it matters: The meals are an educational outreach, helping WCI advocate for Iowa's food, land and agricultural innovation.

  • Many of its eating events were on hiatus after the group's long-time chef quit in September.

Driving the news: Saralyn Smith was hired as chef and director of programming, WCI announced last week.

State of play: WCI's meal programs will continue to focus on locally grown meals.

  • The events will highlight the story of the food that's being served to bridge a disconnect people sometimes have with agriculture, Smith tells Axios.

Flashback: Part of WCI's mission is to preserve the legacy of the Wallace family — which includes farmers, journalists and politicians known for their influence in agriculture.

  • The program operates from two historic locations — the Wallace House in DSM's Sherman Hill neighborhood and the Wallace Farm near Orient.

Dig in: WCI is hosting a five-course dinner series ($75) at the Wallace House to showcase Smith's work.

  • April 30, May 7 and May 14, starting at 6:30pm.

Worthy of your time: Pizza on the Prairie and the Hearts & Homes Luncheon series resume next month.

A photo of a geothermal greenhouse
Wallace Centers of Iowa this month opened a geothermal greenhouse on its farm in Orient where food will grow year-round and diversify its meal programs. Photo: Saralyn Smith, courtesy of WCI
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