May 2, 2024 - Food and Drink

Wallace Centers of Iowa's new chef serves 5-course meal worth your money

A photo of ravioli.

My favorite course at the Wallace House this week was the herbed ricotta ravioli with spring vegetables. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

This week I attended the first scheduled five-course tasting dinner series introducing Saralyn Smith, the Wallace Centers of Iowa's new chef.

Why it matters: The farm-to-table meal was elegant, delicious and at a price ($75) that is more affordable than some other fine dining experiences in the metro like Oak Park or Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Zoom in: The meal included a cucumber elderflower spritzer, garden greens salad, ravioli, chicken with couscous, lamb in a red wine sauce and a rhubarb mousse vanilla chiffon cake.

  • Guests are welcome to bring their own wine with no corkage fee.

State of play: Instead of its regular Thursday farm-to-table dinners, WCI is now offering other new food programs at different price points.

The intrigue: Smith's May 7 dinner had one seat available as of this morning.

  • The third and final welcome event on May 14 is sold out.

Yes, but: The center's other programs are kicking into high gear in coming weeks, including Pizza on the Prairie on May 31.

  • Reservations for many of them are already being snatched up.
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