Late-Summer Forecast: Mostly Sunny With a 100% Chance of Delicious Food

Summer is winding down. The State Fair was a ball, but it’s all over for the year. The pool is closed. School’s back in session, and we can hardly believe it, but it’s nearly Labor Day.

But there are still some wonderful summertime food-centered events that you’ll want to add to your social calendar, Flashdine, the elegant dinner-party-meets-flash-mob, and Slow Food Des Moines’ Fall Potluck:

Des Moines Flashdine III, 2013
Des Moines Flashdine III, 2013

Flashdine IV.  Flashdine is a whimsical notion:

  1. Invite everyone you know to a bring-your-own-dinner dinner party. Ask them to invite their friends along.
  2. The location is secret; revealed only a few hours before the event.
  3. Institute a dress code: wear shorts and tees, or wear linen suits and ball gowns, but whatever you wear, your ensemble should be all white. (And your tablecloth/picnic blanket should be white, too, to complete the elegant tableau.)

That, in a nutshell, is Flashdine, Des Moines’ own version of Diner en Blanc (dinner in white), an elegant dining-meets flash mob event started in Paris twenty-five years ago.

The 4th annual FlashDine DSM is set for Sunday, August 31, 6:00 pm. Location announced on the Flashdine Facebook page (where you will find complete event info) & on Twitter (@flashdineDSM) that morning. The mystery location is, organizers say, beautiful, scenic, & amazing. BYOB everything you need for a meal. Food, drink, plate & silverware, table, chairs, etc.

Slow Food Des Moines Fall Potluck. Taking place on a date that is technically still summer (September 7), the local Slow Food chapter invites like-minded folks to a potluck at Water Works Park to celebrate the bounty of the harvest and the pleasure of good food and conviviality.

Make something yummy to share, and bring it (with a serving utensil). Folks are going to ask you for your delicious recipe, so you may want to have copies ready to share, too.

And did I mention, there will be prizes? You can bring any kind of dish you like, but if it happens to be a pie or a locally-sourced vegetable dish, you can enter it in the pie (or vegetable) contest.

Everyone’s invited: Slow Food members and like-minded friends are welcome at the potluck.

Full details over on the Slow Food Des Moines website.