Panda Palooza May 19!

pandapalooza-posterAllSpice is helping sponsor a unique event this Saturday, May 19, Panda Palooza, and we’re inviting all of our readers and customers to join us for the fun evening.

Benefitting the services provided by the Amanda the Panda organization, Panda Palooza will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. provides year-long grief support services to all Iowans who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Saturday’s Panda Palooza is going to be a fun- and food-filled evening with snacks from catering experts at Christiani’s, local beers from Confluence and Firetrucker Breweries, and a cash bar.

Two live bands — The Candymakers and Faculty Lounge — will provide a rousing musical backdrop for the Panda Palooza, too. The food and fun happens under The Canopy at Brenton Skate Plaza, just around the corner from us.

Local DSM businesses have also joined in support of the event, including Spindustry Digital, give., AllSpice, O’Donnell & Friends Open and Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling.

More about Panda Palooza. The Des Moines Partnership recently published a nice article about Saturday’s extravaganza.

Longtime AllSpice fans will recognize a familiar name in the article, and will understand why this event has a special place in our hearts. Panda Palooza is the brainchild of Jennifer Rhoads, who, with her late husband, Alex Rhoads, founded AllSpice back in 2010.

After Alex’s passing, Jennifer and their young daughter participated in the Amanda the Panda camp and support group. This weekend’s fundraiser honors and benefits the nonprofit organization.

Tickets. Panda Palooza is a family-friendly, all-ages event, and proceeds benefit the Amanda the Panda organization. Panda Palooza tickets are $20 each, and can be purchased on the Amanda the Panda website.