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Food Dude: 30 years ago…Trostel’s Greenbriar celebrates an anniversary in style

When Paul Trostel moved his brand from Ingersoll (Colorado Feed & Grain, Rosie’s Cantina) to Johnston in 1987, there wasn’t much variety in the local dining scene. In fact, Trostel introduced the appetizer menu at Colorado Feed & Grain. Before that, appetizers in Des Moines consisted of a choice of tomato juice, fruit cocktail or […]

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Lunch With….Kristian Day

Kristian Day is the only Des Moines guy I know who has a page on IMDb (Internet Movie Database, the ultimate Who’s Who of Hollywood). It’s most impressive for someone who just turned 30, with credits in 15 different areas. That’s the same number Martin Scorsese has. We asked him to lunch, and he chose […]

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The buzz about booze

The drinking habits of American diners are changing By Jim Duncan   Trends this decade suggest that millennials are changing America’s drinking habits as significantly as any generation in 50 years. Just as baby boomers gravitated to beer and wine instead of the hard liquors of the Mad Men generation, millennials seem to be prioritizing […]

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On the edge of town

Places to explore while you’re here By Jim Duncan   The Iowa high school version of March Madness is not what it used to be in downtown Des Moines. Of the four big weeks of competitions, only the state individual wrestling championship still sells a significant number of tickets, and it’s now held in February. […]

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Prairie Meadows: A million square feet of Hospitality

By Jim Duncan In a recent conversation amongst long-time restaurant people, someone mentioned the stress involved preparing a 1960s wedding feast for 100 guests. At the time, that number of guests was extravagant. Last month, Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Casino, Entertainment Center and Hotel’s Hospitality Director Clay Willey laughed about that. “During the Christmas party season, […]

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