A Taste of the Loire

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Above: Enjoy French cooking next week when DMACC students and French chefs create the event “Taste of the Loire Valley.”

By Wini Moranville

If you’ve not yet been to the new River Center event space, here’s a chance to check it out: On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the center will host Taste of the Loire Valley. River Center and CultureAll, a provider of cultural programming in Central Iowa, are sponsoring the event.

The evening will showcase the work of this year’s visiting chefs from the Association des Cuisiniers de la Loire. For two weeks each year, selected chefs from this association travel to Iowa to teach French cuisine in the Culinary Arts Program at Des Moines Area Community College. The yearly stint is part of an ongoing exchange program that began in 1986.

Tasting stations at the event will feature samples of food and wine from the Loire Valley. The cost of admission is $40 per person, which will help support culinary exchanges with the Association des Cuisiniers de la Loire and CultureAll’s multicultural education programs for K-12 students in Central Iowa.

The event begins with a culinary demonstration at 6:30 p.m.; the tasting runs from 7:15 to 9 p.m. The River Center is at 340 S.W. Third St., 515-330-1517; rivercenterdsm.com. For tickets, click here.

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