Seasonal Dining at a Historic House

Chef Katie Honored

We’re proud to announce that Chef Katie Porter was recognized by the Iowa Restaurant Association as one of “40 Women to Watch” in 2022! Congratulations to Katie on this well-deserved honor.

Farm to Table Thursdays

You can’t get more local than this! Chef Katie takes our farm-fresh produce, adds protein from other Iowa farms, and transforms them into satisfying dishes. Vegetables are the stars here, with seasonal sides available for sharing around your table. Each week’s menu includes a special appetizer, entree, and dessert inspired by the farm. Sides change often, depending on what is harvested fresh that week. Posted menus are subject to change slightly as ingredients are available. Bring your own wine or beer; no corkage fee.

The Wallace Centers of Iowa is a non-profit organization that connects food, land, and people. We’re proud to offer an outstanding dining experience at our Farm to Table Thursday Dinners. No-shows and late cancellations greatly impact our organization. We ask that you please let us know as early as possible if you won’t be able to make your reservation so we have ample time to contact others on the wait list. If you need to cancel your reservation, please call 515.243.7063 or email Katie.

Note: All of our Farm to Table Thursdays are fully booked for the rest of 2022 and we have a lengthy wait list for cancellations. If you’d like to be added to our email list for advance notice about 2023 reservations, please email Ann with your name.

Each course [an] extraordinary combination of flavors & textures & colors…

Judy G.

Know Your Farmer Dinner

Our occasional Know Your Farmer Dinners pair a one-of-a-kind menu with a chance to personally talk with incredible Iowa growers.

On Saturday, November 12, our Know Your Farmer dinner features certified organic beef, pork and popcorn from Rosmann Family Farms in Harlan. Daniel and Ellen Walsh-Rosmann will share their story of sustainable agriculture, community-based food systems and agriecological diversity. The couple also owns and operates FarmTable Procurement & Delivery, an aggregate and distribution company that works with 40 growers across Iowa. The 3-course menu includes:

first: Oxtail Rillette | Housemade Mustard and Pickled Vegetables | Sourdough by ChelseaB

second: Herb Crusted Pork Loin | Sweet Potato Puree | Roasted Vegetables | Rosemary Pork Jus | Cranberry Relish

third: Kabocha Squash Cheesecake | Popcorn Crust | Salted Caramel Popcorn

Bring your own wine or beer; openers and glassware provided. Doors open at 6 pm; dinner served at 6:30 pm. $65/person; gratuity included. Click on the event link to book a table.

Private Events

Celebrate any of your special occasions with a private gathering at the Wallace House. Chef Katie will customize a farm to table menu that fits your tastes. Seating is available for up to 40; stand-up events can accommodate about 50.

To inquire about dates or menus, call 515.243.7063 or email Katie.

Our Food Values & Beliefs

We embrace local food and sustainable agriculture. Sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients locally results in tastier, more nutritious food and showcases Iowa’s ability to produce high quality ingredients. Our restaurants connect patrons to our garden, land and historic sites and to other members of the local foods community.

Core Food Values:
• Menus reflect our garden, land, & historic properties
• Seasonal, housemade dishes
• Quality ingredients
• Local sources support Iowa’s family farms & small businesses