THE WALLACE CENTERS OF IOWA: sustainable food & civility initiatives

The Gathering Table

Where Farm & Table are Just Steps Apart

Need Valentine plans? We can help!

Early birds can enjoy a romantic dinner at the Country Life Center on Saturday, February 10 from 5:30 to 8 pm. Chef Amy is presenting a three-course meal:
fresh winter salad
Spinach, Winter Radishes, Cranberries, Walnuts, Feta, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
bacon wrapped roasted pork loin with mustard cream sauce
Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes and Maple Thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots and Parsnips
Fresh Strawberries and Chocolate Drizzle
$45/couple. Contact Lisa to book your spot or call 641.337.5019.

Friday Lunches and Dinners

One of Travel Iowa’s 2017 “99 Restaurants in Iowa to Try” 99_Restaurants_Checklist

We are now closed for the 2017 dining season and expect to re-open in April for the 2018 season.

The Gathering Table offers lunch and dinner menus centered around the more than 40 varieties of fresh produce grown in the 12 acre on-site garden and orchard. Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in flavor and beauty are complimented by beef, pork, lamb, poultry, cheese and grains. Menu options change almost weekly.

The Gathering Table restaurant may need to close because of private events such as reunions and wedding receptions. These dates are posted in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Upcoming Lunches and Dinners

There are no upcoming events at this time.

“Customer service [is] warm and friendly; the environment and location is historically significant and [it’s] wonderful to be able to experience the prairie and surrounding area.”  –September, 2017

Upcoming Events:

Valentine's Dinner

February 10. Reservations available 5:30 to 8 pm. Contact Lisa or call 641.337.5019.

Friday Lunches & Dinners

Dates for the 2018 season will be announced soon. Closed occasionally for private events; please call 641-337-5019 for reservations.

sample menu



756 16th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
2773 290th Street, Orient, IA 50858
Ph: 515.243.7063 (DM)
Ph: 641.337.5019 (Orient)