Where Farm & Table are Just Steps Apart

Friday Lunches at the Country Life Center

TRAVEL NOTE: If you are traveling to the Country Life Center from I-80, please be aware that there is bridge construction on P-28 south of Stuart that may last until June 10 or later. This construction may or may not show up on travel aids such as 511 or GPS.

There is a gravel road detour, but we recommend that you exit I-80 at Winterset (Hwy. 169), Earlham (P-57), Dexter (P-53) or Greenfield (Hwy. 25). All of these paved roads will take you to Hwy 92 that connects to P-33, the Henry A. Wallace Road.

Open to the public on Fridays from May 10 to September 27, the Gathering Table restaurant offers changing lunch menus centered around the more than 40 varieties of fresh produce grown in the 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. The restaurant is located inside the historic barn replica at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center near Orient, IA.

Walk-ins or reservations are welcome for lunch. Please call 641-337-5019 for reservations or email Lisa Swanson.

The Gathering Table 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.

(photo courtesy Anita McVey, Picnic Life Foodie)

Know Your Farmer Dinners

carrots, produce, vegetables, CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, sharesWCI’s occasional Know Your Farmer dinner series directly connects local farmers with dinner patrons for a prix fixe meal prepared by Chef Katie.

NEW! June 6: Rufus & Jane Musser, Milton Creamery, Milton, IA – Hear how Milton Creamery is adding value to milk, supporting jobs in southeast Iowa and creating a product with art and passion. Hosted at the Wallace House. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner served at 6:30. $55/person, includes gratuity. BYOB.

July 27: Mosa Shayan, WCI Farm Programs Manager – Time for a road trip! Learn how fruits and vegetables get from the farm to your fork. Meet with Mosa to tour the gardens and orchard at the Country Life Center, then feast on a 3-course meal that you’ll not soon forget. Chef Katie is teaming up with Chef Sarah for the best of both WCI locations! $50/person, includes gratuity. BYOB or purchase Iowa wines on-site. Email Lisa or call 641.337.5019.

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