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BySuzanne Hull

Curbin’ Cuisine | #CDM2017 Vendor

Tell us about your business

Curbin’ Cuisine is owned and operated by Jarrod & Misty Fontanini of Granger Iowa.  Jarrod & Misty both are down to earth, fun, energetic individuals.  Their food truly shows their dedication & creativity.  Curbin’ Cuisine emerged in May 2013 as a Food Cart and through great reviews of their food, a multitude of event requests to be a food vendor, they branched out and January 2016 their fully equipped, state of the art Food Truck hit the streets.  Curbin’ Cuisine offers Globally Inspired Foods to Feed your Body & Soul.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017?

This event is an event that is uniquely diversified culturally allowing Curbin’ Cuisine so showcase their talent and dabble in German inspired cuisines.

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 and why did you choose them?

Schwabische Kasepatzle (German Mac n Cheese), Warm German Potato Salad, The Hog Father Sandwich (Kielbasa stuffed w/ Pulled Pork & topped w/ BBQ Bacon Kraut, German Chocolate Brownies

Anything else you’d like to share?

Curbin’ Cuisine does catering.  We can do a full buffet style catering or even Food Truck Style Catering.  Our catering services are offered for: Wedding Rehearsal & Receptions, Anniversary Parties, Birthday Parties, Tailgate Parties, Graduation Parties, Block Parties, Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, City Festivals, We also offer Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Options upon request. Check out our website at www.curbincuisine.com for a unique look at our business.

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Dakota Tinworks | #CDM2017 Vendor

Tell us about your business

I trained as an historical tinsmith with Loren Miller at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska, and with master tinsmith William McMillen at Historic Eastfield Village in rural East Nassau, New York.

My tin shop, located in the basement of our 1901 historical home, is equipped with primarily 19th century tools and pre-1870 hand-powered tinner’s machines that I’ve restored myself. I use primarily 19th century techniques and methods while making my tinware. My goal is to make authentic tinware reproductions whenever possible. The one exception is that I do not use any lead solder in my shop — all of the solder I use is pure tin.

When I’m not working in the tin shop, I participate in living history events in my region as a US Civil War-era tinsmith, educating the public through demonstrations and short talks about the work and craft of the 19th century American tinsmith.

I sell primarily to individuals, either online through Etsy or in person, but some of my work can be found in the gift shops of historical sites run by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the South Dakota Art Museum.  I also do custom work for historical sites.  My most recent work was a set of period tin candle lanterns made for the Colvin Run Mill Historical Site in northern Virginia, which was built ca. 1811.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017?

In the 1970s, I lived in what was then West Germany as a boy and attended German public schools in Frankfurt am Main.  I went to many German Christkindlmarkets while I lived there, including some in other cities, like Heidelberg.  I found so much about them to be magical, so when I got the chance to be a vendor at the Christkindlmarket Des Moines, I jumped at the opportunity.

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 and why did you choose them?

I make a wide range of handmade tin items for sale, including Christmas ornaments and tree tinsel, Christmas tree toppers, cookie cutters, biscuit cutters, candle holders, candle lanterns, candle sconces, and cups.  I chose to sell these items at the market because they are popular with my customers and make great Christmas gifts!

Anything else you’d like to share?

My family and I are excited to be a part of the Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017.  We’re always eager to meet new people and share our tinware with others.  It’s an historical craft that fits in well with a traditional market like this.

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The Weitz Company | In-Kind Sponsor

We’re pleased to announce that The Weitz Company is a Bronze Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines!

Founded in Des Moines, Iowa in 1855, The Weitz Company is a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager with office locations throughout the United States. Weitz is one of the oldest commercial general contractors in the United States and consistently ranks in the top tier in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s list of Top 400 Contractors.

Thank you for your support!

 

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CDM2017 Hotels

This year, we are pleased to work with the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel as our preferred hotel provider. Located one half block northwest of Cowles Commons, this property is perfect for guests visiting Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel (King or 2 Double Beds: $99)

401 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 244-2151

Book your group rate for Christkindl Market Des MoinesIf calling, mention “Christkindlmarket Des Moines”.

Cutoff Date: Thursday November 9, 2017

Amenities:

  • Complimentary high-speed wireless internet
  • Self-Parking & Valet Parking options available
  • Complimentary airport shuttle service. Shuttle will also transport to immediate downtown area locations based upon availability.
  • Full-service restaurant and lounge featuring breakfast/lunch/dinner and in-rooming dining as well as periodic Renaissance R-Life Live events.
  • Connected to Des Moines downtown skywalk system, offering connection to over 3 miles of businesses and attractions.
  • 24-hour fitness facility
  • Featuring newly renovated rooms and public spaces in 2017

 

Des Moines Marriott Downtown (King or 2 Double Beds: $95)

700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309, (800-514-4681)

Book your group rate for 2017 Christkindlmarket – If calling, mention “Christkindlmarket Des Moines”.

Cutoff Date: Thursday November 9, 2017

Amenities:

  • Valet parking at a rate of $24 overnight.
  • City garages within walking distance for self-parking at a lower rate.
  • Coffee shop adjacent to front desk
  • Restaurant and bar in lobby, Restaurant on second floor
  • Fitness center, pool and room service
  • Connected through the Des Moines Skywalk
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from Des Moines International Airport, 6:00am-11:00pm
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout public spaces

 

Hyatt Place Des Moines Downtown (King w/ sofa sleeper pullout: $85, Double Queen: $109)

418 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309 (800-634-3839)

HOW TO MAKE RESERVATIONS:

  • Go to the home page
  • Select the appropriate dates of when you’ll be staying at the property * 11/30 -12/04*
  • Click the plus sign (+) next to “Special Rates” and a drop-down will appear
  • Select the bullet point: “Corporate or Group Code
  • Enter our Group’s code G-CHRT
  • Select “Check Availability”
  • Our group’s rate should appear, select, and you can continue with the reservation
  • Once all contact info and CC are finalized, you will receive a confirmation number to finalize the dates, rate, and block.

OR

You can call in your reservation at 1-800-634-3839 and request for the Christkindlmarket 2017 Block

Cutoff Date: Monday, October 30, 2017 at 5pm CST

Amenities:

  • Connected through the Des Moines Skywalk
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from Des Moines International Airport and the Downtown Area, 6:00am-11:00pm
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary Hot American & Continental Breakfast
  • 24/7 Guest Kitchen Serving made-to-order entrees, snacks, and hot breakfast
  • 24/7 Bakery Café offering Starbucks Specialty coffees, freshly baked pastries, premium beer, wine, and cocktails
  • Grab ‘n Go case featuring snacks, salads, sandwiches and bottled beverages
  • Complimentary 24-hour StayFit Hyatt Fitness Center
  • Valet Parking $18/day
  • Complimentary Indoor Pool

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#CDM2017 Commemorative Mug Design Revealed

We are pleased to reveal the design for the Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 commemorative mug designed by Sabine Voigt and produced by Straub Marketing.

 

 

 

For this year’s mug design, we again collaborated with German designer Sabine Voigt. She previously worked for Rolling Stone Magazine and continues to design mugs for Christmas markets around the world. We chose to incorporate our new logo this year, designed by Lessing-Flynn Advertising.

Straub Marketing is our 2017 Preferred Brand Solutions Vendor. We’re working with them to provide our commemorative mugs this year. Straub Marketing is a complete brand management company specializing in creative, print, promotional, apparel and fulfillment. The Straub team, with over 40 years of industry experience, creates seamless brand strategies, specifically customized by evaluating the organizational, circumstantial or event needs of clients.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is produced by a non-profit and organized by volunteers. We depend exclusive on our community’s financial support through sponsorships, grants and donations.

Guarantee your commemorative mug with a donation of $25 per mug in pre-sale now through July 1. The mugs can be picked up at the event in December. These commemorative mugs make great stocking stuffers and keepsakes for those of you that collect Christkindlmarket mugs.

Make your donation today!

 

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The Museum of Danish America | Platinum Sponsor

We’re please once again to have The Museum of Danish America join us as a Platinum Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place this December 1 – 4, 2017.

The Museum of Danish America (formerly the Danish Immigrant Museum) is a national museum located in Elk Horn, Iowa. Its mission is to “celebrate Danish roots and American dreams.”

They offer a variety of exhibitions, collections, genealogical resources/collections and information on Danish-American culture.

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Wartburg College | Bronze Sponsor

We’re excited to announce Wartburg College’s support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017.

Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning.

Wartburg College is a liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA). You don’t have to be Lutheran, or even Christian, to appreciate the way a Wartburg education will help you discover meaning and purpose for your life.

Wartburg College helps students discover and claim their callings—connecting their learning with faith and values, their understanding of themselves and their gifts, their perspective on life and the future, and the opportunities for participating in church, community, and the larger society in purposeful and meaningful ways.

 
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Christmas in July Full Moon Ride

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) is partnering with Flat Tire Lounge, Nite Hawk Bar & Grill, and Whistlin’ Donkey Sports Bar and Grill for an evening ride along the High Trestle Trail on July 8 from 8pm – midnight.

Riding in either direction, stop at each of these participating bars to enjoy live music, European games, Christmas decorations and a costume contest.

Participate in the European games and your donation will go to support DMEHA’s production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Get your team together and come out for a great time and to support our annual community event.

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2017 Christkindlmarket Des Moines Entertainment Schedule

Friday, December 1, 2017

11:00 am – 3:00 pm Stu Ryan O’Brien Irish traditional, pub classics and Irish American songs everybody knows. There’s always a wee bit of clappin’, sing along and lots of laughs too!

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Top Hat Carolers The Top Hat Carolers have been performing throughout Central Iowa for 25 years. They sing traditional Christmas and contemporary holiday songs dressed in Victorian garb.

6:00 pm – 6:10 pm Opening Ceremony

6:10 pm – 6:30 pm – East High School Advanced Handbell Ensemble

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen is a polka/variety band. Get ready to dance and sing along to some fun music!

 

Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen

Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen

Saturday, December 2, 2017

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central Iowa Wind Ensemble The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is an adult symphonic band with musicians drawn from the greater Des Moines area.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Central Iowa Wind Ensemble The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is an adult symphonic band with musicians drawn from the greater Des Moines area.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Heartland Youth Choir The Heartland Youth Choir, comprised of 180 singers from central Iowa, is a civic organization providing a performance-based program for youth, emphasizing musical literacy and character development.

2:50 pm – 3:30 pm Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance Celebrate Irish culture with the Foy School of Irish Dance. The revelry includes delightful traditional dances and contemporary choreographed numbers that both enchant and entertain!

5:10 pm – 5:50 pm Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Malek’s Fishermen Band Oldtime European style Polka Music

 

 

Malek's Fishermen Band

Malek’s Fishermen Band

Sunday, December 3, 2017

11:10 am – 12:00 pm Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Metro Brass Quintet The Metro Brass Quintet is based in the Des Moines, Iowa Metropolitan area and plays a wide range of music from polkas to classical to new works!

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Des Moines Chantant (strolling) Des Moines Chantant was created in 2014 by a group of French-speaking Iowans who wanted to get together and sing in French around Christmas time. We have loved it so much that we are still getting together after 3 years and love to share our French songs.

2:10 pm – 2:50 pm Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm International Folk Dancing This is a spectator’s participation dance, no experience necessary, Each dance will be taught as we go and dances are from around the world with an emphasis on French Folk Dances.

 

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Maiwanderung: A Celebration of Spring

This event is FREE, but we do ask that you RSVP via email to suzanne.hull@dmeha.org by Wednesday, May 3.

Join us as we celebrate Spring with a family-friendly Maiwanderung (lit: May Hike) on Saturday, May 6, from 11:30am – 2:30pm at Saylorville Cottonwood Recreation Area Site 009 (7400 NW 37th St, Ankeny).

Bring your appetite as there will be lunch available for purchase along with soda and water; please bring your own adult beverages.

Des Moines European Heritage Association will be hosting a bake sale with European delicacies. If you enjoy baking cakes and pastries, feel free to bring your own homemade baked goods to donate to the sale.

Our shelter is near woods and trails so enjoy a self-guided hike or a scavenger hunt in both German and English. Kids can participate in make/take activities to round out the afternoon.

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