Author Archives: Suzanne Hull

BySuzanne Hull

Parlo Pizza | #CDM2018 Vendor

Tell us about your business

Parlo Pizza is a mobile food caterer/concessionaire/vendor/food truck specializing in bringing authentic Neapolitan “wood-fired” pizzas to area special events, weddings, graduations, and corporate parties.  Our “old world flavors” and “old school” presentation will help you to offer your guests a unique and fun opportunity.

Culinary choices abound from specially selected traditional toppings and family heirloom recipes.  We speak pizza!

For Christkindlmarket Des Moines we are roasting chestnuts!!!

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018?

We were inspired to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 because roasted chestnuts are a traditional holiday season fare that can be prepared perfectly in our wood fired oven.

Old world flavors… prepared old school style!

Our recollections of strolling alpine villages near our home in Rome, Italy at Christmas time, enjoying the street vendor fare of roasted chestnuts inspired us. It made us want to bring this savory, sweet delicacy to our Iowa foodie friends and fans. The sights, the aromas, the flavors…the people!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Ciao and see you all in December!

 

 

BySuzanne Hull

CDM2017 Planning Committee Receives Group Governor’s Volunteer Award

The CDM2017 Planning Committee is honored to have been chosen to receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award.

We are extremely thankful to those who have given the precious gift of their time. Thank you for your dedication and for contributing your talent.

Awards will be handed out in person during a special recognition ceremony on Tuesday, June 19 at 3:30pm at Southeast Polk High School Auditorium.

 

 

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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BySuzanne Hull

Visit Christkindlmarket Des Moines at the Downtown Farmer’s Market!

One of the best parts of living in Des Moines during the summer months is the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Is there a better way to spend a Saturday morning than grabbing a breakfast sandwich or burrito and browsing the local produce offerings? Add some great weather and live music and it can’t be beat.

The great opportunities don’t stop there. Did you know you can learn more about what’s happening in Des Moines at the Downtown Farmer’s Market? Each week the market gives non-profit and charitable organizations the opportunity to connect with the community and create awareness for their causes.

On June 2, Des Moines European Heritage Association will be at the Downtown Farmer’s Market at the community corner to share our mission with market goers. Get a preview of what the market will look like and learn more about what it takes to make a Christmas market happen. You can also sign up for our e-newsletter while you’re there.

Need more of a reason to visit us? We’ll be making Lebkuchen Herzen at our stall for people to take home. We’d love for your family to come make a memory with us downtown.

Our booth is located on the intersection of Third Street and Court Avenue, near Johnny’s Hall of Fame. Volunteers will be at the booth from 7 a.m. until noon. We hope to see you there!

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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BySuzanne Hull

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!

 

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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BySuzanne Hull

Top of the Hill Nuts | #CDM2018 Vendor

Tell us about your business

In the fall of 2001 we began the venture of selling cinnamon flavored roasted nuts. We expanded by adding maple flavor and a spicy sweet Cajun.
What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018?

We have done shows from craft shows to fairs, bridge festivals, Iowa state football and basketball, drake relays as well as state track as well as pumpkin festivals and farmers markets. We were fortunate to be invited to be part of the first Christkindlmarket. It is an outdoor festival with a festive appeal with a holiday flare with a bit of fall.

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 and why did you choose them?

We will be selling roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans in 3 sizes.  It has been a joy to speak with customers that have bought roasted almonds in Germany or are of German ancestry that have eaten them as a child in Germany.
BySuzanne Hull

Damonlayne Woodworking | #CDM2018 Vendor

Tell us about your business

DamonLayne Woodworking is an Iowa business located in Earlham, Iowa. For the past 5 years, Damon has spent his free time working from a renovated Madison County, one-room school house to create uniquely designed cutting boards and butcher blocks that will be a focal point in your kitchen.

Working closely with customers, Damon has created unique Crimson & Gold and Black & Gold themed cutting boards. He has also created a Walnut end-grain butcher block that was made with lumber from his customer’s family farm. All Damon’s woodworking creations will easily become a stately addition to the homeowner’s kitchen.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018?

The Christkindlmarket event provides a showcase for talented artisans who will display their works to tens of thousands of people. Damon is excited to be a vendor at the Des Moines 2018 event and have the opportunity to interact with customers who appreciated woodworking and quality, hand-made craftsmanship.

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 and why did you choose them?

Damon will be selling cutting boards, butcher blocks, and cheese slicers. Damon’s cutting boards are made with Walnut, Cherry, and Hard Maple lumber. Often, accent pieces of Red Heart, Yellow Heart, or Purple Heart wood are included and gives his woodworking a unique and creative splash of color.

Damon chose these products because they are fun, functional, and would look great in anyone’s kitchen. These beautiful cutting boards make a great gift for the holiday season, a wedding, or a house warming gift.

 

BySuzanne Hull

European Amazing Race presented by Des Moines European Heritage Association

Celebrate European heritage and culture in the heart of downtown Des Moines!

During the Des Moines European Heritage Association’s European Amazing Race, follow clues (on foot and by driving yourselves in either teams of two or four) that will lead you to several downtown Des Moines locations while participating in challenges and activities that will help you learn about European heritage and culture.

Adults and children 12 and over are ticketed, children 11 and under are free. Bring your smartphone to take pictures and wear comfortable shoes!

A prize will be awarded to the winning team. The winning team will be determined based on race completion time and if the challenges were successfully executed.

Click here to Register!

Registration closes June 6, 2018 at midnight. You may not register on site.

DATE: June 9, 2018

TIME: 1pm – 4pm

START/END LOCATION: Capitol Square (400 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309)

FEES: $30 for a team of two / $60 for a team of four

Click here to Register!

BySuzanne Hull

CDM2018 Hotels

This year, we are pleased to work with the following hotels. Located just a few blocks away from Cowles Commons, these properties are perfect for guests visiting Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Des Moines Marriott Downtown (King or 2 Double Beds: $98)

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

Book your group rate for 2018 Christkindlmarket – If calling, mention “Christkindlmarket Des Moines”.

Cutoff Date: Thursday November 8, 2018

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: $119, Double Queen: $129)

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

Book your group rate for 2018 Christkindlmarket – If calling, mention “Christkindlmarket Des Moines”.

Cutoff Date: Monday, October 29, 2018 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
BySuzanne Hull

It’s Time to Tee-Up for DMEHA!

The Des Moines European Heritage Association is partnering with The Prinicipal Charity Golf Classic’s Birdies for Charity program. This is your opportunity to support DMEHA’s mission of bringing cultural-based education, fun and activities to Iowa, including children.

For every donation made, Birdies for Charity will add 10 percent! To participate, you can pledge a flat amount until July 31st, or if you pledge by June 7th, you can pledge so much per birdie made during the entire tournament (last year there were 821 birdies, so 10 cents per birdie would equal $82.10). Regardless, it’s a great way to show your support of DMEHA to keep our programs going and growing, including the Language Offerings and Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Any donations of $25 or more will qualify for a 2018 Christkindlmarket Des Moines commemorative mug upon payment.

BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling Party a Huge Success

Several people were the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2018 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Tuesday, April 17.

They sipped the signature drink (warm mulled wine) while shopping a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 vendors. The first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2018 mug received a goody bag. Make your donation today!

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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