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Upcoming East Village Events: Spooky Paws and Holiday Promenade

Mark your calendars! Some of our favorite East Village neighborhood traditions are happening over the next several weeks:


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AllSpice Seventh Anniversary Party Friday, October 6

Join Rory, Andy, and the whole Allspice Crew this Friday, October 6, as we celebrate seven wonderful years of AllSpice!

From 5 pm – 8 pm, there will be plenty of laughs and good food – catered by Allspice’s own Jocelyn Stanton. (Menu and recipe links, after the jump).


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AllSpice ‘Spicy Fall Flavors’ Library Event Menu


AllSpice owner Rory, talking about ‘Spicy Fall Flavors’ at the Des Moines Public Library.

We had a great time at our September 12 ‘Spicy Fall Flavors’ event at Des Moines’ Central Library, with over twenty people attending.

We put together a simple presentation, showing various ways to warm up classic Fall dishes, demonstrating how sometimes, small changes in your routine or ingredients can make big differences in your cooking.

A couple of folks who could not be there Tuesday night had asked us for the recipes that we sampled at the library. We thought others might like the list, too:

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AllSpice at Tomato Festival This Saturday

Heirloom_Baby_TomatoesThis Saturday, September 2, AllSpice Owners Rory and Andy are going to Ted Lare Design Build and Garden Center to participate in their Tomato Fest!

AllSpice will be there from 2pm to 5pm, sampling and selling some AllSpice favorites. Rory has made some of our Tomato Jam to sample,  and we will be sampling “Caprese on a Stick”* as well.

The event spotlights local growers and artists and merchants, and will include:

  • A Tomato Tasting of 20+ heirloom varieties of tomatoes, with customers voting for their favorite one.
  • Jeff Naples, aka “The Beard Behind the Bar,” will mixing up samples of tomato-inspired drinks.
  • There will also be a salsa contest, a coloring contest, and farmers market vendors on site, too.

We would so love to see our readers there!


*Caprese on a Stick = heirloom cherry tomato + fresh basil + mozzarella on a skewer, drizzled with your favorite Balsamic Vinegar for good measure


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Series Kicks Off With Paprika “Lunch and Learn”

Paprika-all-kindsJoin us for the kick off to our new event series – Lunch and Learn!

Customers often ask us if we offer cooking classes. While we don’t have the space to host a complete class or an in-depth, hands-on workshop, we did want to find a way to meet customers’ requests for opportunities to learn more about the ingredients we sell — and how to use them effectively and creatively.

Introducing the Lunch and Learn series! Join us every other Wednesday at noon for a specialized shopping experience. Stop by and learn some “spicy” facts, try a tasty sample using that ingredient, and take home a few recipes!

The Lunch and Learn session consists of a 15-minute presentation about our topic of the week. After the informal talk, AllSpice staff will be available to answer any additional questions you may have.


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