preshow dining

DINING WITH DES MOINES METRO OPERA
Enhance your Des Moines Metro Opera experience by enjoying our own gourmet restaurant conveniently located in the secluded air conditioned comfort of the lobby of the Blank Performing Arts Center. Michael LaValle, a well-known Des Moines chef, restaurateur and General Manager at the Des Moines Embassy Club, brings his very special magic to the menus themed for evening performances of each opera. Gateway Catering of the award-winning Gateway Market in Des Moines offers a delicious brunch menu prior to Sunday matinees.

Evening meal: $43/person
Afternoon brunch: $25/person

DINNERS FROM OUR 45TH SUMMER FESTIVAL
Turandot:
Melon-Lychee Soup with Shrimp Pot Sticker, Smoked Trout Quarters, Crispy Asian Duck, Carved New York Strip Steak with Shiitake Sauce, Mini Strawberry Pound Cake with Blood Orange Cream

A Little Night Music:
Fried Green Tomato Salad with BBQ Toast, Southern Fried Chicken Thighs, Mountain Brook Trout, Carved Smoked Pork with Red Eye Gravy, Peach Crisp with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Whiskey Sauce

Billy Budd:
Scottish Salmon with Horseradish and Dill, Lamb with Vegetable Pastries, Carved Angus Beef Filet with Wild Mushrooms, Drunken Rhubarb Triffle with Vanilla Whiskey Sauce

BRUNCH
Quiche Florentine, Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits, Mini Ciabatta Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit, Artisan Cheese, Assorted Breads, Danishes, Petite Muffins, Cinnamon and Pecan Rolls.


RESTAURANTS
If you should elect not to dine in with us at the Opera prior to the show, we encourage you to visit the following restaurants that have supported Des Moines Metro Opera:

  • Vivian's Diner & Drinks
    400 Walnut St, #101
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    515-282-8936
    viviansdsm.com
  • Sam & Gabe's at the Lyon
    600 E 5th St
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    515-421-9333
    samandgabes.com
  • Trellis Cafe & Catering
    909 Robert D. Ray Dr
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    515-323-6390
    trelliscafe.com
  • Johnny's Italian Steakhouse
    6800 Fleur Dr
    Des Moines, IA 50321
    515-287-0847
    johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com
  • HoQ
    303 E 5th St
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    515-244-1213
    hoqtable.com
  • Louie’s Wine Dive
    4040 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
    515-777-3416
    louieswinedive.com
  • Palmer’s Deli & Market
    2843 Ingersoll Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    515-274-4004
    palmersdeliandmarket.com
  • Blaze Pizza
    300 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    515-2518-0013
    blazepizza.com
  • Gateway Market
    2002 Woodland Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    515-243-1754
    gatewaymarket.com
  • The Tangerine Food Company
    1960 Grand Avenue, Suite 21
    West Des Moines, IA 50265
    tangerinefoodco.com
  • Riverwalk Hub
    316 SW 5th Street, Suite 200
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    515-559-3650
    port-of-desmoines.com