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Complete Nutrition Giveaway!

Hey!  So……Complete Nutrition gave us some, ok a ton, of Real Food Protein Bars to give away! We had the chance to sample some last night and we approve! They had me at caramel cashew. I mean, they are protein bars, so don’t expect to be chowing down on a Twix, but they give you the satisfying sweet/salty fix when you are trying to be healthy =). And they are filling with 30 grams of protein! I’m actually not a fan of chocolate, so Rick tried the Chocolate Cherry and said the chocolate overpowered the normal “chalky” taste you get from protein bars and he liked them better than the cashew, even though he’s typically a nut fiend.  I really liked the caramel cashew, but I could probably live on caramel and cashews alone for the rest of my life.  So overall, if you had to chose a protein bar amongst the sea of protein bars available, these are a strong choice.  So that’s our two cents.

You can visit their local locations in West Des Moines or Des Moines to see all of the nutritional products they offer, or, if you want me to send you some bars, just comment on this post or “like” or comment on our Facebook post about this giveaway.  We’ll chose the winner of a box of each flavor soon!


Winefest Giveaway!

logo_comp_smWe are so excited to give away two Winefest Meredith Saturday Sessions tickets for an Afternoon on the Plaza to two EPLDSM followers!  The event is on June 4th, 2016 and promises to be a great time!

The Des Moines Wine Festival Foundation is proud to have been a part of the Greater Des Moines area since 2003 and we look forward to our fourteenth year of celebrating fine food and wine while bettering the community. Winefest’s signature weeklong series of events has grown into one of Des Moines’ most anticipated weekends of the year. Besides supporting the wine and culinary industry, Winefest has raised more than $400,000 for local charities and cultural organizations. Unique events such as Winefest help to improve our community’s cultural landscape and help to earn Des Moines its national accolades for quality of life.

Winefest Meredith Saturday Sessions feature two unique workshops, each offering an opportunity to work and learn alongside professional and celebrity chefs. Please find specific information on each session below:

Summer Fire
• Join us as we cook from the June Issue of Better Homes and Gardens with Greg and Gabi Denton, owners of OX Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Greg and Gabi will demonstrate their take on recipes prepared on a sizzling summer fire. Gather “around the fire” to hear Greg and Gabi’s story of success and thoughts on the latest food trends, while enjoying samples from their magazine feature and sipping on a delightful wine pairing. Following their session, you will have the opportunity to purchase their new book Around the Fire.

Local Treasures, National Masters
• Herb and Kathy Eckhouse, owners of La Quercia in our own Norwalk, Iowa are ready to delve into how their travels to Parma, Italy inspired a local Iowa prosciutto business that has grown into a nationwide sensation. Gain an introduction to how different meats are cured around the world and enjoy delectable samples of meat with the perfect cheese and wine pairing.

Afternoon on the Plaza
• Join us for both of our daytime Meredith Saturday Sessions, Summer Fire and Local Treasures, National Masters, and receive access to the Meredith Test Garden in between sessions. Wine will be available for sale by the glass.

For more information, feel free to visit our website at www.winefestdesmoines.com.

And to win two free tickets, just comment below with your favorite wine!  We’ll announce a winner the week of May 23rd!