Meredith Saturday Sessions

Discover the joy of pairing food and wine alongside Meredith Corporation’s experts. Take part in our Saturday session workshops and get the chance to work and learn from professional and celebrity chefs. Sessions will take part on the Meredith Plaza.

  • Grow It in the Garden with Jackson Family Wines 
    • Meet at Meredith Corporation
    • 8:30 am
    • $150 (VIP experience for a limited number of guests)
    • Members of the talented culinary team from Jackson Family Wines invite you to join them on a walk-and-learn through the Des Moines Farmers Market. The team members — Jackson Family Wines Executive Chef Justin Wangler, Chef Tracey Shepos Cenami, and Culinary Gardener “Farmer Tucker” Taylor—bring their expertise from the Sonoma winery’s renowned culinary gardens and vineyards to this unique small-group session. Starting at Meredith Corporation then venturing downtown, they’ll share expert gardening tricks and tips for shopping locally and seasonally, plus plenty of ideas for keeping your cooking fresh and delicious all summer long. We’ll celebrate a walk well done with a light breakfast and mimosas. (Bonus: Your seat is saved! Tickets for this session include a front row reservation for the 11:30 Meredith Saturday Session – Wine Country on the Plaza with Jackson Family Wines)
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  • Wine Country on the Plaza with Jackson Family Wines
    • Meredith Plaza
    • 11:30 am
    • $45
    • Join the all-star team from Jackson Family Wines on the Meredith Plaza for a Sonoma-inspired cooking demo and wine & food pairing with Jackson Family Wines.  Jackson Family Wines Executive Chef Justin Wangler, Chef and Cheese Specialist Tracey Shepos Cenami, and Culinary Gardener “Farmer Tucker” Taylor are sure to entertain and inspire with this fresh-from-the garden session featuring ingredients brought along from their California-based winery and culinary gardens—and a few local Iowa products, too. The food, wines, and company are not to be missed!

      Garden Vegetable Salad with Green Goddess Dressing and Flax Crisp

      Liberty Duck with Beets and Cherries

      Sonoma County & Iowa Artisan Cheeses

      Peach Melba with Rasberries and Marcona Almonds

      *Each course will be accompanied by the perfect wine pairing

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  • Thinking Outside the Salad Box with Chef Adam Kenworthy – SOLD OUT
    • Meredith Plaza
    • 2:00 pm
    • $30
    • Chef Adam Kenworthy, the Des Moines native and champion of Food Network’s Chopped, returns home for a fun demonstration to inspire innovative salad creation. Encouraging you to think beyond mixed greens, Chef AK will share ways to craft far-from-ordinary (and substantial!) combinations with robust vegetables, spiralized noodles, salmon, and more. Sample delicious recipes and wines, and leave with endless ideas for enjoying the flavors of summer throughout the year.
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  • Afternoon on the Plaza – SOLD OUT
    • Meredith Plaza
    • $65
    • Join us for our two afternoon Meredith Saturday Sessions, Wine Country on the Plaza and Thinking Outside the Salad Box, and receive $5 off each ticket. The Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden will open in between the two sessions with complimentary wine available.
    • *Please select this ticket option to receive the discounted price. No additional discounts may be applied.
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Photos from Last Year's Event