DES MOINES, Iowa (December 5, 2013) –
Besides new gardens, new displays and a new garden shop, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden also has a brand new café with chef Lisa LaValle at the helm. It’s called Trellis and opened December 3 to an eager throng of patrons anxious to experience LaValle’s signature palette in the space designed by architect Michael Simonson. Trellis is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Café visitors are not required to pay general admission.
LaValle previously ran the Des Moines Art Center café, where she developed a loyal following. At Trellis, diners will encounter a menu inspired by the world of plants, featuring seasonally and locally fresh ingredients. “I’m looking forward to preparing beverages flavored by locally grown plants, lemon verbena for example,” says LaValle. “Also nontraditional pesto using herbs besides basil and nuts other than pignoli and pistachios.”
As for the name, it just seemed to fit. “Something about a structure that supports growth in any direction spoke to me,” says LaValle.
With an expansive view of the Des Moines River and the downtown skyline, the café will become a destination for tourists and locals alike. “We’ve been anticipating Lisa’s culinary delights for months now, and we are abuzz with excitement about what the future holds,” says President and CEO Stephanie Jutila.
The space occupied by Trellis is the only new addition to the building from the Phase 1 capital campaign. The Botanical Garden reopened its doors to 2,700 visitors on September 28 after a three-month closure, even as construction continues on Phase I exterior gardens, scheduled to open late summer 2014. The recently launched $6.2 million We Are a Garden Now campaign marks the second phase of fundraising for the budding cultural institution. The campaign will raise money for the development of two additional gardens and expansion of the Botanical Garden’s curatorial and educational programs and its endowment.