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Another Plate on the Table

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Echo Valley Country Club, 3150 Echo Valley Dr, Norwalk, IA 50211

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A unique dining experience honoring Dan Sears’ legacy

How You Can Honor Dan’s Memory and Support Children in Need

Right now, 1 in 6 Iowa children struggle with hunger. The Food Bank of Iowa is the state’s largest anti-hunger organization, serving more of our neighbors in need than any other. Your support can help provide up to 4 meals per dollar, helping children, families, and seniors struggling with food insecurity get the food they need to thrive.

Proceeds from every ticket purchased and all donations go to support the Food Bank of Iowa’s School Pantry and BackPack ProgramsTM.

Here in Iowa, the breadbasket of the world, no child should go hungry. You can help make sure every Iowan has the vital food they need.

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Appetizer: Baratta’s Onion Rings
Salad: Centro Salad
Bread: Tumea & Sons Dinner Rolls
Entrees: Noah’s Ark Cavatelli and Latin King Chicken Spedini
Dessert: Tumea & Sons’ Guantis and Assorted Italian Cookies by Francis Graziano and the Italian American Cultural Center

Dan Sears’ Legacy

Throughout Dan’s childhood on Des Moines’ South Side, he was immersed in Italian food culture. Through his work in the canteen at Fort Des Moines, working in the Italian Gardens, at the dinner tables of his neighbors, and in legendary Des Moines restaurants (Wimpy’s Steak House, Latin King, Baratta’s, Disco Inferno, Babe’s, Noah’s Ark Ristorante, Chuck’s, Tumea’s, and more), Dan was immersed in the culture of caring for one another. But it was about more than enjoying a good meal.

Brown paper bags, closed at the top and priced with black crayon, sat at the register at Angie’s California Fruit Market. “I’ll take all of those, too, Angie” Dan would say after gathering his own groceries. As he loaded his car, Dan would call to one of the neighborhood boys zipping around the lot on their bicycles. Soon, the boy was on his way home with a brown paper sack full of fresh produce. There were no basketball hoops, candy stores, or playgrounds near the market. The only reason for the boys to hang around Angie’s was because they and their families needed food. Dan was determined that they would get it.

Throughout Dan’s life, he welcomed his children’s friends – and even kids that tagged along that he didn’t know would be there – to the dinner table. No matter what was on the menu, there was plenty to go around. Dan was always cooking for the kids. The clean plate club warranted an ice cream cone!

In memory of an exceptional Iowan.
Dan Sears, 1935-2017