News – August – 2013

Upcoming Events for August

3X Live Pro Wrestling, 7pm Friday August 23rd at Forte Banquet & Conference Center, 615 3rd St., Downtown Des Moines. Tickets at the door for $16.


Upcoming Events for September

Try out our new fall menu at Cafe Baratta’s at the State Historical Museum on the 3rd Floor

Tunes on the Terrace, at Cafe Baratta’s Great food and music by local artists Fridays in September and October


Let’s Get Down to Business!

Forte Conference Center - Catering Des MoinesForte Banquet & Conference Center is a great place for your next business meeting, staff retreat, breakfast club…and more!

  • Conviently located in the heart of downtown, 615 3rd st., near I-35
  • Rooms with seating for small groups as well as spaces for up to 450 people
  • Reasonable weekday rental rates that include tables, chairs, linens, water pitchers and free wireless internet throughout the building
  • Take a break on the Riverwalk just across the street
  • On-Site Audio and Visual Entertainment
  • Delicious food for breaks and luinches from Baratta’s

For weekday rental information: Forte Room Rental

For menu information: Forte Menu

To book Forte, contact Nick Speck @ 515-333-5057 or

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Back By Popular Demand

Join us every Friday in September and October at Cafe Baratta’s, 11:30-1:30 pm for fantastic music and awesome food!

  • September 6th: Brian Congdon
  • September 13th: Chad Elliott
  • September 20th: The High Crest
  • September 27th: Patresa Hartman
  • October 4th: Mary McAdams
  • October 11th: Andy Fleming
  • October 16th: Chad Elliott
  • October 25th: Brian Congdon

Sponsored by Cafe Baratta’s and The Iowa Arts Council

Cafe Baratta’s at the State Historical Building on the 3rd Floor

600 E. Locust St. DM 515-281-3294


Bara-ttrivia! (Bar-ah-triv-e-ah)

Congratulations to our July Bara-ttrivia winner: Del Snook!!! Good Job, Del, you’ve won the drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Baratta’s!

Our July Trivia Question was:
Name one of the locations where Baratta’s can cater your Christmas Party!

The correct answer was any of the following: The State Historical Building, Forte Banquet & Conference Center and AH Blank Golf Course. Don’t forge, Baratta’s can cater to your home, office or any other location.

Our August Trivia Question is:

What is one of the reasons why Forte Conference & Banquet Center is such a great place to book your next business meeting?

Email with your answer for a chance to will a $25 Baratta’s Gift Certificate!


O’ Christmas Tree! O’ Christmas Tree!..

O’ No!…It’s August and I don’t want to think about Christmas Parties yet!

That’s OK!

Let Baratta’s do the thinking for you!

Secure a spot for your Holiday Party today and we’ll help you with all the planning!

We have beautiful banquet rooms available at the State Historical Building, Forte & AH Blank Golf Course.

We can also cater to your home, office or any other location.

For parties big, small, formal or informal browse our venues and catering options for more information or call 515-243-4516, extension #3


The Scenery has changed at Cafe Baratta’s!

We’re excited to present the winning works of art from the 2013 Celebration of Iowa: Agricultural Art Award!

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, Iowa Arts Council and Iowa Farm Bureau, this exhibit recognizes Iowa artist and Iowa’s role as a global leader in agriculture with the theme “Cultivating Change.”

Drop by for lunch and enjoy the view!

Cafe Baratta’s, State Historical Building, 3rd Floor

600 E. Locust St. DM, 515-285-3294

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