Baratta's Events & News

Check back here for the latest events, news, and goings on at Baratta’s and our partner venues. If you’d like to host an event with us, please contact Lora Simpson at (515) 281-4658 or [email protected].

Baratta's Owners Recognized

Owners, Lisa and Joe, are proud Lincoln High School alumni, so they were excited to be featured in the latest newsletter. Throughout the years, Baratta’s has supported ALHS in a number of ways. We’ve hosted the Senior Banquet, Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner, and the football team dinner each Thursday night during the season. We’ve also involved our partner venues by hosting the Lincoln High School prom at the State Historical Building and the first annual Maroon and Gold Gala at Forté Banquet and Conference Center. We’re looking forward to the Second Annual Rails Party All Class Reunion on May 5th and if you’re an alumnus, we hope to see you there!

History on the Rocks: Test Your Iowa Basic Skills (Thursday, April 26th)

History meets trivia at the next History on the Rocks night of trivia at the State Historical Museum. Test your knowledge about Iowa while you enjoy Baratta’s appetizers, complimentary beer (while supplies last) from Doll Distributing, and a cash bar. Tickets are just $10 and will go fast, so get them while you can!

Where: State Historical Museum, 600 E Locust St., Des Moines

Time: Doors at 5:00pm, program runs from 5:45pm-7:30pm

Art at the Café: The Looking Dress: May 1-July 31

Local artist, Mary Jones, finds art all around her and can often be found taking long walks with no particular place to go. She does this to experience her surroundings without a script involved. She snaps photos, takes notes, and collects neighborhood facts along the way. It’s with these items that she creates her looking dress, which will be on display at Café Baratta’s.

Where: Café Baratta’s (3rd floor of the State Historical Museum, 600 E Locust St., Des Moines, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines)

Time: Opening Reception is May 4th from 5-7pm and the exhibit runs from May 1-July 31

Taste of the South Side (TOSS): May 16th

The annual Taste of the South Side (TOSS) event brings the best of the south side of Des Moines together for an evening of food, drinks, live music, and fun! A Volunteer of the Year award will be given to someone who has shown generosity of time and resources toward the community, selflessness to those around them, and who works to make the neighborhood a better place. Baratta’s Catering will be there with tasty food and we hope to see you! Be sure to register ASAP.

Where: Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines

Time: VIP Red Carpet Experience ($50/person) is 4-5pm; General Admision ($35/person in advance and $40 at the door) is 5-7pm