Get into this Beaverdale restaurant before it closes on August 26

Brian Taylor Carlson | Des Moines Register | 10:05 am CDT August 21, 2018
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You'll have to get in your final fix at this French restaurant in the heart of Beaverdale in the days ahead.

Le Jardin, the well-known bistro, just celebrated its 10th anniversary. But it’s closing at the end of  August. After five years, the restaurant will cap off the month with Des Moines Restaurant Week, August 17-26.

The fruit crepe from Le Jardin Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Reservations and walk-ins will be welcomed until its last day of service — brunch on Sunday, Aug. 26. Here's the $28 Restaurant Week dinner menu:

Restaurant Week menu

Choice of salad

Choice of entrée

Choice of dessert

Le Jardin.
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“Le Jardin has brought so many great people and opportunities into our lives, and for that, we are forever grateful,” said chef Tag Grandgeorge. “Megan and I plan to start a new chapter that will allow us to focus on our family, friends and future."
 
The couple first opened Le Jardin in a shared space with La Mie on 42nd Street. Le Jardin moved to Beaverdale in 2013.

Le Jardin may be closing, but Grandgeorge will continue to cater events and pop-up dinners, including the iconic Tomato Dinner early this fall. And another location for Le Jardin has not been ruled out completely.

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This year's six-course Tomato Dinner will take place on Friday, September 14. Grandgeorge will be cooking over an open fire as part of his annual tribute to summer fruit.

The dinner will be hosted by Tara Dudley, owner of Plant Life Designs at 29154 360th St., in Van Meter, just one mile west of Booneville. It will feature six courses with complimentary wine and drink pairings selected by Grandgeorge.

Black garlic Alaskan halibut from Le Jardin Thursday, June 16, 2016.
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Tomato Dinner menu:

The evening will include a mid-meal garden tour prior to the entrée course. Heirloom tomato aficionado Jennie Smith of Butcher Crick Farms will be in attendance to discuss the tomatoes provided for the meal.

Tag Grandgeorge of Le Jardin

Dress code is casual and comfortable, stable shoes are highly recommended (no heels). The evening will start with an appetizer and a pre-dinner cocktail in the cantina from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner will be served on linen-covered potting tables in the greenhouse with décor and centerpieces by Plant Life Designs.
 
Tickets for the Tomato Dinner are $150 per person and only 40 tickets are available through PayPal pre-order purchase only at plantlifedesigns.com. Ticket sales will close on Monday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.

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Le Jardin

Location: 2815 Beaver Ave., Ste. 101, Des Moines

Hours: Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to close. Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Contact: (515) 255-5787; lejardindsm.com; Facebook

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