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.
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:
Choice of salad
Sesame kale salad – Mixed greens, candied walnuts, bacon and a sesame-ginger dressing.
Spinach salad – Baby spinach, honey celery seed dressing, peppered bacon, Grimes sweet corn, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.
Le Jardin salad – Mixed greens, white truffle balsamic vinaigrette, goat cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries.
Choice of entrée
Steak tips in garlic sauce – Beer-braised sirloin beef tips, garlic mojo, salsa verde, potatoes, chipotle mayo and green beans ($5 extra).
Goat cheese chicken – Sweet corn succotash, edamame, bell peppers, amaranth and basil vinaigrette.
Shrimp & sausage spaetzle – Zucchini, Graziano’s Italian sausage, heirloom tomatoes, basil, smoked tomato cream ($4 extra; a vegetarian option is available).
Berkwood Farms pork collar steak – Maple, bacon and onion jam, Napa cabbage and fresh peach slaw, bell pepper, green onion, mint, pecans, celery seed dressing.
Salmon Salade Niçoise – Poached green bean salad, roasted potatoes, Kalamata olives, hard cooked egg, garden tomatoes and an anchovy-mustard vinaigrette ($4 extra).
Choice of dessert
Blueberry pound cake sundae – Made with vanilla ice cream.
Raspberry semifreddo – Served with berry coulis.
Mint chocolate chip icebox cake – Made with an Oreo crust and drizzled with chocolate sauce.
“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.
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.
First course - Tomato toast on rye, herb whipped cream cheese, bacon, onion and maple jam, yellow currant tomatoes. Drink pairing: Rosemary, St. Germain, grapefruit spritzer.
Second course - Gazpacho Anduluz made with garden peppers and sweet onions cooked a la plancha. Wine pairing: Chateau Gillet White Bordeaux.
Third course - Charred green bean salad, chickpeas, boiled egg, tomatoes, basil vinaigrette and garlic mayo.
Fourth course - Green zebra tomato pie with Chef Tag’s homemade sweet corn relish. Wine pairing: Famille Bieler Rosé.
Fifth course - Grilled lamb kabob with a smoked tomato vinaigrette, feta cheese and Kalamata olives. A chicken skewer as an alternative to lamb will be available. Wine pairing: Reja Dorada Tempranillo.
Sixth course - Olive oil tomato basil cake with goat cheese frosting and Sweet 100 tomato coulis.
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.
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.