Addie Rasmusson

Addie is starting a project with her friend Rebecca and most likely on her way to get a fountain pop or at Jasper Winery. 

Why do you call Des Moines home?  I call Des Moines home because it feels like home. I went through a brief period about 5 years ago when I wanted to move out of state, but I ended up landing in Des Moines. And I’m so glad I did! I love traveling and visiting other cities, but there’s nothing better than coming back to Des Moines. Some days it feels so big, and other days, it feels like I know everyone I run into. 

What’s currently keeping you busy?  The Book of Dates! 13 local artists. Des Moines’ best events. One calendar. It was a need of an idea earlier this year and it’s crazy to think that we are going to print with it this week! Aside from that, working in public health during the week and pouring wine at Jasper Winery on the weekends takes up most of my time. But, my social life is, and will always be, a priority! 

"What better way to show Des Moines’ best side by having local artists capture it!"

Why did you want to start The Book of Dates? Rebecca and I wanted to create something that had all the best events in Des Moines in one place. Yes, there are a bunch of websites that list all kinds of events around the metro with many of them shared and promoted on social media. But, it’s a lot to keep up with! We wanted something that had some of the biggest and best events easily laid out. I’m totally old school in that I live by my paper planner, and I wanted something in print. And what better way to show Des Moines’ best side by having local artists capture it! Rebecca and I both work in public health, specifically child and adolescent health, so it was really important for us to give back a portion of the profits to the community—Variety of Iowa is our chosen organization this year! 

Walk us through the calendar making process from idea to final product. After talking with some people from the community and realizing that there wasn't anything like The Book of Dates already created, we needed a local company to help us with design and layout (and we hit the jackpot by working with Saturday Mfg!). Then it was a lot of time spent reaching out to and meeting with our featured artists and photographers, and getting dates for as many of the best events in Des Moines as we could. I'm leaving a lot of the nitty gritty out, but we have learned so much along the way and have had fun getting to know some great people!

Walk us through your typical weekend? Happy hour is my favorite hour of the day, so you can usually find me there Friday afternoon (champagne Friday at Americana is a frequent stop!). If I’m not working at Jasper Winery, then my weekends are spent catching up with friends and family. It could be strolling through the Farmer’s Market, singing my heart out at a concert, or attending one of the many events featured in The Book of Dates. 

Let’s say it’s someone’s first time to Jasper Winery, what wine would you recommend? I am constantly recommending Front Porch. It’s a semi-sweet rosé wine with savory aromas of strawberry and cherry, and rosé has been all the buzz this year. Front Porch even won Best in Show and was a Double Gold winner at the Iowa State Fair this year! You have to come in and try it.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?  Fountain pop. I get it from my mom. 

Convince us to visit one of your favorite places in the Des Moines area. I’m torn between two. The East Village was the first place I lived in Des Moines and one of my absolute favorite places to be in Des Moines. So many great local gems all in a small little neighborhood! My other favorite place is Jasper Winery. Yes, I know work there, and no, I’m not getting paid to say this. Jasper Winery is a quaint little getaway in the middle of our city. Start with a complementary wine tasting (bonus points if you stop in when I’m working!), grab a bottle of wine and relax on the patio. And the Summer Concert Series on Thursdays during the summer months is THE place to be.

If you could grant the Des Moines area one wish what would it be? More affordable housing options to purchase in the downtown area. There is so much new construction going up with Des Moines booming right now (which is awesome!), but I'm worried that we'll have lots of apartments for rent and high priced condos for sale, and not much in the middle. I consider myself so lucky to have stumbled upon an adorable condo in Sherman Hill last year to buy, but when I started looking there were very few options in my price range downtown. 

Derek Jensen