It’s Fat Tuesday!

March 8, 2011 —

We’re a long way from New Orleans but that doesn’t mean you can celebrate today!

I’m going to a pancake party tonight with gourmet treats by Melt Dessert Bar—I’m looking forward to the banana foster pancakes. There’s quite a few pancake suppers at local churches as well. You should at least flip up some flapjacks for yourself if you don’t have dinner plans. Or if you need some king’s cake today, check out Dahl’s Food or Hy-Vee bakery.

Fat Tuesday restaurant is having a crawfish and shrimp boil with live music if that’s how you want to celebrate! They also have sweet potato pie which is always delish. Or Prairie Meadows has free live music 3-7 p.m. And Hessen Haus has live music and beads and cajun food specials all day.

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.