Cafe di Scala - A fine Des Moines area restaurant, Calabrese-Style, in the heart of Historic Sherman Hill. 644 18th Street, Des Moines, IA • Reservations by phone only: 515-244-1353
 
 

Holiday Parties

Holiday Parties in Des Moines Shine at Cafe di Scala

November 30th, 2012
Here's the picture of a beautiful marriage proposal on Thursday night here at Scala.
Holiday Greetings Scala Lovers!

Autumn colors fade as the next round of holidays approach us this busy season.  As you look for a place to entertain your family and friends over the coming weeks, consider us for a romantic dinner, a rockin’ Sunday Beatles Brunch or a private dinner experience unparallelled in the Metro. Our expert staff, 100% Italian-award winning wine list and kitchen look forward to providing an abundance of Holiday cheer and Smiles over the coming weeks.

Holiday Parties
We are available for both lunch and dinner private events. Put simply, you can enjoy both the entire Cafe and a custom tailored menu for a minimum of $400 for lunch and $1,500 for dinner. We can accommodate up to 60 guests for a sit down dinner and 100 guests for appetizer and wine  themed gatherings. Packages ranges from $25 to $90 dollars for a wide variety of courses and offerings. Email our event planner Amy for more details: Eventplanner@CafediScala.com, or visit our private events page of our website by clicking here.

Sunday Beatles Brunch
Our Beatles Brunch is this Sunday, December 2nd from 10-2pm.   Chef Phil and Tony will be crafting their magical brunch menu consisting of everything you expect in a musical culinary paradise. Call for a reservation for this nearly sold out brunch. 515-244-1353. You can find the Beatles Brunch menu at the bottom of this message.

A la Carte:
–No Corkage Thursday’s every week at Cafe di scala. Bring in your own bottle and we’ll waive our usual corkage fee on Thursdays.
–Our New Years Eve menu will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
–We’d be humbled if you’d vote for Scala for Best Chef, Best Italian and Best Restaurant in the Cityview Best of Des Moines Awards.

Cheers,
Tony & Scala Staff

Cafe di Scala
644 18th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Open 5-10 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the rest of the week for private events
P.S. Our Beatles Brunch Menu is below as promised:

This place smells like brown sugar sage butter sauce. (The Scala November Newsletter)

November 1st, 2012
Good Afternoon Scala Friends! Hope you’re all doing well. This place smells like brown sage butter sauce. Here are a few things going on around here:
NO CORKAGE FEE THURSDAYS: Bring in a bottle or three, grab your friends and visit us on Thursdays. We never charge corkage fees on Thursday nights. 515-244-1353 for reservations. We also added some cool wines to our wine menu. Check our wine list out here.NEW FALL MENU: Yes, the butternut squash cappelacci, truffled brussel sprouts and squash panna cotta are back. Take a look at our current fall menu.Cafe di Scala Beatles Brunch
BEATLES BRUNCH: The Scala Band will be at it again this Sunday, November 4th for our Beatles Brunch, open from 10-2.  Call for a reservation to secure a seat for this one of a kind show featuring Chef Phil Shires in the kitchen and his counterpart Tony up front keeping the mimosas flowing. Space is tight, so call 515-244-1353 for reservations. I’ve also attached the Brunch menu below.

HOLIDAY PARTIES: We are starting to fill up for holiday events. Book a party, and you can have the entire cafe exclusively Sunday through Wednesdays and lunch gatherings any day of the week. Check out our Private Events page on our website.

Cheers!

Tony L.

Join us this Holiday Season!

December 2nd, 2011

Dear Friends,

It’s been a great year here at Cafe di Scala. We hope you can join us this month for a toast with friends, a bowlful of homemade pasta or just to stop in to say a warm hello. Here are a few things to keep on your radar this month.

BEATLES BRUNCH: Join us this Sunday, December 4th from 10am-2pm for our monthly Beatles Brunch. Reservations are recommended at 515-244-1353. View the menu here (the link to the BB menu is in the first paragrah).

GIFT CARD SPECIAL: Since it’s the holiday season and all, we’ve decided to give back.  This time, with a fist full of gift cards. We’re going to be super generous, and for two hours only, we’re going to let people purchase a $60 Cafe di Scala gift card for only $50, or a $120 gift card for only $95. We’re only doing this from 4pm-6pm, on Friday, December 16th.  One day only. So if you work downtown, stop in before you head home and pick up a few gift cards.  To sweeten the pot even more, we’ll hold a drawing for a $25 gift card for anyone who shows up to buy a gift card on Friday. You can also call us during that time and we’ll take your gift card offer over the phone. You can use it yourself if you want, or you can give it to your friends, employees or co-workers. See you Friday the 16th and spread the word to your friends and family!

HOLIDAY PARTIES: Would you like to make a big impression this year by having your office/family/friends Holiday Party here at Cafe di Scala? There are still a few dates available for you to choose from. Check out our private parties page on our website for more information by clicking here. Keep in mind that our cafe is always available for your office Holiday party. We’re offering you an incentive to ask your boss to hold your company’s party at Cafe di Scala.  We’re offering a $50 gift card to you if your company ends up having their Holiday party at Cafe di Scala (for parties 20 or more). It’s a big incentive, but a huge thank you to you for spreading the word about us. So think of us the next time you plan a baby shower, office party, wedding shower, rehearsal dinner or anniversary party. Email our event planner Lisa Hutchins (eventplanner@cafediscala.com) if you have questions.

HOLIDAY HOURS: The Week before Christmas, we’re going to be open on Wednesday the 21st, Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd, but we’ll be closed on Christmas Eve.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: You’re invited to a special prix-fixe menu on New Year’s Eve at Cafe di Scala. It’s a four course menu that Chef Phil and Tony created which includes a sparkling wine toast. View our menu for this event below the text of this email and call us at 515-244-1353 to save your spot.

Have a blessed Holiday season!

Tony and Scala Staff

P.S. You can view our menu for the New Year’s Eve event below:

Remember Cafe di Scala for Holiday Parties!

October 27th, 2011

As the Holidays near, keep Cafe di Scala in mind as you decide where you’d like to celebrate with your office, family or friends.

As always, the cafe is available for private lunch and dinner events outside of normal hours. From a casual three-course lunch to an evening appeitizer and cocktail party, our event planner will assist you in planning for that special dinning experience. Reminder that if you refer us to your company and they decide to hold their Holiday party with us, we’ll reward you with a $50 gift card and a high five. Visit our private party section of our website for more information.

Yes, this stock photography isn't something that we're proud of, but it was just so... adorable! (right?)

So You Want to Have a Party: Part 2

November 19th, 2010

This is the second in an occasional series from Kelly at Socialize Events about how to properly prepare yourself for a private event for your business or personal gathering.  You can and should follow Kelly on Twitter.

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Thanks again to Café di Scala for asking Socialize to guest blog! In our last post, Kelly gave you five tips on preparing for your event with a promise for a few more.

6. Transportation. The need for transportation varies widely depending on the type of event you are holding. If you plan to serve alcohol at a small social party you should be prepared with some taxi numbers on hand or know which guests can serve as a designated driver. If there is limited parking close to your venue, consider hiring a valet service.

If you are arranging group transportation for an event; create a preliminary schedule to get a fairly accurate quote. You should also ask if the company has a minimum usage (typically 2-4 hours), what they charge if you go over your time and if gratuity is included in the price. Send your provider a finalized itinerary at least a few days in advance of the event.

If there are schedule changes or your vehicle isn’t on time, be sure you can reach someone. Ask for your representative’s phone number, their cell phone number and at least one other number for a back-up person (personally, I always get the cell phone number of each driver as well).

7. Communication. Whether electronic or formal; an invitation sets the tone for your event. Once you have the location, date and purpose of the event nailed down send an Outlook appointment or a save the date postcard. Guests don’t have to know every detail to put a placeholder on their calendar.

When you are ready to follow up, make sure your invite includes the basics: host name, event name/purpose, date, time, location and address and the RSVP date and contact information. Some extras that are appreciated by guests are suggested attire and information on speeches, activities or special presentations (so guests know if there is a certain time they should be there).

For some options on electronic invitations, check out Evite and Punchbowl – which both offer free memberships. In Des Moines, visit Ephemera design and Pink Fine Stationery for fantastic paper invitation options.

8. Supplies. Whatever the event, you know there will be decorations or banners or registration lists to bring. But you should also consider how each banner, streamer or check-in list will get where it needs to go. Then, make a list of everything; everything, that you might need – like tape, scissors, zip-ties, boxes of pens, etc. Having supplies on hand (as opposed to running to the nearest Target 30 minutes before the party) will make set-up go so much smoother.

9. Logistics. Working out timelines and room layouts well before your event will save a lot of set-up time and help you get organized. For timelines, start at the beginning and work your way backwards to create a to-do list. Think through all the steps it will take to get to each end result and work these into your timeline. After your list is compiled, estimate the time it will take to accomplish each task and start building your timeline out. Working through this will also help you compile a supply list (see #8) and determine if there are holes in your planning.

For most events, a rough sketch of your room layout can also be a timesaver. When things like the buffet table and DJ locations are already determined, you can direct set-up without hesitation. If you’re working with a venue, ask them for a copy of the room dimensions. You should also get their opinion on what arrangement has best flow. TIP: Always try to keep the bar away from the entrance to avoid traffic jams.

Determining logistics is just one of the many reasons to consider hiring an experienced event planner. Socialize is a Des Moines event planning and management company that can handle any of your party or meeting needs, but there is always the option to bring us in to handle just the logistics portion of the event. We can create a master timeline, manage your vendors and be at the event to make sure everything runs smoothly.

10. Atmosphere (or everything else!). Of course, don’t be afraid to bring Socialize in for total event management if needed! What we wrote for Café di Scala’s blog is a list of basics you should have in place for a well-run event. But there are plenty of things to add to your event to create atmosphere at your event – décor, favors or handouts, activities, photographers. Whether it’s a New Year’s Eve celebration at home or a training conference at the office; think about what you want your guests to take away from it and what you need to achieve that. Of course, this will also bring more people/vendors/projects to manage into the fold. Just don’t be afraid to ask for help!

If you need any help planning your next event – learn more about what Socialize offers with a complimentary consultation. You can also check out our website and blog or follow us on twitter @socializeevents. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season of party planning and fun!

Ask Your Boss…

September 20th, 2010

One of my favorite parts of running this restaurant is the wonderful opportunity I have to meet so many of the people that make this community work.  There’s no greater feeling than meeting the people who are truly creating legacies for our community for years to come.

You can rent out the entire cafe for your Holiday Party and get a $50 gift card for recommending us!

This weekend, for example, we had a great meeting with a young couple who is renting out the cafe for their wedding rehearsal dinner.  We worked with them to create a perfect menu and tasted a dozen or so wines to narrow down the correct pairing with each dish.  It was a very unique experience getting to know them better to show them what we’re capable of doing here — creating something that’s unique for them instead of giving them a cookie cutter option. What fun!

Keep in mind that our cafe is always available for your office Holiday party. We’re offering you an incentive to ask your boss to hold your company’s party at Cafe di Scala.  We’re offering a $50 gift card to you if your company ends up having their Holiday party at Cafe di Scala (for parties 20 or more). It’s a big incentive, but a huge thank you to you for spreading the word about us.

So think of us the next time you plan a baby shower, office party, wedding shower, rehearsal dinner or anniversary party. Email our event planner Lisa Hutchins (events@cafediscala.com) if you have questions.

Ciao!

 
Cafe di Scala - A fine Des Moines area restaurant, Calabrese-Style, in the heart of Historic Sherman Hill. 644 18th Street, Des Moines, IA • Reservations by phone only: 515-244-1353