"Helping the World Discover Adel" Newsletter
Vol. 60 October 2013
Dear Friend of Adel,

Welcome to the 5th Anniversary of the DiscoverAdel Newsletter. Looking back at those first newsletters, I smiled at how a "random conversation" created a leap of faith.

I was visiting friends who said that they were coming out to Adel for a soccer game and didn't know what to do while in Adel. After 20 minutes of reporting the virtues of Adel, someone said they thought I should start a website. Seeing as how that was what i did for a living, I blindly said, "Why not?"

Our goal was to promote Adel and it's organizations to the world. Having received emails from China, England, Australia and across the United States, I can safely say we've done that. None of that would have happened without your continued support. I humbly say, Thank you.

Speaking of Adel and its community support, we had the pleasure of chatting with Bonnie Kirk of The ADM Tiger Grill. Bonnie and her family have built a great restaurant centered on one of the great traditions of Adel, it's schools.

This month we also have news of; A new business serving Coffee and Toffee, The Team Hall - All You Can Eat Waffles Buffet, the Golf Course Chili Opens, Catnappersa FriendshipFest with a chance to win a 50" HDTV, the Upcoming Octoberfest and  Concert, news from Around Town, a Recipe From Home and Much More!

So, grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, it's a great read.

We look forward to seeing you in Adel this month.


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In This Issue
Bonnie Kirk - The ADM Tiger Grill
Penoach Octoberfest and Concert Oct 19th.
American Legion Post 464 Veterans Cookout
Belgian Waffle All You Can Eat - Oct. 5th
Al Dente Toffee Shop Now Open
Fusion Friendship October 19th.
ISU Dallas County Extension Family Storyteller Program
Zumba Adel Now Open Saturdays
Operation Christmas Child Nov. 18th - 25th
River Valley Golf Course September Events
Adel Winterset TV & Appliance "Catnappers"
HomeCare Services Inc. - Call for Help
Around Town - Upcoming Events
Bonnie Kirk - The ADM Tiger Grill
ADM Tiger Grill - Adel Iowa


ADM Tiger Grill - Adel Iowa
Owners Stacy Kirk, Ty
and Bonnie Kirk
In Adel, Iowa food is king. Our small community is able to support dozens of restaurants with various styles, tastes, and ambiance.

There are the bars that also serve food, gas stations with carry out options, the ancestral favorites, seasonal carts, specialty shops, and a grocery store with prepared items- all within 5 miles of one another.


Each offers something unique; for The ADM Tiger Grill, it is a deep seeded sense of community.

Owners Bonnie Kirk, Ty and Stacy Kirk, and new General Manager Brad Dotson believe strongly that a high quality restaurant is more than great food.  It requires an active environment steeped with mindfulness and passion.

Longtime Adel resident Bonnie Kirk has always wanted to open her own restaurant. When a space became available on the south side of the downtown square, she purchased the building, formerly known as Aubrey's with it iconic staircase, along with her son and daughter-in law.

ADM Tiger Grill - Adel Iowa It was important to them that the restaurant should cater to the community, with ties to the school district.

Partnered with the Adel Elementary Star Student program, wherein individual children are selected for recognition of their great achievements over the past month, the children are congratulated for their hard work with praise and a gift certificate for a free kid's meal at The ADM Tiger Grill which brings many "oohs and awes" from fellow classmates.

As the building underwent its facelift this spring- deep red walls with ADM memorabilia, black high back booths and street lamps reminiscent of the past, completely modernized restrooms- the atmosphere began to take shape according to community feedback.

It would not be a simple after school hangout, nor would it require a jacket and tie. Yet it was clear that the Adel community needed a solution to serve both ends of the dining spectrum, as well as families, groups, and the 30-minute lunch crowd.

Through hard work and communication, the Kirks were able to create a welcoming restaurant that sits at the nexus points of fine dining and small town favorite. With room for large groups and intimate gatherings, young and old alike see The ADM Tiger Grill as their favorite hangout.

ADM Tiger Grill - Adel Iowa

"People come in and see it as their own. A lot of our customers grew up in Adel, left and have come back. People are very excited to see the memorabilia and like to reminisce- they want to become part of The Grill. They say 'I have a jersey, you want a jersey?' This is a community restaurant, not just a place to eat." - Stacy Kirk

"When I talk to customers I hear people say, 'Adel needs a place like this.' " - Bonnie Kirk

General Manager Brad Dotson has worked for The ADM Tiger Grill since it first opening in June. Brad is a lifelong cook, gaining great inspiration from his mother and grandmother. He has worked at various restaurants in the Des Moines metro, but his last job in Downtown left him wanting more. An ADM alumni, class of 2007, Brad was intrigued to find out about the new restaurant and was hired on the spot as Head Chef.  

Over the past three months Brad has worked to perfect the menu of classic items that serve The ADM Tiger Grill's diverse clientele. Steaks, burgers, and homemade desserts paired with beer and wine are just the start as the team revises the menu to include wraps, more salads, and specialty pizzas, all available soon.

At the start of September, Brad was promoted to General Manager and has taken the reins successfully, due to his high spirits and determination. While this takes him out of the kitchen to better serve customers, he continues to develop his cooking skills while creating new and exciting specials.

The ADM Tiger Grill's top item is the Tiger Burger; made with fresh, never frozen Creekstone Farms beef. The burger has won praise from all who order it. In fact, a self-proclaimed "burger aficionado" recently told Bonnie he no longer has to drive into the Drake Diner for his burgers!

It is the thoughtful mentality shared among the owners, management, wait staff, and crew that has developed into the backbone of the establishment. This has even impacted the point-of-sale system. Instead of paper and pencil, wait staff at The ADM Tiger Grill use iPods with special apps to place the order at the table with the customer.

The simple click of a button rushes the order to the kitchen from 20 feet away, cutting down significantly on delays. Customers are then able to pay for their meal at the table, using their credit card, a secure land line, and the very same iPods.

"When we first talked about the restaurant, we hoped to get traffic from the courthouse. One thing they said was. 'It has to be quick- we only have 45 minutes.' That point-of-sale system was part of the plan to speed up the process. - Stacy Kirk

"At lunchtime we make it as fast as possible because we know how important that time is. We are very respectful of our customers' time." - Brad Dotson

Positive buzz about the restaurant abounds as the team continues to go above and beyond for their clients. Such as waitress Stefani who searched the ingredient lists for every item in the homemade brownies to accommodate a little girl's peanut allergy, waitress Allie who has developed a following of regulars, and the simple act of knowing who drinks Mr. Pibb. If you have the same drive to provide top quality service, The ADM Tiger Grill is currently accepting applications for enthusiastic daytime servers.

The ADM Tiger Grill has struck a balance many have been seeking within the 50003-zip code: a friendly upscale atmosphere for family, friends, and professional clients, high quality food, and a never-ending passion for Adel.

There may be dozens of good dining options available in our community, but none of them are like The ADM Tiger Grill.

ADM Tiger Grill
815 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1912
Facebook: ADM Tiger Grill
Watch for upcoming news and daily specials from the ADM Tiger Grill on Facebook!
Penoach Octoberfest and Concert Oct 19th.
Penoach Vineyard Winery Nursery Adel Iowa
Hot Tamale & The Red Hots Penoach Winery will host an Octoberfest Open House and Concert on October 19th. Hot Tamale and the Red Hots in concert, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Wine specials, tractor and wagon rides around the vineyard, marshmallow roasting, free popcorn, and free wine tasting.

Penoach Winery
26759 N Avenue
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4374
American Legion Post 464 Invites Veterans to Cook-out Oct. 7th
Adel American Legion American Legion Post 464 invites Veterans to come join us for a cook-out on Monday, October, 7th from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Adel Legion Hall (Westside of the square).

Get to know your local Veterans and find out what the American Legion is about.

Are you a Veteran?

If you have spent at least one day of active military service during the dates below and were honorably discharged or are still serving, you are eligible to join fellow veterans of the American Legion.

August 2, 1990 - Open
December 20,1989 - January 31, 1990
August 24, 1982 - July31 1984
February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
Merchant Marines December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946

American Legion
Post 464
119 N. 9th. Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4080
BBelgian Waffle All You Can Eat - Oct. 5th
Team Hall - Adel Iowa Belgian Waffle All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet, a Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis. In honor of Alex and Shade Hall.

Saturday, October 5th, 2013.
Serving: 7:30 am to 12 pm

United Methodist Church, 115 S. 10th Street, Adel

Ticket Prices:
Under 5: $4.00
6-12 - $ 5.50
13 and up - $7.00

Buffet includes: All you can eat Belgian Waffles, Sausages, Juice, Milk & Coffee

Take Out is Available: Pre-order your take out and we'll have it bagged and ready to go for you at the time you want to pick it up!

Contact: 515-231-3918 or 515-205-6432,
BAl Dente Toffee Shop Now Open in Adel
Al Dente Toffe Shop - Adel Iowa The Al Dente Toffee Shop on the Courthouse Square opened September 24th. Photos from opening week.

Ran by John Ramano and his family, the shop serves Coffee, Espresso, Lattes, Pastries, 24 flavors of Gelato, and their 3 generational secret family recipe of homemade Toffee.

The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m for the work crowd until 9:00 p.m. for a nice relaxing family outings. Stop in today to say "Hi", and to sample the fantastic toffee and offerings.
Monday - Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m
Closed Sunday

Al Dente Toffee - Romano and Co.
109 N. 9th St.
Adel, Iowa, 50003
Facebook: AlDenteToffee?ref=br_tf
Fusion Friendshipfest October 19th.

Fusion FriendshipFest Adel Iowa Looking for something fun to do with your family and friends this fall?

Make plans to attend the Friendship Fest hosted by Fusion Church on October 16th in Adel. 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bring this flyer in for a free raffle ticket for a 50" HDTV sponsored by Interstate Motors, Stuart Iowa.

Admission is free and there will be a number of activities to appeal to every member of the family.

The festival will be held at Fusion, located one mile east of Adel off highway 6.

Fusion Church
Sunday's 10:00 a.m.
Hwy. 6 (just east of Adel)
Phone: 515.993.5438
ISU Dallas County Extension Family Storyteller
Dallas County Extension Office, Adel Iowa
Storyteller Program Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dallas County will host the Family Storyteller program along with the Adel Public Library beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2013 in Adel.

The Family Storyteller program is a six week early literacy program for parents to attend with their 2 - 6 year olds.

Early literacy skills are a strong predictor of school success. Help your child get a great start by attending the Family Storyteller program.

This program will help families: prepare their children to... Read More


ISU Extension and Outreach - Dallas County
Lisa Mickelson
BZumba Adel Now Open Saturdays
Zumba Adel Zumba Adel is now offering Saturday classes. Do something for yourself today and take advantage of this new fitness frenzy being held in Adel.

New Hours:
Wednesday | 6:15 p.m.  - 7:15 p.m.
Saturday | 7 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Saturday | 6 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Classes are held at Let's Dance Studios - 907.5 Main St., Adel on the second level.

Contact Licensed Zumba Instructor Kayla Basart at with any questions or check them out at

Zumba Adel
907 Main St.
Adel, IA 50003
Phone: (515)419-4942
BOperation Christmas Child Nov. 18th - 25th
Operation Christmas Child Adel United Methodist Church

Operation Christmas Child is gearing up for its annual collection during the 3rd week of November!  


Last year was an incredible success! Dallas County families, churches, clubs, and Bible schools donated 900 gift-filled shoe boxes which were distributed worldwide by Samaritan's Purse, an organization providing international relief to people struggling with poverty, disease, war, or natural disaster.  


The boxes, which contained toys, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, and candy, are often the only gift these children have ever received. With your help, we can reach even more children this year, and through our simple gift we can give the gift of hope.


OCC boxes are delivered to children living in bleak situations.  Many times they live in utter poverty or they are suffering from disease, loss of parents and/or home, or they are living in the midst of ravaging wars.  These children experience desperation.  They live in despair.  They need to know that they are not alone and that someone cares about them and is praying for them.  We can be Jesus' hands and feet and share His love by creating a simple gift.  The items we place in the boxes may hold little meaning in themselves, but God's hand in this ministry is apparent-He uses these boxes to accomplish marvelous things! 


Countless stories have been shared about OCC recipients.  A child who owned no clothing of his own received multiple shirts in his box.  A boy who had never had his own washcloth kissed his repeatedly when he discovered it among his gifts.  An impoverished church that was celebrating a festival called "Be Mine" was amazed to receive boxes for their children that contained teddy bears holding a heart that read, "Be Mine."  By little effort of our own but by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, each gift finds its way to the child for whom it was intended, giving the ultimate gifts of love and hope.


Please prayerfully consider participating in Operation Christmas Child this year! Whether you're part of a group that is feeling encouraged to get involved or whether you or your own family is inspired to be part of this mission:  Each and every gift makes a difference and opens the door to a child and his family hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ!  One box at a time, one child at a time, we hope to continue to share God's love and the Good News.


You may drop off your gift-filled shoe boxes or monetary donations (please include a $7 check to Samaritan's Purse for shipping each box) at the Adel United Methodist Church (115 S. 10th), from Monday, Nov. 18 - Monday, Nov. 25.  


Drop-off hours will be 4:00 - 6:00 pm Mon. - Fri. (Nov. 18-22); 10:00 am - Noon on Sat. (Nov. 23); 11:30 am - 1:30 pm on Sun. (Nov. 24); and 8:30 - 10:30 am on Mon. (Nov. 25).  


The Adel UMC invites the public to use the ramp on the south side of the building (Prairie Street) to make the transfer of gifts easier. Volunteers will be there to greet and assist you!


Thank you to everyone who is building a box, making a donation, or volunteering in any way!


Please feel free to contact Stefanie Wilderdyke, Volunteer Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, at 515-993-1003 or with any questions.  


Instructions on how to build a box can be found at


Adel United Methodist Church
115 South Tenth Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-3791
BRiver Valley Golf Course October Events
River Valley Golf CourseOctober is going to be a special month out here at River Valley and we hope you all can come out to join us! The weather has finally cooled down to the Fall temperatures we have been hoping for. The cooler temps and rains have helped to green the grass up around the course.

We have many great opportunities to come out and play, and look forward to getting the chance to have you all out here soon!

Each year we have a lot of fun hosting our Chilli Open tournaments... Read More

Curt Wahlert
General Manager
River Valley Golf Course
22927 Valley View Trl
Adel, Iowa 50003
BAdel Winterset TV & Appliance "Catnappers"
Adel Winterset TV and Appliance Adel Iowa Adel Winterset TV and Appliance is now carrying "Catnapper" recliners.

We have different sizes and styles with heat, massage, and power lift options for those that have trouble getting in and out of their chairs.

Get yours before for the next game!

Click on the photo below to view details.

Adel Winterset TV and Appliance Catnappers

Adel Winterset TV and Appliance
916 Main St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-5287
HomeCare Services Inc. - Call for Help
HomeCare Services of Dallas County - Adel Iowa HomeCare Services Inc. of Dallas County in Desperate Needs and Needs Your Help Today.

HomeCare is asking the residents of Dallas County and area friends to Please Help!

Without your financial help today, HomeCare may not be here to provide services in the near future.

HomeCare Services, the Dallas County provider of home delivered meals, public transportation, congregate meals at 5 sites throughout Dallas County and care services in the home, is in desperate need. Due to rising costs of expenses over the past couple of years, such as food and gasoline, and a shortfall in public and private funding,

HomeCare is unable to meet its current financial obligations. They need your help
to keep doing their... Read More

Homecare Services of Dallas County
101 N 9th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-4531
Around Town
Yoga Adel 2013 Adel Yoga Class Schedule

Over the years, our yoga group has developed into a close group of friends that get together once a week for gentle exercise We invite you to...   Continue reading
Doc's Hunt Club Shield Doc's Hunt Club - Now Open

Hunting Season is around the corner! Doc's Hunt Club is gearing up for our 2013-2014 hunting season. Doc's will have pheasant, chukar partridge and quail...  Continue reading
Free Kids Closet - Adel, Iowa Free Kids Clothes Closet

Kids Clothes Closet is here to help with free clothing! Stop by the Kids Clothes Closet in Adel on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9-11am... Continue reading

Wednesday Night Suppers UMC - Adel Iowa
Adel United Methodist Church Wednesday Night Suppers

Each Wednesday from September 11th to May, the Adel United Methodist Church will offer a balanced meal to members of the church and to people in our community... Continue reading 
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Here at your library we are heading into the fall and there is so much to see and do.  


As always, information about the Adel Public Library and all of our clubs, events, and programs is available on our website at, or you can follow us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.


The library is excited to partner with the Iowa Center for the Book, the State Library of Iowa, and the Miniature Book Society by hosting their traveling miniature book exhibit throughout October.  


"To promote knowledge of miniature books, the MBS has created a traveling exhibit showcasing modern masterpieces as well as historic examples. This self-contained exhibit is available to libraries, schools, and other institutions at no rental fee, just shipping charges. Each year new books are added, while others are taken out for preservation and restoration. The traveling exhibit also includes books from the Miniature Book Society's annual Competition."  


Please visit the Miniature Book Society website

for more information.  


Rod Stanley will present a program called Ghost Towns of Dallas County just in time for Halloween.


Rod will talk on Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 pm about towns that used to exist in Dallas County.  


Our very popular annual Friends of the Adel Public Library Bake Sale will be on Friday, October 25th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

Goodies can be dropped off during normal business hours on October 24th or before 9:00 am on Friday.


On the same day we'll be having our last Garage Sale of the season. The Garage sale will also be open on Saturday October 26th from 10:00 am to Noon.  


Remember, all proceeds from these two sales are used by the Friends of the Adel Public Library for special projects and programs at the library.


Our Book Clubs

have been reading lots of interesting books lately and are always welcoming new people.    


The library has two monthly adult book clubs that are open to everyone.    

The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Thursday, October 10th at Noon to discuss bestselling author Adriana Trigiani's book "The Shoemaker's Wife.


Our Evening Book Club meets on Thursday, October 24th.


Get your morning started in a fit and healthy way.  


The exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 9:00 am every week.  


Complete schedules are available at the information desk.


Fans of reading and a certain galaxy far, far away have reason to rejoice: Star Wars Reads Day is coming soon to a library near you!  


Star Wars Reads Day is, "a day-long celebration of literacy and Jedi, Sith, Wookiees, and all things Star Wars".  


Come to the library on Friday, October 4th at 4:00 pm for an out of this world Star Wars party!


We are having so much fun during our weekly kid's activities.  


Every Magnificent Monday at 4:00 pm we'll have a different activity; the first Monday of the month is Lego League, the second Monday is a Mad Science group, the third Monday we'll play Board Games, and the fourth Monday is a Crafternoon.  


All school aged kids are welcome to come and have fun at your library!


Story Time

for ages 3-5 year olds will meet on Mondays, Toddler Time for children 3 and under will be held on Tuesdays, while Music Time for all preschoolers will meet on Thursdays.   


The first Thursday of each month will be a special LEGO: Duplo Story time instead of Music Time. Each class will begin at 10:30 am and is sure to be lots of fun.  


The library will have two Early Out Activities for all school-aged children in October.  


The first one will be on Wednesday, October 10th, come watch "Rise of the Guardians" on the big screen, and we'll provide the popcorn!  


On Wednesday, October 23rd we'll be doing fun Halloween Crafts at 2:00 pm in the community room.


The next Teen Advisory Board meeting for the fall will be on Tuesday, October 8th at 4:00 pm.  


Teen Read Week is the 13th through the 19th of October and teens caught reading in the library during this week will get a special treat.


Library Hours:
Mon. and Fri. 10am-5pm
Tues. -Thurs. 10am-7pm
Sat. 10am-1:30pm

Trever Jayne
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003

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Italian Wedding Soup

Years ago I worked for a French Chef who was very protective of his recipes and would threaten anyone he thought might steal them.

So, how do I have one to share? He hated it.

It was from the prior Chef, but customers would still request it.

He would march out to the customer, hand them a 3 x 5 recipe card with the recipe and tell them to go home and make it themselves.

He claimed to have never made the soup, but it's still very tasty.


1 lb. Ground Italian Sausage
3/4 C. Bread Crumbs
1/4 C. Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp. Minced Basil
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1/2 Onion - Minced
1 Egg
1 Carrot- Minced
8 C. Chicken Broth
1 C. Sliced Spinach
2 C. Orzo


1. Mix sausage, bread crumbs, garlic, parmesan, basil, onion and egg.

2. Cover let sit in refrigerator 4 hours. ( Overnight is best)

3. Remove and shape into marble sized balls.

4. In large pot, bring broth to boil.

5. Add spinach, carrots, meatballs and orzo.

6. Bring to Roll, simmer until pasta is done (8-10 min.), stir often.

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