Bacon Hobby Becomes a Business

Jim and Rachel Reis, owners of Des Moines Bacon and Meat Company, took home the “best bacon” award from the 2019 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

By Susan Thompson 

The average American consumes 17.9 pounds of bacon each year, but Jim Reis of Adel probably exceeds that number. In 2011, his love of bacon led him to found the Des Moines Bacon and Meat Company.    

“I got tired of buying bad bacon, and thought I could do better,” Reis says. “After some reading, sourcing some pork bellies, experimenting with rubs, then smoking the meat in my backyard, I produced my own bacon.”

Panorama West Open House April 28

The year 2018 was a big one at the Panorama West golf course, with numerous improvements made as a result of a $473,000 estate gift from James and Joyce McLuen. The estate gift was presented to Friends of Lake Panorama in August 2017. 

The Friends board of directors is sponsoring an open house this spring to celebrate and show off the changes, while formally recognizing the McLuen gift. The event will be held in the Panorama West clubhouse community room Sunday, April 28. 

How to Order LPA History Book

Lake Panorama – The First 50 Years, is a full-color, hardcover 96-page book. The coffee table commemorative book includes both historic and contemporary photos. Chapters in the book describe the area landscape that made the lake possible, plus six decades of planning and development. 

There also are special topic chapters, highlighting Lake Panorama’s two golf courses, infrastructure, and water quality efforts. Sidebar stories highlight various groups and activities through the years.