In the News

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. 

What's Happening at the LPN?

By Susan Thompson

This month’s Q&A is with Royce Shaffer, who was named operations manager for Lake Panorama National Resort in December 2018. Shaffer graduated from Audubon High School, before earning a bachelor’s degree at Buena Vista University. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Landry, age 5, and Carsten, 10 months. Lisa is an interventionist in the Dallas-Center Grimes School District.

Q. Tell us about the various positions you’ve held at Lake Panorama National. 

LPN Easter Brunch April 21

The Lake Panorama National’s annual Easter Brunch will be Sunday, April 21, with reservations available every half hour from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Executive Chef Brent Gaffney is planning to prepare a wide variety of both breakfast and lunch entrees.

For breakfast, there will be both an omelet station and a waffles and toppings station. Other breakfast items will include scrambled eggs, Eggs Benedict, pancakes, hickory smoked bacon, sausage patties, kielbasa, and potatoes O’Brien. 

New LPN Executive Chef On the Job

Brent Gaffney is the new executive chef at Lake Panorama National Resort. Most recently we was the sous chef at Stone Canyon, a private golf club in Arizona.

By Susan Thompson 

A native Iowan who has worked extensively since the mid-1990s in kitchens in Minnesota and Arizona now is in the Lake Panorama National kitchen. Brent Gaffney, who was born in Independence, Iowa, started February 5 as LPN’s executive chef. 

When he was five years old, Gaffney’s family moved from Iowa to Tucson, Arizona. They later moved to Brainerd, Minnesota, where he graduated from high school. 

2019 Golf League Plans Set

By Susan Thompson

There are several options to participate in golf leagues in 2019 at the two courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association. Both courses are operated by the LPN, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the LPA. 

At Panorama West, there is a Tuesday morning women’s league, a Tuesday evening men’s league, and a Thursday morning men’s league. League members must either purchase an annual Panorama West membership, or pay the $16 daily green fee. 

Looking Ahead into 2019

By Susan Thompson

Having dealt with January’s polar vortex, followed by plenty of ice and snow in early February, it’s hard to imagine spring will someday arrive at Lake Panorama. Yet the groundhog said an early spring is on its way. So in this month’s Q&A, John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations, reviews several topics of interest. 

Q.  Spring is just around the corner at LPA, we hope! What reminders do you have for LPA members?