Port of Des Moines
Welcome to the one-stop hospitality site for planning your event by land or on the water!
Start with lunch at Trellis Café, a downtown favorite nestled within the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Enjoy happy hour and a view of Downtown Des Moines from the riverside terrace at the Riverwalk Hub, also serving lunch or breakfast any time. While you are downtown Des Moines, stop in to The River Center to make arrangements for your next big event. All our venues offer the very best fresh made pastries from Doré Bakery. Have a private party to plan? Host your event almost anywhere with Trellis Catering! And for a grand finale, hop on out to Rathbun Lake for an evening on the water taking in a dinner cruise on the J.A. White Riverboat!
Jon Anderson White Riverboat
Plan ahead and your entire event can be on the water, cruising aboard the J.A. White Riverboat with cocktails and dinner at our wonderful new location. We have recently relocated to the beautiful Rathbun Lake Marina and Honey Creek Resort. It’s not too soon to plan for next season so contact us today for details!
The River Center
Des Moines’s newest event center Downtown at 3rd & MLK. Weddings, private & corporate events. The River Center venue was designed to honor the history of the building, featuring high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and reclaimed wood. The River Center offers guests a large main floor, sizable mezzanine which overlooks the main floor, a private suite, and covered outdoor patio.
The Riverwalk HUB
This unique, award-winning display of architecture sits along the west bank of the Des Moines River in vibrant downtown Des Moines. The Riverwalk HUB offers fresh-baked pastries, made-from-scratch sandwiches, and a full line of coffee and espresso drinks. Also, enjoy California wines on tap and local Iowa craft beers. We are one of the more interesting event spaces in town! The HUB is open Tuesday through Sunday and is available for reservation for varying types of private parties and corporate events.
Trellis Café owned by Chef/Owner Lisa LaValle, opened in December 2013. Serving a locally sourced, plant-inspired menu, Trellis serves lunch Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., closed on Monday. Trellis Cafe and Terrace can be rented for your next dinner, cooking class or cocktail party by reserving the space with the event staff at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
Trellis Catering offers delicious made-from-scratch selections that are seasonally garden fresh and purchased locally. We use sustainable, eco-friendly and green culinary techniques and products in order to preserve the natural systems that create our beautiful world. Trellis Catering takes the time and care to craft your special event to perfection.
Looking to enjoy something special from Doré Bakery while out on the town? Doré is a proud partner with The Riverwalk Hub, and our rotating menu of desserts is a welcome addition to their casual daily lunch menu. Chef Nik Pugmier will delight your sweet tooth. Every one of his creations is elegantly designed, unique, memorable, and delicious!