Behind the Scenes: Des Moines Metro Opera

Michael LaValle masterminds a summer festival’s gourmet dining facility.
By Mark Thomas Ketterson 

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Imre Torok, left, maître d’ at Café LaValle, with Michael LaValle
© Ben Easter Photography
MICHAEL LAVALLE doesn’t sing or conduct—he caters. To the audiences at Des Moines Metro Opera, the renowned Iowa chef and restaurateur’s superb culinary skills easily qualify him for admission to the ...

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