The Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts and two restaurants that share its space are offering a unique new program that combines fine dining with fine art.

“Guests are invited to become food and art connoisseurs for the day,” said Hillary Cooper, the Mint Museum’s director of communications and media relations. “They can explore a food tasting tour at two remarkable restaurants and then satisfy cravings for art at our world-class art museum.”

The program will launch at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16, and it will become a recurring event.

The experience, which lasts about three hours, begins with a small plate and beverage pairing at e2 emeril’s eatery and a talk from a restaurant expert about the food. Guests will then walk upstairs, where they will receive another small plate and beverage pairing and presentation at Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth.

After eating, guests will receive a customized tour of the new exhibition Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design at the Mint Museum Uptown. The museum will extend its hours until 9 p.m.

To reserve a spot in “Taste of the Mint,” contact Kacy Harruff at or (704) 337-2018 or register online at The program is $40 per person or $35 for Mint Museum members.

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