Museum bids First Fridays Farewell; welcomes Culinary Arts for 2009

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -- For the first Friday of each month over the past four years, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has showcased a different musical group paired with a wine sampling and Museum tour during its popular First Fridays event.

Friday, December 5, 2008, will conclude the First Fridays series at the MMFA. The event will feature Delta Highway, a traditional southern blues band. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. General Admission is $10; $8 for MMFA members and $5 for MMFA Masters.

Lara Lewis, Director of Marketing and Public Relations said, "We are thankful for Montgomery's faithful support of First Fridays for the past four years at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. We have had a lot of fun combining fine art and fine music, but we are happy to announce that for 2009 we are going to combine fine art and fine dining at the Museum."

On Friday, March 6, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., an evening of art, fine food, and enjoyable wines in an unbeatable atmosphere is the scene of another new Museum experience called Café M: An Artful Bistro.

Café M will be premiering the first of a series of fine dining experiences. The evening will begin with a mini private tour of Bessie Potter Vonnoh: Sculptor of Women led by the Museum's Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Margaret Lynne Ausfeld.

The evening will continue with a four-course meal paired with two featured wines. A local chef will be partnering with the Museum's own Jennie Weller to create a delectable dining experience and the duo will speak briefly about the various culinary components. A one-of-a-kind experience brought to you through the creativity and generosity of partnerships with Jennie Weller Catering, International Wines, and Chef Bo Myers of Our Place Café in Wetumpka, AL. Seating is limited so call Jennifer Pope at 334.240.4348 to make your reservations.
 *Member exclusive event-Join Today!
 *$65 per person-Includes private tour, four-course meal & two glasses of wine
 *RSVP with payment in full required
 *Seating Limited to 50 guests
 *Must be 21 years of age to attend 

Join the Museum for Culinary Creations: cooking classes in the Museum's catering kitchen with Jennie Weller and friends! Take this opportunity to develop or perfect culinary skills.

Classes will run four consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 P.M. beginning January 15th and ending February 5th. A four-course meal will be prepared in stages over the four sessions(see the menu below). Classes will be limited to 10 people, so register early by calling Jennifer Pope at 334.240.4348. Don't miss this great opportunity! These classes also make the perfect stocking stuffer! 

 Pickled Shrimp
 Homemade Crostini
 Holland Rusk with Homemade Russian Dressing
 Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon
 Roasted Squash with Herbs

 Creme Brulee and Truffles
 *$245.00 Members/$295.00 Non-Members (Four Sessions)
 *Must be 21 years of age to attend
 *Price includes food and supplies for all four sessions
 *Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine served each session
 *Registration deadline January 5th

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free and donations are welcome. For more information, call the MMFA at 334.240.4333 or visit the website at

The MMFA, a department of the City of Montgomery, is supported by funds from the City and County of Montgomery and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association. Programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.