Today, Paula takes us to The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to experience a unique cocktail collection…
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has an affectionate place in the hearts of most people that live in Richmond. If you grew up in Richmond like I did, you would have visited on field trips, and it would have been a part of your own unique history. As an adult, I continued to frequent the art-adorned walls and see all the pieces brought in from all over the globe with a whole new respect. My husband even proposed to me in the European Art section, making it an especially lovely place for me. It seems most people you meet in Richmond have a story or two about visiting the VMFA.
If you were to stop by on a Friday evening, you would enjoy Friday Art and Wine.
Guests can enjoy a concert, dancing, beer, wine and afterward you can walk around and enjoy the exhibits or stay in the BEST Cafe patio and wander the water gardens and outdoor sculptures. They offer free art tours every half hour until 9:30. It’s culture and art at its finest.
One of my personal favorite things to do is to visit Amuse, the VMFA’s very own fine dining restaurant, on the top floor overlooking the Atrium and the gardens below. The food is amazing, but I really love experiencing the Signature Cocktails they custom-craft to match their current art feature.
“Awaken offers an invitation to travel beyond the confines of geography and possibly to discover more about oneself.”—from the VMFA website description of the show Awaken
Currently, they are serving drinks to go along with “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment” with collections of Himalayan art with samples from the 9th century and as recent as 2016.
Visitors can learn about Buddhism and its teachings. Their website says, “Awaken offers an invitation to travel beyond the confines of geography and possibly to discover more about oneself.” The drinks they created did not disappoint! I had never had anything like them. The flavors were blended as artistically as the art in the museum.
The “Wishing Well” had turmeric infused vodka, Becherovka, ginger beer, Sichuan peppercorns, and lime.
I also tried one called “Roof of the World” with Genever, Tanqueray, carrot juice, curry brown sugar, egg white and lemon. Other drinks on the menu mixed Himalayan black tea and salted orange cordial or saffron; so many exclusive tastes mingling together. Every time VMFA gets a new Exhibition, Amuse crafts a whole new line of Signature Cocktails. I have never been dissatisfied with what they create.
Visit their website www.vmfa.museum to learn more about Friday Art and Wine and view their calendar to see their musical guests. You can also make reservations to visit Amuse and get tickets to see “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment.” They have so much more coming in the future, maybe I will see you there.
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