Did you know that the Blanton Museum of Art has its own café? The Blanton Café, located in the museum’s Edgar A. Smith Building, offers visitors a relaxing spot in which to enjoy a variety of sandwiches, gourmet flat bread pizzas, salads, signature desserts, coffee drinks, and more. The Café is open for breakfast from 8-11AM, lunch from 11-2PM and from 2-4PM, grab and go items are available.
Charlie Skipsey, Director of Food and Beverage at AT&T; Executive Education and Conference Center, and Jeanna Lewis, Chef Manager at the Blanton Cafe, sat down with us to discuss the Café and to share a few favorite dishes of staff and museum visitors.
The three most popular items served are the baby spinach salad, the tomato caprese sandwich, and cranberry nut muffin paired with a mixed fruit cup. The baby spinach salad is composed of spinach, walnuts, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. The tomato caprese sandwich comes with tomato, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and balsamic, and is served on focaccia bread. The cranberry nut muffin is served with a mixed fruit cup.
“Lunch is our most popular time,” said Charlie Skipsey, “but we are also trying to grow our breakfast menu.” Currently the Café offers breakfast tacos, freshly baked muffins and scones, berries and yogurt parfait, and banana bread. “The more people that come in for breakfast, the more we’ll be able to offer,” Skipsey said.
During lunch there’s plenty to choose from— soup, salads, sandwiches and paninis, wraps, and flatbread pizzas. And if you’re not in the mood for something on the menu, there’s always the create-your-own salad option too. “The soup and mini-sandwich combo is a favorite of both museum staff and visitors,” said Chef Jeanna. “There’s a different soup made fresh each day of the week.”
There are also lots of beverage options to choose from including homemade lemonade, flavored Italian sodas, and many coffee choices, just to name a few.
Baked goods are available all day, and make a perfect start or finish to a visit to the Blanton’s galleries. “We make our cranberry muffins fresh every morning” said Chef Jeanna, “and our Scottish shortbread cookies are very popular too.”
The next time you visit the museum, plan to grab a flat bread pizza, sandwich or soup for lunch, or later in the afternoon, get your coffee fix and a sweet snack. And on our Third Thursday evenings, enjoy a slice of gourmet pizza and glass of wine for only $5! There is something delicious for everyone at the Blanton Café, so visit us soon! Click here for full menu and café hours.
– Mary Parsamyan, Blanton Volunteer and author of the Sweet Tidbits Food Blog