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Friday night was the fourth anniversary of Matthew’s and my first date, so it seemed fitting that we ventured out for our first date as parents.
We’re very lucky to have family nearby who are all clamoring to watch Jeffrey, so it was no problem to find someone to watch the little man for a couple hours. Our destination was the monthly MIX happy hour at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art is fast becoming one of my favorite spaces to be. Just look at that beautiful sunlight! The theme for this month’s MIX was Fete, celebrating all things French and summery, with music and bright decorations.
In addition to the usual MIX fun and frivolity, there was an added element with a pop-up restaurant from Provenance, the restaurant at the Art Museum. Chef Katz presented a small bites menu packed with interesting and flavorful choices.
We started with the Chicago Cuts Cheese and Charcuterie, accented with purple mustard and local honey.
We also tried two of the specialty cocktail offerings: the Lavender 75 (gin, lavender syrup, lemon and prosecco) and the Thyme & Ginger (vodka, ginger, thyme, and lime juice). I had just a taste of each, but both seemed like perfect summertime sippers.
Matthew and I also shared the grilled octopus, served with pickled fennel, vanilla crumble, and mustard greens with a lavender vinaigrette.
For our non-shared small plates, I had the pan-seared pork belly, served with fava beans, peach puree, kale, and housemade apple chips.
The pork belly melted in my mouth and the apple and peach flavors were the perfect compliment.
Matthew had the LVP (lamb, veal and pork) burger, topped with lemon garlic aioli, kohlrabi slaw, and pickles.
The bite I snagged of the LVP was juicy and flavorful and I could eat a ton of the housemade chips!
Tasty food, generous portions for small plates, creative cocktails, and a beautiful and festive atmosphere? I’d say our first date night as parents went pretty well!
Provenance is open for brunch on Sundays from 11am to 3pm, for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm, and for dinner Wednesday and Friday from 5pm to 9pm. Make a meal there part of your next stop at the Cleveland Museum of Art! And stay tuned for more information on the next MIX happy hour, happening the first Friday of each month.
***Disclosure: I was invited to attend the #EatatPRV pop-up with a guest. I received two tickets to MIX, as well as vouchers for four small plates from the pop-up. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***