The “Night at the Museum” dinner that Chef Monique Armand of Sassi Cafè will serve at Southern University Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 15 may be the most ambitious of any 318 Restaurant Week event to date. The dinner, a Women’s History Month-themed event, will salute black women who have changed history with a four-course dinner that will be brought to life by actors portraying women like Harriet Tubman, Madam C.J. Walker and Clementine Hunter. The dinner will be a seated, plated event. Tickets are $60 and only about 30 tickets remain as of Thursday, March 9. Tickets must be purchased in advance and may be purchased here.
In a week filled with special, one-night-only dinner events at local restaurants, “Night at the Museum” stands out as a dinner with a message.
“Without these women, I can say that I wouldn’t be here in the café, pursuing my dream. All of these women took strides that motivate me to keep going forward,” Armand says. “Just like in the film, Night at the Museum, where the exhibits come to life, we are going to have an exhibit ‘come to life’ during each course of the dinner.”
The dinner itself will include four courses: a blackberry, bacon and blue cheese salad; sausage, white bean and spinach soup made using regionally sourced sausage; Creole chicken topped with sauteed vegetables over garlic mashed potatoes; and classic cheesecake with a strawberry sauce. Dinner will also include one complimentary alcoholic beverage. Self-guided pre-dinner tours of the Southern University Museum of Art at Shreveport will also be available.
“Guests at our event are going to get much more than dinner, they’re going to get a theatrical production, food, a drink, and the museum,” Armand says. “This type of positive thing is what we need more of.”
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