Get Wild on Wednesdays at the Museum


One of my first dates with my husband eight years ago was for Tapas Tuesday at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. I had just returned from Spain a few weeks prior, so I was all about tapas. Sadly the museum retired those weekly dinners in 2011.

But now, they’ve been resurrected in the form of Wild Wednesdays. Every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., have dinner in the museum’s Rising Sage Cafe and explore the art in all the galleries, all while listening to piano music by Teton Virtuoso (Francis Koerber). It feels like a little vacation just a five minute drive from town.

Reservations are recommended so you can be assured a seating between 5:30 and 8 p.m. While you may be familiar with the Rising Sage for lunch (if you haven’t been, you must try it. The sweeping views of Sleeping Indian are a must-see), Wild Wednesdays are the only time you can enjoy it for dinner.

We went last week and ordered a bunch of dishes to share, prepared by chefs from Spring Creek, which operates the restaurant for the museum. The menu still has plenty of shared, tapas-like plates, including chorizo sopes, patatas braves and buffalo bratwurst.

Here’s some of what we enjoyed:

Fish tacos

Fish tacos served with pico de gallo

Lobster mac and cheese. As the menu says, "Need we say more?"

Lobster mac and cheese. As the menu says, “Need we say more?”

Mixed greens, citrus goat cheese and caramelized pecans.

Mixed greens, citrus goat cheese and caramelized pecans.


Lamb chops with mashed potatoes and mint

Lamb chops with mashed potatoes and mint

I would definitely recommend going this winter season. Dinners run through March 19, with the exception of Feb. 26. And while you are there, make sure to check out The African Photography of Nick Brandt (it might be my favorite exhibit I have seen at the museum) and Bronwyn Minton’s Wonder Cabinet. It’s just too bad you can’t bring your wine with you as you explore.


About Author

Also originally from the South, Cara Rank discovered cooking was a creative outlet that helped her relax after long days writing magazine and newspaper articles during the past eight years in Jackson. Really, she just missed Southern food. A lot. During a 12-year career as a journalist, Cara has won numerous awards for her work and has written about everything from rodeo queens to Dolly Parton tomatoes. She spends her weekends making jars of pickles and jam and amazing dinners for friends. She loves shishito peppers, Chicago-style hot dogs and elderflower-spiked cocktails.

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