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National Museum of Wildlife Art Restaurant Closed Until May

January 10, 2017

Jackson, Wyo. — Construction for the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s restaurant Palate is moving along well. The restaurant is currently closed for redesign, and will open in May.

“We cannot wait to open the doors in just four months—well, we aren’t really going to have doors. You will be able to have lunch around the totem pole,” says Christine Mara Swain, Owner and Catering Director of Palate. “Stay tuned for information on the soft opening. If people want to be on the wait list for that, they can contact me.”

Palate has catered many successful events at the Museum in Johnston Hall, Members’ Lounge, and Wapiti Gallery. During warmer months, all of the beautiful outdoor spaces including the Terrace and the Amphitheater will be available as well. Palate creates charcuterie boards and creative, exotic dishes, with a focus on artistic presentation to complement the culinary experience.

Starting Monday, May 1, Palate will be open daily, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In the meantime, the public is invited to the Museum’s “foodie” Mix’d Media event, Thursday, January 12, 6 – 9 p.m. Mix’d Media guests will enjoy tastings from Palate, and be able to vote on their favorite dishes to be included on the menu at the Museum. Admission is $5 or free for members.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art continues to offer a wide range of fully functional venues, with catering services available for corporate and private events, weddings and meetings throughout the closure of the restaurant.
Contact: Wendy Merrick, Events Manager

Soft Opening Wait List:
Christine Mara Swain, Owner and Catering Director of Palate

The National Museum of Wildlife Art, founded in 1987, is a world-class art museum holding more than 5,000 artworks representing wild animals from around the world. Featuring work by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius, the Museum’s unsurpassed permanent collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C. to the present. Built into a hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the Museum received the designation “National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States” by order of Congress in 2008. Boasting a museum shop, interactive children’s gallery, restaurant, and outdoor sculpture trail, the Museum is only two-and-a-half miles north of Jackson Town Square, and two miles from the gateway of Grand Teton National Park.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Weydeveld, Director of Marketing
307-732-5450 – direct; 505-231-1776 – cell,

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