M.V. Museum sponsors culinary events this winter


The First Light Café at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will be a busy place this winter, as the museum hosts a number of dinners, luncheons, and other food-related programs in collaboration with a number of Island chefs. 

Kicking off on Friday, Jan. 31, Art Cliff Diner Chef Zandro Souza will prepare a traditional three-course Brazilian meal for patrons in the Linnemann Pavilion. Educator, interpreter, and MV Times columnist Juliana Germani will provide an introduction to Brazilian food and traditions. 

On Friday, Feb. 14, four Island chefs join forces, each preparing a course for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Guests are invited to enjoy a scrumptious meal carefully crafted by Kyle Anderson (Kitchen Porch), Kevin Crowell (Détente), Regina Stanley (Art Cliff Diner), and Sean Yancey (West Chop Club), all with the backdrop of the beautiful 1854 Fresnel Lens. Musicians Jeremy Berlin and Rose Guerin will entertain people all evening long. 

In conjunction with the centennial anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition, the museum is transforming into a speakeasy for one evening only, on Friday, March 20. Guests are invited to channel their favorite 1920s looks, enjoy passed appetizers prepared by Regina Stanley (Art Cliff Diner) and Alex Nagi (Copper Wok), and sample some of the Prohibition era’s most popular drinks, specially curated for the occasion. A pop-up exhibit of items from the museum’s collection dating back to Prohibition will be on display. 

The museum will also host a soup, sandwich, and speaker series on Wednesdays in February at the First Light Café, beginning at noon. For $10, enjoy soup, sandwich, and a beverage of your choice, and hear from different Islanders speaking on a variety of topics. Speakers are listed on the museum’s website, mvmuseum.org.

Preregistration is required for all evening events, and space is limited. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit mvmuseum.org. Advance reservations are not required to attend any of the February luncheons.


The M.V. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, with extended free hours on Tuesday evenings until 7 pm, sponsored by Cronig’s Market and Cape Cod 5.