The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

From Peasant to Artisan: The Rise of Mezcal and Oaxacan Cuisine

Tuesday, May. 21, 2019 – Tuesday, May. 21, 2019

07:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Rienzi partners with noted Houston chef Hugo Ortega for “From Peasant to Artisan: The Rise of Mezcal and Oaxacan Cuisine.” This historically inspired dinner celebrates the complex flavors of Oaxaca, built around the world’s most complex spirit: mezcal.

A James Beard Award–winning chef, Ortega (H Town Restaurant Group: Backstreet Cafe, Caracol, Hugo’s, Xochi) has spent years studying and exploring the heirloom ingredients and unique flavors of Oaxaca. He brings his modern vision of this cuisine to Rienzi, along with mezcal and mezcal-cocktail pairings by Sean Beck, sommelier/beverage director for H Town Restaurant Group.

Guests are invited to enjoy a spectacular night of libations and dishes that bring the history of mezcal—Mexico’s original agave spirit—to the forefront.

$185 Adults
Includes a four-course dinner with cocktails. Space is limited. Complimentary valet parking. For ages 21 & older. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for Rienzi tours, with cocktails at 7 p.m. and a seated dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Questions? Call 713.639.7803.

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  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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