MIA: “Eternal Offerings Banquet” – Minneapolis, MN

Apr 16, 2023 | eat/drink

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Enjoy Mia in an entirely different way, with an exclusive exhibition-inspired, immersive dining experience held after hours in the museum’s galleries.

“Eternal Offerings Banquet” will feature exquisite hand-crafted dishes created by award-winning guest Chef Tammy Wong of Rainbow Chinese Restaurant, with wine pairings curated by acclaimed sommelier Bill Summerville, and support from Paris Dining Club, all served inside the Banquet Room gallery of Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes special exhibition.

This extraordinary dinner takes place on Wednesday, April 26th, and includes a private tour of Mia’s special exhibition “Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes,” led by Liu Yang, Chair of Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art; a multi-course dinner with wine inside Mia’s special exhibition; and insights from Mia’s director, curators and the culinary team. The menu is carefully planned and prepared.

About Chef Tammy Wong

Chef Tammy Wong, the daughter of ethnic Chinese parents, first discovered her passion for food growing up in Vietnam. From an early age, she enjoyed cooking the family’s rice over a fire and helping her grandmother roll tamarind candies to sell at a nearby open-air market. Among her early influences were the street vendors who passed by each day, each vendor a master of a special dish.

Tammy and her family left Vietnam as refugees when she was in her teens. Their journey over several years would include time in Hong Kong, New York City, and the California Bay Area before finally settling in Minneapolis in 1983.

Before opening The Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar in 1987, Tammy worked at a number of the area’s early Asian eateries. Since then, The Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar has been a mainstay along a stretch of Nicollet Avenue and was part of the street earning the nickname “Eat Street”. As The Rainbow’s award-winning owner and chef, Tammy continues to play a vital role in Whittier, a neighborhood as lively and diverse as the one she knew as a child.

The secret to her style is simple, or so she says: “Fresh greens, garlic and onions stir-fried over a searing flame—those are the basic elements of what I do.” Pressed further, she calls on a Chinese proverb: “The chef teaches you how to eat, not how to prepare the meal.” While great food is just a visit to The Rainbow away, learning to make it has been, for Tammy, a lifelong journey and a true labor of love.

About Bill Summerville

Bill Summerville has been an influential force in shaping the Twin Cities restaurant scene, plying his trademark style of charm and brashness at such notable restaurants as D’Amico Cucina, La Belle Vie, and Spoon and Stable. During his tenure as partner and front man of La Belle Vie, he was a three-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine Program” and a semifinalist for “Best Service.” A year on the Tuscan Coast traveling to far-flung wine regions had a major impact on his Euro-centric palate. He doesn’t make wine lists as much as he creates collections of wine he really wants you to drink, to take a chance on. The Boston-born Summerville blames his mother for his career in food and wine. She loved food and she knew how to make it taste good. Her gravy was legendary.

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About Paris Dining Club

Paris Dining Club (PDC) is a dining club in Minneapolis by James Beard nominated Chef Jamie Malone. You can find Malone at her North Loop Paris Dining Club Studio hosting events and creating new experiences for people who love food. PDC also makes dinner parties and date nights at home easy and beautiful.

Malone has gained national attention and earned a place as a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for “Rising Star Chef” for 2013 and “Best Chef Midwest” for 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019. In 2013, Malone was named one of Food and Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs.” In 2017, Malone opened her first restaurant, Grand Café, and the following year, it was a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant” and was also named Food and Wine magazine’s “Best New Restaurant.” That year, Malone was also awarded Food and Wine magazine’s “Dish of the Year.” Malone has written for Esquire’s “Eat Like a Man” blog and been featured in many magazines including GQ, Saveur, and Elle. In 2014 she won Cooking Light’s “Trail Blazer Award” for her work with sustainable seafood.


Wednesday, April 26th at 6pm

Reserve Tickets

Complimentary valet is included.

(Proceeds from this purchase support the museum’s mission)


Minneapolis Institute of Art

2400 3rd Ave South

 Minneapolis, MN


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