Giveaway: Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art - Mushroom and Leek Cake

Mushroom and Leek Cake at Cleveland Museum of Art’s Provenance

With the expansion of the East Wing, the renovation of the 1916 galleries, and the addition of the beautiful Ames Atrium, the Cleveland Museum of Art has been elevated in recent years from a revered cultural institution to a work of art itself.

To complement the stunning renovation, the Museum has also rolled out community programming like its interactive, 12,000-square-foot Gallery One and monthly MIX Nights.

It was hard to think of anything that could make the Cleveland Museum of Art even better, until Provenance opened at the end of 2012.

Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art features a 3-part dining experience: a moderately-priced open-kitchen Cafe, Catering by Provenance, and a 76-seat fine dining restaurant and lounge.

Provenance bar and lounge at Cleveland Museum of Art

The bar and lounge at Provenance

Through a partnership with Bon Appetit Management Company and Fire’s Chef Douglas Katz, the Cleveland Museum of Art has created a menu of locally-sourced, globally-inspired options for visitors.

After recent trips to the museum and nearby Botanical Garden, I’ve enjoyed grabbing quick bites at the Cafe. (My recommendation: try a claybread sandwich with lamb, hummus, eggplant, cabbage, and yoghurt sauce.)

But I hadn’t had a chance to try the restaurant until a few weeks ago. And lately I’ve been making up for lost time.

Provenance Bloggers Night

Left to Right: The ladies at Bloggers Night; Cured Meats and Cheeses; Scallops

Our first visit came earlier this month when Scott and I were invited to blogger night at Provenance. There we joined Cleveland’s a Plum, WhyCLEEat*Drink*ClevelandThe Dawg’s Dish and All Lacquered Up for a few drinks and some delicious bites.

We started with a selection of cured meats and cheeses, an excellent warm-up for the dishes that were to come.

Chef Partner Douglas Katz and Executive Chef Matthew Jankowski at Cleveland Museum of Art's Provenance

Provenance’s Chef Partner Douglas Katz and Executive Chef Matthew Jankowski

As Chef Katz came out to introduce Executive Chef Matthew Jankowski, they brought with them a sampling of their talents: succulent, seared scallops; a mushroom and leek cake; and the winner of the night in my books – fingerling potato topped with shaved duck.

A finely-made Manhattan and their Thyme and Ginger cocktail had me equally impressed with Provenance’s drinks menu. The refreshing Thyme and Ginger will be especially welcome as we head into summer.

Provenance Manhattan

Provenance Manhattan

I was excited to learn during the blogger night that Provenance is open for brunch every Sunday in addition to lunch and dinner throughout the week.

So Scott and I checked out brunch at the museum this weekend. Spoiler: It was just as delicious!

Provenance’s brunch menu elevates traditional breakfast dishes like eggs and french toast with fresh, seasonal ingredients such as sweet onions, confit tomato and leek salad, and roasted garlic aioli.

Ranging in price from $16-$22, each entree also comes with a bounty of treats from the Chef’s Table.

A sampling from the Chef's Table at Provenance Brunch

A sampling from the Chef’s Table at Provenance Brunch

With buttery croissants, sweet blueberry scones and cinnamon rolls, house-made jams, and a fluffy gruyere biscuit, it was difficult to avoid filling up before our main course.

But with a Lump Crab Quiche and the Provenance Benedict on their way, we managed to save room.

In addition to camembert, caramelized onions and a herb custard, the quiche featured large chunks of fresh crab meat. It was paired with a shaved fennel and citrus salad.

Lump Crab Quiche at Cleveland Museum of Art Brunch

Lump Crab Quiche at Cleveland Museum of Art Brunch

I’m not a huge fennel fan, but I loved how the fruit slices and citrus flavor balanced it out.

Scott has somehow gone 30 years without trying eggs benedict, but the herb-roasted trout that accompanies the Provenance Benedict called out to him.

I snuck a couple bites and really enjoyed the crisped texture and slightly smoked taste of the trout combined with the rich poached egg. And the colorful carrot salad that came on the side featured the absolute freshest-tasting carrots.

Provenance Benedict at Cleveland Museum of Art's Brunch

Provenance Benedict at Cleveland Museum of Art’s Brunch

Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Chef Katz, and Bon Appetit have achieved a culinary masterpiece.

And I’m giving away a chance to indulge with a $100 gift certificate to Provenance!

There are 5 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway
**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) Leave a comment telling me what’s your favorite part about the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Disclosure: I was invited to attend a blogger night at Provenance with a guest and provided a $100 gift certificate to give away on my blog. My opinions about this visit as well as brunch are 100% my own.

58 thoughts on “Giveaway: Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art

  1. Katie B.

    My new most favorite thing at the art museum is Gallery One. It is a great way to learn more about what’s at the museum (and where to find it!)

  2. alithearchitect

    My favorite thing about the CMA is the programming. Sure, the collection is massive and diverse but the amount of lectures, films, performances and tours that occur daily is mind-boggling. I also love their new atrium. How could you not, specially during Friday night Mix Events!

  3. Mike

    I love the cars!


    Please send me to the restaurant! I’m hungry! (Yeah, the CMA’s new building looks great too.)

  4. sarah r

    armour and renaissance period are a fav but also i think CMA does a great job bringing differing exhibits to Cleveland.

  5. Jennifer S

    I love the renaissance art, and also Greek and Roman collections. I also love the programming for kids.

  6. Diane Sperko

    I really enjoy the new Gallery One with all the interactivity and the many things children can do in that space. I shared that experience with a friend who has a two-year old son and we were all very impressed.

  7. Manda

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve lived in Cleveland for five years and have yet been to the museum. Sometimes it’s hard to make time to be a tourist in your own town.

  8. Dominique-Midwest Guest

    I recently visited the CMA and blogged about it myself :)
    I loved the sunny atrium at the museum. It was a great place to linger with a beverage from the restaurant on a winter day, and I liked how it also showcased the building’s original 1916 facade.

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  10. Mary

    Hard to pick one thing I love about CMA. First and foremost that it is free, then the education, special talks and exhibits and from the collection I really really love the Skygazer statuette. Tiny and so expressive.

  11. Kristin

    My favorite thing about the art museum are all the annual special events: Parade the Circle, the summer Solstice party, the sidewalk Chalk Festival and the Winter Lights Lantern Festival.


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