In the spirit of always challenging our visitors to try something new, the Nasher Museum organized a unique event last Thursday called Nasher Night Out. Although some came early for the gallery talk with Stacy Lynn Waddell, the progressive party really got started after a discounted first course in the Nasher Museum Café, where attendees were given a party plan, map and special ID bracelet. Undaunted by a little rain, they set out for a night on the town. Cave Taureau, open late expressly for Nasher Night Out, offered wine tastings with cheese, and special pricing on select bottles. The ouzo and preserved lemon cocktail with the octopus gyro at Pizzeria Toro had mouths watering long before arrival, and at Taberna Tapas, the choice of chicken and bacon croquettas or the diner designed trio of pinxtos tempted others to linger much longer. Everyone always has room for ice cream, and The Parlour had plenty for all.
Those that forged on to Alley Twenty Six were able to try the Nasher-inspired “Mutu” cocktail. The gin based recipe, infused with coffee and essence of orange, was a nod to the colonial and economic heritage of Kenya, homeland of the artist Wangechi Mutu. It was the perfect way to end a Nasher Night Out. We caught up with Barbara Toumbalekis and Charlie Atkins at Alley Twenty Six, who proudly showed off the wristbands they had collected at all six venues along the way. Neither lives in Durham, but Barbara and Charlie have watched the evolution of Downtown Durham and the dining scene with interest. This was their chance to sample some of the best that Durham has to offer, and judging from their smiles, they’ll be making plans to return soon!
If you weren’t able to make it for the first ever Nasher Night Out last Thursday, we encourage you to visit these great Durham establishments. Whether you choose to visit them one at a time, or on your own culinary marathon, you can always make the Nasher Museum your jumping off point, especially on Thursday nights. And get ready for the next Nasher Night Out on Thursday, August 1.