Allentown Art Museum Celebrates the Opening of Its Museum Cafe

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Jennifer Gora
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 22, 2011



a great place to relax with exceptional food, a cup of coffee and a shot of culture



Allentown, Pa.–The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the opening of the Museum Café on December 6. Operating hours are Tuesday through Friday 11am to 3pm, Saturday 11:30am to 3pm and Sundays 12:30 to 3pm.


The Museum café will be operated by Karen Hunter, a self-taught cook who began her career preparing hors d’oeuvres for friends at their parties, and built an incredible reputation in catering for Lehigh Valley businesses such as Sayre Mansion and The Eastonian. She has been the exclusive caterer at Museum events for the past eight years, has been voted “Best of the Valley” by Lehigh Valley Magazine readers five year in a row and voted “Favorite Foodie” in 2011 by readers of Lehigh Valley Style.


The Museum Café’s menu includes a variety of sandwiches, paninis, salads, soups and desserts. Everything will be made fresh daily and available for takeout.


Media is invited to join us for a special sampling event on Friday, December 9 from 10am – 11am. Come and taste some of the delectable items from the café menu compliments of Karen Hunter and The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.


With its WiFi capabilities and television for viewing, the atmosphere and ambiance of the Museum Café is going to be accented by a generous gift from Knoll Furniture of East Greenville, PA. The furnishings include Paperclip® Café Tables, CHIP™ Chairs, Saarinen Coffee Tables and Bertoia Diamond Chairs, all of which give the café a quality and comfort you would expect.


“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer our visitors a place to relax with a snack and a beverage at the Museum,” said Brooks Joyner, CEO of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. “But the café should also be a daytime destination spot for the folks in Downtown Allentown to come and have lunch.”

Knoll, headquartered in East Greenville, PA, is the recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian's Copper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure. Today, our commitment to modern design, our understanding of the workplace and our dedication to sustainable design has yielded a unique portfolio of products that respond and adapt to changing needs. Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help companies achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED workplace certification. Knoll is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk Program.

For more than 75 years, The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley has been dedicated to enriching the lives of the widest possible audience of visitors by engaging, informing, and inspiring them through the activities of collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting, and interpreting important works of visual art.

The Allentown Art Museum offers tremendous variety and quality in our collections and exhibitions, educational programs, and public events. We serve over 100,000 visitors each year, 14,000 of which are children in school programs. Our collection of more than 17,000 works of art offers the opportunity to experience nearly 2,000 years of cultural heritage in an accessible, visitor-friendly environment.