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Dine & Discover: Migration

September 16, 6 – 8:30 pm
$100 per person
This event is 21+

Dine and Discover features extraordinary food in the Museum’s most unique settings, served with a side of science.

Enjoy a multi-course themed meal with one complimentary drink (a cash bar will be available for additional purchases). Join us for a curated culinary experience that benefits the Museum of Life and Science.

This evening at the Museum, inspired by the journey of our local migratory birds, begins with a “Bird in the Hand” — our signature cocktail — and themed appetizers while overlooking our peaceful wetlands. A Museum ranger and representatives from Piedmont Wildlife Center will introduce you to rehabilitated feathered inhabitants and identify others on site. After a picturesque stroll to the Butterfly House Garden, you’ll experience three unique entrees and dessert celebrating our migratory birds and featuring global dishes inspired by their cross-continental journeys. Enjoy the company of fellow diners at our outdoor banquet-style seating.

In addition to supporting the Museum’s mission, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Piedmont Wildlife Center.


Baleada: NC flour tortilla, refried peanuts, queso
Poutine: NC sweet potatoes, cheese curds, Adobo gravy, pickled jalapeño
Chicken: Braised jerk chicken, tostones, green curry
Pulled Pernil: Caribbean pork, NC blue grits
Tamales: Banana leaf wrapped OBX shrimp and black bean tamale, salsa ranchero, crema fresca
Dessert: Flan cheesecake with dulce de leche

Menu items are subject to change. Dietary needs can be accommodated. 

September 16


Mark Mishalanie

Born in San Diego, California, Chef Mark Mishalanie has worked up and down the West Coast learning global food traditions and how to apply them with California and native ingredients. Mark moved to Durham in 2017 and has embraced Southern cuisine and its ability to both comfort the soul and honor the great farming traditions of the South. Mark has consulted with the Food Network for years and was a winner on Guy Fieri’s Grocery Games back in 2015. Mark is married and has four children and is an advocate for senior and at-risk dog rescue. This year, he started a coffee company, Underdog Union Coffee Company, with his wife Meghan that raises money and awareness for Hope Animal Rescue.