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Feast Your Eyes Tour & Tastings

Experience food, art, and culture like never before on a privately guided tour at The Met

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* Please note that our standard pricing on this page is not intended for corporate audiences. For corporate groups, please contact us at team (at) artsmart.com with the size group, date and preferred time, and we will be able to provide corporate options and pricing. Corporate audiences enjoy additional options and more detailed service.

Feast Your Eyes™ Tour & Tastings is a collaboration combining an Art Smart food- and drink- inspired Met museum tour with an optional tasting inside The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This food and wine pairing has been thoughtfully crafted to reflect the culture and cuisine presented by the artworks in the Tour.

Feast Your Eyes Tour blends a love of food, drink and culture on a guided private tour through The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Carefully crafted by art historians and food scholars, this fresh offering details a visual banquet presented through more than twenty-five paintings, sculptures, and objets d’art peppered throughout the galleries. The artwork spans six different cultures ranging from ancient to modern. The slider above brings you through the highlights.

Presented in Art Smart’s signature of-the-moment style, the Feast Your Eyes Tour conversation is inspired by dining rituals, popular culture, and contemporary food and drink trends. This Met tour supports Art Smart’s mission to provide tours that speak to the unique interests and experiences of individuals while helping clients navigate the vast art resources of New York City and beyond in exceptional ways — this time it’s with a foodie twist. It was carefully designed by a foodie art historian along with a food historian with the intention to go broaden the appeal beyond the immediate artworks and fascinate those curious about foodie culture.

The Feast Your Eyes Tour & Tastings can be customized to hone in on one or more of the following themes: food history, tastes through time, contemporary trends in the industry, drinks and beverages, and wine.

While the time can be customized and/or extended for an additional fee, the standard experience entails a 1.5 hour tour through the museum galleries before we proceed to one of the eateries in the museum. Your guide will stay on with you for the remainder of your to assist you with your à la carte order that matches the theme of the tour (wine, chocolate, etc) and share more about the connections between your tasting and the tour topics. There is an optional $25 fee per person if you would like us to prearrange a chocolate selection on your behalf. Additional drinks, etc are recommended and are à la carte.

Optional areas of the tour:

  • Feast your senses in the Egyptian galleries.
  • Among the Greek and Roman galleries, we’ll relish stories of symposia and lavish feasts and entertainments.
  • The European galleries provide a sense of the produce, fish, and other delicacies that were on offer in the markets of Amsterdam, one of the world’s first truly capitalist emporiums.
  • Sip in stories of a new modern life, featuring dangerous cocktails and even more daring jazz music.
  • Delight in the princely pieces used in aristocratic drinking games. See how they indulged their noble cravings for imported luxuries including chocolate, coffee, tea, sugar, and ice for ice cream.
  • Hear how the European appetite for excellence and the American craving for convenience created the first real restaurants.
  • Chew on the rise of the café culture and haute cuisine after gluttony became distasteful during the French Revolution.
  • Dig into an illustrated discussion about self-sustaining farms and hunting for food— an American freedom in stark contrast to European traditions. Savor the Old World cuisines replicated in the New World among the northern settlements and eat up the new recipes and flavors of the Old South.



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Private tours for 1 – 4 people in your group booked online* start at $225 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines!

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing begins at $225 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.