Despite the steady surge in the stock market, we are still living in lean, slightly precarious times so any cultural events offered for the magical price of – free – will certainly seize our attention.

And so the Amon Carter Museum of American Art has stacked, over the next several months, a trio of fun events that come with that ideal, low, low price tag: gratis. And all three of the prime events have a culinary theme uniting them, conveniently linked to the Carter’s current high nutrition exhibit, Art and Appetite – American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine, which runs through May 18.

First up is a Designing Food Conversation with Tina Bell Stamos, an Austin-based food stylist and Jody Horton, a photographer, both of whom bring enormous experience into making over a gourd into Gisele Bundchen beautiful, and all primed for a magazine, cookbook, or advertisement food-shoot. On the table for discussion will be Stamos’ and Horton’s secret tips on how they conjure up striking food images from even the humblest of ingredients.

Details: This event is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, from 6-7 p.m. Please note that reservations are required and though, as of this writing, it appears to be full, last minute no-shows could open up a spot or two. To try for a last minute reservation, call 817-989-5030 or e-mail the Carter at visitors@cartermuseum.org.Amon Carter Art in the Dark

Hopping over March into April, the Carter will be staging an Art Nosh Adult Program where local chefs will gather to create a bevy of dishes inspired by the ones portrayed in the Carter’s exhibit, Art and Appetite. First up is the delectation of those chef-prepared small bites, followed by small bites of chat with the chefs themselves, and culminating in a tour of the exhibition.

Details: Art Nosh Adult Program will take place Saturday, April 12 from 1 p.m.-3. Reservations are required and reservation times will be staggered. March 1 is the opening day for registration for this event. To register, call 817-989-5030 or email at visitors@cartermuseum.org.

The celebration of all things edible will also include an Art in the Dark Community program where everyone will be invited to the Carter, at night, where everything from tours, music, films, art making, and interactive demonstrations will be offered. All of these activities will take their lead from the Art and Appetite show.

Details: This event takes place Thursday, April 17, from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 and it requires no reservations. More details available at the Carter calendar on its website: www.cartermuseum.org

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