Z Café Now Open: Stop By for Breakfast, Lunch, or a Snack

February 21, 2013

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Welcomes

The Food Architects to Manage Z Café

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is pleased to announce The Food Architects as the new management team for Z Café, which reopens Tuesday, March 5. The location offers the university community and museum visitors a convenient and tasty dining option on Voorhees Mall. In addition, Zimmerli members receive 10 percent off purchases as a benefit. “The Food Architects have catered special events at the Zimmerli for more than five years. We are thrilled that their excellent food and service will now be available to all museum visitors at Z Café,” states Suzanne Delehanty, the Zimmerli’s director.

Based in Piscataway, The Food Architects was formed in 2005 by Anthony Reis and Kurt Harmon, both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America. They operate a successful catering business with a broad range of clients at Rutgers and in New Brunswick. Their original store location at 1665 Stelton Road – near the Edison train station – is open for lunch on weekdays and a familiar spot to faculty and staff on the Livingston campus. More information is available at thefoodarchitectsnj.com.

The new Zimmerli menu features a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. The Food Architects use fresh, seasonal ingredients for their homemade salads and soups, as well as grab-and-go or gourmet sandwiches. Their pastries and breads are delivered daily from a Manhattan bakery and they brew coffee from a local roaster. “Our goal is to create a dining experience that is as creative and inspiring as the art in the galleries, with the highest quality customer service,” says Reis.

Beginning March 5, Z Café’s hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; it also is open until 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month for Art After Hours. Z Café is accessible through Voorhees Hall.


The Zimmerli Art Museum’s collection includes more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is supported by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as well as the income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment Fund, among others. Additional support comes from the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from other corporations, foundations, and individuals, as well as earned income, also provide vital annual support for the Zimmerli’s operations and programs.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID). Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 848.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu



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