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A serene space in the Museum District: Surprises from a new restaurant in Asia Society Center

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After 25 years in the catering business, Elizabeth Stone of Stone Kitchen Catering has branched into a new world, opening the Jade Stone Café inside the Asia Society Texas Center in the Museum District.

The 40-seat café is Stone's first foray into restaurant service, offering her signature gourmet light American fare — soups, salads and sandwiches — with subtle Asian twists. Look for wasabi aioli on the club sandwich, wonton crisps served with the salads and an Asian slaw included with the sandwiches, plus coffee and tea as well as Stone's delightful desserts.

 "The building is so beautiful, it's a serene place to be," Stone says. "I've even seen businessmen coming here from downtown looking for some place that is quiet and relaxing." 

According to Stone, Jade Stone Café has become a neighborhood lunch destination since opening in April soon after the center's debut.

"The Asia Society really wanted a cafe to service the community as well as patrons," says Stone, who is also the exclusive caterer for events in the space. Designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, the Japanese starchitect known for his renovation of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, admission to the building itself is free, though the exhibition space inside does have a $5 fee for non-members.

"The building is so beautiful, it's a serene place to be," Stone says. "I've even seen businessmen coming here from downtown looking for some place that is quiet and relaxing."

Jade Stone Café isn't the only new project this year for Stone. In September her cookbook, An Invitation to Entertain, will be published by Bright Sky Press.

"It's all the tricks I've learned in 25 years as a caterer and how to take it to the home level," says Stone, who spent three years working on the project.

Jade Stone Café is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with extended hours on the first Thursday of the month starting in September for Asia Society Texas Center's Leo Bar cocktail mixers.

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