Proprietor, Beth Anne Crane
Beth Anne Crane represents the fourth generation of restaurateurs in her family. Originally from Philadelphia, she grew up working in one of her father's establishments, and the two of them opened Crane's Tavern & Steakhouse on Hilton Head Island in 1999. While doing graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, she spent time in Italy studying classical & medieval literature as well as Roman viticulture, and she was taken by the harmony of history, people, place, and food. She was especially inspired by the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, and she cultivated that inspiration by opening MUSE in 2007, where the wine and the food play in a villa like atmosphere in a house tucked away on Society Street. There are 100 wine offerings by the glass and 500 bottle offerings from producers all around the world, who create products that are true to their region, history, and varietal. The menu offers dishes inspired by the many cultures of the Mediterranean and is prepared with local ingredients.
Chef, Howard LaFour
Howard was born in Singapore, and spent the first seven years of his life there before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska. Inspired by his mother's cooking, he commenced a career in New Orleans at age eighteen under French Master Chef, Rene Bajeux, at Rene Bistrot in the Pere Marque Hotel. After Hurricane Katrina, Howard stayed in New Orleans and cooked for the relief workers there for six months. He then relocated to Washington D.C. to work under Chef Yannick Kam of Le Paradou. After a stint there, he worked for nearly three years at Citronelle under French Master Chef and James Beard Outstanding Chef Award winner, Michel Richard. In 2008, he decided to move to Charleston, because he felt that it had the appeal of New Orleans with a dynamic culinary culture. He took a position at Cypress and worked as sous chef with Craig Diehl. He became the executive chef at MUSE in March of 2011, where his European training and creativity naturally inspire the menu
The Story of the Villa of Mysteries
Perched on a hill overlooking the Bay of Naples amongst the ruins of Pompeii emerges the memory of the Villa of Mysteries. The ill-fated Pompeii flourished before Mt. Vesuvius decided to take it's toll on her in 79 A.D., as it was a city of sophistication and civility with an eclectic population and style of living. The Villa, a former wine producing estate, houses one of the most provocative series of frescoes known from the Classical world of the Mediterranean, and the frescoes have been at the center of a dynamic scholarly debate for nearly a century. Because of its mythological imagery, historians, artists, psychoanylists and viticulturalists have all been beguiled by the chamber housing the frescoes since it was uncovered from the rubble in 1908. It very naturally became the inspiration for this restaurant establishment, where one finds a rendering of the past with the present, and where the food, wine and walls meld together as in the Mediterranean tradition.
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