Mother Earth Group announced its newest restaurant, Mariposa, will open in September 2021 at the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte. Mariposa, Spanish for butterfly, will be a multicultural culinaria, representing an evolution for both the restaurant space and creator Jill Marcus. 

“Mariposa is personal to me. It is representative of my belief that no matter what challenges we face or transformations we go through, our shared food experiences will bring us closer,” says Marcus. “It helps us understand one another’s traditions and allows cultures around the world to tell their story. At Mariposa, we will bring many cultures together around the table and provide a global experience right here in Charlotte.” 

Marcus and the Mariposa team have curated a thoughtful menu based on her travels. The centerpiece of the menu is mezze, a North African and Mediterranean concept of small dishes meant to be shared and experienced by everyone at the table. With executive chef Jonathan Moore leading the kitchen, dishes will include Lamb Belly Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, Ceviche Aguachile, Piri Piri Chicken, Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Tart, Gullah Paella, and more. Mariposa has partnered with Sam Fleming at 100 Gardens to supply all lettuces and greens from their aquaponics garden project at The Innovation Barn. 

Mariposa’s dishes will be beautifully paired with lush cocktails and wines curated by Level 3 sommelier and general manager, Brad Grubb, formerly of 5Church. Save room for the sweet course with an inspired pastry menu from Chef Sam Carrasquero-Chappelle. 

Guests will dine in a transformed modern, yet relaxing space in the Mint Museum Uptown with sweeping views, velvet couches, black and white decor, and artwork by Charlotte muralist Owl. Believing that the art curates the space, Marcus seeks to feature more local and emerging artists with rotating art selections in the restaurant. 

The Mother Earth Group, which has a mission of nurturing one another, our community, and the Earth, also includes vegetarian restaurant Fern, Flavor from the Garden, Something Classic Catering, Something Classic retail line of products and a new French-fast-casual restaurant, Coquette, coming to Uptown in 2022 featuring duck-fat fried chicken. 

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