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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Leave it to the Italians to transform something as mundane as an after-work drink into a delightful tradition that reflects la bella vita. Author Marisa Huff covers the drinks, the snacks, and the stylish social spirit of Italy’s cocktail culture.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Chef Katsuya Fukushima and Daisuke Utagawa of Chinatown’s popular Daikaya restaurant serve up an introduction to the distinctive style of ramen that’s a favorite in Sapporo. Get a taste of it yourself at lunch after the program.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Armenian winemaker Vahe Keushguerian and his peers are reinvigorating their nation’s millennia-old winemaking heritage through recovering and reintroducing historic wine types. Join him and vintners from seven other wineries for an evening of tastings that celebrate the history and renaissance of Armenian wines. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Whether it’s to document family recipes, or to promote your own restaurant’s signature dishes, you’ve been meaning to develop a cookbook—but how to begin? Cookbook author and writer Monica Bhide provides the essential ingredients to help you get started.

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Join cookbook author and PBS series host John Shields as revisits his classic Chesapeake Bay Cooking (now in a 25th-anniversary edition) and celebrates the culinary traditions and natural bounty of the Chesapeake. Afterward, sample regional specialties at light tasting stocked with oysters and locally sourced treats.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Music may be the food of love, but the sumptuous banquets of the Elizabethan era were well-loved by fanciers of more substantial feasts. Food historian Francine Segan serves up a rich and delicious look at the art of dining in Shakespeare’s day.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:45 PM

The centuries-old tradition of Basque apple cider is now gaining attention in the United States. Get a tasty introduction to this distinctive beverage from Tim Prendergast of DC’s new ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar and Estebe Salgado, a cider importer and Basque Country native. Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Maritime historian Andy Jampoler chronicles the centuries of navigation through Cape Horn’s infamous passage, and explores the role that rum played in these voyages. Afterward, whet your own whistle with rum and grog tastings provided by Lyon Distilling Company of St. Michaels, Maryland.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Purple carrots? A Mafia chokehold on the asparagus market? Food historian Joel Denker is ready to spill the beans (and plenty of other vegetables) as he recounts some fascinating and flavorful backstories of everyday foods and ingredients.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Food historian Roger Horowitz traces how the complex and sometimes-contentious encounter between ancient religious principles and the 20th-century food industry brought kosher products into America’s supermarkets and dining rooms.