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Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Spend a day exploring the golden spell of olive oil with Curtis Cord, publisher of Olive Oil Times. From a globe-totting look at how and where it’s produced (some places may surprise you) to a sampling of some of the best extra-virgin varieties, you’ll develop a delicious new appreciation for this pantry staple that’s moved into the foodie spotlight.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Presidents may not always agree with their predecessors on policy, but many found common ground—and a respite from the burdens of power—in their enjoyment of a well-crafted cocktail. Philip Greene of the Museum of the American Cocktail serves up bi-partisan tales about preferred White House drinks, and some of the cocktails themselves for sampling.

Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Chili expert Robb Walsh turns up the heat in a talk and tasting that explores the science, culinary history, and global appeal that make these brightly colored fruits a mouth-tingling favorite. (Rest assured: There’ll be plenty of water.)

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

“White lightning” is shedding its less-than-savory backwoods reputation—or at least some of it. Matt Ostrom, the creator of Discovery’s Moonshiners, Tim Smith, a Virginia maker featured on the series, and Chuck Miller of Belmont Farm Distillery in Culpeper explain why today’s adventurous drinkers are taking a shine to moonshine.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Whether it’s savored from a candy box, sipped hot from a mug, or coating a single perfect strawberry (or these days, a single perfect piece of bacon), chocolate is something of which we can never get enough. Food historian and author Francine Segan gets to the delicious center of our love affair with it.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

For Resident Promoter members or below; Smithsonian staff; and eligible Friends of the Smithsonian members: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

For Resident Advocate members and above: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 8 to 9 a.m.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

For Resident Advocate members and above: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 9 to 10 a.m.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

For Resident Advocate members and above: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 10 to 11 a.m.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Join Steve Kim, creator of KimKim Korean Hot Sauce, and chef Todd Johnson as they explore the heritage of Korean cooking and the ingredients that create its characteristic intensity. Then try your hand at some dishes to add to your at-home Korean repertoire.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

A panel of artists, scholars, and scientists comes together for a fascinating conversation on how arts and popular culture can provide unique insights into the narrative of human history told through our DNA. Afterward, raise a glass to the science and the art of winemaking in a special tasting.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Get a taste of the Shenandoah Valley’s history as you travel with geologist Callan Bentley to three Virginia vineyards to discover how their distinctive wines reflect the area’s ancient geological origins. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Savor a private lunch planned by chef Michael Abt, who heads the kitchen at this runaway hit bistro, and you’ll swear 14th Street looks a lot like your favorite arrondissement.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Food historian Francine Segan leads a delightful virtual tour the “Green Heart of Italy,” with Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, and Orvieto among the stops on the itinerary. And get a distinctive taste of the region in a tasting of wine and truffle products. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Washington's dining scene seems to be growing exponentially by the minute. Many of the new powers behind the new established restaurants are women. Tonight, In a conversation moderated by Jessica Sidman, food writer at Washington City Paper, star chefs Nora Pouillon, Ris Lacoste, and Marjorie Meek-Bradley discuss what it’s like to work in restaurant industry, and what’s next on the region’s culinary horizon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Whisky expert Dave Broom leads a toast to the history, lore, and enjoyment of this versatile spirit. And raise your own at a tasting that follows the program.

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