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Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Imagine your pantry shelves filled with jars of home-made delights made from fresh seasonal produce. Cathy Barrow, author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, is ready to teach you all the canning and preserving tricks you need to make that a reality. This is the third session of a 4-session program.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

“Sake Samurai” Timothy Sullivan leads a tasty introduction to the world of premium sake, a libation the Japanese call the drink of the gods.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) 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 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) 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 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) 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 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) 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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Libby H. O’Connell, History Channel’s chief historian, serves up a savory history of American food filled with historical nuggets, strange delicacies of yesteryear, and the familiar dishes we love in her new book The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites. Dig in!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Imagine your pantry shelves filled with jars of home-made delights made from fresh seasonal produce. Cathy Barrow, author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, is ready to teach you all the canning and preserving tricks you need to make that a reality. This is the final session of a 4-session program.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Life is sweet for the founding chef behind Milk Bar, the bakery that has fans in New York City and Toronto hooked on its glorious goodies. As the latest branch prepares to conquer DC’s dessert lovers, learn how Christina Tosi created a distinctive—and decidedly upbeat—approach to baking.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Renowned wine critic and journalist Jancis Robinson shares observations on the shape of wine to come: lighter, fresher, and more geographically focused. After a discussion of the wine world’s trends, raise a toast as you sample a selection of wines.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM

We’ve all followed a food critic’s advice. But what do we really know about the profession? Respected local food critics and writers Tom Sietsema (Washington Post), Jessica Sidman (Washington City Paper), and Stefanie Gans (Northern Virginia Magazine) sit down to talk about the life of a food critic and D.C.’s and Northern Virginia’s ever-evolving dining scene.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Guiding us through the joys of gin is none other than Dave Broom, who last delighted Smithsonian audiences with his guided tasting to the world’s best whiskies. As you sip some fantastic drinks, you’ll learn to enjoy gin in ways you never thought possible.

Monday, October 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Explore the stunning Ethiopic restaurant in the Atlas District, which is making a name for serving delicious authentic cuisine. Learn about Ethiopian culture as you enjoy a 3-course meal and a glass of wine at this exclusive event for Smithsonian participants only.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Go deep into Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley on an excursion into the region’s   ancient past. Visit Skyline Caverns in Front Royal, Cave Ridge Cellars in Mount Jackson, a family-owned winery, and end the day at Endless Caverns in New Market.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Since the publication of her cookbook, An Invitation to Indian Cooking, more than 40 years ago, Madhur Jaffrey has been the preeminent authority on Indian home cooking in America. This evening, Jaffrey introduces you to the more traditional, healthier, yet no-less delicious vegetarian dishes that Indians enjoy every day.

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Fusion cuisine isn’t a modern invention. Food historian Francine Segan serves up a look at how Jewish culinary traditions entered the Italian kitchen centuries ago, particularly in the distinctive foods of Emilia-Romagna. Sample a few of those regional specialties at a reception after the program.

Monday, November 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The cocktail boom has brought bitters back into the spotlight as a versatile ingredient that can add plenty of interest to a drink. Get a taste of what the buzz is about from an ingredients expert who’s written a new guide to this venerable but often-overlooked tool of the mixologist’s craft.

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