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Culinary Arts Programs
Tiki Time! Exotic Cocktails and the Cult of the Tiki Bar

In countless restaurants and bars, rum drinks topped with paper umbrellas, “exotic” foods, and fantasy Polynesian décor offered mid-century America’s favorite tropical escape. Martin and Rebecca Cate, founders of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, lead a colorful journey into the lore and legend of tiki culture and its modern revival, and offer samples of their bar’s original cocktail recipes.

Date
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Taiwan’s Famous Night Markets: A Taste of the Exotic on the National Mall

Taiwan’s famous night markets have for centuries been important gathering places for locals. Today they’re becoming tourist meccas for folks who want to experience some of Taiwan’s best street food and shopping opportunities. Learn about the history of this vibrant night-market culture and enjoy tastings of typical night-market fare.

Date
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Tokyo Revealed: PBS Preview with Darley Newman

Japan’s capital city of Tokyo is one of the most exciting and diverse destinations on the planet. Television host, writer, and producer Darley Newman shares insider’s tips on this fascinating metropolis, which she collected while putting together an upcoming episode for her PBS series “Travels With Darley.” A saké tasting follows the program.

Date
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 8 to 9 a.m.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 9 to 10 a.m.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Eyes on the Tigers

For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s great cats—especially its fabulous Sumatran tigers—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy breakfast, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP access at the Mane Grill across from Lion and Tiger Hill from 10 to 11 a.m.

Date
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Tasting Spain: A Journey Into Cuisine, Culture, and Heritage

Learn about the cultural heritage of Spain in a lively program set in the turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts mansion that once served as the residence of the ambassadors of Spain. With tasting of Spanish regional foods and wines.

Date
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Alex Guarnaschelli: The Home Cook

Alex Guarnaschelli’s mother edited the seminal 1997 edition of The Joy of Cooking, which defined the food of the late 20th century. Now the accomplished chef and author talks about her new cookbook, The Home Cook, with recipes that reflect the way we eat today.

Date
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
A Sweet Afternoon with Yotam Ottolenghi

London-based chef and restauranteur Yotam Ottolenghi and pastry chef Helen Goh share the secrets for making the delicious baked goods, desserts, and confections collected in their new cookbook, Sweet.

Date
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
In the Indian Kitchen

Join food writer Monica Bhide on a deliciously informative tour of India’s more than 35 regional cuisines. Savor the secrets of curry and the karma of Ayurvedic cooking, among other tasty topics. A buffet reception ends the evening.

Date
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Evolution of Alice Waters: How American Cuisine Found Its Way

When Alice Waters opened restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, in 1971, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscape. Tonight, Waters talks about her evolution from follower to activist who effects change on a global level through the common bond of food.

Date
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Jacques Pepin: Cooking for the Love of It

For years, legendary cook, teacher, and host Jacques Pepin has made it look easy. Now, he has a new kitchen apprentice: his granddaughter, 13-year-old Shorey Wesen. Listen to a delightful conversation as Pepin and Shorey sit down with Joe Yonan, food editor of the Washington Post.

Date
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.