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Culinary Arts Programs
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.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, October 26, 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.

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: Where the Noble Experiment Flopped

Prohibition came to the nation’s capital in 1917—three years earlier than the rest of the country. Despite the head start, Washington turned out to be a town that nurtured more than 3,000 speakeasies and where Congress had its own-in house bootlegger. Garrett Peck raises a toast to the centennial of the booze ban that wasn’t.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Secrets of the Sommeliers

Not long ago, sommeliers were little more than bit players in the theater of fine dining. These days, however, many “somms” are among the marquee players in the world of food and wine. Hear four established stars share stories about working with wine and then enjoy a guided wine tasting.

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Future of Spices

The global culinary movement has made even the most exotic spices an essential part of many kitchens today. Lior Lev Sercarz, a chef, spice blender, and owner of New York City spice shop, discusses how the demand for spices and ethnic food are challenging producers today, and looks at new applications for spices—such as distilling and brewing—that move beyond cooking.

Tuesday, November 7, 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.

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
La Cucina vs. La Cuisine: A Gastronomic Faceoff

Italian and French food fans seem destined to be at perpetual odds in the “which-is-the best?” argument. Join Fred Plotkin, author of six books on Italian culinary traditions, as he examines how la cucina and la cuisine are not so much rivals as great influences and inspirations on one another. Afterward, savor a buffet that shows off the delights of both cuisines.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.