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Culinary Arts Programs
Dining in Early Federal Washington: Making Meals—and History

Washington has always been a place where much happens at dinner parties, particularly in the era in which both the city and the Republic were coming into their own. Food historian Leni Sorensen brings together stories of a hostess, a cookbook writer, and an emancipated black caterer to examine how culinary and social history was made over the city’s most fashionable dining tables.

Date
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Where Harry Met Sally: The Cuisine and Culture of the New York Jewish Deli

Has there ever been a tastier or more beloved institution than the New York Jewish deli? Ted Merwin, associate professor of religion and Judaic studies at Dickinson College, discusses the past, present, and future of the deli and its quintessential role in urban Jewish and American life. And of course, there’s a lunch!

Date
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 12:00 p.m.
Bootleggers, Bathtubs, and Speakeasies: Tales From Prohibition

Get a taste of the 1920s as you sip some iconic period cocktails (Orange Blossom, anyone?) and hear from Philip Greene, co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail, and historian and author Garrett Peck how determined drinkers thumbed their noses at the killjoys who tried to turn America dry.

Date
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Peruvian Cooking: The Ultimate Melting Pot

Peruvian cuisine—which reflects Chinese, Japanese, African, Spanish, and traditional South American influences—offers some of the most deliciously eclectic dishes you’ll ever taste. Carlos Delgado, head chef at China Chilcano, sheds light on its history and flavors in a conversation with Joe Yonan, the Washington Post’s food and dining editor.

Date
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Cooking Gene: Southern Food’s Deepest Roots

Traditional Southern food is an integral part of our national culinary heritage, yet the question of who "owns" it is linked to wider issues of race, politics, and history. Culinary historian and cook Michael Twitty, a descendant of both African and European ancestors, discusses how he traced the roots of soul food, barbecue, and other staples of Southern cooking—as well as those of his own family.

Date
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
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.