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Everything’s Coming Up Rosé
The appeal of rosé wines spans the seasons. Join Swati Bose, co-owner of Flight Wine Bar in Chinatown, for a program and sampling that will convince you today’s versatile, high-quality rosés from around the world deserve to be considered much more than a summer fling.
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Cocktails with Ian Fleming and James Bond: Favorite Sips of Stylish Spies
Cocktail experts Simon Ford and Philip Greene share tales of stylish adventure (both real-life and literary) as you sip some of the favorite drinks of debonair author Ian Fleming and his most famous character.
Monday, August 8, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Gelato and Sorbetto: A Cool History
Join food historian Francine Segan as she digs into some delicious gelato, starting with the fascinating history of Italian ices and sorbets, and ending with a taste of some of the scrumptious frozen desserts that made even Alexander the Great's mouth water.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Rum: From Cane to Cask
Americans have been raising toasts with rum since before there officially was an America. Now rum is the latest drink to be caught in the craft-beverage boom. Get an overview of the spirit’s history in American, and try samples of rum-based cocktails, in an evening hosted by Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton, the duo behind Washington’s first rum distillery, Cotton & Reed.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Many Cuisines of China
Skip the General Tsao’s Chicken. Cookbook author and illustrator Carolyn Phillips opens the door to the regional delights of Chinese dining that you’ve never known about when she offers an overview of the sweeping variety of cuisines within the country. Then shift from big to bite-sized as she shares tasty insights on dim sum’s traditions.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo.  
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, 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 Pavilion access from 8 to 9 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, 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 Pavilion access from 9 to 10 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, 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 Pavilion access from 10 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Mid-Atlantic Cuisine on the Rise
From Chesapeake crab cakes to shoo-fly pie, Mid-Atlantic cuisine is now in the midst of rediscovery and revival. Chefs Jeremiah Langhorne and Spike Gjerde join Washington Post food and dining editor Joe Yonan to discuss the region’s culinary history and why it’s seeing a boost in popularity. They also talk about the trends that might be ahead on the regional dining horizon.
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Color of Beer
A Smithsonian Libraries exhibition at the Natural History Museum invites visitors to look at color in a new light. What you may not realize is that color is an important part of evaluating beer. In this special evening, beer expert Neil Witte leads a tasting that examines beer through the lens of color and what it signals about a beer’s flavor and how it was made.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:45 PM