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Culinary Arts Programs
The Great Food Cities of the World: Tokyo

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of Tokyo.

Date
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Oysters of the Rappahannock: New Directions for a Virginia Industry
All-Day Tour

Environmental historian Hayden Mathews leads a tour that examines how Virginia’s once-declining oyster harvest was revived through innovative developments in commercial farming and aquaculture in Chesapeake Bay. A visit to a 119-year-old family business that was among the pioneers in that resurgence offers a chance to see—and taste—the robust oyster industry of today.

Date
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
More Than Just a Meal: Italian Cuisine as a Key to Culture

Learn how get the most out of a culinary-focused travel adventure in Italy as writer Elizabeth Minchilli reveals why food is the most authentic—and delicious—way to understand a country where fabulous cuisine is just as revered as its treasured artistic masterpieces.

Date
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: San Francisco

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of San Francisco.

Date
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In the French Kitchen: Where Joie de Vivre Begins

After living in France for a quarter century, Susan Herrmann Loomis knows the essential secret of the country’s home cooks: a philosophy that combines a love of food with the pleasure of sharing it with family and friends. Join her as she serves up tips and techniques for creating simple but elegant meals in the Gallic culinary tradition.  

Date
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Science and Culture of Bread

What makes a pain de mie fluffy, a baguette crisp, or a loaf of sourdough chewy? Nora Velazco and Omar Quazi, head bread bakers at the Mount Vernon shop called a baked joint, offer the answers as they share their passion for bread making and its science, history, and rich cultural traditions.

Date
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
An Evening with Gourmet Symphony: Musical World’s Fare at the Arts and Industries Building

Enjoy a night of fine cuisine, wine, and gorgeous music with Gourmet Symphony in the historic Arts and Industries Building. Inspired by the building’s connection to America’s first world’s fair, both the menu and the musical program celebrate a mix of international influences.

Date
Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.