Come listen to author John DeFerrari discuss his recently published book "Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats" based on his blog, the Streets of Washington.
Washington's first true restaurants—places where you could choose when to eat, select items from a menu, and be served at a private table—appeared here by the 1830s, not long after they got started in New York. From these early beginnings through the flowering of ethnic restaurants in the late 20th century, Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats presents the sweeping evolution of the city's eateries, from exclusive bastions of haute cuisine like the Rive Gauche and Sans Souci to beloved diners like Hot Shoppes and Little Taverns. "Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C." was published by The History Press in September 2013.
DeFerrari's talk will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing. Light refreshments will be served.
Books will be available for purchase during the evening.
For additional information, please contact Kanani at Education@DumbartonHouse.org.
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Dumbarton House is a Federal period historic house museum, ca. 1800, whose historic structure and collection are preserved to educate the public about life in Washington, DC, during the early years of the Republic. The museum features a significant, extensive collection of Federal-era decorative arts, paintings and furniture, and is the only fully-furnished Federal house museum open to the public in Washington. Dumbarton House serves as the headquarters for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (www.nscda.org), a women’s organization that actively promotes our national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects. The life and times of Dumbarton House’s first resident (1804-1813), Joseph Nourse, is the interpretive focus; Nourse served as first Register of the U.S. Treasury under six U.S. presidents and is known as “America’s First Civil Servant.” Dumbarton House is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum hosts a variety of public events and programs. www.DumbartonHouse.org