Free

Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Constitution Ave between 12th and 14th Streets NW

Washington, DC 20001

View Map

Friends Who Are Going
Event description

Description

2017 FESTIVAL GENERAL INFORMATION

Part of the third annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend, the Festival is a free day of hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, and stories exploring the past, present and future of food and community in America. The day brings together talented chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators, students, and more to spark conversation, lead activities, and dig into food history with museum visitors of all ages.

Activities at the Festival include:

  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Hands-on activity stations including: The Kids Table, Spark!Lab, and food experiments with Common Threads
  • Deep Dish Dialogues
  • Book Signings
  • Agriculture on the Move
  • The Business of Chocolate
  • Harvest for the Table
  • Garden activities including: Garden tours, seed saving, and flavoring
  • Museum objects out of storage


All activities at the Festival are free, but we strongly recommend registration to the Deep Dish Dialogues due to limited seating. See below for full information about each of the Deep Dish Dialogues at the 2017 Festival. For the full Festival schedule visit: http://s.si.edu/FoodHistFestival


2017 DEEP DISH DIALOGUE SCHEDULE

Deep Dish Dialogue 1: Culinary Diplomacy
10:45 - 11:45 AM

Join us for a discussion exploring how cultures come into contact in the kitchen and dining room in a new sort of cultural diplomacy that promotes the sharing of values, traditions, and worldviews through food. A new soft power, culinary diplomacy can effectively bridge conflicts, at times more effectively than normal diplomacy. Hear from three culinary powerhouses about their experiences in this realm. Featuring: Chef Art Smith and others to be announced soon in conversation with Lauren Bernstein, Director of the Culinary Diplomacy Project

Deep Dish Dialogue 2: Sidedoor: LIVE!
12:30 - 1:30 PM

Join us for a free LIVE show of the Smithsonian’s podcast, Sidedoor, as host Tony Cohn and some special guests dig deep into some fascinating food stories.

What is Sidedoor? More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults, but where public view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers, and astrophysicists, host Tony Cohn sneaks listeners through Smithsonian’s side door to search for stories that can’t be found anywhere else.

Deep Dish Dialogue 3: A Conversation with Jonathan Gold
2:00 - 3:00 PM

Join us for a journey with Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold into the dynamic neighborhoods and culinary cultures of greater Los Angeles. Moderated by Francis Lam, Host of public radio's The Splendid Table.

Deep Dish Dialogue 4: Diaspora Chefs
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Chefs are the vital center of the discussion about the kitchen as the new venue for foreign policy. Yet they are often a hidden voice, a behind-the-scenes influence, in the kitchen creating and cooking the food that tells the story of their culture and their journey from different lands.

We will explore the way diaspora cuisines have enriched the foodways of Washington in a conversation with a selection of chefs who can speak as entrepreneurs and gastro-diplomats for their counties about how they are using their food to help integrate into our diverse culinary culture. Featuring: Sileshi Alifom, Owner, DAS Ethiopian Restaurant; Chef Benjamin Velasquez, Food Services Director, Carlos Rosario Center Culinary Arts Program; Noobstaa Philip Vang, Owner, Foodhini; Chef Mem, Laotian Cuisine Director, Foodhini; and moderated by Johanna Mendelson-Forman, Adjunct Professor, American University, creator of Conflict Cuisine© and Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Constitution Ave between 12th and 14th Streets NW

Washington, DC 20001

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved