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Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival

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Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Constitution Ave between 12th and 14th Streets NW

Washington, DC 20001

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2018 FESTIVAL GENERAL INFORMATION

The Food History Festival is a free day of hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, and stories exploring the past, present and future of regional food cultures in America. Talented chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators, students, and more will be on hand to spark conversation, lead activities, and dig into food history with museum visitors of all ages. All activities are free.

Activities at the Festival include:

  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Hands-on experiences in Wegmans Wonderplace and Spark!Lab
  • Deep Dish Dialogues
  • Book Signings
  • A pop-up Grain Elevator
  • Sounds of Faith performances

All activities at the Festival are free, but we strongly recommend registration to the Deep Dish Dialogues due to limited seating.

2018 DEEP DISH DIALOGUES

Warner Bros. Theater, 1 Center

Join curators, authors, chefs, and food enthusiasts as we dig deeper into subjects and stories about how food and regions are connected in American history. Free registration strongly recommended.

Deep Dish 1: Past, Present, and Place in Mexican Cuisine

10:45 a.m.. – 11:45 a.m.

Chef Aarόn Sάnchez in conversation with Smithsonian curator Stephen Velasquez

With Chef Aarón Sánchez we will explore Mexican and American cuisines grounded in regional Mexican traditions. How do chefs with roots in Mexico interpret regional Mexican cuisine in the U.S. and globally? What makes Mexican Mexican? And why do we care about the differences among Tex-Mex and Californian Mexican food? What are the historical, cultural, and geographic factors influencing for these interpretations?

Deep-Dish 2: Meet the Women Who Won the 2018 Julia Child Award

12:30 p.m. –1:30 p.m.

The Splendid Table’s Francis Lam in conversation with Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill in Los Angeles.

Join author, editor, and host of American Public Media’s The Splendid Table, Francis Lam, as he interviews Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, the recipients of the 2018 Julia Child Award. Feniger and Milliken have been business partners for more than 35 years and have taken inspiration from the global cuisines and fresh ingredients that thrive in southern California. What’s the secret to their long business partnership and how has their cuisine and their ideas about restaurants and communities changed over time?

Deep Dish 3: Edna Lewis and the Taste of Place

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Sara B. Franklin and more in conversation with Smithsonian curator Joanne Hyppolite.

The new book Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original, edited by Sara B. Franklin, serves as the inspiration for this exploration of cooking, memory, and the power of place. Edna Lewis’s 1976 cookbook, The Taste of Country Cooking, introduced readers to the culinary traditions of her childhood home by powerfully evoking the sensory, seasonal, and cultural dimensions of life on a farm in Freetown, Virginia, a community founded by African Americans freed from slavery. We will explore Edna Lewis’s life in food and her contributions to American culinary history.

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