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Vodka Nation
Vodka is the toast of the town—and America’s favorite spirit. Victorino Matus, author of Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America, examines the national vodka phenomenon from its humble origins in the Depression-era Smirnoff plant through its transformation into a top-shelf status symbol.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Mario Batali on Regional American Cooking
Mario Batali, best known for Italian cuisine, headed into new territory to prepare his latest cookbook: all corners of America. In a conversation with Joe Yonan, food and dining editor of the Washington Post, he discusses what the dishes served at state fairs, church socials, BBQ joints, and family dinners reveal about our food culture and traditions.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Dinner in Oz: A Taste of Australian Cuisine
Forget about bloomin’ onions: Sample food that real Australians would recognize when you spend an evening at a private three-course dinner at Oz, the area’s first authentic Australian restaurant. Oz’s chef, Brad Feickert, and Dana Robertson of the Embassy of Australia introduce a fascinating cuisine that’s ripe for discovery.
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM
How We Eat: A Uniquely Human Dilemma
When our prehistoric ancestors began to transform the way they acquired food, hunting and gathering gave way to planting crops and animal domestication. More centralized systems of food production gradually led to the erosion of our ability to make informed decisions about how we eat. Learn how lessons from our prehistoric diets and foodways could have a positive impact on our health and the environment today.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
In the Indian Kitchen
Food writer Monica Bhide guides a deliciously informative tour of the wide range of India’s foods, covering classic dishes, lesser-known specialties, distinctive ingredients, and cooking styles. A buffet reception features dishes that reflect the regional variations and techniques discussed.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:45 PM
True Tortillas: The Seeds of Mexico’s Culinary Heritage
A kernel of an idea can lead to something great. Learn how small farmers and growers in Mexico are finding a booming new market for their country’s heirloom corn varieties. A tasting follows the discussion.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 6:45 PM
At the Gilded Age Table
Gilded Age society reveled in teas, cotillions, lawn parties, picnics, luncheons, and formal dinners—all of which had their own codes of dress and manners. Food historian Francine Segan examines the foods and entertainments enjoyed by the upper crust. A light reception with a period-inspired menu follows.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Capital Cheers: A DC Brew Tour
All-Day Tour
From a beer maker’s Gilded Age mansion to the warehouse-district breweries that produce today’s hottest artisan labels, join local historian Garrett Peck as he covers the spots that trace Washington’s long tradition of making (and drinking) the golden thirst-quencher.
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM