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Tasting Cuba: History, Hospitality, and the Foods of Memory

American travelers are excited to finally explore Cuba firsthand—especially its cuisine. Johanna Mendelson Forman of American University’s School of International Service discusses the evolution and historical importance of the island’s foodways, as well as how the Cuban food in restaurants here mirrors the food memories of those who prepare it. Get an authentic taste courtesy of the Colada Shop and Mi Cuba Café.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Drinking the Past: Re-creating Ancient Brews

This evening, archaeologist Patrick E. McGovern leads a sensory journey back in time as he recalls adventures in China, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Peru and Mexico, and other locales, in search of “liquid time capsules.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions

In a unique 2-day event, international experts in the culture, history, science, and production of wine explore the link between the wines we enjoy today and the earliest of wine-making traditions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus. An opening reception, panel presentations, a lunch featuring dishes from these wine regions and complementary pairings, and a concluding Grand Tasting enhance the experience.

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Opening Reception)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Seminar) and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Grand Tasting)
The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions Grand Tasting

The concluding event in a 2-day exploration of the origins of wine civilizations, the Grand Tasting offers opportunities to meet winemakers from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus and to sample products from their vineyards.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Creating the Visual World of Game of Thrones

Devoted followers of HBO’s Game of Thrones have production designer Deborah Riley to thank for the highly detailed environment against which the saga of power, family, revenge, and romance plays out. Riley talks about how she and a small army of craftsmen give the series its distinctive visual style, which draws on an imaginative mix of historical periods, styles, and cultural traditions.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Undiscovered Italy: Emilia-Romagna Sights, Food, and Wine

Emilia-Romagna, in northern Italy, is filled with cities rich in art, culture, music, history, and world-renowned food and wine. Food historian Francine Segan leads a virtual walk along the ancient Roman byway, via Emilia, connecting some of Italy’s most amazing sights with unique gourmet experiences. The “walk” ends with a tasting of regional wines and foods.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Mezcal: Small Batch, Big Flavor

Mezcal has a reputation as a bit of an outlaw in the spirits world—it’s been periodically banned and restricted—and its edgy flavor notes match its history. Miguel Lancha of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup joins Joe Yonan of the Washington Post to explore the booming popularity of this Mexican import and the intriguing story behind tequila’s smoky sister.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Dining in Early Federal Washington: Making Meals—and History

Washington has always been a place where much happens at dinner parties, particularly in the era in which both the city and the Republic were coming into their own. Food historian Leni Sorensen brings together stories of a hostess, a cookbook writer, and an emancipated black caterer to examine how culinary and social history was made over the city’s most fashionable dining tables.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Where Harry Met Sally: The Cuisine and Culture of the New York Jewish Deli

Has there ever been a tastier or more beloved institution than the New York Jewish deli? Ted Merwin, associate professor of religion and Judaic studies at Dickinson College, discusses the past, present, and future of the deli and its quintessential role in urban Jewish and American life. And of course, there’s a lunch!

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 12:00 p.m.
Bootleggers, Bathtubs, and Speakeasies: Tales From Prohibition

Get a taste of the 1920s as you sip some iconic period cocktails (Orange Blossom, anyone?) and hear from Philip Greene, co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail, and historian and author Garrett Peck how determined drinkers thumbed their noses at the killjoys who tried to turn America dry.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.