Smithsonian Food History Roundtables

Friday, October 28, 2016

Watch Live | Registration | Schedule | Book Signings | Dinner | Bios 

A free day-long food symposium for all inquiring minds.

Leading researchers, practitioners, and thinkers will address big issues around food and innovation in America via talks, discussions, and presentations throughout the day. All sessions will be held at in the Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History


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Watch the Roundtables

For all our food history friends who are not in Washington, D.C. or for those who are not able to register in time - we're bringing the Roundtables to you! Stay tuned for live webscasting information.



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The Smithsonian Food History Roundtables are free for all to attend but registration is required. Seating capacity at this event is limited and registration will guarantee you a seat at all four sessions on a first come, first served basis. 

Registration for the Roundtables is not open yet for 2016. Check back soon for updates or sign up for the Smithsonian Food History Newsletter to be the first to know when registration opens!


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The session schedule and speakers for the Smithsonian Food History Roundtables will be announced soon. Check back for updates or sign up for the Smithsonian Food History Newsletter to receive updates.

For access services, please contact, preferably 2 weeks in advance.


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Book Signings

After each session, some participants will be signing copies of their books in the Constitution Ave lobby of the museum, just around the corner from the Warner Bros. Theater. All books will be available for purchase.

Check back for the complete book signing schedule and participants soon!


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Dine Out for Smithsonian Food History

Want to continue the Smithsonian Food History Weekend festivities over dinner?

Restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area will feature a special dish on their menus this evening inspired by Julia Child and the legacy she left on American eating and cooking. Proceeds from this dish will support the programs, research, and collections of Smithsonian Food History. 


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Bios of Roundtable Participants

Check back soon for more information!


Smithsonian Food History Weekend is made possible through generous support from:

John Deere

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts

The Brewers Association

If you would like to support the 2016 Food History Weekend or for more information on how to get involved, please contact Kari Fantasia, Deputy Director for External Affairs, at 202-633-3302 or