Food History Weekend 2019 TEST

2019: Power Through Food

Gala Festival | Cooking Up History | Deep-Dish Dialogues | Last Call

From November 7 to 9, 2019, our fifth annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend will bring together food innovators, entrepreneurs, chefs, scholars, and enthusiasts to engage museum visitors around the theme Power Through Food. With a special focus on migrant and refugee women and organizations, the weekend will explore how their food-related enterprises are helping create sustainable livelihoods and stronger communities.

With cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, dynamic conversations, and Smithsonian collections, a black-tie gala, and beer history, there’s something for everyone!

The Gala
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Headshot of chef José Andrés

The fifth annual Smithsonian Food History Gala is a black-tie evening to support the ongoing research, collecting, and programs of our American Food History Project. The evening will feature:

  • The presentation of the 2019 Julia Child Award to chef José Andrés
  • Chef, restaurateur, and food critic Andrew Zimmern as master of ceremonies
  • Chef and restaurateur Ann Cashion as a featured speaker
  • Cook, teacher, and food writer Samin Nosrat as a featured speaker
  • Chef Jacques Pépin as the award presenter on behalf of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts
  • Three-course menu created by chef José Andrés

Learn more and purchase tickets!

The Festival
Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Food History Festival is two free days of hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, and stories exploring how women are building, saving, and empowering communities through food. Talented chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators, entrepreneurs, and more will be on hand to spark conversation, lead activities, and dig into food history with museum visitors of all ages. Programs include:

  • Hands-on cooking activities
  • Rarely seen objects out of storage
  • The Kids Table

See below for the full lineup:

Photo of chef Maneet Chauhan at a live cooking demonstration with food historian Ashley Rose Young

Cooking Up History

Friday, November 8

  • Eritrean Food En Route with Chef Phil Vang and Chef Yebralem, Foodhini Inc.

  • In the Kitchen with Chef Jacques Pépin (*Free tickets are required.)

  • Persian Cuisine in the U.S. with Chef Zohreh Mohagheghfar, graduate of Emma’s Torch

Saturday, November 9

  • Cooking Healthy with Chef Ellie Krieger

  • Mera Kitchen Collective: A Taste of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market with Chef Iman, Chef Mona, and Chef Aisha AlFadhalah

  • Vietnamese Cuisine in Lincoln, Nebraska, with Chefs Thuy and Khanh Nguyen

  • Behind-the-Scenes at Bad Saint with Chef Genevieve Villamora

  • Salvadorian Cuisine in the District with Chef Dora Escobar, La Chiquita


Three participants at a panel discussion during Food History Weekend

Deep-Dish Dialogues

Friday, November 8

  • Culinary Game Changers and the Julia Child Award
    A Conversation with Julia Child Awardees, 2015–2019: Jacques Pépin, Rick Bayless, Danny Meyer, Mary Sue Milliken, and Susan Feniger (*Free tickets are required.)
  • Empowering Communities Through Food
    A Conversation with Women Migrants, Refugees, and Entrepreneurs: Manal Kahi, Paty Funegra, Lourdes Gonzalez, and Emily Lerman

Saturday, November 9

  • Saving Communities Through Food: A History
    A Conversation on Women and Food Activism in American History with Jessica B. Harris, Crystal Moten, and Tambra Raye Stevenson


    Photo of beer being poured into a souvenir tasting glass

    The Last Call: Brewing History After-Hours
    Friday, November 8, 2019, at 7 p.m.

    Join us for an evening of conversation with several of the most transformational figures in the beer industry and brews spanning the spectrum of the craft beer revolution. Also enjoy after-hours access to the FOOD exhibit and brewing history objects out of storage, including recent acquisitions.

    Tickets: $45 — Purchase before October 1 to receive $10 off!

    Brewing a Revolution

    A conversation with the founders of craft beer: Fritz Maytag, former owner of Anchor Brewing Company; Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; Charlie Papazian, founder and past president of the Brewers Association; and Michael Lewis, professor emeritus at University of California, Davis.

    Craft beer tastings with:

    • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
    • Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, California)
    • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, California, and Mills River, North Carolina)
    • Raleigh Brewing Company (Raleigh, North Carolina)