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The Smithsonian Food History Gala


A special evening featuring the presentation of the Julia Child Award


for the 

sixth annual Smithsonian Food History Gala
in support of the Smithsonian American Food History Project.


the presentation of the Julia Child Award by
The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts

Previous Julia Child Award winners (left to right) Jacques Pépin, Rick Bayless, Danny Meyer, and Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger




The Gala is a seated black tie dinner dedicated to the history of American food and a fundraiser for future Smithsonian Food History programs, research, and collecting here at the National Museum of American History.

The Gala kicks off the annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend, which continues for two more days and includes myriad other events. The gala features the presentation of the Julia Child Award, as well as inspiring speakers, delicious food, and world-class beer and wine.

The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. Sign language interpretation and real-time captioning of programs and special events are available upon request. Two weeks’ notice is preferred. Please email, or call 202-633-3150.



Julia Child's kitchen at the American History MuseumThe Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts established the Julia Child Award in 2015 to honor an individual who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats, and drinks.

The award was created by the Foundation to continue to foster the impact and contributions Julia Child made during her lifetime. Jacques Pépin was presented with the first-ever Award at the inaugural Gala in 2015; Rick Bayless was the 2016 recipient of the Award; Danny Meyer was the 2017 recipient, and Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger earned the award last October.

For more information on the Julia Child Award, please visit the website of the Julia Child Foundation.