The Smithsonian Food History Gala
A special evening featuring the presentation of the Julia Child Award to
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019
fifth annual Smithsonian Food History Gala
in support of the Smithsonian American Food History Project.
THE EVENING WILL FEATURE
the presentation of the Julia Child Award by
The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts,
and previous recipients of the Julia Child Award
in celebration of the fifth year of the Award.
THE 2019 JULIA CHILD AWARD WINNER IS...
The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts has named Chef José Andrés the 2019 recipient of the Julia Child Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats, and drinks.
José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, New York Times best-selling author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.
A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, Andrés is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of more than 30 restaurants located throughout the country and beyond. His restaurants offer a variety of culinary experiences—from a food truck, to his multi-location vegetable-focused fast-casual Beefsteak, to world-class tasting menus like two-Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés.
In 2010, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non profit that provides smart solutions to end hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. Notably, his team served over 3.6 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
ABOUT THE GALA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202-633-3150.
ABOUT THE JULIA CHILD AWARD
The 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.