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Photo Op: Jacques Pépin, Guest of Honor at Inaugural Smithsonian Food History Gala, Will Receive First Award from Julia Child Foundation

October 19, 2015

WHAT:     National Museum of American History kicks off its first annual Food History Weekend with a red-carpet
                 arrival of celebrity chefs for gala dinner

WHEN:     Thursday, Oct. 22
                  5 p.m.

WHERE:   Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
                  Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.

WHO:        John Gray, director, National Museum of American History
                  Jacques Pépin, chef, author, cooking teacher and award recipient
                  Daniel Boulud, chef, restaurateur 
                  Alton Brown, chef, television host and master of ceremonies
                  Sara Moulton, chef, television host and featured speaker
                  Marcus Samuelsson, chef, restaurateur and featured speaker
                  Derek Brown, cocktail and spirits writer, Washington, D.C. bar owner
                  Eric Spivey, chairman, Julia Child Foundation
                  Todd Schulkin, executive director, Julia Child Foundation
                  Tanya Wenman Steel, award director, Julia Child Foundation
                  Philadelphia Cousins, Child’s niece and Julia Child Foundation trustee
                  Alex Prud’homme, Child’s great nephew and Julia Child Foundation trustee
                  Paula Johnson, Food History curator
                  Susan Evans, director of Food History Programming

The National Museum of American History kicks off its first annual celebration of food history with a pre-gala photo op in front of Julia Child’s kitchen with Jacques Pépin, Daniel Boulud, Alton Brown, Marcus Samuelsson and Sara Moulton and other principals who will answer brief questions.

The gala dinner will culminate with the presentation of the inaugural Julia Child Award by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts to Child’s longtime friend, Pépin.

Note to media: Tickets to the gala are sold out. The dinner is not open to media; however, photos will be available to media afterward.