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