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Foodways & Waterways at the Smithsonian

  • By Whitney Pipkin on August 22, 2014
The Smithsonian's Food in the Garden series kicks off Sept. 4.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in September will host its second series on the history and culture of food — and I highly recommend you attend.

This year’s Food in the Garden series kicks off September 4 and takes place over four Thursday evenings at the museum. The series explores the food and culture of four maritime regions where battles were waged during the War of 1812. It will focus on the intersection of food history and waterways, taking in 200 years of connections and focusing one session on those in the Chesapeake Bay. That session takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on September 11 and will ask how gardens, communities and kitchens in the Chesapeake Bay region during the war displayed cultural connections.

Panelists for that evening include Mollie Ridout, director of horticulture for Historic Annapolis Foundation and Denise Breitburg, a marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Similar panel discussions will take place on September 4 about the Long Island Sound and on September 18 about exotic and invasive species in the Great Lakes. A final session on September 25 will focus on the marketplaces of New Orleans.

I attended a couple of the Food in the Garden sessions last year and found the discussion, the garden tour and the food well worth the trip. Each of the sessions includes the opportunity to tour the museum’s growing Victory Garden, which features historical plant species and a lesson on how food was grown during wartime.

The $30 ticket (or $100 for the entire series) includes two drinks from the local Green Hat Gin and Distillery Lane Ciderworks and a plate of garden-based, historically inspired foods.

Learn more about the series at this link

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About Whitney Pipkin
Whitney Pipkin, writes about food, agriculture and the environment. She lives in Alexandria, VA, and is a fellow of the Institute for Journalists of Natural resources and blogs at thinkabouteat.com.
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