by Matt Ficke
This evening, chefs José Andrés and Wylie Dufresne will be speaking at the National Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, in their capacity as the most prominent faces of molecular gastronomy (hereafter “M.G.”) in this country. The talk, sponsored by the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Embassy of Spain, will focus on the pretty remarkable influence Nuevo Catalan cuisine has had on the food world in recent years. I assume they’ll say something about Ferran Adrià as well.
José Andrés is best known as the owner of about half the restaurants in Penn Quarter here in DC, including the M.G. restaurant-within-a-restaurant minibar, at which Your Correspondent has dined and will heartily recommend to any who ask his opinion. Wylie Dufresne runs the eponymous wd-50 in New York, and will be recognized by readers from his appearance as a guest judge on that episode of Top Chef we forgot to live-blog back in February.
The talk is free and starts at 7, with doors opening at 6:30, though you should probably show up earlier than that if you want a seat. I’ll be there to take some photos and will let you know if anything interesting happens. I’m banking on some crazy antics with liquid nitrogen.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Auditorium doors open at 6:30 p.m.
National Museum of American History – Carmichael Auditorium
14th Street and Constitution Ave, NW
Admission to this program is free, but arrive early to ensure a seat. Please use the Constitution Avenue entrance.