Smithsonian Associates Presents “Rick Steves on Eating in Italy: A Cultured Conversation with Fred Plotkin”

January 23, 2023
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Rick Steves and Fred Plotkin

Rick Steves, a popular expert on European travel, joins Fred Plotkin, a specialist in Italian cuisine and culture, for a deep dive into many of Italy’s secret culinary pleasures Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6:45 p.m. ET. The event will be presented live on Zoom. 

Italy and its superb cuisine draw hungry visitors from all over the world. They come to savor famous foods such as pasta, pizza, gelati and sun-kissed fruits and vegetables, but then they are dazzled by the depth and variety of glorious local dishes and wines from Italy’s 20 regions. In the special online event, Steves and Plotkin will discuss the unique ways in which Italy’s cuisine developed, the food specialties of Italy’s different regions and what travelers miss if they only visit Rome, Florence and Venice. Their shared insights about Italy’s hidden gems ensure that a trip to Italy is unforgettable—as well as delicious.

Tickets for the Smithsonian Associates’ program are $30 for general admission and $25 for Smithsonian Associates members. Steves and Plotkin’s co-authored book, Rick Steves Italy for Food Lovers, is available for purchase. Information on purchasing the book and tickets is available on the Associates website or by phone at (202) 633-3030.

For over 55 years, Smithsonian Associates has produced vibrant educational and cultural programming that brings the Smithsonian to life. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions, nearly 1,000 public programs spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages each year.

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