New Smithsonian Exhibit Highlights Cooking In America

Familiar housewares brands including Le Creuset, Zwilling J.A. Henckels and Pyrex have taken their place among the most notable of American artifacts at a new Smithsonian demo kitchen.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is opening a demonstration kitchen within its innovation wing, according to a report in the Washington Post. The kitchen, officially known as the Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, was scheduled to open July 1.

The report said the kitchen would allow chefs, farmers, bakers and others to share their knowledge about the history of cooking in America and also complete science experiments related to food.

Themed programs including “Summertime in America” focused on barbecue. “Food Movements in the 20th Century” (August), and Hispanic Heritage Month (September) are also planned.

Perhaps the most important tool in the new kitchen is the Halton Ventilated Ceiling System, which according to the report removes any cooking “byproducts” that could harm valuable items located throughout the museum.