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  • Dates:
    November 15, 2019
  • Time:
    2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Admission:
    Tickets are $35 ($25 for members) and are available online at or by phone at (703) 550 – 9220. Not a member yet? Join today! Visit our website and take advantage of your discount immediately.
  • Location:
  • Address:
    10709 Gunston Rd, Mason Neck, VA 22079
  • Phone:
    (703) 550-9220

On Friday, November 15, 2019 George Mason’s Gunston Hall will host its inaugural SymposiYUM! program featuring lectures, discussions, and a special food-based experience. The launch of this innovative program combines the traditional concept of a symposium with the dynamic, food-focused programming offered at Gunston Hall, such as Cocktails by Candlelight and its Hearth Cooking Workshops.

This program will take place from 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15 at George Mason’s Gunston Hall. Speakers will include Dr. Kelley Deetz and Ms. Michelle Moon. The schedule for the program is as follows:

2:30 p.m. Welcome

3:00 p.m. Dr. Kelley Deetz, historian and author, will speak on the ways Native, American, and European food traditions interacted during the 17th and 18th-centuries to create a unique “American” cuisine. Dr. Deetz’ book Bound to the Fires: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine will be available for sale in the Museum Shop.

4:15 p.m. Michelle Moon, an experienced museum professional whose practice is rooted in experiential learning, will discuss the value of talking about food at historic sites and museums.

5:30 p.m. Hearth Cooking Demonstration and Reception. Learn the more about 18th-century cooking styles, popular cocktail recipes, and of course, sip and sample both along the way.

Tickets are $35 ($25 for members) and are available online at or by phone at (703) 550 – 9220. Not a member yet? Join today! Visit our website and take advantage of your discount immediately.  The demonstration and reception will take place outside, rain or shine, so please plan accordingly. For more information on this program or other upcoming events and programs at Gunston Hall, please visit