Dinner al Fresco: The History of Outdoor Dining with Francine Segan

Dinner al Fresco: The History of Outdoor Dining with Francine Segan


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Join us to learn about the history of outdoor dining–starting with Queen Elizabeth’s hunting picnics and moving through to the American Gilded Age and into modern times. 

Learn about famous picnics throughout history including the fun and fascinating picnics of the Gilded Age, which include the picnic exploits of celebrated Newport bon vivant Ward McCallister. Hear about other outdoor dining trends including backyard grilling, BBQ history, and clam bakes. Discover the wonderfully easy-to-transport foods of the past as well as present-day innovations in picnic food and supplies. 

Led by an expert on food history, Francine Segan, this interactive seminar will delight and entertain you. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of why picnics have been a beloved way to dine for centuries.

Francine Segan is a renowned food historian and James Beard-nominated author of six books. She is a regular on TV, appearing frequently on the Food Network, PBS, Discovery, and History Channels. Francine's articles have appeared in Saveur, Epicurious, Vogue, and Fine Cooking Magazine and she is an often-featured expert in newspapers including the Wall St Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times. She lectures across the USA at such prestigious venues as the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, Smithsonian Museum in DC, Virginia Fine Arts Museum, and 92nd St Y, NYC's premiere cultural center.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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