"Bridgerton": Dining and Elegant Entertaining in Regency England with Francine Segan - Context Travel

"Bridgerton": Dining and Elegant Entertaining in Regency England with Francine Segan


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The Bridgerton’s are a fictional family, but the time period represented in this wildly popular book and TV series is very real. Set in the first half of the nineteenth-century, come and discover this era's foods and customs including calling cards, cotillions, lawn parties, and formal dinners.

This was an era of horse-drawn coaches, afternoon teas, and formal dinners… a time when even picnics were served on fine china. We’ll discuss the nineteenth-century meanings of giving a lady a tulip instead of a rose; we’ll discover the most popular toasts of the era and learn when it was proper to remove your gloves or tip your hat. Explore why lady’s magazines of the nineteenth-century advised bringing a bundle of sticks to a party. Learn the calling card equivalent of “unfriending” someone and why the nutmeg grater was the must-have accessory of the 1800s.

This seminar includes a trivia contest on the uses for now-obsolete objects and recipe handouts. Led by an expert on food history, Francine Segan, this interactive seminar will delight and entertain. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of “ton” society in Regency England.

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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