Join this interactive conversation as we journey across America to experience the leading food trends of the past 100 years.
Together we will discover the origins of iconic classics like pineapple upside cake and Caesar Salad. Our expert will contextualize the historic invention of the refrigerator and its impact on American suffragists' cause. We'll learn how feminism and the invention of the refrigerator combined to give us icebox cake and “sorority salad” and why Prohibition sparked a candy boom.
Our culinary expert will teach us about make-do Depression-era innovations such as: “mystery cake” and mock apple pie, WWII rationing, the ‘50s cocktail party craze, and the Jackie Kennedy and Julia Child-influenced French craze. We will learn about the diet fads of the past 100 years–like Elvis Presley's "Sleeping Beauty diet." Our conversation will conclude with learning about modern developments from molecular gastronomy to 3-D printed food. From her professional background in the field, Francine will convey need-to-know details about the cutting-edge trends sweeping across America today.
Led by an expert on food history, Francine Segan, this Conversation will delight and entertain. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the history of America's most popular food trends of the last 100 years.
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.