Join us for a delightful exploration of the most important sights and the most delicious foods of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Pompeii. Participants in our conversation will learn about unique Italian specialties including pizza Margherita, rum baba, limoncello, and the weird but wonderful melanzane al cioccolato, a chocolate eggplant dessert! We will also reveal the stories behind famed Campania region specialties including buffalo milk mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, and lemons from the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento.
Together we will contextualize the Campania unique holiday traditions and culinary specialties such as Pastiera Napoletana, aromatic ricotta, Zeppole di San Giuseppe ( a custard-filled donut topped with a cherry served on Italy’s Father’s Day), and the Christmas treat struffoli (a pyramid of marble-sized fried dough balls coated in honey topped with color sugar and candied fruit).
During our discussion, our expert will also highlight the most intriguing destinations to visit during future travels to Naples – including the Naples National Archeological Museum which houses the actual frescos of Pompeii, the elaborate underground world of the San Gennaro Catacombs, and the Santa Chiara Church in the Spaccanapoli area of town. We will study the artisans who handmake the famed presepe (nativity scenes) of Naples, learn where to buy the city’s best pizza, and discover why Neapolitan espresso culture has grown famous throughout Italy.
Led by an expert on culinary history, Francine Segan, this interactive seminar will explore the history of Naples through its eclectic spread of dishes. Designed to amuse as well as inform curiosity and future travel, learners will come away with an increased appreciation of the culinary history of the Campania region of Italy.
Following the seminar, participants will be provided a list of recipes and recommendations for crafting their own delicious Neapolitan specialties, savory and sweet. And if you're ready to experience an Italian Food Tour in person, we invite you to explore these available options.
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.