La Dolce Vita! Explore Italy's many fabulous desserts: cannoli, gelato, baba with rum, biscotti, amaretti, granita, marzipan, and more. Learn which must-try specialties to order in each region and discover the fascinating story behind our favorite treats.
Italy is famous for its sublime pastries and dessert. Discover the sweet advantage Italy had over the rest of Europe in developing dessert as we trace the fascinating stories behind hundreds of delicious sweets like black rice, “virgin’s breasts,” and a sweet pudding called “Pope’s soup.” Learn about special Carnival, Easter, and Christmas desserts and Italy’s many influences on America’s classic desserts.
Led by food historian Francine Segan, an expert on Italy, this interactive seminar will entertain and delight. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the many fabulous desserts and sweets to enjoy in Italy.
The talk includes a handout with recipes of classic Italian sweets.
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.