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A Pasta Lover's Tour of Italy with Francine Segan


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Pasta—possibly Italy’s most beloved culinary contribution–comes in hundreds of shapes and is served in thousands of sauces. Join Francine Segan, author of Pasta Modern, for an amusing talk on pasta's tantalizing history and interesting regional dishes. Learn what’s cutting edge in Italy today, perfect wine pairings for pasta, and what must-try pasta dishes to order in Italy.

Taste several of these modern twists on historic pasta dishes (including dessert pasta), and we’ll even have time for a trivia contest about modern and antique pasta-making equipment. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of why pasta has stood the test of time, tips on how to pick the best dried pasta, and a shortlist of recipes and wines to help channel your inner Italian at home.

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 pasta shapes and dishes to enjoy in Italy.

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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We were transported to Italy!

Francine's pasta tour of Italy was a great way to while away an hour or so! It was incredibly informative and fun, all wrapped up in one ravioli! We promptly ordered some of those hard-to-find shapes of pasta she mentioned from a famous pasta maker in Italy! The fun will continue! Brava, Francine!

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S.C.
Stunning variety!

Fabulous talk, covering not just the astonishing range of regional pasta shapes and ingredients, but surprising regional and seasonal recipes (boiled in almond milk, sauces of oranges and dried fruit, even pasta pies.) I didn’t realize how much I was missing in my regular trips to Italy. Now I know what to look for - I can’t wait to travel again!

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J.
Informative, fun!

Excellent fact-filled lecture, I learned so much. Francine is energetic, charismatic, and passionate about food history. I will review the link and make notes for our next trip to Italy. Grazie

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S.M.
We were transported to Italy!

Francine's pasta tour of Italy was a great way to while away an hour or so! It was incredibly informative and fun, all wrapped up in one ravioli! We promptly ordered some of those hard-to-find shapes of pasta she mentioned from a famous pasta maker in Italy! The fun will continue! Brava, Francine!

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S.C.
Stunning variety!

Fabulous talk, covering not just the astonishing range of regional pasta shapes and ingredients, but surprising regional and seasonal recipes (boiled in almond milk, sauces of oranges and dried fruit, even pasta pies.) I didn’t realize how much I was missing in my regular trips to Italy. Now I know what to look for - I can’t wait to travel again!

J
J.
Informative, fun!

Excellent fact-filled lecture, I learned so much. Francine is energetic, charismatic, and passionate about food history. I will review the link and make notes for our next trip to Italy. Grazie