Shakespeare's Kitchen: Foods and Dining Customs of Elizabethan England with Francine Segan - Context Travel

Shakespeare's Kitchen: Foods and Dining Customs of Elizabethan England with Francine Segan


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A hilarious presentation on the fanciful foods, intriguing table manners, and unusual dining customs of Shakespeare's era.

Join Francine Segan, food historian and author of Shakespeare's Kitchen, to discover the fanciful daylong events filled with great food, wine, and entertainments when guests were treated to concoctions like fire-breathing roast peacock, enormous savory pies with claws poking through the crust, and dinner rolls shaped like deer filled with spiced wine “blood.” Learn about the incredible reasons the Elizabethans clinked glasses to make a toast and why, in fact, it was called a “toast.” Learn why gentlemen and ladies refused to eat with forks and why “4 and 20 blackbirds” really were served in a pie!

Led by author and food historian Francine Segan, this interactive seminar will entertain and inform. Sprinkled throughout the lecture are samples of the bawdy jokes, puns, and riddles told between courses back then. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the fascinating foods and dining customs of Elizabethan 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 premier cultural center.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Fun Look at Past Food and Drink during Elizabethan Times

I registered for this because I love exploring old customs including what people ate and drank centuries ago. This session was a lot of fun to listen to (speaker shared detailed information) and watch (the slides were beautiful and complemented the topics well). Ms. Segan put a lot of research into this (and I enjoyed her adventures in gathering the data). A mix of history, culinary arts, whimsy. The presenter was passionate about her subject and shared that with us.

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Fun Look at Past Food and Drink during Elizabethan Times

I registered for this because I love exploring old customs including what people ate and drank centuries ago. This session was a lot of fun to listen to (speaker shared detailed information) and watch (the slides were beautiful and complemented the topics well). Ms. Segan put a lot of research into this (and I enjoyed her adventures in gathering the data). A mix of history, culinary arts, whimsy. The presenter was passionate about her subject and shared that with us.