Savoring Sicily: 2,000 Years of History in 100 Dishes with Francine Segan

Savoring Sicily: 2,000 Years of History in 100 Dishes with Francine Segan


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Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean and Italy’s largest region, bears fascinating traces in art, architecture, and food of the many civilizations that have conquered her. In this conversation, we’ll trace over 2,000 years of Sicilian history and the different civilizations that have influenced the flavors of this island’s iconic dishes like caponata, a sweet and sour eggplant appetizer, orange shaped rice balls, and pasta with sardines, wild fennel, raisins, and pine nuts.

Join food historian Francine Segan as she examines how a myriad of cultures including those of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the Arab and Byzantine worlds, and Spain influenced the flavors of this island’s iconic dishes. Discover over 2,000 years of Sicilian history as we explore Nero's role in the origin of Sicily's famed sorbetto and how a few key ingredients introduced into the island centuries ago: citrus fruits, pistachios, almonds, saffron, capers have influenced myriad dishes.

Discover that Sicily was the first European port to receive sugar --an Arab introduction in the eighth century AD, which is one of the reasons there are so many wonderful Sicilian dessert inventions such as marzipan, cannoli, and granita. Learn why the town of Modica is famed for its chocolate, and its many unusual chocolate desserts like ‘Mpanatigghi—weird, but wonderful empanada-shaped chocolate meat pies. During the talk, we'll also highlight some of the most intriguing places to visit: Taormina, a lovely hilltop town on the east coast famed for its Greco-Roman theater; Piazza Amerina, the site of a palatial Roman villa with exceptional mosaics that depict life in ancient Sicily; Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes and source of early frozen treats.

Led by an expert on culinary history, Francine Segan, this interactive seminar will explore the history of Sicily 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 this intriguing island. Participants will receive a handout with delicious Sicilian specialties as well as a list of must-try dishes while in Sicily.

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. For more information see: www.FrancineSegan.com.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Wonderful history of Sicily

What a delight! So much great information on Sicily and the why of food there. Can't wait to go next year and experience some of her recommendations. Thanks so much.

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Bella Sicily

Very enjoyable and thorough presentation!

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Absolutely wonderful.

I have taken over 10 seminars. Savoring Sicily is at the top of my favorites, of which there are many. Francine shares her knowledge of Italian food and its history with such depth and clarity. She moves quickly while all the time presenting beautiful photographs to compliment her talk. Her charm comes through as she shares her love of Sicilian cuisine. I was riveted for the entire 90 minutes and will look forward to trying some of the unique recipes she provides. I am already signed up for two more of her seminars.

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Packed with great information and culinary tidbits

Loved this talk! I learned a lot and recognized so many things from this repertoire of SIcilian foods. Loved the sense of humor and especially the Sicilian dialect used in the presentation slides. Francine's handouts were also terrific -- very thorough and useful. I grew up in a Sicilian-American family, so I recognized some of the recipes and treasure the home-cooking traditions. I still make cuccia every December 13!

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ALBHAMBRA AND THE NASNITS OF GRANADA

Enjoyed every minute. Francine was very informative and i will seek her out for more talks

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
79%
(11)
21%
(3)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
S
S.P.
Wonderful history of Sicily

What a delight! So much great information on Sicily and the why of food there. Can't wait to go next year and experience some of her recommendations. Thanks so much.

A
A.
Bella Sicily

Very enjoyable and thorough presentation!

C
C.
Absolutely wonderful.

I have taken over 10 seminars. Savoring Sicily is at the top of my favorites, of which there are many. Francine shares her knowledge of Italian food and its history with such depth and clarity. She moves quickly while all the time presenting beautiful photographs to compliment her talk. Her charm comes through as she shares her love of Sicilian cuisine. I was riveted for the entire 90 minutes and will look forward to trying some of the unique recipes she provides. I am already signed up for two more of her seminars.

M
M.R.
Packed with great information and culinary tidbits

Loved this talk! I learned a lot and recognized so many things from this repertoire of SIcilian foods. Loved the sense of humor and especially the Sicilian dialect used in the presentation slides. Francine's handouts were also terrific -- very thorough and useful. I grew up in a Sicilian-American family, so I recognized some of the recipes and treasure the home-cooking traditions. I still make cuccia every December 13!

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ALBHAMBRA AND THE NASNITS OF GRANADA

Enjoyed every minute. Francine was very informative and i will seek her out for more talks