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Sweet Treats: America's Most Iconic Desserts

Food Historian Lecture Series with Francine Segan, Presented by AARP

Start Date:10/5/2021

Start Time:6:30 PM EDT

DURATION:60 minutes

SUMMARY: Join us for a FREE Food Historian Lecture with Francine Segan, Presented by AARP. Chocolate cupcakes, pecan pie, black & white cookies, red velvet cake, M&Ms… Have we got your attention yet?! Satisfy your sweet tooth and curiosity with this amusing look at the history behind America’s favorite candies, pies, cookies, and cakes.  Trace America’s sweet tooth back to 1776 when ladies sold delicious brandy and fruit-flavored “Election Cakes” outside polling centers during the all-day voting process. Discover what happened to desserts during World War II sugar rationing and why the expression, “American as apple pie” is a huge mistake. Learn the history and fun stories associated with some of our most beloved desserts: Martha Washington’s Currant Cake, Boston Cream Pie, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate chip cookies, the 1930’s classic “Mystery Cake” and many more.

Join us LIVE for a lecture and Q&A where you can ask your questions. Please note, this event is not recorded and will not be available on demand.

This is a FREE event, but advanced registration is required.


Francine Segan

Francine Segan, an expert on Italian cuisine and noted food historian, is an engaging public speaker, author, and TV personality. She lectures across the country, bringing her lively presentation to numerous Town Hall groups, Women’s clubs and many prestigious institutions. She is the host of NYC’s popular weekly TV series “Americans who Love Italy” and has been featured on numerous specials for PBS, Food Network and History, Sundance and Discovery Channels.

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