Tea & Talk – The Art of Dining at Downton Abbey

February 21, 2015 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
$35 with advance reservation; $40 day of

Food historian, author and TV personality Francine Segan will come to the table with “The Art of Dining at Downton Abbey”. A lavish High Tea will follow the talk.

Segan will have her audience discovering the elaborate etiquette and enchanting entertainments, as well as dishes Mrs. Patmore would have been proud to send from her kitchen downstairs to the dining room table upstairs at Downton Abbey. The speaker will give vivid descriptions of Lord and Lady Grantham-esque dinner parties, cotillions, elegant toasts of the era and even the proper time to remove ones gloves among other dining aspects of a formidable Edwardian society.

The event at Ventfort Hall includes a trivia contest: Guess the uses of now-obsolete objects for cooking and dining, objects we would not know how to use properly to the sonorous shock of Mr. Carson.

Segan is a noted food historian and James-Beard-nominted author of six books, including her two most recent, Dolci: Italy’s Sweets and Pasta Modern: New & Inspired Recipes from Italy. She is the host of NYC’s i-Italy TV series “Americans Who Love Italy.” Considered a foremost expert on Italian cuisine, she has co-edited Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Superbowl, a two-volume encyclopedia and finalist for the Gourmand World Cookbook Award.

Segan has appeared on the Today Show and Early Show and has been featured on numerous specials on PBS, the Food Network and the History, Sundance and Discovery channels. She also writes for such magazines as La Cucina Italiana, Epicurious, Food Arts and Gastronomica. She has lectured at NYC’s 92nd Street Y and the Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Museum and Virginia Fine Arts Museum.

Admission for the tea and talk is $35 for advance reservations and $40 day of the event.   Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call 413-637-3206.