Friends Culture & Cuisine

THE ART OF DINING: Downton Abbey

Francine Segan
Food Historian
November 13, 2015
Join returning speaker Francine Segan and discover the elaborate etiquette, enchanting entertainments, and dishes Mrs. Patmore would have been proud to send to the table. Vivid descriptions of Lord Grantham-esque dinner parties, cotillions, and elegant picnics will transport you back in time, while you learn all the popular toasts of the era and when it's proper to remove your gloves or tip your hat. Segan will invite you to guess the uses for some now-obsolete objects that Mr. Carson would be shocked to
find you couldn't use properly.

The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites

Libby O'Connell
Chief Historian for History Channel
March 6, 2015
Dr. Libby O'Connell, chief historian for History Channel, will
discuss American culinary history and food traditions in this
talk drawn from her new book The American Plate: A Culinary
History in 100 Bites. Dr. O'Connell's lecture explores key moments
in U.S. history through the lens of food, from indigenous food
preparation to immigrant journeys to 20th century food fads,
to describe how and why food can be a central through-line for
understanding American history and culture.