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Wed, Apr 07


Zoom Lecture

Ice Cream's Cool History

The fascinating history of some of our favorite treats!

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Ice Cream's Cool History
Ice Cream's Cool History

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Apr 07, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Zoom Lecture

About The Event

Join food historian Francine Segan to discover the fascinating stories behind our favorite frozen treats:  banana splits, root beer floats, pie à la mode, Eskimo Pies, Bananas  Foster, baked Alaska, and more.

We’ll trace these sweets back centuries to the cool treats enjoyed by  Alexander the Great and Emperor Nero, who surely invented the first  slushy when he sent runners to mountaintops to harvest glistening snow  that he ate flavored

with fruit. Did you know that vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in the USA, accounting for over 25% of sales, with chocolate a distant second or Hawaii has an “ice cream bean” that tastes just like vanilla ice cream? Discover who invented the ice cream cone, why and the fascinating roles Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Regan played in ice cream history.

FRANCINE SEGAN, a renowned food historian and James Beard-nominated  author of six books including Movie Menus and Pasta Modern: New &  Inspired Recipes from Italy.

She is a regular on TV, appearing frequently on the Food Network, PBS,  Discovery and History Channels as well as local and national news  programs. 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 and is a frequent guest speaker at the  Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, the Smithsonian  Museum in DC, Virginia Fine Arts Museum, and the 92nd St Y, NYC’s  premiere cultural center.

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