Are you craving unique food experiences this December? The Lightner Museum welcomes world-renowned food historian and James Beard-nominated author, Francine Segan, to St. Augustine for a series of lectures, tastings, and a Gilded Age dining experience that is sure to be memorable. Ms. Segan, one of America’s foremost experts on Italian cuisine, is an engaging public speaker, author and TV personality.
Three unique events will be hosted by Ms. Segan. These events are part of the Lightner Museum’s fall programming schedule, which seeks to highlight the Dressing Downton’ exhibition.
December 13, 2017 at 10:30am — The Art of Dining: “The Table at Downton Abbey” at the Casa Monica Hotel Ballroom
Discover the elaborate etiquette, enchanting entertainments, and dishes Ms. 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. The event includes a trivia contest on the uses for now-obsolete objects that Mr. Carson would be shocked to find you couldn’t use properly. This event is sponsored in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Casa Monica Hotel, and Visit Florida.
December 13, 2017 at 6:00pm — a special dinner “Gilded Age Dining at the Alcazar Hotel” in the Historic Pool Area of the Lightner Museum.
Join the Lightner Museum for an evening of gilded elegance and sophisticated sipping as Ms. Francine Segan and Sommelier, Mr. Anthony Porcellini, of Carrera Wine Cellar, guide guests through a 19th century-inspired menu and wine pairing. The four-course menu has been specially designed by the chefs of Culinary Outfitters and drawn from archived Alcazar Hotel menus dating from the 1890s through the 1920s. Each course will be accompanied by a specially selected wine to enhance the dining experience. This event is sponsored in part by Bank of America/U.S. Trust/Merrill Lynch, Publix Super Markets Charities, Carrera Wine Cellar, and Visit Florida.
December 14, 2017 at 10:30am — “Munch, Mingle, and Matriculate” in the Casa Monica Hotel Ballroom.
Discover chocolate’s history, starting with its New World origins. Journey to Europe and learn how it evolved from a grainy bitter brew into the treat we know and love today. Learn how chocolate goes from bean to bar as you are guided through a tasting of various types of fine chocolates. Discover the roles Christopher Columbus and Casanova played; how decadent 17th century European high society experienced chocolate; and how candy is made today. Claude’s Chocolates will be sponsoring the event and will be donating chocolates containing different concentrations of cocoa to milk fat to differentiate the flavor profiles inherent in chocolate. This event is also sponsored in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Casa Monica Hotel, and Visit Florida.
Francine Segan programs are open to the public. Tickets to the lectures and gilded age dinner can be purchased by clicking on the event website link. Special member discounts are available. Proceeds from the events benefit the Lightner Museum.