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Paul Spella (Source: Center: Opera Lover's Cookbook by Francine Segan; Boarder: From Top Left: Getty Images (3); Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

AARP members can watch Francine Segan's talk about the Berkshires through July 26, 2022. Video run time is 58 minutes. Note: this is a recording of a live interactive event; references to participation in the chat no longer apply.

See the Berkshires With a Food Historian

Francine Segan highlights the beautiful and adventure-filled region of western Massachusetts

Take a virtual trip to the Berkshires in Massachusetts, a beloved vacation destination since the Gilded Age. This amusing lecture touches on the area’s fabulous foods and must-visit destinations.

Discover the area’s many art museums, including the Norman Rockwell Museum, and historic homes such as The Mount, Edith Wharton’s summer residence; and Chesterwood, the home and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the iconic statue inside the Lincoln Memorial. Learn about the Berkshires cultural offerings, including Tanglewood Music Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Williamstown Theater Festival.

Access a PDF of the handout Segan references in the video, with recipes and more. 


About Francine Segan

Francine Segan is an expert on Italian cuisine and noted food historian, as well as an engaging public speaker, author and TV personality. She lectures across the country, bringing her lively presentation to town hall groups, women’s clubs and many prestigious institutions. The host of New York City’s popular weekly TV series Americans Who Love Italy, Segan has been featured on numerous specials for PBS, the Food Network, and History, Sundance and Discovery channels.

This talk is part of Segan's Food Historian Lecture Series presented by AARP’s Virtual Community Center, where you can find a variety of free virtual events designed for learning, self-improvement and fun. Check out her other videos from the series and stay tuned for upcoming talks.

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