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AARP members can watch this talk through August 17, 2022. Video run time is 1 hour, 2 minutes. Note: this is a recording of a live interactive event; references to participation in the chat no longer apply.



Explore the Food and Wine of Northern California With a Food Historian

Francine Segan shows why people flock to the area, plus a free handout with recipes

Take a virtual trip to Northern California, a food and wine lover’s paradise, with food historian Francine Segan. This entertaining lecture touches on the area’s fabulous foods, wines and must-visit destinations. Discover the wonderful wines and vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Learn the fun stories behind that state’s famous recipes, like San Francisco sourdough bread, Cobb salad, avocado toast and even fortune cookies! 

Did you know that California produces 80 percent of the world’s almonds, over two-thirds of America’s fruit and one-third of our veggies? Discover it all as you hear about California’s renowned chefs, including Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller and others.

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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