Food historian promises sweet talk

Food Historian Francine Segan will talk about the history of chocolate at the next Trumbull Town Hall lecture.

But Segan will do more than talk – she’s also bringing samples.

Segan will talk about how chocolate goes from bean to bar, offering a tasting of various chocolates along the way. Discover the roles Christopher Columbus and Casanova played, how decadent 17th century European high society experienced chocolate and how candy is made today.

Segan is the author of six books: “Dolci – Italy’s Sweets,” “Opera Lover’s Cookbook,” “The Philosopher’s Kitchen,” “Shakespeare’s Kitchen,” “Movie Menus” and “Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl.” “Opera Lover’s Cookbook” was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.

She has appeared on CBS and such cable channels as History, Discovery and the Food Network. She also writes a syndicated monthly food column and has interviewed such chefs as Mario Batali, Jacques Pepin and Lidia Bastianich.

Segan will sign copies of her cookbooks, which will be for sale both before the lecture and at the post-lecture luncheon at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland.

The program starts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren. Single tickets are $25 and will be available at the box office the morning of the lecture. For more information, call 330-373-1900.