A free yearlong lecture series celebrating food and culture through photography, writing, film and a new Sunshine State cuisine


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For more exciting events marking the 50th anniversary of USFSP, go to www.usfsp.edu/50years/


On the evening of the on-campus events, attendants will provide parking passes for free parking at the entrance of the USFSP parking garage on Fifth Avenue South, between Second and Third Streets South.

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Davis Hall, USF St. Petersburg, 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

A showing of The Search for General Tso (75 min.) will be followed by a talk-back with Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ian Cheney. The documentary explores the origins of Chinese-American food by looking at this ubiquitous dish that is largely unheard of in China. Mr. Cheney co-created, co-produced and starred in the feature documentary, King Corn, which won a George Foster Peabody Award in 2009. Among his other directorial projects are The Greening of Southie and Truck Farm, the story of urban agriculture in New York City, and The City Dark, a feature documentary about light pollution. Learn more about Mr. Cheney’s Wicked Delicate film company.

Past Events

Photographer Penny De Los Santos

pennydelossantos7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
University Student Center, 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Saveur and National Geographic photographer Penny De Los Santos has photographed food and culture in over 30 countries. Her work has been featured in more than a dozen cookbooks, including Norman Van Aken’s My Key West Kitchen and Nancy Harmon Jenkins’ Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil. Penny’s multi-media presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Visit her website.

A Conversation with Tampa Bay Chefs

A Conversation with Florida Chefs7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Studio@620, 620 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Four Tampa Bay chefs and restaurateurs gather to discuss the New Florida Cuisine, typified by local and seasonal foods prepared with a nod to the Sunshine State’s history. Join chefs Greg Baker (The Refinery; Fodder & Shine, Tampa), Richard Gonzmart (Columbia; Ulele, Tampa), Jeffrey Hileman (Locale Market, St. Petersburg) and Curtis Beebe (Pearl in the Grove, Dade City) for an enlightening discussion with time for questions after.

Moderated by Sandra Gadsden.

Author Barry Estabrook with pigs at Glynwood Institute, NY7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
University Student Center, 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Bestselling author Barry Estabrook has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Men’s Health, among others, and was a contributing editor to Gourmet. His book Tomatoland won a James Beard ward and his new book, Pig Tales: An Ominvore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat has just been published. It is an expose of questionable farm practices while at the same time is an appreciation of the animal and those who take great care in raising hogs. Mr. Estabrook will present an evening program with a Q&A session afterward. Visit his blog, Politics of the Plate.