Food for Thought Lecture Series Returns Oct. 26

Photo of USFSP Visiting Professor Janet Keeler holding a fruit.

Janet Keeler, creator of the Food for Thought lecture series.

USF St. Petersburg will host Saveur and National Geographic photographer Penny De Los Santos as she presents “Food Culture Through the Lens” on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the University Student Center Ballroom. Her multimedia presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with participants. RSVP now for the free public event.

The work of De Los Santos, who has photographed food and culture in more than 30 countries, 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.”

“Food photography is about so much more than taking pictures of food on plates,” said Janet Keeler, visiting assistant professor and coordinator of the Food Writing and Photography Certificate Program at USFSP. “Good food photography captures our cultural connections with food and Penny De Los Santos’ work exemplifies that.”

Photo of photographer Penny De Los Santos

Penny De Los Santos

The presentation is part of the Food for Thought Lecture Series, a yearlong celebration of food and culture through photography, writing, film and new sunshine state cuisine. The series, which will feature four lectures throughout the academic year, is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, Northwestern Mutual and Wells Fargo. The series is presented by the USFSP Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

The next lecture “The New Old Florida Cuisine” will take place Monday, Nov. 16 at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. It will feature four Tampa Bay chefs and restaurateurs who will discuss New Florida Cuisine, a nod to the Sunshine State’s history and local and seasonal food varieties.