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Florida Talks at Starkey Ranch Theatre: Ten Foods of Florida

October 14, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Ten Foods of Florida is an ever-evolving list, involving arguments as to whether strawberry shortcake or pecan pie should topple Key Lime pie as the Sunshine State’s most iconic dessert, or whether the Cuban is more significant than a fried grouper sandwich. This illustrated talk also discusses Cortez mullet, Vernon gophers, LaBelle swamp cabbage, Ybor City Cuban bread, stone-ground grits, Immokalee tomatoes, and Hastings potatoes and the lamentation of the decline of iconic foods such as whole-hog BBQ and Apalachicola oysters.

Gary R. Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall professor emeritus in history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He continues to teach a class in Modern Florida and World War II. Presently, he is the scholar in residence for Florida Humanities. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. His most recent title Dreams in a New Century was published by the University Press of Florida in May 2022.

Seating is first come, first served. Registration is not required to attend.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

October 14, 2023 @ 11:30 am -
October 14, 2023 @ 12:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Gary Mormino, Historian
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Event Contact:

Elaine Smith
(727) 815-7126

Event Venue:

Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center
12118 Lake Blanche Dr.
Odessa, Florida 33556
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Venue Phone:
(727) 815-7126

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