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Italian Immigrants and Food

A Presentation by Dr. Gary R. Mormino, sponsored by Slow Food Tampa Bay

Author, historian and university professor Gary R. Mormino Ph. D. will discuss the impact of Italian immigrants on Florida’s culture and culinary heritage during a May 5 meeting hosted by Slow Food Tampa Bay.

The program, “In America, the bread is soft but life is hard: Italian Immigrants and Food,” will be held on Thursday, May 5, at The Studio@620 and begins at 7 p.m.  Anyone who wants to bring a dish to share may contribute to a potluck dinner that begins at 6 p.m. For more information, go to

Dr. Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall Professor of History at USF St. Petersburg as well as the co-director of the Florida Studies Program. He specializes in topics concerning Florida and the American urban experience, immigration and WWII. He is the author three books:

Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida (University Press of Florida)
Immigrants on the Hill: Italian-Americans in St. Louis, 1882-1982 (University of Missouri Press)
The Immigrant World of Ybor City: Italians and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa, 1885-1985 (University Press of Florida)

Current members of Slow Food USA, and anyone interested in learning more about the Slow Food Movement, are invited to attend. The program is open to the public; there is no cost to attend.

Slow Food Tampa Bay is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers who want to carry out the Slow Food mission in their communities. Chapters offer educational events and activities to promote sustainability and biodiversity and connect farmers, cooks, educators, students and everyone else who cares about their food and the environment.

Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment, according to the Slow Food USA web site.


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