First Food: Florida and the Birth of American Cuisine

First Food: Florida and the Birth of American Cuisine 2014

“This land awaits good and honorable men...raised up with gazpacho, garlic, and onion…”~ Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Founder of St. Augustine and Father of Florida, to Felipe II, King of Spain – October 20, 1566.

The founding of Florida in the 16th century saw the blending of European, African, and Native American foodways and the birth of the first uniquely American cuisine. On Saturday, April 5, a heritage food Event with Florida Living History, Inc.’s (FLH) group, Los Compañeros de la Cocina (The Companions of the Kitchen), will be held from 10AM to 3PM at the Tampa Bay History Center ( in downtown Tampa, Florida. Los Compañeros will present interpretations and demonstrations of the food and foodways of early Florida and the southeastern U.S. Admission to this Event is free of charge to the public. There is a Museum admission fee of $12.00 per adult; $10.00 per student/senior/child 13-17; and $7.00 per child 4-12.

This "First Food" heritage Event is sponsored by Florida Living History, Inc., and by the Tampa Bay History Center. Financial support for this Event is provided, in part, by the Florida Humanities Council (, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the ongoing generosity of NTE Solutions (

For more information on the “First Food” heritage Event, please contact: Julie Matus / Tampa Bay History Center - ; Davis Walker / Florida Living History, Inc. - Phone: 1-887-FLA-HIST [1-877-352-4478]

Date and Time:

10:00am - 3:00pm April 5, 2014


The Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Free Event


Contact Information:

Davis Walker
1-887-FLA-HIST (1-877-352-4478)


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