The Cuban Sandwich: A History in Layers – SOLD OUT

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September 28, 2023 @ 6:00pm 7:00pm

Featured as part of The Dalí Museum’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite you to join us for a special talk on one of the most delectable bites of food history: the Cuban sandwich. The lecture will include a special Cuban Sandwich tasting by Chef Chuck Bandel of our very own Café Gala.

Based on the research for their book The Cuban Sandwich: A History in Layers, Andrew T. Huse, Bárbara C. Cruz, and Jeff Houck will discuss the complex and fascinating history of this dish. In addition to exploring the sandwich’s Cuban origins, they will also sort through improbable vintage recipes, sift gossip from Florida old-timers, and wade into the fearsome Tampa vs. Miami sandwich debate (is adding salami necessary or heresy?) to reveal the social history behind how this delicacy became a lunch-counter staple in the U.S. and beyond.

Location: The Dalí Museum Raymond James Community Room
Tickets: $5

All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds.

Andrew Huse

Andrew Huse is Curator of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida Tampa Library’s Special Collections.  He writes, speaks and cooks about history when he can.  His past work includes the centennial history of the Columbia restaurant and “From Saloons to Steakhouses: A History of Tampa.”   

Bárbara C. Cruz

Bárbara C. Cruz is Professor of Social Science Education at the University of South Florida. Her teaching and research interests include teacher education, multicultural and global perspectives in schooling, the visual arts across the curriculum, and English language learners. She is the author of academic texts for both teachers and students, as well as trade books for adults and young adults.

Jeff Houck

Jeff Houck is the Vice President of Marketing for the 1905 Family of Restaurants, formerly the Columbia Restaurant Group. He joined the fifth-generation owned Tampa hospitality group in 2015 after a 25-year career in journalism, including 12 years as a food editor, writer, columnist, blogger and podcaster for the Tampa Tribune. Other media outlets during his career include, the Palm Beach Post, the Florida TImes-Union, the Anchorage Times and the Pensacola News Journal. 

Banner: Detail of The Cuban Sandwich, Columbia Restaurant Style. [TIMES FILES]