Texas Tech University

Office of International Affairs Set to Host Reception for 'Creating Global Kitchens'

Randy Rosetta

September 14, 2018

Creating Global Kitchens

Images from 36 photographers will showcase how people in more than 30 different countries celebrate food.

Adjacent photo: Sunday Market, Guatemala - Melissa Wafer-Cross
Courtesy of the Office of International Affairs. 

Texas Tech University's Office of International Affairs will host a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave., in conjunction with a new photography exhibit titled “Creating Global Kitchens.”

Creating Global Kitchens
All Smiles, Nigeria by Willa Finley
Photo courtesy of the Office of International Affairs.

The reception will include a panel discussion about the positive effects of food sustainability with Tom Sell, chairman of the board of directors for Lubbock-based Breedlove Foods, Inc.; David Weaver, CEO of the South Plains Food Bank; and Mary Murimi, professor from the Texas Tech Department of Nutritional Sciences.

The efforts of Breedlove Foods, a nonprofit food distribution organization, will be featured in the West Gallery. Those photographs will spotlight people and places from around the world where Breedlove has helped those in need.

Because food often connects people to their home countries, traditions and each other, a major purpose of the exhibit is to celebrate one of the most important aspects of cultures around the world by showcasing the variety of ways people grow, distribute, cook and present food. From the 260 images submitted, 53 were selected that best accomplish that goal. The exhibit will feature images from 36 photographers representing 30 countries celebrating the international food experience.

Creating Global Kitchens
Happy Selling Crab, Vietnam - Cristina Escutia
Photos Courtesy of the Office of International Affairs.

Jurors for the photo selection were Joe Arredondo, director of Landmark Arts in the Texas Tech School of Art, and Cameron West, chef and owner of The West Table.

“Everything we do at the Office of International Affairs supports the globalization of Texas Tech University and making a difference in people's lives – from the initial engagement of incoming international students, scholars and faculty to the outreach through our support of students to study abroad, faculty international research and international recruitment and alumni,” said Sukant Misra, vice provost for the Office of International Affairs.

“Through our arts and culture programming, we are able to share and dignify what unites all of us from wherever we are across the globe – cuisine, culture and mannerisms. This show celebrates people's creativity, pleasure and connection through food, as well as the inspiration of our partners, Breedlove and the South Plains Food Bank, and their work in our region's growing global community.”