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What's LA Cuisine?

We've been asked what constitutes LA cuisine gazillions of times, and every time we answer---or try to---the answer changes. So we'll leave it to the experts: Next Wednesday (Sept. 10), the Zócalo at the Hammer series brings together Jonathan Gold, Providence's Michael Cimarusti, Palate's Octavio Becerra, and Angeli Caffe and "Good Food's" Evan Kleiman to discuss what exactly Los Angeles cuisine might be---how does Asian fusion, barbecue chicken pizza, McDonald's and the Caesar salad factor into it? Is it the global influence or extraordinary local produce, the car culture or pure imagination that makes it so fabulous? The lecture is free and seating is first come, first serve, but you can register here. [EaterWire]