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Eater Talks | What Does It Mean to “Eat Like a Local”?

Mei Lin, Bill Esparza, and Lucas Peterson join Eater’s travel editor Lesley Suter for a talk in Downtown LA

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Eater Talks: What Does It Mean to “Eat Like a Local”?

Wednesday, August 7 — 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Eater LA and the Ace Hotel will continue their ongoing restaurant industry discussion series this month, with a new topic: What does it mean to “eat like a local”? With more and more travelers focusing on food as their primary entry point into a new country, region, or culture, how can eager diners do more to consider the impact their eagerness has on the same places they seek out? Tickets are available here.

Over the hour-long discussion and Q & A session, panelists will dive deep into the world of gastronomic tourism, unpacking issues of “authenticity” and winding through the pros and cons of venturing off the beaten path in search of a meal. They’ll also ask and answer questions about maximizing a trip’s culinary experiences, and discuss the rise of local-obsessed food and travel media at large.

The evening is being moderated by Eater Travel editor and two-time James Beard Foundation Award-winner Lesley Suter. This month’s panelists include Mei Lin, Top Chef season 12 winner and chef/owner of Nightshade in the Arts District; Mexican culinary expert, Eater contributor, and co-founder of gastro-tour company Club Tengo Hambre Bill Esparza; and LA Times food section columnist, former New York Times frugal traveler contributor, and Eater’s own Dining on a Dime series host Lucas Peterson.

This new Eater LA x Ace Hotel discussion goes down on Wednesday, August 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 and include a drink ticket.

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