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Eater Talks | What Does It Really Mean to Win a Big Restaurant Award?

Join us in LA on October 2 as restaurateurs discuss how a higher profile can change the trajectory of a business

Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Eater Talks: What does it really mean to win a big restaurant award?

Wednesday, October 2 — 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Eater LA and the Ace Hotel continue their ongoing restaurant industry discussion series with a new topic: What happens after a restaurant wins a big award or a spot on a prestigious best restaurants list?

Over the hour-long discussion and Q & A session (tickets available here), panelists will open up about the highs — and lows — of landing in the national media spotlight. Full dining rooms, growing social media accounts, and a higher profile can change the trajectory of a business (and a chef’s career), but there’s a tightrope to walk when it comes to managing customer expectations, delivering what was promised by the press, and keeping focused on what made the restaurant a stand-out in the first place.

This talk’s panelists will speak from experience: Victor Delgado is the owner of Tacos 1986, which was a 2019 Eater Best New Restaurant; Jonathan Yao, a 2018 Food & Wine Best New Chef, is the chef of Kato, which was named a 2017 GQ best new restaurant; and Kwang Uh is the chef-owner of Baroo Canteen, his now-closed restaurant Baroo was one of Bon Appetit and Eater’s best new restaurants of 2016. Moderating the discussion will be Eater’s restaurant editor, Hillary Dixler Canavan.

This new Eater LA x Ace Hotel discussion goes down on Wednesday, October 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets are available for $20 and include a drink ticket.

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