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The State of L.A.’s Plate: A Zocalo event

A Zócalo/UCLA Event Moderated by Evan Kleiman, Host, KCRW’s Good Food

Angelenos love kale, avocados, and juicing—and bacon, cronuts, and cheeseburgers. What does what we eat—and what we don’t eat—say about L.A.? A thousand people might line up to eat a burger with a bun made out of ramen noodles, but there are also 1 million people in the county on food stamps. We have access to some of the freshest produce in the country—and over 80 farmers markets—but adult obesity rates here remain stubbornly on the rise, particularly for Latinos and Asian-Americans. How have our plates changed over time, and does the L.A. diet differ from that of other parts of the country? Former Bon Appetit editor Barbara Fairchild, “The Glutster” food blogger Javier Cabral, and UCLA Center for Population Health and Health Disparities epidemiologist Alex Ortega visit Zócalo to discuss what Angelenos are eating and why it matters.


Zocalo is an Ideas Exchange presenting an innovative blend of live events and humanities journalism.

Zócalo Public Square, a project of the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University and the New America Foundation, is a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism. Based in Los Angeles and Phoenix, they present free events in cities across the U.S. and beyond, and syndicate their site’s original daily journalism to more than 100 media outlets nationwide.

At a time when our country’s public sphere is narrow and polarized, Zócalo seeks to be a welcoming intellectual space where individuals and communities can tackle fundamental questions in an accessible, nonpartisan, and broad-minded spirit.


Admission to Zocalo is free but reservations are required.

To make a reservation go to:


$8 in Petersen parking structure. 

Street (be careful to read ALL signs).

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  • Stefhan

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it, though it was videotaped. So for any one else who missed it, here's that video

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Carol R.

    Anyone want to meet for something to eat before? We could go to The Counter or Marie Calendar's for Happy hour then walk over to The Peterson. You can park at my house for free.

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • Barry

      They start handing out wristbands at 6:30 that determine priority of seating. Seating begins at 7:15. You don't have to stick around once you get your wristband.

      November 18, 2013

    • June

      Thanks, I will try to get there around 6:30 and see who else is there.

      November 18, 2013

  • SunnyDE

    Sorry unable to attend! Sick

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could attend, but I have a class that night.

    November 16, 2013

  • Mona81

    Darell im sorry i didnt understand what this event is about or what happen there ive read twice....

    November 12, 2013

    • Mona81

      can you pls explain it?

      November 12, 2013

  • Rande F.

    Is this event a talk or an event where you walk around and see cp vendors

    November 12, 2013

  • Darrell

    John, it says be there by 6:30 and they release unused tickets by 7:15p...

    October 14, 2013

  • Darrell

    Got my tickets. Thanks John, looks like a good event. There is usually a free cocktail hour after the event with some apps and beer/wine/sodas.

    October 14, 2013

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