My dear friends at Design Observer are coming to LA, ostensibly to escape the frigid late winter on the East Coast, but also to throw a conference called Taste on Friday, February 12. I’m excited to be a part of it and I’ll be interviewing one of my heroes: Sqirl proprietor Jessica Koslow, who has captivated the city—and I’d argue the world—with her transcendent take on locally sourced, irresistibly plated fuel for Angelenos. But she’s also an incredible thinker when it comes to issues of food justice, sustainability, design, and urbanism. If you’ve eaten her food—or favorited any of her impeccably photographed dishes on Instagram—you know why she was absolutely the first person I thought of when confronted with the idea of a conference about food and visual culture.
The entire day of programming looks absolutely delicious—Mark Bittman, Ron Finley, Evan Kleiman, Frances Anderton, and DO founders Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand, among many, many others—and I’m just as excited to be in the audience as I am to be onstage. The whole thing takes place on February 12 at the Los Angeles Theater Center in DTLA. Tickets are available and I do have some discounted passes if you want to email me for the code. Hope to see you there!