Mesamérica L.A. & DFiesta

Join us for a unique evening around DTLA’s Grand Central Market.
A trio of parties will celebrate the 50th anniversary of sister cities Los Angeles and Mexico City.

Million Dollar Theatre
Please join us April 30 for the opening night of the 2019 Los Angeles Times FOOD BOWL. The evening will begin with Mesamérica L.A. at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Mesamérica L.A. is the first incarnation of chef Enrique Olvera’s celebrated symposium to be held outside of Mexico. Olvera and L.A. Times Food Editor Peter Meehan have put together a program that explores the culinary and cultural interconnectedness of Mexico City and Los Angeles to celebrate the sister cities’ 50-year anniversary.
Art, architecture, identity and the meaning of tacos will be explored through talks, video and song. The lineup includes: La Marisoul & Friends (Marisoul from La Santa Cecilia), Norma Listman (chef of Masala Y Maiz, Mexico City),  Alonso Ruvalcaba (author of 24 horas de comida en la Ciudad de México), Carlos Salgado (Taco María), Architect Javier Garciadiego, filmmakers Jesse Lerner & Ruben Ortiz, LACMA curator Wendy Kaplan and Los Angeles Times reporter Gustavo Arellano.
Grand Central Market
Mesamérica will be followed by DFiesta next door at Grand Central Market and La Cita Bar. Most of the market will feature for-purchase chef collaborations, roving Mariachi bands and other Mexico City-inspired merriment. For those who buy the $85 ticket, there will be a curated section of the market featuring special one-night-only offerings from:  
Ditroit (Olvera’s forthcoming L.A. taqueria) X China Cafe  
Campobaja (Mexico City) X The Oyster Gourmet (featuring Sanctuary Oysters by Sol Azul)
Los Panchos (Mexico City) X Sari Sari Store and Petty Cash
Guerrilla Tacos
Horse Thief BBQ
Villa Morelliana together with Los Panchos will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for purchase at Grand Central Market along with La Tostaderia and Guelaguetza.
Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas and other entertainment throughout the evening.
DFiesta continues at La Cita with cocktails, entertainment at a Tacos 1986 pop-up.


Includes complimentary cocktails
6 to 7 p.m. — Cocktail pre-reception at the Million Dollar Theatre
7 to 8:30 p.m. — Mesamérica L.A. at the Million Dollar Theatre
8:30 to 10:30 p.m. — DFiesta at Grand Central Market
9:30 to 11:30 p.m. — DFiesta post-reception at La Cita Bar


7 to 8:30 p.m. — Mesamérica L.A. at the Million Dollar Theatre
*Please note drinks are not included.

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