[UPDATE: Now, Gringo Bandito to Participate!] Two Cool Gustavo-Involved Panels for this Weekend's Carmageddon Eat Real Festival!

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Update: Amy Scattergood unfortunately had to pull out of the "Future of Food Writing Panel" for Saturday, but we got a great guest for Sunday's panel on the Great Mexican Food Authenticity Debate: Matt McCollum, the main sales guy for Gringo Bandito. It'll be awesome to have Matt--a Dallas native--defend the wonders of Tex-Mex and explain to us Californians what, exactly, is a cheese taco. Remember that the Saturday panel is at 4 p.m., Sunday is at 1 p.m. See you there!

Original post July 7, 11 a.m.: As everyone and their mother knows, next weekend is Carmaggedon: when the 405 Freeway between the 10 and the 101 will close, creating a catastrophe that will result on all of us becoming zombies battling replicants. But before you go picking my brains, at least fill your stomach at the Eat Real Festival, the two-day food festival happening at the Helms Bakery complex in Culver City far enough from the Desmadre Zone to be comfortable. My chica is running the programming part of the event, which (as Dave previously noted) will include more than a few OC names; me, being a nerd, has organized two food panels to make YOUR brains that much juicier: the future of food writing, and arguing the eternal question--what's authentically Mexican, and what's not?

Panelists after the jump!

The first panel will happen Saturday at 4 p.m. I will moderate, and joining me will be Los Angeles Times food editor Russ Parsons, LA Weekly's Squid Ink editor Amy Scattergood, food blogger's food blogger (and fellow Forker) Eddie Lin, and Yelp's OC jefa, Hazel Quimpo.

The Mexi panel will happen Sunday, at 1 p.m. as well. KCRW-FM 89.9's Evan Kleiman will moderate a panel that includes yours truly, Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA, Bricia Lopez of the Guelaguetza empire, and a special guest to be named once I bribe him with enough tacos--that, or his as-entertaining underling.

The two panels will happen somewhere around the Helms Bakery complex (details to come...). They will be FREE. Even if it's just us chickens, should be fun. Panel is subject, of course, to panelists actually making it and evading all those zombies on the 10 and 405 with a double-pump shotgun. Go to OC Munchathon first on Saturday, of course...see you there!

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