Home #Hwoodtimes The Border: La Frontera with Pati Jinich – PBS SoCal and KCET

The Border: La Frontera with Pati Jinich – PBS SoCal and KCET

By Valerie Milano

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Photo: THT)

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/25/23 – On Sunday,  April 23PBS SoCal and KCET hosted a special screening celebrating season two of LA FRONTERA WITH PATI JINICH featuring chef and host Pati Jinich. The event took place at LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles where close to 200 guests enjoyed a discussion with Pati Jinich and LA Times’ Food Editor Daniel Hernandez

LA Plaza’s Chief Executive Officer Leticia Rhi Buckley welcomes Chef Pati Jinich to LA Plaza de Cultura Y Arteson April 23, 2023 (Photo courtesy of PBS SoCal)
Donna Aghaz serves up Trejos Tacos at LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes on April 23, 2023 (Photo courtesy of PBS SoCal)

Prior to the screening, guests enjoyed an outdoor reception and celebrated the evening with handcrafted tamarindo margaritas and bottled sodas from Gran Centenario and Jarritos, as well as individually made jackfruit and carne asada tacos from Trejos Tacos. As guests settled into their seats, LA Plaza’s Chief Executive Officer Leticia Rhi Buckley kicked off night with a warm welcome and PBS SoCal’s Chief Creative Officer Tamara Gould introduced chef and host of LA FRONTERA, Pati Jinich, who prefaced the program and the conversation with Hernandez following the screening.

Gran Centenario (Photo THT)

Emmy®-nominated Chef Pati Jinich is back for a sophomore season of the PBS show La Frontera! Pati concluded her journey traveling the border of Texas and Mexico and is now heading west to experience the melding of cultures between San Diego and Baja California and uncover untold stories from borderland communities affected by the years-long division.

(Left to Right) Chef Pati Jinich and LA Times’ Daniel Hernandez at LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes on April 23, 2023. (Photo: PBS SoCal.)

With many stories of hope, expansion, and diversity, La Frontera showcases what the combining of different cultures looks like as well as the impact of this union through food, entertainment and travel.

Our conversation with Pati Jinich:

Milano & Pati Jinich (Photo: THT)

Pati Jinich shared with THT, “I am so excited for the second season of La Frontera! I was already thrilled when we jumped into Frontera 1 exploring the US-Mexico borderlands as well as the eastern side of the borderlands. In season 2 we go all the way from San Diego and Tijuana, passing through Arizona and getting to New Mexico until we get to El Paso again. It’s 3 hours of just jaw-dropping and really inspiring stories, people, and content. It’s been a fabulous journey.”

(Photo: THT)

This fabulous DTLA event kicked off with a 6pm reception featuring tacos from Trejos Tacos and to compliment Danny’s Jackfruit or carne asada tacos was a Tequila tasting and margaritas courtesy of Gran Centenario and beverages donated by Jarritos.

La Frontera will do more than cover the finest eats whilst traversing through Mexican states of Baja California, Sonoro, and Chihuahua. Pati Jinich will also host brilliant and timely conversations such as how these border communities are impacted by political status quo like climate change and civil rights issues as it pertains to LGBTQ+ rights. Be a part of the conversation and catch La Frontera on PBS. Check local listings for showtimes!

Chef Pati Jinich meets with guests and signs copies of her cookbook “Pati’s Mexican Table” at LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes on April 23, 2023 (Photo courtesy of PBS SoCal)
Guests watch clips from the newest season of LA FRONTERA at LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes on April 23, 2023 (Photo courtesy of PBS SoCal)


PBS SoCal and KCET are both part of the donor-supported community institution, the Public Media Group of Southern California. PBS SoCal is the flagship PBS station for diverse people across California and delivers content and experiences that inspire, inform and educate. PBS SoCal offers the full slate of beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, FRONTLINE, and a broad library of documentary films with works from Ken Burns; as well as educational content including PBS KIDS programs like DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD and CURIOUS GEORGE.

KCET showcases the best of PBS and is a leading source for arts, culture, and news in Southern California. Through innovative storytelling, KCET explores and expresses our dynamic local communities helping residents understand and connect with the region’s diverse communities and ideas. For additional information about both KCET and PBS SoCal productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org and pbssocal.org KCET Originals and PBS programming are available to stream on the FREE PBS App on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Chromecast. KCET is also available to watch live on YouTube TV.