Jesse Blanco

The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will host an evening of with Eat It and Like It host Jesse Blanco, author of Savannah Food Crawls, in conversation with food and travel writers Lynn and Cele Seldon. Free and open to the public, this event will be held on Friday, December 8, at 5:00 p.m., at the Conroy Center (601 Bladen St., Beaufort). Weather permitting, the event will be held outside. Books by all three authors will be available for sale and signing. Please call to reserve your seat in advance: 843-379-7025.

About Jesse Blanco and Savannah Food Crawls

Savannah Food Crawls: Touring the Neighborhoods One Bite and Libation at a Time is an exciting culinary tour through one of Georgia’s most beautiful cities. Each crawl is the complete recipe for the perfect tourist day, a new way to experience your own city, or simply great food stories to enjoy from home. Put on your walking shoes and your stretchy pants and dig into Savannah one dish at a time.

Jesse Blanco is, without question, one of Savannah’s most recognizable personalities. His laid-back style and ability to connect with viewers and readers remain his calling card following a 24-year career in television news. During his 5 years as primary news anchor at the local FOX affiliate, Jesse always found creative ways to connect with his audience. That talent extended to his weekly column in the Savannah Morning News, which very quickly became one of the paper’s most popular features from 2012 to 2018.

In 2010, Jesse and his business partner created a blog and later a television show dedicated to the underappreciated side of Savannah’s food scene. Four years later, Savannah’s food scene exploded and Eat It and Like It found itself sitting in the front row to witness it all. Since 2014 he’s been the Savannah area’s only fulltime food writer. This year, his first book documenting Savannah’s food scene, Savannah Food Crawls, was published, to be followed next year by Charleston Food Crawls.

Jesse was born in California but calls Miami his hometown. Having been raised in a very large Cuban-American family where the genetic makeup consists of food, music, dancing, laughing,and friendship. Throw in an insatiable desire to travel and explore and you get someone who is only happy learning or trying new things. Jesse is married with one child.

Jesse will be interviewed by husband-and-wife writers Lynn and Cele Seldon, the authors of 100 Things to Do in Savannah Before You Die, 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die, and countless travel and food articles appearing in local, regional, and national publications.

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