How Jonathan Gold Brought Hundreds Of People Together, Even After His Death
Hundreds of people showed up at Grand Park in downtown L.A. on Sunday night for the #LAGold public memorial honoring beloved food writer Jonathan Gold, who passed away in July.
Hosted by Los Angeles Times arts writer Carolina Miranda, the evening included a screening of the documentary "City of Gold," tributes from a bunch of people who knew and worked with Gold -- "Good Food" host Evan Kleiman, Guelagueztza restaurateur Bricia Lopez, chefs Sang Yoon and and Michael Cimarusti, his brother, Mark Gold -- and, of course, taco trucks.
Remembering the man that changed Los Ángeles. Miss you JGeezy #LAGold pic.twitter.com/6f36aNZciv— Bricia Lopez (@BriciaLopez) August 27, 2018
There are hundreds of people here at Grand Park for the J. Gold memorial. Laughter and tears all rolled into one. 🍽♥️🍝🥓🥑🧀! pic.twitter.com/JX2DmgpotC— L.A. TACO🌴🌮 (@LATACO) August 27, 2018
Gold was honored with a plaque outside Grand Central Market that features this quote from his writing: "The huge number of multiple cultures that live in this city... and the fault lines between them are where you find the most beautiful things."
This is the official Jonathan Gold plaque pic.twitter.com/m1w1WRf610— Steve Saldivar (@stevesaldivar) August 27, 2018
His silhouette will also hang above Broadway in downtown Los Angeles and the area just outside Grand Central Market has been renamed Jonathan Gold Plaza.
It was so remarkable to see Grand Park filled with Angelenos honoring Jonathan tonight. Starting today, his profile presides over Broadway just outside Grand Central Market at what will now be known as Jonathan Gold Plaza. #LAGold pic.twitter.com/mJorXhlGe0— Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) August 27, 2018
Plenty of people who didn't know Gold personally but fell in love with the city through his words turned out to celebrate him -- and to eat.
Look I’m not saying I *enjoy* breaking my pescatarianism and also eating a giant plate of treyf but it’s what Jonathan would’ve wanted #LAGold pic.twitter.com/aBXrJxhHup— Jordan Fraade (@schadenfraade) August 27, 2018
And some of them dressed up.
I figured taco earrings and pie earrings were most appropriate for Remembering and celebrating Jonathan Gold in Grand park. #lagold pic.twitter.com/Z0SXVCzVwH— callie (@thatcalliecat) August 27, 2018
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilman José Huizar also turned out for the event.
Unveiling our new tribute to Jonathan Gold and the indelible mark he left on our city. Now Angelenos and visitors alike can walk a golden path to @GrandCentralMkt — a historic place where fusions of culture and food tell the unique story of our city. pic.twitter.com/vARimfOTtL— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) August 27, 2018
#JonathanGold knew that a great meal isn't served, it's shared and for us here in LA, an opportunity to learn about who are as Angelenos.— Jose Huizar (@josehuizar) August 27, 2018
So nice to see so many coming together at #GrandPark to share a meal & remembrances of this brilliant man. #CityofGold #LAgold #oneofakind pic.twitter.com/tBawxuiQY7
Gold's widow, L.A. Times Arts and Entertainment Editor Laurie Ochoa, was at the ceremony along with their two children.
Plaque to @thejgold unveiled by his wife, the incomparable @Laurie_Ochoa pic.twitter.com/4HylyVK762— mary mcnamara (@marymacTV) August 27, 2018
Celebrating the life of the legendary @thejgold in Grand Park tonight. #LAGold pic.twitter.com/Q8bT0pxj9G— Andrea Chang (@byandreachang) August 27, 2018
Plenty of "ordinary" people also showed up. Here's what some of them had to say.
Jonathan taught us, a city without prejudice is a delicious place to be. Beautiful words by Lukshon’s Sang Yoon #LAGold— Susan Baker (@SueceeLA) August 27, 2018
Amazing turnout for #LAGold. This city honors a man who represents the best of what we are. pic.twitter.com/HLDIzBUKv5— Ken 🇺🇦 Slava Ukraini! 🇺🇦 Rudman (@krudman) August 27, 2018
With one bite of a Oaxacan taco (or a pupusa, Kogi beef, dim sum, a dosa, a slice of Pizzana pizza, udon, the list goes on...) and the stroke of his pen, Jonathan Gold brought Angelenos together. pic.twitter.com/uCKlVpU6NA— asma. (@_asmayasmin_) July 22, 2018
Beautiful tributes to a great man. And the tacos were pretty incredible too #LAGold #carnitaselmomo #tacosarabe #kogi pic.twitter.com/lti5Zxy5EJ— Jose Perez (@ErsatzJP) August 27, 2018
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