How Jonathan Gold Brought Hundreds Of People Together, Even After His Death
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.
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."
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.
And some of them dressed up.
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.
Plenty of "ordinary" people also showed up. Here's what some of them had to say.
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