A citywide participation in a “City of Gold” tribute to Jonathan Gold took place on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Various government, art, entertainment, and other landmark buildings splashed their walls and fountains or gilded their crowns with gold light in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times food writer and critic, on what would have been his 58th birthday.
Local landmarks that turned gold for the night include City Hall, Union Station, The Broad, The Pepsi Building, The Library Tower, the Ferris Wheel on Santa Monica Pier and the “pylons” at LAX. Over in El Segundo at the new site of The LA Times, Jonathan Gold’s famous profile was projected onto the building.
Diagnosed in early July, Gold died of pancreatic cancer last Saturday, July 21, 2018. Many fellow writers and foodies have made individual tributes to his work, and on the influence of his 101 Best Restaurant’s list on the burgeoning Los Angeles restaurant scene.
Members of the editorial staff and friends of The Los Angeles Beat visited one of Gold’s favorite restaurants, Jitlada Thai Restaurant in Hollywood, packed this night in honor of his birthday, with a notably large and growing crowd outside awaiting an available table.
Wearing a gold ribbon pinned above her heart, Sarintip “Jazz” Singsanong—who in 2006, along with her late brother Suthiporn “Tui” Sungkamee, took over Jitlada—spoke very fondly and lovingly of Gold. Jitlada has been featured in Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants list, published by the Los Angeles Times, and stressed the impact he had on the restaurant’s success.
Photo gallery by Elise Thompson and Monique A. LeBleu
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