Citywide Tribute to Turn Town Gold Saturday Night in Jonathan’s Honor
On July 28, Gold’s birthday, landmarks from L.A. City Hall to the Ferris wheel
on the Santa Monica Pier will be lit up with gold to celebrate the late food critic
LOS ANGELES – July 26, 2018 – Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic who richly chronicled
the city’s vast culinary and cultural landscape, died on July 21 at the age of 57. As many have noted in recent days, Gold
had a unique gift for making a sprawling metropolis feel like a community. This Saturday, July 28, in honor of what would have
been Gold’s 58th birthday, the community will come together for a special tribute with several buildings and landmarks around
town displaying messages and lighting up with gold inspired by “the Belly of Los Angeles”.
The Los Angeles Times will light a tribute to Gold on its new building in El Segundo as the sun sets on Saturday. After sundown,
landmarks including L.A. City Hall tower, the Wilshire Grand Center, The Broad, US Bank Tower, Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain
in Grand Park, Natural History Museum, pylons at LAX and Pacific Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier will also be illuminated for
the occasion. Additional venues and events, including The Wiltern, the Ford Theatres, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Chinatown Summer
Nights and the Fairplex in Pomona will also display messages and projections in Gold’s honor, with more to be confirmed and all
welcome to participate.
Gold died of pancreatic cancer last Saturday after being diagnosed in early July. He and his wife, Times arts and entertainment editor
Laurie Ochoa, have two children, 23-year-old Isabel and 15-year-old Leon. The Gold-Ochoa family asks that, in lieu of flowers,
those wishing to honor Gold’s life consider supporting any of these nonprofit organizations:
L.A. Regional Food Bank, Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Heal the Bay
or Al Otro Lado
Friends of the Gold-Ochoa family have also created a
to assist them with immediate expenses.
Another public event celebrating his life, which will include an opportunity for the community to gather together, is being planned
for Sunday, August 26. The location and details will be announced soon.
The Los Angeles Times thanks the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Offices of L.A. County Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and
Sheila Kuehl, KCRW, Central City Association, Grand Park and The Music Center, Live Nation, Los Angeles Chinatown BID,
Los Angeles World Airports, OUE Ltd., Pacific Park and all of the participating organizations for this special tribute to
the city’s beloved food critic, Jonathan Gold. The community is encouraged to share photos of the tribute using #LAGold.