Skip to Content

‘Naturally, There Will be Food Trucks’: Public Memorial for Jonathan Gold Set for Sunday in Downtown

12:49 AM PDT on August 21, 2018

The Jonathan Gold table at Guerrilla Tacos. Photo by Erick Galindo.

[dropcap size=big]F[/dropcap]ans of the late Jonathan Gold will have a chance to remember the acclaimed writer Sunday at a public event hosted by Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina A. Miranda.

Prior to the event, the city and Grand Central Market owners will unveil a "plaque and new historic light posts decorated in his honor" on the Broadway side of Grand Central Market.

Councilmember José Huizar introduced a motion this week for a Jonathan Gold Plaza memorial site to honor the Pulitzer-prize winning writer, who passed away in July at age 57.

In a statement, the city said it would also be unveiling other "permanent Gold-enhanced elements on historic light posts and, eventually, the sidewalk area will also highlight Jonathan Gold Plaza.”

Immediately following the unveiling, a free memorial festival will be held at Grand Park Performance lawn on Hill Street in downtown, where attendees will get an opportunity to eat, hear remembrances from friends and family, and watch previously unreleased footage from City of Gold, the documentary about his love of L.A. food, people, and culture.

Miranda will host a collectionof friends and family – including Gold’s younger brother Mark and KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman – who will speak about the many ways Gold touched their lives.

“This will function as a public service of sorts,” Mirandatold L.A. Taco. “It's an opportunity to celebrate a man who celebrated us. Naturally, there will be food trucks.” A private memorial was held last month at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

RELATED: One Chef's Day: What It Was like to Cater at Jonathan Gold's Family Farewell

Sunday's trucks at the event will start at 5:30 pm and include Gold favorites Carnitas El Momo and Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla.

The public remembrances will also include Providence chef Michael Cimarusti and Guelaguetza co-owner Bricia Lopez. That portion of the event will begin at 6:30 pm followed by the City of Gold footage at 7:30. Miranda said the event will highlight Gold's love for Los Angeles.

“I think what made Jonathan such an essential figure in Los Angeles is that, above, all, he understood and celebrated Los Angeles for what it was,” Miranda said. “Through food, he told stories about the city's music, art and architecture."

"And he told the story of the Los Angeles that most of us know: not the L.A. that's all show business, but the jumbled city of immigrants who hail from all over, and bring with them a world of traditions — from Iowa to Zacatecas to Sichuan.”

RELATED: 7 Classic Jonathan Gold Quotes About Los Angeles

WHO:  Carolina Miranda, LA Times; Councilmember José HuizarMark Gold (Jonathan’s brother and UCLA Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability); Adam Daneshgar, (Owner Grand Central Market); Evan Kleiman(KCRW “Good Food”); Laura Gabbert (Producer-Director “City of Gold”); Michael Cimarusti (Chef and Co-Owner of Providence); Bricia Lopez (Co-Proprietor at Guelaguetza); Sang Yoon (Chef and Proprietor of Lukshon); and Carl Stone (Composer).

WHAT: Monument Unveiling at Grand Central Market for Jonathan Gold followed by Public Tribute at Grand Park

WHEN: Sunday, August 26, 2018, 5:30 pm


Monument Unveiling – Grand Central Market 
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Public Festival – Grand Park Performance Lawn
201 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

[UPDATED, Aug. 25]

Already a user?Log in

Thanks for reading!

Register to continue

Become a Member

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

FBI, ATF, and LAPD Announce Crack Down on Drugs, Ghost Guns, and Crime Linked to Cartels in Harbor Area

The multi-agency investigation, which found the criminal activities stretching to associates in two counties in Northern California, yielded a total of 27 arrests, 30 firearms, 72,115 fentanyl pills, 1.7 pounds of fentanyl powder, 143 pounds of methamphetamine, 4.7 pounds of heroin, 1.9 pounds of cocaine, 1.7 of pounds PCP, and $44,000.

October 3, 2023

Exclusive: Top Film & TV Studios Spent Over $660 Billion on Stock Buybacks While Actors and Writers Live ‘Paycheck to Paycheck’

According to economist William Lazonick stock repurchasers like Apple could certainly use the tens of billions that they spend on buybacks to pay actors and screenwriters more. “The fact [is] they’re not paying them more,” and instead they’re making the rich richer.

October 3, 2023
See all posts