L.A. pays tribute to Jonathan Gold with a ‘city of gold’


On what would have been Jonathan Gold’s 58th birthday, several buildings and monuments around Los Angeles were lit up in gold lights Saturday night to honor the late restaurant critic.

The Los Angeles Times paid tribute to Gold with a projection of his image on its new building in El Segundo as the sun set shortly before 8 p.m. After sundown, landmarks including Los Angeles City Hall, Union Station, the Wilshire Grand Center, the Broad, U.S. Bank Tower, Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain in Grand Park, the Natural History Museum, Pasadena City Hall, pylons at LAX and Pacific Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier were illuminated for the occasion.

Additional venues, including the Wiltern, the Ford Theatres, the Theatre at Ace Hotel, Chinatown Summer Nights and the Fairplex in Pomona also displayed messages and projections Saturday in Gold’s honor.


A public tribute event is being planned for downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 26. More details will be announced in the coming days.

Since Gold’s death on July 21 from pancreatic cancer, The Times has been flooded with messages from readers looking to donate to his family and support causes that were important to the paper’s legendary critic.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the following nonprofit organizations: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Heal the Bay or Al Otro Lado.

A GoFundMe campaign to help the Gold-Ochoa family with expenses and the children’s education has been set up here.

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9:15 p.m.: This article was updated with new photo.

5:35 p.m., July 28: This article has been updated with new information about tonight’s tribute.

This article was originally posted at 7 a.m. on July 26.