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Jonathan Gold Tributes Planned Across LA

What to Know

  • Jonathan Gold, lauded LA Times food critic, died Saturday, July 21.
  • Landmarks around LA will light up in gold to honor him Saturday, July 28.
  • The new LA Times building in El Segundo will be the first LA site to light up in gold beginning at sunset.

On what would have been his 58th birthday, tributes to late Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold will go up across LA Saturday night, according to a news release.

Gold, the first restaurant critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, and was lauded for his pieces on food and culture throughout LA, died of pancreatic cancer on July 21 after being diagnosed earlier in July. He is survived by his wife, an editor for the Times, and their two children.

Several iconic LA landmarks will light up in gold in honor of the late writer, including the LA City Hall Tower, US Bank Tower, The Broad Museum, the LAX pylons, the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel and many more. The new Los Angeles Times building in El Segundo will be the first to light up at sunset, with the other landmarks following after dusk. 

Other tributes to Gold are planned at the Wiltern, The Theatre at Ace Hotel and the Fairplex in Pomona. A public community event celebrating his life and legacy is set for Aug. 26, an LA Times spokesperson said.

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