For the second entire month of May in a row the newspaper of record, the much embattled LA Times may just have struck the right chord to revive itself by giving Jonathan Gold free reign to oversee a city wide convocation of foodie inspired events from cooking demonstrations, lectures and films, to special dinners at restaurants, many of them and others at the night markets strutting small bites from their menus.
If you don't know who Jonathan Gold is, 'City of Gold,' will explain the phenomenon inspiring his work, written and directed by Laura Gabbert.
Slinging bon mots like so much of the best hash you have ever tasted, Mr. Gold recounted his memories of last year's inaugural event at a kick off lunch at Otium. He had me at the verbal picture painted in describing some of his favorite moments from last year. The suckling pig stuffed with quail at Redbird is now lodged in my mind as are the simple green salads by Sara and Sarah at Kismet. In a meet and greet at the afternoon's end, I loved the way he gave his full attention to young restaurateurs who approached him to chat. Seems to me he could have an eye on the progress of Maestro.
The Man has said his voice was been molded in part by reading his writing out loud to a formative pivotal editor in his life.
If you don't live here in LA, pack your bags. If you live here luck you. If you're feeling guilty over how much pleasure can be had while so many others suffer, it's interesting to note the Times not only has a new local owner for the first time in 18 years, the veteran journalists who have been left standing are poised, organized and newly unionized producing some of the most incisive reporting ever such as Gale Holland's on the mult-faceted challenges of homelessness. A portion of Food Bowl's proceeds are going to charity partners such as L.A. Kitchen, Food Forward and Midnight Mission addressing and alleviating our nation's massive problems surrounding hunger.
Tara Fass, LMFT #35078, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California. She treats adults and couples dealing with a broad range of issues from navigating the legacy of divorce in one's life, to the quarter life crisis and conscious aging. Together we attempt to make meaning [...]