Anyone who knows me knows that I love Los Angeles and a huge part of that love comes from the food the city has to offer. Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize winning chronicler of that food scene, is the subject of a much lauded documentary called City of Gold. It’s playing at SPACE Gallery this Sunday and Monday at 7:30pm (along with an additional, food industry-friendly Monday screening at 1pm).
Rabelais Fine Books on Food + Drink is sponsoring.
A friend recently said of City of Gold that “it is a great food film but a bonus is that it sneaks in a strong dialogue about the value of a diverse immigrant community.” That’s a dialogue that benefits Portland as much as it does Los Angles (and, frankly, every damn place.)
Of food as popular cultural expression, Gold has said: ‘In a lot of ways I think [it] is starting to take the place in culture that rock and roll took 30 years ago, in that eating has become incredibly political. And just as the street has always dictated fashions on music and other things, it’s starting to happen that way in food.”‘
In this examination, NPR praised the film and examined Gold’s appeal in this, an era in which crowd-sourced reviewing has become popular. In the same piece, Gold is quoted as saying: “As much as you would from a novel or a painting or an opera or movie, you can go to a restaurant, and eat a meal, and look at the people around you and smell the smells, and taste the flavors and learn something about the world that has a lot to do with what’s on your plate.”
I look forward to seeing City of Gold.