Los Angeles

Gold Standard Food & Wine Event

Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic of the LA Weekly, is known by many for his unpredictable taste and his appreciation of the many ethnic cuisines represented in Los Angeles. From the tastiest taco wagons to the finest cuisine and wine, Gold is one of the most respected guides to the best and most exciting foods in the city. His annual list of essential restaurants has consistently been a reliable source for dining recommendations across the city and the food spectrum.

The Gold Standard Food & Wine event is presented by LA Weekly and The Wine House and will feature a selection of 40 of LA’s best and most eclectic restaurants hand-picked by Jonathan Gold. This year’s event will be held in a new, larger location at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Asked how he chooses his favorites, Jonathan said that “…an essential restaurant is one that reflects Los Angeles in a startling and unusual way, that uses fresh local ingredients in a fashion that respects the land in which they were grown, that showcases cooking echoing both foreign-trained chefs’ region of origin and the hypercharged mosaic of the L.A. dining scene.” Sounds like a great definition, and a great event:

When: Sunday, February 28, 2010 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm (VIP early entry begins at noon)
Where: Petersen Auto Museum, 6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Self-parking will be available at the museum lot for $8.00.
Cost: $60 general admission; $80 VIP admission. A portion of the proceeds benefit Heal the Bay and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 1.888.878.9651.

Jonathan Gold has been a food critic for the LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, and has been a writer and editor at Gourmet magazine. He currently writes Counter Intelligence, First Bite, Where to Eat Now, and Ask Mr. Gold for LA Weekly, and also contributes to its food blog, Squid Ink. He is the author of Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles.