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A seven-course filmic feast that explores the many rich flavors of “food in film.” From the earliest years of cinema, food (or the lack thereof) has been part of the texture of cinema, its stories, characters, themes and metaphors. From plenty to poverty, diners to dinner parties, chefs to cannibals, we look at how cinema looks at food.

We’re joined by special guests Laura Gabbert (filmmaker) and Jonathan Gold (subject) of the new documentary City of Gold, a fascinating, layered portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic and his intrepid culinary exploration of Los Angeles. City of Gold will be released in spring of 2016 by Sundance Selects.

Other courses include: cinema’s best food films, the most bizarre things consumed in movies, recipes for disaster or the art of food styling, memories of meals gone by cinema’s recent nod to “slow food” and a review of table manners, or how dinner table scenes reveal the American family.

As always, we dip into American film archives for our regular segment on lost treasures. And for dessert, we explore pie origins. Be sure to expect a few unexpected dishes.

Library Foundation Member reception to follow.


This program is generously funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Jonathan Gold

Jonathan Gold

Jonathan Gold is a restaurant critic and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. His love of all things gastronomical has taken him from the LA Weekly (where he started as a proofreader in 1982), to the Los Angeles Times (1990-1996, where he wrote his Counter Intelligence column), to Gourmet (where he was the magazine’s New York restaurant critic) and back to the LA Weekly (where he worked for more than a decade). In 2012, he returned to the L.A. Times. If you follow the LA food scene, you know about Gold’s ability to find and savor Uzbek, Korean, Peruvian and Islamic Chinese cuisine. He discovered the only Trinidadian restaurant in Inglewood.

In 2007 Gold won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism — the first win for a food writer – and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2011 as well. He has been honored twice as a National Magazine Award finalist in criticism by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Gold was born in Los Angeles, and he currently resides in Pasadena with his wife and two children.

Laura Gabbert

Laura Gabbert

Laura Gabbert is a writer, director, producer, primarily of documentaries. She most recently wrote, produced, and directed City of Gold, a portrait that takes us into Jonathan Gold’s universe to tell the improbable story of a revolution inspired by the pen, but driven by the palate. Past projects include No Impact Man, about the Manhattan-based Beavan family who abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. She produced and directed Sunset Story, which chronicles a Los Angeles home for the elderly full of retired radicals.

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