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Jonathan Gold is the subject of a new documentary City of Gold that premiered at Sundance this week. We’ll talk to the director about the making of the film. Plus, Jonathan Gold discusses the official end of his anonymity and we hear from Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen who launched one of the most ambitious Kickstarter campaign’s the restaurant world has ever seen.

Banner Image: Jonathan Gold; Credit: Duston Todd

City of Gold - A Documentary about Jonathan Gold 9 MIN, 26 SEC

Laura Gabbert is the director of City of Gold, a documentary film profiling Los Angeles restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. The film premiered this week at Sundance.

We hear sound from Caroline Libresco, one of the festival’s senior programmers as she introduces the movie and director Laura Gabbert. Plus, we hear music composed by Bobby Johnston for the film.

Does Anonymity Really Matter for Restaurant Critics? 4 MIN, 33 SEC

As he prepares for his big screen debut in City of Gold, Pulitzer Prize winning food writer Jonathan Gold discusses the pros and cons of anonymity.

He wrote about the issue in a cover story for the Los Angeles Times.

Jonathan Gold (1960-2018), Good Food on the Road (@thejgold)

The Dinner Party has Gone Digital with New Meal-Sharing Apps 6 MIN, 41 SEC

Jonathan Kauffman is a features writer for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Food Section. He explores the recent explosion of meal-sharing apps which aim to bring the sharing economy to underground supper clubs.

Starry Kitchen Goes to Kickstarter to Save Their Restaurant 10 MIN, 17 SEC

When Nguyen Tran and his wife Thi opened Starry Kitchen it was a part time restaurant operating out of their tiny apartment in North Hollywood. Six years and three brick and mortar locations later, the couple has gone to Kickstarter with an ambitious campaign to #SaveOurBalls (meaning the deep fried tofu balls of course.)

The 30 day, $500,000 campaign is risky and ambitious, but owner Nguyen Tran says this is the restaurant’s “go big, or go home” moment. The campaign ends on February 1st.

Renegade Farmers and the Lentil Underground 8 MIN, 10 SEC

In her book Lentil Underground, Liz Carlisle profiles David Oien, a renegade farmer in Conrad, Montana who is looking to fix the food system with lentils.

Lentil Underground

Liz Carlisle

Market Report 8 MIN, 2 SEC

Laura Avery is the market manager for the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market.

This week she talks to chef Nyesha Arrington about how she’s using citrus; plus, farmer Greg Nauda of Rocky Canyon explains how he decided to start selling pet food in addition to his grass fed meat at the Wednesday farmers’ market.

The Stigma of Fast Food 7 MIN, 53 SEC

When we think of convenience food several words come to mind - fast, cheap, unhealthy. What if we could take those adjectives out of the equation? Would we still have a hankering for those quick meals if they were nutritious? There is a notion of virtue that comes with the thought of a homecooked meal. University of Minnesota history professor, Tracy Deutsch, expounds on economics, labor, and consumption in her book, Building a Housewife’s Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century.

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