Three Dining Tips from Jonathan Gold

Monday, May 16, 2016 | 8:12 am

_MG_6980Renowned food critic and star of the documentary, City of Gold, visited the Pasadena Library for a discussion on the Los Angeles food scene and what it means to be a restaurant critic in one of the most diverse cities in the United States.

As a North Pasadena resident, he frequents the Victory Park Farmer’s Market and shared some dining tips for food lovers.

1.“Have a basic awareness of what’s in season.” He uses his trips to the Farmer’s Market to gauge the local produce and get a sense of what will taste best. He suggests looking for dishes with asparagus, tomatoes and peaches right now.

_MG_70062. “Order the strangest thing on the menu,” he said that the outlier is usually there because the chef is passionate about it. If you’re an adventurous eater, this technique is guaranteed to offer some food inspiration.

3. “Know what’s traditional for the region that the restaurant is trying to represent.” Of course, this only applies to certain restaurants but knowing a region’s specialty will generally provide a better dining experience.

Above all, Gold views food as an experience in context of the chef, neighborhood and diners. He believes that an “authentic chef” tries to fulfill a cultural need with his food and is always looking for the next, best dining experience.

Happy eating!

For more information on events at the Pasadena Public Library visit http://www.cityofpasadena.net/library/kids/events_and_programs/.

City of Gold is playing at the Laemmle until May 15, the theater is located at 673 East Colorado Boulevard.

 

 

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