With the Olympics right now, everyone seems to be obsessed with who will get the Gold, but here in Los Angeles, the Gold is Jonathan Gold, the famous food critic (LA Weekly, Gourmet) whose favorite food choices become the harbinger of popular taste for Los Angelenos.

It would be nice if all foodies had a job where we could be paid to taste and try out new places, but since most of us do other things to make money to pay for our food habits, it is a joy when a respected food critic brings together his favorites in one place so we can taste them all at one location.

The Gold Standard is this Sunday at the Petersen Auto Museum. Get your tickets online now because there will be no tickets at the door. You can try food from Mozza, Kogi, Huckleberry Cafe, Beacon, Ludo Bites, Upstairs 2, Lou, Tiara and 34 other restaurants, not to mention Bourbon and Beer, all for a $60 entrance fee (parking is $8 at the museum). The event starts at 1pm and goes until 5pm, so you can nibble and savor for four hours.

A part of the proceeds will benefit Heal The Bay and Make A Wish, so you can honestly say you are eating for the benefit of others.