LIVE CHAT: Meet Tank Gonzales, the man who brought World Central Kitchen to Long Beach

Tank Gonzales goes by many titles—tattoo connoisseur, lawyer, world traveler—but, these days, they don’t seem to matter as much to him as the title of coordinator for the World Central Kitchen.

Continuing upon a story the Long Beach Post broke a few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit down with Gonzales via the Post’s Live Chat series and talk about how Long Beach became one of the few cities testing a pilot feeding program for Michelin-starred Chef José Andrés’ famed nonprofit. Through Gonzales’ work, more than 7,000 meals are delivered weekly to senior communities across the regions—all while fully staffing and paying Long Beach kitchens that were otherwise empty due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On top of it all, there was a special announcement made during the conversation: Roxanne’s in Cal Heights is joining the roster of restaurants able to re-hire its kitchen staff in order to participate in the program, joining The Ordinarie, Lola’s Mexican Cuisine and The Breakfast Bar.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 19 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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