Hollywood Bowl season is upon us! And what better opportunity to combine your love of food with your love of music than to do up the pre-performance picnic the right way? Grab a recommended wine from JillÂ at Domaine LA to pair with your food and you’re set. Just make sure your show is an official Bowl event and not leased out. If it’s leased out (most likely to includeÂ the high profile rock bands not part of the KCRW World Music Series), then you’re confined to the Patina catering sold (or served in your fancyÂ box seats) at the venue. If not, you’re good to go!
Below, you’ll find options all over town. SoÂ wherever you hail from, you’re set toÂ make your little haven in Hollywood home for a few hours whether they be Pool, Garden, Terrace, Super or bench seats. And by the way,Â yes, you can always order from Nancy Silverton’s Mozza2Go – I would just recommend ordering and picking up extra early in the day on Bowl nights given its vicinity and the likelihood everyone may be thinking the same thing as you. Here we go… (Check the map at the bottom for a visual of all mentioned locations.)
Napa Valley Grille – Westwood
When at UCLA, I always knew the Napa Valley Grille as the out-of-range option for us students – the place you got your parents to take you to when they visited from out-of-town. But they’ve recently come out with a boxed lunch program that seems pretty accessible to me, ranging from $10.75 to $13.75 with 3Â seasonal options from Executive chef Joseph Gillard and packaged in recyclable materials. You can wax Napa in Hollywood (or elsewhere) as they areÂ themed after different Napa Valley regions:
Russian River Menu: Shrimp Salad Sandwich, with Poached White Shrimp, Fine Herbs, Buttermilk Dressing, and Shaved Cabbage on a Soft Herb Roll; Sweet Pea Salad with Butter Lettuce and Green Goddess Dressing; housemade Napa Potato Chips; and Summer Fruit Trifle ($13.75)
Stagâ€™s Leap Menu: Slow-Roasted Rare Prime Beef Sandwich with Bacon, Red Onion Jam, Creamy Horseradish, and Smoked Cheddar Cheese on Pretzel Bread; Roasted Red Fingerling Potato Salad; housemade Napa Potato Chips; and a Black and White Cookie ($12.75)
St. Helena Menu: Roasted Vegetable Foccaccia with Grilled Zucchini, Eggplant, Portabella Mushroom, White Bean Hummus, Tomato Fondue, and Basil Goat Cheese on Herb Ciabatta Bread; Orzo Pasta Salad with Pepperdew Peppers, Spring Onions, and Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette; housemade Napa Potato Chips; and a â€œBlondieâ€ Bar ($10.75)
You’ll undoubtedly want dessert (not included)Â – so choose from delicious selections like Mini Eclairs with Cordillera Dark Chocolate-Brandy Cream, Bourbon Pecan Bars and White Chocolate Coconut Cookies.
Call to place order
Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant – Robertson/West Hollywood
Ordering your take-away items from Petrossian means you demand taste, style and class. More power to you. In fact, I just ate there last night and was delightfully reminded how absolutely talented Chef Ben Bailly is. So tote his offerings to The Bowl – your tastebuds will be titillated while your ears are enchanted. Below are someÂ picnickingÂ suggestions straight off their menu:
Caviar Surprise, served in a caviar tin and comprised of layers of Caviar, King Crab, CrÃ¨me FraÃ®che and Apple Cider Jelly ($32)
Caviar Dip and Sweet Potato Chips ($14)
Blinis with Caviar, Trout, and Salmon Roe; the Green Bean Salad with Burrata, Marcona almonds and Transmontanus Caviar ($18)
Smoked Salmon Tartine with Goat Cheese, Capers, and Caviar ($16)
Eggxiting Caviarâ€”two 12 gram â€œeggsâ€ of Transmontanus caviar and spoons in an isothermic case ($49)
Petrossian CaviarCubes ($45)
Foie Gras and PÃ¢tÃ© (from $20)
The Petrossian staff will kindly package the items to go in one of their stylish cooler bags or pack your picnic basket for you. Provide your credit card number ahead of time and theyâ€™ll deliver your items to you in your car.
Call to order
DaVinci – Beverly Hills
Chef Jason Fullilove, who just left Ilan Hall’s The Gorbals, decided to move west into Beverly Hills toÂ take over the kitchen serving up Mediterranean at DaVinci. He has something special for picnickersÂ on-the-go – appropriately coined Al Fresco. ForÂ $30 per person, you get an appetizer, main course and dessert. Also, if you purchase Al Fresco for two, DaVinci will offer 15% off a bottle of wine.
Cheese charcuterie plate
Seasonal fruit plate
Chilled seafood salad with lemon chive emulsion
Kobe steak sandwich with poached pear salad
Roast chicken with peperonata & feta salad
Meyer lemon panna cotta
Call to order – order at least one day in advance
9737 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
M Cafe de Chaya – Melrose/Hollywood, Culver City, Beverly Hills
The Macrobiotic mavens in town will actually be offering the most affordable options in this round-up, thanks to their 5-year anniversary and recent push to spread the gospel to all health-seeking diners around the city. This month, they offer two rotating $5 specials per weekÂ – and this week’s just so happens to be their Falafel Wrap and M Chopped Salad.
Week of June 7 â€” Falafel Wrap & M Chopped Salad (Grab & Go only)
Week of June 14 â€” 2 Salad Combo & Tofu Bento (Grab & Go only)
Week of June 21 â€” Breakfast Enchilada (breakfast hours only) and Double Chocolate Fudge Cake
Dessert ($5 for month of June)
Green Tea Roll Cake (Green Tea Sponge Cake made with Green Tea Soy Cream). All desserts from the Patisserie are made without the use of dairy, eggs, or refined sugar.
Remember, the $5 specials are only available for take-away, so allow enough timeÂ for theÂ ordering and preparation.
|M Cafe Melrose|
7119 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90046
|M Cafe Culver City|
9343 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
|M Cafe Beverly Hills|
9433 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
BLD – Hancock Park/Beverly Blvd
Chef Diana Stavardis has some things cooked up to get you dining at The Hollywood Bowl in high style and great flavor. Choose from a Cheese & Charcuterie plate, Bell Pepper Hummus, a Tuna Nicoise Salad, the Buttermilk Battered Fried Chicken Sandwich – the possibilities are endless. Be sure to peep the menu before you order since there are so many choicesÂ – BLD will package your food just so you can enjoy it while you enjoy your music.
Call to order at least 6 hrs in advance; pick-up between 9 AM – 6 PM daily.
Elements Kitchen – Pasadena
The innovative Pasadena eatery is offeringÂ Bento BoxesÂ at $37 per person with aÂ minimum of 2 persons per order. In it, you’ll be treated to a cheese plate with accompaniments, salad, choice of a well-furnishedÂ main course and even dessert. You’ll even get a bottle of Pellegrino included with your take-away box.
Imported & domestic cheese plate
Seasonal fruit & crackers
Mixed Greens with Golden Raisins & Toasted Almonds, White balsamic vinaigrette
Main Course (choice of one of the following)
Beef Kebab with Roasted vegetables
Cumin & Coriander Scented Chicken Breast Fillet
Cauliflower, Eggplant, Bell peppers, Chick peas
Each main course is served with:
Apricots, Dried figs, Chili de arbol, Mint & Coriander Chutney
Coconut Pound Cake
Seasonal fruit coulis
Just a side note: A great option to get to the Hollywood Bowl from Pasadena would be the Metro. Wa-lah! No stacked parking headaches (or parking at Hollywood & Highland just to walk back up the hill again).
Call to order – order at least one day in advance.
Cancellations require one day notice.
Oh, so many glorious ways to enjoy your night at The Hollywood Bowl!! Have a great season!!