The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced today details of the menus for the 2018 Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine season. Building on the success of last two summers with award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and business partner restaurateur Caroline Styne of The Lucques Group, and Sodexo Sports & Leisure, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue. Goin and Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened Lucques, their flagship restaurant.
At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings, which include over 17 concepts, are created by four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Suzanne Goin in tandem with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Caroline Styne, recent recipient of the Foundation’s 2018 Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year award. Overseeing the broad range of dining options serving Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s thousands of nightly guests is Sodexo Executive Chef Jeff Rogers.
This year concert-goers can skip the line before the concert and use the Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine mobile app and choose pizzas, barbecue, bánh mi, hot dogs, and popcorn, and easily pick up their picnic on the way to their seats. For the highly praised Supper in Your Seats, Suzanne adds her Susanita’s Carnitas Feast for Two as well as a new picnic box, the Maple Drive, slow-roasted prime beef tenderloin served with Early Girl tomato salad, roasted potatoes, wild mushrooms and a caramel chocolate brownie. For a grab-and-go option, Alex’s Veggie Sandwich – a tribute to Suzanne’s daughter Alex – will be found at all Marketplace venues.
Returning for the 2018 season is the well-received Winemaker Wednesdays series, an eight-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace from guest winemakers hand selected by Caroline Styne.
Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s many dining choices include two sit-down restaurants, street-food kiosks, pre-ordered picnic boxes, and full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine will also provide catering at several locations for groups both large and small.
Highlights of the 2018 Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine portfolio include:
Supper in Your Seats – Available by pre-order online up to 4 pm the day before a performance, Supper in Your Seats offers curated three-course dinners or customized meals from à la carte selections delivered right to your box seats. Menu Highlight: The brand new Susanita’s Carnitas Feast for Two features ceviche de mariscos; sweet corn tostadas; patio salad of cucumber, tomato & romaine; pork carnitas; Javi’s guacamole; black beans; tomato rice; pico de gallo; and tres leches cake with mango, coconut and lime.
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Picnic Boxes – All five of Suzanne Goin’s complete picnic boxes can be pre-ordered a day before a concert and picked up at the Plaza Marketplace or delivered to your box seats. Menu Highlight: This year Suzanne adds The Maple Drive – peppered beef tenderloin with horseradish cream; early girl tomato salad with red onion and basil pesto; fingerling potatoes and wild mushrooms with salsa verde; triple crème cheese with dried figs and walnuts; and a caramel chocolate brownie.
The Wine Bar by a.o.c – Boasting a wine list curated especially by Caroline Styne, L.A.’s favorite wine bar comes to life at the Hollywood Bowl and features artisanal cheese and charcuterie, signature vintner’s and farmer’s plates, grilled flatbreads, market-fresh salads, and a.o.c.-style fish and meats. There are also craft brews and farmers’ market-driven cocktails made with soju and other wine-based liquors. Menu Highlight: Lamb skewers with fava bean purée and tomato-preserved lemon salsa.
the backyard – The al fresco dining room is flanked by two large wood-burning grills and offers an updated seasonal market-driven menu of summer salads, grilled fresh fish, scallops, lamb merguez, pork chops, steaks, side dishes and an extensive raw bar. Menu Highlight: Diver scallops with cornbread panade, wild mushrooms and gremolata.
Kitchen 22 – Made-to-order beef and turkey burgers, Suzanne’s Spanish fried chicken, grilled Comté cheese on Larder sourdough, and savory sandwiches anchor the Hollywood Bowl’s tribute to American classic fare. Menu Highlight: The new falafel wrap with house-made carrot-jalapeno slaw, green onion zhoug, and tahini dressing.
Street Food and Snacks – Authentic street foods can be found throughout the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl, including a diverse range of multi-cultural foods of Los Angeles, from street tacos, gourmet pizzas, specialty hot dogs, BBQ, bánh mì, sandwiches, and nachos, to confections and signature desserts at the Sweet Shop.
Marketplaces – Three Marketplace locations – Plaza, East and West – feature “grab-and-go” salads, hot entrées that include rotisserie chicken, barbecued beef brisket and mac ‘n’ cheese, as well as other picnic-friendly sandwiches and cheese plates. The west side Marketplace features a sushi bar where chefs prepare premium sushi, available for pre-order or to purchase on-site. Showcasing the best of Goin and Styne’s casual Larder café-marketplace, these Hollywood Bowl venues also feature a large selection of hand-picked wines, craft beers, sodas and waters, as well as salty and sweet snacks including cookies and brownies, candy, nuts and crackers. Menu Highlight: A new sandwich and a summer favorite of Suzanne’s daughter – Alex’s Veggie sandwich – goat cheese, farmers’ vegetable slaw, and basil pistou.
Lucques at the Circle – This is a full-service dining experience for subscribers of the Pool Circle, showcasing a seasonal made-to-order menu and exceptional wine list styled from the award-winning cuisine of Lucques. Menu Highlight: Tunisian grilled halibut with couscous, summer squash, harissa, and pistachio yogurt.
Complete menus and images available on request.
Please visit hollywoodbowl.com/foodandwine for more information about the food and wine experiences available at the Hollywood Bowl.
About the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com).
The LA Phil’s season extends from September through May at Walt Disney Concert Hall and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.