Award-Winning Lucques Groups’ Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne Reveal Updated Hollywood Bowl Picnic Picks

Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne of The Lucques Group for the Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine. (Photo courtesy of Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine)

James Beard award-winning Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne introduced updated fare for their Third Season with the Hollywood Bowl on the Stage with an opening party for the Los Angeles Philharmonic,  the summer home of the LAPhil since its official opening in 1922.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presented samples from the menus announced for the new 2018 Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine season. Chef Goin and Styne of The Lucques Group, along with Sodexo Sports & Leisure and Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine, laid out a spread for the evening that most certainly promises exceptional dining for visitors to the iconic venue!

The Supper In Your Seats picnic box. Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne introduced updated food and wine offerings at the opening party on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres this year – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at the Hollywood Bowl as well as at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The LA Phil’s season extends from September through June at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl.

Goin and Styne’s opened Lucques, their flagship restaurant, in 1998, where they followed with Tavern Restaurant,  a.o.c., The Larder at Tavern, and The Larder Bakery. At the Hollywood Bowl, their California-inspired offerings, which include over 17 concepts, are created by the four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner Goin in tandem with the exceptional wine and beer programs curated by Styne, a recent recipient of the James Beard Foundation 2018 Outstanding Restauranteur 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.

The Slow-Roasted Prime Beef TenderLoin of The Maple Drive Supper In Your Seats picnic box. Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne introduced updated food and wine offerings at the opening party on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl, May 15, 2018.  (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

Together, the Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine mobile app and the wide variety of options available this season, will make ordering fast and effortless – before and during a visit at the Bowl – where it is now even easier to pick up a pre-ordered picnic on the way to your seats.

Highlights of the evening and new this year in the Supper in Your Seats picnic, were the Susanita’s Carnitas Feast for Two, as well as a new picnic box, the Maple Drive, with a juicy and tender slow-roasted peppered prime 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.

Susanita’s Carnitas Feast. Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne introduced updated food and wine offerings at the opening party on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl, May 15, 2018.  (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

The brand new Susanita’s Carnitas Feast for Two also 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.

Returning again for the 2018 season is the Winemaker Wednesdays series, an eight-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace from guest winemakers hand selected by 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, with catering for private events at several locations for groups both large and small.

Highlights of the 2018 Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine portfolio include:

Supper in Your Seats is available by pre-order online up to 4 p.m. the day before a performance and offers curated three-course dinners or customized meals from à la carte selections delivered right to your box seats. 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.

The Triple Crème brie, figs, and walnuts of the Supper In Your Seats picnic box. Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne introduced updated food and wine offerings at the opening party on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl, May 15, 2018.  (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

The Wine Bar by a.o.c features a wine list curated especially by Styne, with 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.

The Backyard, the al fresco dining room flanked by two large wood-burning grills, 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, with items such as the Diver scallops with cornbread panade, wild mushrooms and gremolata.

Kitchen 22 features made-to-order beef and turkey burgers, Suzanne’s Spanish fried chicken, grilled Comté cheese on Larder Bakery sourdough, and savory sandwiches, a Hollywood Bowl tribute to American classic fare, including a new falafel wrap, a highlight, which includes crisp, flatter falafel patties that tuck into the pita pockets nicer for easier eating –with house-made carrot-jalapeno slaw, green onion zhoug, and tahini dressing.

The Falafel of Kitchen 22. Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne introduced updated food and wine offerings at the opening party on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl, May 15, 2018.  (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

There are three Marketplace locations – Plaza, East and West – featuring “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 pre-order or to purchase on-site. Showcasing the best of Goin and Styne’s casual Larder Café-marketplace, also featured is a large selection of hand-picked wines, craft beers, sodas and waters, as well as salty and sweet snacks.

Lucques at the Circle, a full-service dining experience for subscribers of the Pool Circle, showcases a seasonal made-to-order menu and exceptional wine list styled from the award-winning cuisine of Lucques.

Please visit Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine for more information about the food and wine experiences available at the Hollywood Bowl.

 

 

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About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, shameless foodie and wineaux. Her love of film history and a background in film production, post production and film theory give her unique insights into her movie reviews, and a brief background in technical theater fuels her passion on all-things theater and film. As a foodie, living in the ever-growing and diverse culinary landscape that is the City of Los Angeles feeds her never-ending pursuit of the perfect comfort food. She lives in the hope that someday she'll find the world's best Mac n' Cheese to pair with a saucy Malbec. ScopingLA
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