Last night I was invited to step onto the stage of one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, the Hollywood Bowl. In the summer it is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

This outdoor theatre seats nearly 18,000 concert-goers presenting some of the finest artists from all genres of music under the stars. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles with $1 seats at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances.

Venezuelan conductor and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, announced a run down of some musical acts this summer which include John Legend on Opening Night; Earth, Wind & Fire; Andrea Bocelli; Tony Bennett; and Cyndi Lauper.

Chef Suzanne Goin. Photo courtesy of Lucques

The Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer music, food and beverages. The program has been enhanced with now a four year partnership with The Lucques Group and Sodexo. James Beard award winners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s culinary history has defined Los Angeles tastes since 1998 when they opened their flagship restaurant Lucques.

Returning for the 2019 season are the fan-favorite Winemaker Wednesdays and Sunday Market Tastings – an eight-week program of complimentary wine tastings at the Plaza Marketplace with guest winemakers, importers, sommeliers, and breweries hand-selected by Caroline Styne.


Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine’s offers pre-ordered picnic boxes and a full-service dinner delivered to your box seat. For private events, Hollywood Bowl Food + Wine also provides catering at several locations for groups both large and small.


Supper in Your Seats is available by pre-order online up to 4 p.m. the day before a performance. It’s a curated three-course dinner or customized meal from à la carte selections delivered right to your box seats. Menu Highlight: The 101 – red and green little gems with cucumbers, Meyer lemon, cherry tomatoes, and basil buttermilk; choice of strozzapreti pasta with tomato, pancetta, parmesan cream, and garlic breadcrumbs or chicken under a brick with sweet corn succotash and cherry tomato brown butter; and ricotta cheesecake with blueberries and lemon curd for dessert.


Newly available Supper in Your Seats items for 2019 include a Moroccan chopped salad with kale, chickpeas, golden raisins, and charmoula.


Ann’s Wine Bar by a.o.c – Showcasing a wine list personally curated by Caroline Styne, Los Angeles’ favorite wine bar has a wine-friendly menu to pair with artisanal cheese and charcuterie. There are signature vintner’s and farmer’s plates, grilled flatbreads, market-fresh salads, and a.o.c.-style fish and meats. Craft brews and farmers’ market-driven cocktails are made with soju and other wine-based liquors. New items include grilled flatbread with asparagus wilted leeks, tallegio, mint, and pistachio; prawns with yellow tomato confit, sofrito, and parsley aioli and halibut with green rice, rajas, crème fraiche, and squash blossoms. 

the backyard offers an al fresco dining area, adjacent to the amphitheater. There are two large wood-burning grills for fresh fish, seafood, organic chicken, chops and steaks. The seasonal market-driven menu of summer salads include a seafood cocktail with avocado, chips, and backyard hot sauce; swordfish with turkish couscous salad, pistachios, and charmoula, and rib-eye steak with tomato toast, capers, olives, and ricotta salata.

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: The All American – fried chicken with buttermilk dressing; summer bean and cherry tomato chow chow; potato salad with mustard and scallions; cornbread with honey butter; and cornmeal shortcake with summer berries and mint. The Kitchen 22 is made-to-order beef and veggie 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.

There are 3 Marketplaces –  Plaza, East, and West – specializing in “grab-and-go” salads, hot entrées that include rotisserie chicken, mac ’n’ cheese, as well as other picnic-style sandwiches and cheese plates. The west-side Marketplace includes a sushi bar where chefs prepare premium sushi, available for pre-order or to purchase on-site.

Lucques at the Circle is a full-service dining experience for Pool Circle subscribers, showcasing a seasonal made-to-order menu and exceptional wine list styled from the award-winning cuisine of Lucques. Menu Highlight: scallops with arroz negro, cherry tomato sofrito, scallion, and rouille.


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, BBQ, house-smoked brisket, honey cornbread, and gourmet sandwiches to confections and signature desserts at the Sweet Shop.

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

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