Hollywood Bowl Season Kick Off

In Activities, LA Activities, LA Guide by Kathryn Lejeune

As any Angeleno knows, it’s not really summer until you’ve sat under the stars in the beautiful outdoor venue and let music wash over you. Opening June 14th with the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival and moving on through nearly every possible genre, this year’s Hollywood Bowl season is sure to be an exciting one.

Inductees into the Hall of Fame this year are Kristin Chenoweth, The Go-Go’s, and Pink Martini, who are all set to perform on June 21st for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening. Rubbing shoulders with beautiful celebs while benefiting the LA Phil, topped off with a fireworks display? Yes, please!

We sampled Patina Restaurant Group’s new menu and were quite pleased with the new season’s spread. Next time, we’ll skip bringing in our own picnic and instead arrange a feast from their extensive array of cuisines. Our favorites were the smoked salmon sushi, flat iron steak, and Staccato burger. It’s easy to order online, just be sure to do so at least a day ahead of time.

Visitors this year will see a few cosmetic changes to the Hollywood Bowl. For one, the bench seating is being replaced for the first time since 1981. Traditionalists need not fear; however, as the wood is sourced from the same place and will eventually age into the familiar gray we all know and love. What we’re looking forward to most is the new landscape lighting that will set off the natural beauty of the venue even at night.

See you at the Bowl!

For more information please visit www.hollywoodbowl.com.

Back for its 15th season, Patina continues the tradition of offering exceptional cuisine at the Los Angeles landmark. With over 17 unique food outlets, Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal, overseen by West Coast Culinary Director Gregg Wiele, provides offerings that capture Southern California summer flavors. The eclectic menu for the 2014 season shines the spotlight on new offerings at the Wine Bar, which launched in 2013, and the Box Seat service “Dining for Two” menus; in addition to full service alfresco steakhouse, gourmet picnic baskets, a sushi bar, family-style platters and international street food.

As the sun goes down and the lights go up at the Hollywood Bowl, one of LA’s most beloved summer traditions begins with the pre-concert dinner. PRG presents an array of culinary experiences from the gourmet Staccato pick up window to the full service dining experience of the delicious Rooftop Grill, savory a la carte options from Box Seat service, to the alfresco Wine Bar featuring curated wine, craft beer, shochu cocktails, small bites in addition to large plates. New to the Wine Bar is an updated cocktail list by PRG’s Lead West Coast Mixologist Paul Sanguinetti, including specialty shochu cocktails on tap and a curated sherry bar featuring four varietals for pre-concert sipping. For box-seat ticketholders, the new “Dining for Two” menu makes for a perfect casual yet gourmet culinary date. A visit to the outdoor music oasis would not be complete without a PRG gourmet picnic basket selection, providing easy access to picnic experiences for all concert attendees. Additionally, the Market Café provides freshly prepared rotisserie chicken, artisan cheeses and a wide selection of wine to add the finishing touches to any basket. Located on the west side of the Bowl, Market Place West offers authentic sushi at Nishi Sushi Bar, serving made to order specialty rolls, jyubako boxes and sushi platters. PRG has also launched a new online ordering site to simplify the process and reduce hassle prior to arrival. Guests can order at www.patinagroup.com/bowl.

Menu highlights include:

The Wine Bar

Recently added in 2013, the al fresco wine bar and lounge offers a relaxed atmosphere with variety of craft beer, curated wine, shochu cocktails, and unique small bites and large plates.

Crispy Chicken Wings with Togarashi Spice and Ponzu Dipping Sauce

Pork Belly with Summer Succotash with Lima Beans, Corn, Tomato,

and Piquillo Pepper Vinaigrette

Shochu On Tap Cocktail “Peppertree Lane” with Cucumber, Mint, Fresh Lime Juice and Shochu

Box Seat Ticket Holders

Including a dedicated wait staff, trained in the PRG standard of attentive and personalized service, a wide selection of chef menus and a la carte offerings include:

Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Steak with Udon Noodle Salad, Charred Green Onion

and Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette

Dining for Two: “Smokey Joes” BBQ Rib Plate served with Slow Cooked Baby Back Ribs,

Housemade BBQ Sauce and Whole Roasted Corn on the Cob

Penne Pasta Puttanesca with Summer Squash, Blistered Cherry Tomatoes, Pecorino Romano Cheese

and Crispy Basil

Market Café West, Nishi Sushi Bar

Chef Travis Kamiyama prepares fresh sushi and Japanese delicacies daily from the onsite sushi bar.

Sushi Platter for Two: California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Shrimp Ebi Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, Albacore

and Edamame Soy Sauce, Wasabi and Gari

NI Jyubako Box: Seaweed Salad and assortment of Japanese Side Dishes; Spicy Tuna Roll with Wasabi

and Gari; 5 pieces of Assorted Sashimi with Tsuma and Shiso Leaf; Broiled Miso Black Cod with Japanese Rice and Sesame Seed; Summer Strawberries and Lychee

Rooftop Grill

Inspired after PRG’s acclaimed Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, the Rooftop Grill provides the best cuts of meats in an al fresco setting overlooking the landmark music venue.

A la carte mesquite grilled steaks including Rib-Eye, Filet Mignon and Flat Iron Steak

Crab Stack with Lump Crab, Cucumbers, Pea Shoots, Tomato, Avocado Mango

and Ginger-Lime Dressing

Seasonal Sides

Staccato

The perfect to-go spot for gourmet international street food before ticketholders head to their seats.

The “Pool” Burger featuring a one pound Angus burger stuffed with Braised Short Rib, Candied Bacon, Gruyere Cheese, Baby Arugula and Black-Truffle Aioli

Selection of sausages including the Thai Chicken Sausage with Pickled Green Papaya, Jalapeno, Cilantro

and Garlic Aioli

Hollywood “Bowls” with options such as “Veggie” including Lemon Scented Quinoa, Roasted Baby Carrots, Grilled Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

Picnic Baskets

For those who want to arrive to the Bowl stress free without the hassle of bringing a meal, the picnic baskets make for a perfect alternative.

Verano Basket including Lemon Poached Atlantic Salmon Filets with Summer Vegetables and Lemon Aioli; Country Style Potato Salad; Simply Sliced Summer Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinaigrette;

Chocolate “Moon Pie” with Caramel Dipping Sauce

All picnic baskets feature eco-friendly picnic necessities with an option for a luxe upgrade to a wicker picnic basket, which patrons get to take home, for an additional $41

For those interested in pre-made baskets to share, a selection is available through online ordering at www.patinagroup.com/bowl