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I need dinner suggestions for a picnic basket. Going to The Hollywood Bowl...

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I need to prepare a picnic basket, consisting of dinner, hors d'oeuvres and wine. I have the basket and the wine covered and wanted suggestions for dinner items mainly. For hors d'oeuvres, I’m going to go to Whole Foods and get 2-3 varieties of cheese and olives along with crackers. Anyone have any good suggestions of dinner items to take that are best eaten cold and things you can simply pick-up and serve? I’ll most likely be going to Whole Foods, Trader Joes and the likes.

My girlfriend and I are going to go See Belle & Sebastian with The Los Angeles Philharmonic Thursday night at The Hollywood Bowl. I wanted to go well prepared. Nothing better then seeing a good concert in the summer @ the bowl along with some good food, good wine and good company.

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  1. Whole Foods has great salads, quiches, prepared vegetables and meats in the deli section. Since you're going there anyways, take a look at those items in the cold case. I especially like the curry chicken, strawberries and spinach salad, mediterranean chicken salad, kale, grilled vegetables, bbq salmon, herb tofu.

    You can also check out Bristol Farms. They prepare excellent boxed to-go food.

    Restaurants also prepare boxed lunches, and depending on where you're coming from, you might want to consider them. I know Maison Akira does a sweet and affordable bento box.

    have fun!

    1. If you're in the Pasadena area, I've heard good things about the pick up 'n go baskets at Julienne's ( www.juliennetogo.com ) or the bento boxes at Maison Akira ( http://www.maisonakira.com/ )

      1. I have had good luck with Gelson's picnic meals. They have a pretty good selction. You can also just get stuff from the deli, salad bar, or suchi section, if you wish. If your local gelson's has a Puck Express, tyou can get a pizza or one of the Express dishes.

        I know that a few of the vendors in the Farmar's market on Fairfax sometimes do something of the sort.

        Also, frankly, you could do far worse than to just pick up some great stuff from Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or the like and pack your own basket.

        AS they say, A summer night, a bottle of wine, some really great cheese, pate, summer sausage, a baguette, crackers, cookies, grapes, berries, and Thou.

        1. Why not stop by your favorite Lebanese place and get some stuff to go? Dolmas, a salad like fattouch, babaganoush, hummus, lots of things will be great cold. Including lamb or chicken kabobs. If you call ahead, they'd probably package it up so it's not as bulky as a bunch of styrofoam clam shell containers. In fact, I'd bring my own tupperware to the restaurant since I hate all that throw-away packaging.

          Maybe we'll see you at B&S!

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          1. re: Mrs Fang

            I would, if I didn't eat Lebanese/Middle Eastern food so frequently. When it's all you eat when visiting your folks, it somehow looses the excitement factor. Otherwise, a great suggestion. Maybe we’ll see you there; I'm sure you'll be easy to spot! :-)

          2. I usually do Bristol Farms for the Bowl, but the selection at the South Pasadena one seems to have diminished (was just there yesterday). re the olives at Whole Foods, be sure to get the lucques!

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            1. re: slacker

              Apparently Bristol Farms sold to Albertson's -- my mother used to shop at the SouthPas one all the time and said it has gotten really awful.