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Wanted: Ideas for a picnic dinner at the Hollywood Bowl

A group of us are heading to the Hollywood Bowl for a summer time concert. I was planning to bring the basics like wine, cheese and fruit. Does anyone have creative ideas, recommendations or suggestions on what to bring for a hungry crowd?

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  1. Don't know where you're coming from...
    For your cheese, stop at the Beverly Hills cheese store
    Unique might be a bento box from Mako (these are reliably very yummy)
    Maison Akira also does bentos
    Gelson's (one of my fave picnic baskets)
    Little Next Door
    Vert (also nice and close to the Bowl itself)
    The Spot on Lincoln
    Julienne To Go
    Clementine
    I also like Joan's on Third and Doughboys

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    1. re: Emme

      if you're looking to save - try trader joes - they carry some of the same cheeses that bristol does - and for a lot less. Cube is also reasonable and has great cheese. Make sure to bring quince paste and almonds to round it out. .

      1. re: Emme

        The one time I went to the Hollywood Bowl, we stopped at Trader Joe's and got wine, pate, cheese, bread, olives and all sorts of goodies. Yum! lots of fun.

      2. I second either getting a bowl box or picking your own nibbbles of cheese, wine, and deli Items at Gelson's.

        Artisan Cheese gallery in Studio City has gread sandwiches and cheeses and chocolates. Good bread and crackers, too. Also Charcuterie plates.

        1. Maybe incorporate some Greek - pick up some hummus, tzatziki, pita bread, stuffed grape leaves, spanakopita, etc. from a grocery store or even better, Papa Cristo's.

          Or if you are coming from Santa Monica - get a bunch of Godmother subs from Bay Cities and cut each into 3rds or 4ths to share.

          Bringing some dessert might be nice too, but I'm not a big dessert person so can't really recommend where might be good to get like a takeout cheesecake or pie from...

          1. If you're anywhere near Katella Deli in Los Alamitos that's a great place for take-out and bakery yumminess.

            1. You could get a big prepared sushi tray from Farm Boy in Sherman Oaks. A huge tray for around $30-$40

              A big box of Leda's mini cupcakes would probably go over very well as dessert.