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Apr 15, 2009 05:15 PM

picnic at hollywood bowl

deb and i are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary come june 30. i thought a picnic and a clapton concert might be a good idea. this is not locked in cement, just a trial balloon.

what's the best picnic basket basket i can assemble in los angeles? full details, pls.

thanks in advance.

best regards,

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  1. For something a little different, try the bento boxes at Mako:

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      You can assemble a wonderful basket at Bay Cities for cheese (truffle cheese if its there), sausage, bread, cornichons or one of their wonderful sandwiches. You can also get tomato and mozarella, things like that

      Clementine in Century City has ready made salads, sandwiches, wonderful desserts (me, I've only eaten some of the desserts and biscuits, but the other things in the case look wonderful, I think it seems like a Bowl place)

      Bay Cities Italian Deli
      1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

      1. re: bulavinaka

        Second this option.

        I'd also recommend calling the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop and asking them to work with you on putting together a great box for a memorable night.

      2. Bear in mind that because it's a lease event rather than a regular season event, you're restricted from bringing in many things, including glass bottles and glasses. See the website for what's allowed and prohibited. Tupperware is your friend.

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        1. re: chowmominLA

          Good call. Here are the rules for lease events:

          They are much more lenient for LA Phil events. You are allowed to bring wine and such:

          I was only impressed with the beauty and quantity of the Mako bento boxes. I found the food to be just ok. Clementine's food is lovely and tasty.

          1. re: scurvy

            I've been to a couple lease events and I've never had a problem bringing glassware, even though it is not allowed. I'd say go ahead and do it. Drinking wine out of plastic cups just has a weird feel to it.

            1. re: andytseng

              I'd say it depends on if you get lucky with whoever is searching your stuff. If you're going to attempt to smuggle anything in, be sure to put prohibited stuff well buried.

              1. re: chowmominLA

                for such venues, i also bring glassware and glass plates that i bought at the 99cent store--this way i feel no guilt about throwing out the dishware at the end of the evening to avoid having to lug the stuff back to the car.

                i've put together great picnics from the deli counter at my local gelsons. they offer a terrific assortment of salads that travel well.

        2. The suggestion by bulavinaka for bento boxes at Mako is a good one.

          But for something truly romantic, I'd go to La Cachette.

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            1. this is starting to sound like a fun idea. thanks for the recommendations. i didn't know about the "rules of engagement" but i'm not deterred.

              re: the la philharmonic. that is definitely on my stack.

              all thoughts, comments, criticisms are welcome.

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              1. re: steve h.

                You might search the boards for posts relating to the Hollywood Bowl. This subject comes up regularly as we head into the season. Go early. Find a good spot to enjoy your picnic. There are those who picnic here frequently and know all the best areas - they will literally run to lay claim to these spots. Don't worry - there's more than enough good spots to go around if you're in the front third of the pack toward the gates. If your seats are beyond the "Terrace" boxes, invest in the seat cushions - they're a buck per, or bring your own. Alcohol normally isn't allowed at the leased events and the offerings at the stands are so-so. There are picnic benches adjacent to the parking areas off of Highland but I'm not sure if alcohol is allowed here either way. Whatever the case, late June is normally great Hollywood Bowl weather. I wish you and your wife a wonderful Coral anniversary, and hopes of seeing you post a similar question for your Diamond anniversary!

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  thanks for the sage advice and your kind wishes. plans are still up in the air but they seem to be coalescing rapidly.