Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl
Taking mom, dad & boyfriend to the Hollywood Bowl for mom's birthday. I love cooking and planning picnics and am super excited to do this one up fancy evening picnic style.
I have a few things planned and am looking for maybe one more big food item (though I could be talked into two).
I know I am making buttermilk farro salad
I haven't tried it yet, but I have all the ingredients and it sounds awesome.
other items in consideration
A loaf of fresh bay cities bread (of course bread + farro is a lot of carbs...
I'm thinking grapes & cubed watermelon for fruit
and some cheese (mom just discovered Humboldt fog & I have some dairy fresh veggie gouda I just picked up)
We've got brownies for dessert
Any other suggestions? We can always use the bread to make sandwiches - but I was trying to think of something else that will travel well. I have an insulated picnic set to keep things warm/ cold
I have a ton of veggies from the garden at my disposal - summer squash, cucumber, green beans
I'll have a half day on Friday to prepare.
Are you trying to avoid meat? If not, I'd say that is what is missing----maybe do some kind of chicken satay or buy some salami & other sausage to go with the cheese/bread. I always take cold roasted shrimp to the bowl with either a cilantro or pesto dipping sauce. As far as your garden veggies, why not grill them the night before & serve on a platter with vinagrette & some grated pecorino? I love Hollywood Bowl picnics.
Okay, my father is not a picky eater - I promise! There are three things that he doesn't like salmon (unless it's sashimi), olives (capers are tolerated but not preferred) and meat loaf. I didn't think I would have to specify since that's a pretty limited "don't like" list..
I on the other hand, will add this salmon recipe to my to do list as well. I don't know about the whole platter, but watching the sauce go on the salmon was making me drool. I'm loving all these ideas!