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Packing The Perfect Picnic
GO OUT WITH TAKE OUT
An evening that ends with a show shouldn’t begin in the kitchen. Give yourself the day off and let one of Los Angeles' finest pack your picnic for you. From gourmet cheeses, fruits and spreads with freshly baked breads to hearty sandwiches, no one knows their way around a picnic basket quite like The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Enjoy a visual feast throughout our slideshow and if your cravings are too much to bear, check out our list of picnic favorites from The Cheese Store below.
TAKE A TUMBLE
If you want something a little more durable than a wine glass without sacrificing style, take a tumble with a few colorful, light tumblers that hold soda just as elegantly as fine wine.
WINE AND DINE
Nothing complements a light dinner in the shadow of the Hollywood sign like a bottle of drinkable whimsy – bubbles, rich reds and smooth white wines are all welcome at the Bowl. To truly harmonize dinner and drinks, we recommend browsing The Cheese Store’s selection of wines and asking their wine-and-cheese pairing experts for a savory recommendation.
PROPOSE A TOAST
Good wine deserves a little more than plastic stemware - and a lot more than a red Solo cup. The Hollywood Bowl permits glasses for all Philharmonic events, because, frankly, an evening of classical music demands a bit of respectful glamour. If you’re worried about the state of your glasses in transit, splurge on a wine tote that keep drinks cool and glasses safe.
A DISH BEST SERVED
Picnic foods are dishes that are best served cold. Warm up a meal of light finger foods with a set of richly colored plates that won’t weigh down your basket. Bonus: they’re a glamorous, eco-friendly alternative to disposable plates.
WRAP IT UP
If you’re the type of person that understands why Louboutins have red soles or how a pair of Deakin and Frances cufflinks can make or break an outfit, a few beautiful cloth napkins wrapped in gorgeous reed rings may be just the shot of glamour your picnic absolutely requires.
PICNIC IS SERVED
The architects of the Bowl didn’t disregard design just because the Hills were beautiful. Likewise, you shouldn’t skimp on picnic presentation just because the meal is set and you’re technically eating on the ground. A simple, easy-to-pack woven reed serving tray can bring light grazing foods and drinks center stage with minimal effort.
SUMMER IN A BASKET
Make sure you’re always ready for outdoor, on-the-go parties with a sturdy picnic basket. This wicker basket (courtesy of The Cheese Store) was too beautiful not to photograph, but for the Hollywood Bowl, we recommend one of The Cheese Store’s easy-to-carry eco-friendly insulated bags.
There is no excuse in Los Angeles – weather always permits a picnic and for those exceptionally beautiful days, something grander than a checkerboard park picnic is required. Luckily, it lies just next door at the foot of the Hollywood Hills. A pre-concert picnic at the Hollywood Bowl is a Los Angeles tradition made for idyllic summer days. Local restaurants are all too aware and have created delicious, ready-to-go meals that are far from brown bag lunches. Some, like local favorite and GEARYS neighbor The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, can create baskets customized to individual tastes for a truly personalized experience. Far from encouraging you to disregard picnic presentation, these prepared baskets allow you to highlight the little things – a touch of woven reed, colorful linens - that will make sure you hit just the right note at your Hollywood Bowl dinner al fresco.
• IITTALA Kartio Tumblers in Clear & Forest Green $28 pair
• Pouilly Fumé White Wine $14
• ORREFORS Pulse Stemless Wine Glasses $60 set of 4
• Father Time Tempranillo Wine $30
• MATEUS Full Lace Dessert Plates in Green/Pink/White $20 each
• Baguette, High Rise Bakery $4
• Abbaye de Bel'loc, wedge $35 lb
• Époisses, little half round box $30
• Felino Salami $25 lb
• Brie de Meaux, wedge of cheese $30 lb
• Truffle Triple Crème, small round box $30 each
• Sopresatta Spicy Salami (meat on sandwich) $25 lb
• MATEUS Little Lake Plates in Green/Sand
• Oil Cured Olives $20 lb
• Truffle Pate $40 lb
• Cornichons $15 lb
• Sundried Tomatoes $25 lb
• KIM SEYBERT Melon/Citron Tile Napkin
• JULIAN MEJIA Olive with Ivory Grosgrain Linen Napkin
• CALAISIO Woven Reed Napkin Ring $4 each
• CALAISIO Woven Reed Tray with Glass Insert $60
• The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills Eco-Friendly Green Bag, Large & Insulated $5
• Mitica Wild Lavender Honey $8 each
• Coco Suisse Chocolate Lovies $10 each