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Here's Everything you need to be eating at the Hollywood Bowl!

Caroline at EatDrinkLA

The Hollywood Bowl is celebrating 100 years of summer this year, and you've got a backstage pass. Here's what to eat at the Hollywood Bowl, plus some insider secrets about special events that can have you drinking for free.

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The Culinary Program

James Beard Award-Winning chef Suzanne Goin and restauranteur Caroline Styne (A.O.C.) are curating the entire food show for the seventh year in a row. So that means delicious California-inspired dining and fresh, local produce. Dining options include three restaurants, three marketplaces, and street-food-style kiosks.

Supper in your Box Seats

Available to order for box-seat ticket holders, you can place the order as late as 4 p.m. the day before and have the food delivered right to you. Order a la carte or enjoy a full three-course meal. Menu highlights include Little Gems salad with basil buttermilk ($18); Chicken Under a Brick with black olive, and saffron; and Basque Cheesecake with blueberries for dessert ($15).

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Basque CheesecakePhoto Credit: Rob Stark

Pre-Order Picnic Boxes

Choose from five complete picnic boxes like The Westside Story with Grilled Chicken Breast with almond sofrito; Fregola with Chickpeas; Marinated Beets with horseradish and parsley; a Baguette with tapenade; and a Larder Baking Company chocolate chip cookie ($42)

Items can be pre-ordered by 4 p.m. the night before and picked up at the marketplace or delivered to your box seats.

The Backyard

This al fresco dining area offers wood-grilled fresh meat like Za'tar Lamb Chops ($45) and vegetarian options like fire-roasted White Trumpet Mushrooms with summer vegetables ($32).

Reservations are encouraged.

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Wild Trumpet Mushrooms (lower dish)Photo Credit: EatDrinkLA

Mobile Ordering at the Concert

A super cool feature to return this season is Mobile Ordering, where you can text "HBFW" to 474747 or scan a QR code to get eats for your seats! This minimizes time spent in line and unnecessary crowding. Snack options include Popcorn; Pizza; BBQ; Hot Dogs; or Street Tacos. Pick-up is at the street food locations throughout the bowl, and you can even see wait times before you select one. The Pizzas are artisanal style Margherita and Pepperoni and round off at 8.5 inches ($18). The Street Taco menu is pretty extensive, with Chicken, Carne, and Cauliflower flavors coming in trios or duos, but unfortunately no mix and match ($15). You can also get Chips ($3.50) and Margaritas to top off your experience ($15). New to the Sweet Shop this year is Magpies Softserve with Ice Cream Pies and Ice Cream in both vegan and non-dairy.

Other beverages include Wine ready for you ($15); Soda ($6.50), or Canned Water ($6.50). 24 oz Beers are also available ($17.50).

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Ann's Wine Bar by A.O.C.

Speaking of drinks, there is a wine bar that's been carefully curated by Caroline Styne and paired with your favorite bites from A.O.C. restaurant. Space is limited, though, so be sure to make a reservation. Must haves include Charcuterie ($21) and Spanish Fried Chicken ($19).

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Charcuterie and Spanish Fried ChickenPhoto Credit: Stella Yao

Lucques at the Circle

The Hollywood Bowl prides itself on still having $1 tickets available for many performances in the upper deck, but for an average of $625 dollars a ticket, you can sit right in front in an area known as The Pool Circle. Subscribers to this section also have access to elite dining called Lucques at the Circle. This is a three-course menu featuring items like Lobster Risotto Carbonara, Wild Striped Bass, and Cornmeal Shortcake with peaches for $78.

Your Own Food

Can't decide what to eat at the Hollywood Bowl? How about your own food! There are 14 different picnic areas that open hours before the concert starts, and you can even eat in your own seats! Grab a $1 ticket way in the back, and you might even be able to take advantage of eating on top of other people's unoccupied seats (they do have close to 18,000).

Whatever you choose, just be sure to go out and celebrate our rediscovered American freedom this summer: enjoying a concert and a great meal with strangers in this beautiful city of Los Angeles.

Secrets of the Bowl

Did you know you could be drinking wine for free? Just visit on a Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and take part in Winemaker Wednesdays where you get to sample new sips and meet the people behind the bottles. Sundays feature a similar offering with the Sunday Market Tasting Series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets to that evening's performance are required for entry.

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Fireworks at the Hollywood BowlPhoto Credit: The Hollywood Bowl

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