Jason Travi 2014 Picnic Recipes



The 2014 Hollywood Bowl season concludes with an appearance from The Pixies, an influential alternative rock band out of Boston. Our final chef of the season is another Massachusetts native, Jason Travi, whose work at Littlefork and Superba Food + Bread is constantly informed by his New England roots.

“For me, food cannot be enjoyed to its maximum effect without music, as they are so intertwined. They feed off each other and bring out the best in each other.” —Jason Travi

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Littlefork Kettle Corn

CHEF’S NOTE: Great tasting food doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t need a culinary school education to prepare the following Hollywood Bowl recipes, which are perfect for an evening of music and fun.


Serves 4


  • 4 cups store-bought kettle corn
  • 2 ounces clarified butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Montreal steak spice, finely ground


  1. Place kettle corn in mixing bowl.
    2. Warm up clarified butter and then mix the butter in with kettle corn.
    3. While the corn is moist, add the sugar and spice and mix thoroughly.
    4. Let dry, and place in an air tight container. It will stay fresh in a cool dry place for three days.

Montreal Báhn Mì

CHEF’S NOTE: As you can see, there are no amounts indicated. Build the sandwich as you see fit—it’s an art, not a science. The smoky-sweet-spicy combination is impossible to beat.

Serves 4

For Pickled Vegetables:


  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 cup radish julienned
  • 2 cups distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar


  1. Bring water, sugar, vinegar to a boil.
  2. In separate containers pour the solution over the carrots and radishes, then cover airtight.
  3. Let cool to room temperature. Once cooled, they’re ready to use.

For the Sandwich:


  • Pastrami from Greenblatt’s (or another great L.A. deli)
  • Baguette(s)
  • Spicy mustard
  • Scallion, chopped

S'mores Crispy Treats

Serves a Crowd


  • Rice Krispies® cereal
  • Graham crackers, crumbled/crushed
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter
  • Chocolate chips


  1. Make Rice Krispies® treats according to the directions on the box
  2. Char marshmallows with stick lighter or on stove until browned and smoky
  3. Fold charred marshmallows, crumbled graham crackers and chocolate chips into rice crispy treats.
  4. Press into a buttered 9” x 12” glass baking dish.
  5. Once cool, cut into squares.




HB Programming

Joshua Bell and Friends
Superstar violinist Joshua Bell displays his virtuosity and collaborative skills in concerto, chamber music and more, with help from some of his favorite friends including Glenn Close, Frankie Moreno, Philippe Quint and Time for Three.

Tuesday, July 8 at 8 PM

To Ella With Love
The “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald was one of the world’s greatest jazz voices. The Hollywood Bowl salutes her swinging scat and timeless classics with The Count Basie Orchestra and special guest vocalists including Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Clint Holmes and Yuna. L.A.’s own Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra kicks the evening off with instrumental prowess and excellent jazzmanship.

Wednesday, July 9 at 8 PM

Bernstein & Gershwin
The wry and witty Bramwell Tovey brings 20th-century favorites from Bernstein and Gershwin, acting as both conductor and pianist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. With special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Thursday, July 10 at 8 PM

Chris Botti & Chris Isaak
These two suave and sophisticated stars will share the stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a romantic evening of beautiful ballads and enchanting melodies. After performances from both artists, they will collaborate for the first time ever – the tenderhearted crooning of Chris Isaak along with the lush tones of Chris Botti, a perfect mix for a very special summer evening.

Friday, July 11 at 8 PM

Saturday, July 12 at 8 PM

Grease Sing-A-Long
Bring your friends to the fun-filled Grease Sing-A-Long, which returns with a pre-show performance and the much-loved movie musical on the Bowl’s giant screen. Grease is the word! With host Didi Conn (“Frenchy”). 7:30 PM pre-show with Sha Na Na and film at 8:30 PM.

Sunday, July 13 at 7:30 PM


Linkin Park • Thirty Seconds to Mars • AFI (Lease Event)

Monday, September 15 at 6:30pm

[for tickets]

Neutral Milk Hotel • The Breeders • Daniel Johnston

Thursday, September 18 at 8:00pm

The beloved and influential indie band, featuring Jeff Mangum, Julian Koster, Scott Spillane and Jeremy Barnes, play their long-awaited first L.A. headline performance since 1998.

[for tickets]

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

Saturday, September 20 at 6:00pm

6:00pm pre-show; 7:30pm film

The Hollywood hills are alive with The Sound of Music! Everyone’s favorite sing-along returns to the giant screen at the Bowl. Bring your costume (for the pre-show parade) and warm up your vocal cords for this beloved and always sold-out event.

[for tickets]

Caetano Veloso • Andrew Bird • Devendra Banhart

Sunday, September 21 at 7:00pm

Legendary Brazilian superstar/poet/activist Caetano Veloso, “one of the greatest songwriters of the century” (NY Times), makes his Bowl debut with his Tropicália grooves. Andrew Bird forms delicately layered pop from troubadour folk, gypsy swing and refined rock. Devendra Banhart returns with his mischievous, musical ideas. DJ Frosty (dublab) opens.

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Drake vs Lil Wayne (Lease Event)

Monday, September 22 at 7:00pm

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Trey Anastasio with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Friday, September 26 at 7:30pm

Trey Anastasio is a founding member of the Grammy®-nominated, genre-melding rock band Phish and has long incorporated classical elements in the band’s compositions as well as throughout his solo work. This innovative and exciting performance will feature orchestral versions of compositions written throughout Anastasio’s 30-year career.

[for tickets]

Pixies • Gogol Bordello • Cat Power

Sunday, September 28 at 7:00pm

Nearly 30 years on, the Pixies still rock, now better than ever. Having influenced such artists as Nirvana, Radiohead, and David Bowie, the ferocious Boston quartet dominates the stage with their blistering unpredictability. Gypsy punk collective Gogol Bordello and the idiosyncratic Cat Power share the bill for this one-time-only performance.

[for tickets]

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