This week, not only is superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel guiding Mendelssohn’s music in Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but he’s also bringing Mozart’s masterworks to the fore. Chef Joachim Splichal, Dudamel’s neighbor at Walt Disney Concert Hall, is a star in his own right: not only does he helm the Michelin-starred restaurant Patina but also oversees the highly-acclaimed Patina Catering as well as myriad venues around town.
“As a chef, I pull inspiration from many different sources. Music, in its varied forms, provides a stream of creativity that continually informs dish creations. Personally, classical music transports me to a mood of fine dining while rock ‘n’ roll nudges me to think outside the box with what I plate. Leading up to the 16th season as the exclusive culinary team behind the Hollywood Bowl’s dining options, I look forward to absorbing the talents set to grace the stage this year and translate them into menu items for all to enjoy!” — Joachim Splichal
- 2 cucumber, euro, peeled, rough cut
- 2 yellow bell pepper, seeded, rough chop
- 2 slices white bread, toasted, crumbled
- 1 red onion, rough chop
- 5 yellow heirloom tomatoes, rough chop
- ½ cup Champagne vinegar
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup sugar
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Combine all into a tall cylindrical container, puree with a large immersion blender –OR– puree in a vita-mix blender in batches, combine all and check seasoning.
Yield: about 2 quarts
- 1 pound quinoa
- 32 ounces chicken stock or water
- ¼ cup red onion, small dice
- ⅛ cup fennel, small dice
- ⅛ cup carrots, small dice
- ⅛ cup preserved lemon, diced finely
- ⅛ cup golden raisins
- ⅛ cup olives, chopped
- ¼ cup Marcona almonds, toasted, chopped
- 1 teaspoon mint, julienned
- 1 teaspoon Italian parsley, julienned
- 1 tablespoon Harissa
- Lemon juice, no seeds, to taste
- Salt, to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Rinse the quinoa thoroughly with cool water for about 2 minutes. Rub and swish the quinoa with your hand while rinsing. Drain.
- Heat a drizzle of olive oil in the saucepan over medium-high heat, and add the drained quinoa. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute to let the water evaporate and toast the quinoa.
- Stir in water or stock and the salt. Bring to a rolling boil.
- Turn heat down to the lowest setting. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove the pot from heat and let stand for 10 more minutes, covered. Don’t peek!
- Remove the lid — You should see tiny spirals (the germ) separating from and curling around the quinoa seeds.
- Fluff the quinoa with a fork while adding in the remaining ingredients, season to taste with salt and pepper and lemon juice.
INGREDIENTS – CAKE
- ¼ cup butter, unsalted
- 1 cup sugar, white granulated
- 1 egg, whole
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups mixed blueberries and peaches
INGREDIENTS – STREUSEL TOPPING
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- Cream the butter and sugar. Add in the egg and milk, mix until smooth.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt. Mix until smooth but do not over mix.
- Fold in the fruit.
- Pour into the well greased pan.
- Make streusel topping. Cut in sugar, flour, cinnamon into the butter until well combined. Sprinkle over the top of the cake.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Serve with whipped cream.
Yield: one 9” square dish, pre heat oven to 375 degrees, grease the pan.
Hollywood Bowl Programming
July 27-August 2
A Midsummer Night with Dudamel
Gustavo Dudamel transforms the Bowl into an enchanted forest via an all-Mendelssohn program, with superstar violinist Gil Shaham in the iconic concerto and Mendelssohn’s magical music for Shakespeare’s beloved play.
Tuesday, July 28 at 8 PM
Mozart with Dudamel
Showcasing the many sides of Mozart, Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel brings a special evening of masterworks from Salzburg’s favorite son, from beloved opera arias to beautiful orchestra selections.
Thursday, July 29 at 8 PM
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
This hilarious adaptation of the 1975 classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter amidst a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows and killer rabbits…and French people…and monks.
Friday, July 31 at 8 PM
Saturday, August 1 at 8 PM
Sunday, August 2 at 7:30 PM