Chef Suzanne Goin and wine director Caroline Styne have already made their mark on Los Angeles’ culinary landscape with the likes of A.O.C., Tavern, The Larder and Lucques.
This summer, the L.A. natives are set to broaden their fan base as the Hollywood Bowl’s new culinary partners. With sit-down restaurants, street snacks, food trucks and a wine bar among the new options, Goin and Styne dish on their latest endeavor.
Fondest memory of the Hollywood Bowl? Suzanne Goin: We went to the Bowl a lot when I was a kid—mostly classical nights—I have such great visceral memories of being snuggled in with my mom, half sleeping, half listening to the beautiful music while my parents sipped martinis from jelly jars. Caroline Styne: I was on a date during summer vacation in college. I thought the guy was a genius for bringing me to such a special and heavenly place.
How did the list at The Wine Bar by A.O.C. outpost come together? CS: It centers on small, artisanal winemakers and those who are farming sustainably, organically and biodynamically. I structured it to be a mix of solid examples of traditional wines from the major appellations and peppered in some unusual wines like Arneis from Santa Barbara.
What are you most excited about? SG: The Backyard—one of the three sit-down restaurants. The menu is driven by two wood-burning grills—chicken, veal chops, fish and steaks with fresh herb salsa and bright, fresh sauces.
What shows are you most looking forward to? SG: Dudamel and Lang Lang on July 12 because they are two amazing masters in their prime. CS: Diana Ross on July 15 and 16, “50 Years of Jeff Beck” on August 10, Jeff Lynne’s ELO September 9 through 11. hollywoodbowl.com.
Written by LESLEY McKENZIE.