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wind and water displayed on LACMA Cafe's Louis picnic basket set-up with table and blanket for LACMA Summer Jazz Night

wind and water displayed on LACMA Cafe’s Louis picnic basket set-up with table and blanket for LACMA Summer Jazz Night

Is it Friday yet? It’s getting close! And, you seriously have to sign up to enjoy a LACMA Café picnic basket, so you can experience LACMA Summer Jazz Nights in upscale VIP style. After reading LaLaLady Melissa Curtin’s article, I just had to check it out. So, I took two of my favorite people (my mom and boyfriend) a couple of Friday nights ago and we had the best time ever. I can’t tell you how many people stopped by to ask about our Louis picnic set-up on the grass. It was too cute and so yummy! Everyone should enjoy the LACMA picnic basket experience at least once a summer. It’s the best ever.

First of all, LACMA’s Executive Chef Rui Wang, who runs all of the catering and dining experiences and occasions at LACMA (only minus Ray’s and Stark Bar), creates an incredible array of delectable pre-fixe courses each week for both The Duke ($40) and The Louis ($100) picnic basket options. From the appetizers, main courses and sides, the meals for two are both sensational and plentiful. Four people could actually enjoy The Louis basket for two, easily. Your whole party will love indulging in all that is offered. Even the signature Patina Label Vega Sindoa Chardonnay or Merlot and the Beverly Hills 90H20 water is oh so lovely and oh so LA.

The amazing Chef Rui Wang with LaLaScoop co-founder, Rochelle Robinson at LACMA Summer Jazz Nights with Louis Picnic Basket (photo: Sydney Ramone Stokes)

The amazing Chef Rui Wang with LaLaScoop co-founder, Rochelle Robinson at LACMA Summer Jazz Nights with Louis Picnic Basket (photo: Sydney Ramone Stokes)

Chef Wang is very sweet and surprisingly young for the fantastic career she’s had already. Educated at the prestigious Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, she went on to create gourmet cuisine experiences at Cache Restaurant and Lounge, Wilshire Restaurant, Palihouse in West Hollywood and now (rising from Sous Chef, Chef De Cuisine, to Executive Chef in less than two years) runs the show at LACMA via The Patina Restaurant Group. In conversation, she relayed to me that she loves the variety of venues that she’s responsible for and the ability to be creative at the LACMA, including conceptualizing cuisine-based themes connected to events and gallery displays at the museum.

Dee Jay Robinson, Sydney Stokes and LaLaScoop co-founder, Rochelle Robinson, at LACMA Summer Jazz Nights with The Louis picnic set-up (photo credit: Elaine Wong)

Dee Jay Robinson, Sydney Stokes and LaLaScoop co-founder, Rochelle Robinson, at LACMA Summer Jazz Nights with The Louis picnic set-up (photo credit: Elaine Wong)

For easy on-the-go accessibility The Duke offers an all-inclusive of disposable plates, napkins, plastic-wear, bread and butter. But, if you want to go above and beyond and have a truly amazing experience, go for The Louis basket! LACMA Café will have your checkered picnic blanket, fold-out table and candles all set up on the lawn in front of the Resnick Pavilion for you and your guests. You simply pick up your adorable wicker basket at the dedicated grey Jazz Booth located adjacent to Ray’s and Stark Bar beginning a 6pm and bring it back at the end of the evening. The expanded culinary selections come in take-home containers, so that you can take home whatever you don’t eat very easily. And, inside the basket are perfectly placed cloth napkins, real china, and silverware, so you can really experience an upscale picnic experience in style.

 

PICNIC BASKETS FOR TWO SAMPLE MENUS

The Duke

Whole Roasted or Fried Jidori Chicken

Choice of Two (2) Sides

Farfalle Pasta Salad, Classic Coleslaw, Chickpea Farro Salad with feta

Seasonal Dessert

 

The Louis

Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Chef’s choice of one domestic cheese, one imported cheese,

one soft ripened cheese, salami, prosciutto, and one house made pâté

Choice of Two (2) Sides

Farfalle Pasta Salad, Classic Coleslaw, Chickpea Farro Salad with feta

Seasonal Dessert

Bottle of Signature Patina Label Vega Sindoa Chardonnay or Merlot

 

WHEN: Every Friday through the summer from 6pm-close

 

WHERE: LACMA

Grey Jazz Nights Tent

(Next to Ray’s and Stark Bar)

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323. 857.6180

 

PARKING: Free after 7pm in LACMA garage, entrance on 6th street

 

PRICING:

$35 for 3-course prix-fixe menu

$45 for 4-course prix fixe menu

$40 for “The Duke” picnic basket with $25 optional addition for bottle of wine

$100 for “The Louis” picnic basket inclusive of wine

*Tax and gratuity not included

 

ORDERINGhttp://www.patinagroup.com/jazzatlacma/

 

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