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KCET - August 2020

Tapas, Seafood Platters and More: Delicious Ways to Complement the ‘Gustavo and Friends’ Performances from ‘In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl’

Ever since Gustavo Dudamel took the reins of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as its music and artistic director over a decade ago, Hollywood Bowl shows haven’t been the same since. The 39-year-old Venezuelan conductor has garnered a staunch following for giving classical music rock-star power through his dazzling and passionate performances — and his signature locks.

In the August 26 episode of KCET’s “In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl” series, viewers will get to see Dudamel in action on television as he leads the LA Phil with some of the amphitheater’s best performances from the past decade. He’ll bring with him a roster of young and impressive artists, like acclaimed American ballet dancer Misty Copeland in “Swan Lake” and Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández.

Since any show at the Bowl (even while watching from home for the first time in 98 years) is best accompanied by food and drink, we’ve handpicked some culinary experiences that are connected to these artists. From a tapas recipe, to takeout from a historic seafood mainstay and L.A. institution, here are some delicious ways to round out your musical evening.

Women-Made Wines from Vinovore

Coly at the wine window

In addition to seafood, one of Copeland’s splurges is a glass of wine every now and then. In another tribute to the inspiring ballet dancer, we suggest getting bottles from Vinovore. The Silver Lake wine shop, founded by Coly Den Haan, is home to a wide collection made by female winemakers.

Den Haan recently outfitted a wine window in her shop, a nod to the medieval wine windows that have been opening up in Italy, where customers can pick up their online and phone orders. Visitors can “window shop” the bottles on display, and the store offers delivery too.

If you’re not sure which wines would pair best with your food, the Vinovore team is always open to recommending bottles. They also offer virtual WINEsplaining tastings on Zoom, a recurring event that usually takes place on Sundays, in which folks can learn about and taste new wines.

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