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A LA CARTE : SUMMER PICNIC BOXES.

Byline: Larry Lipson

Every year around this time, when the Hollywood Bowl season is off and running, we're reminded that certain restaurants are readying their staffs to sell picnic boxes and/or baskets.

Here are a few to consider, whether the Bowl, the Getty or the beach is your destination. Unless otherwise noted, each box or basket feeds one person.

BG to Go

Address: 12950 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.

Phone: ((818) 366-3246.

Cuisine: Contemporary continental.

Boxes/baskets: Six baskets range from a simple baby greens salad, rotisserie herbed chicken and creme brulee (No. 1) to an elaborate four-course (No. 6) seafood salad basket.

Price information: Baskets cost $18.95, $19.95, $20.95, $23.95, $32 and $32.50.

Miscellaneous: Contents include napkins, plates, cutlery, bread, butter, salt and pepper.

California Canteen

Address: 3311 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Universal City area, Hollywood.

Phone: (323) 876-1702 or (818) 765-3311.

Cuisine: Mediterranean-French.

Boxes/baskets: Five-course box dinners for two come in three choices - the Debussy, the Verdi and Albeniz. Example: Debussy consists of duck mousse pate, bistrot salad, brie with strawberries, apples and grapes, whole roasted rosemary chicken and chocolate mousse cake.

Price information: Debussy and Albeniz $39.95 each, Verdi $34.95.

Miscellaneous: Boxes contain plates, utensils, glasses, napkins, bread, olive oil and condiments.

Cha Cha Cha Encino

Address: 17499 Ventura Blvd., Encino.

Phone: (818) 789-3600.

Cuisine: Carib/Californian.

Boxes/baskets: Seven boxes are named after Caribbean islands, with the Antigua (house Cobb salad, fruit, rolls and dessert) one of the least expensive.

Price information: Boxes are $17 (three options), $18 (two options), $20 and $23 each.

Miscellaneous: Boxes must be ordered 24 hours in advance.

Chianti

Address: 7383 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Phone: (323) 653-8333.

Cuisine: Italian.

Boxes/baskets: Four boxes named Il Nabucco, La Traviata, L'Aida and L'Otello contain impressive sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Price information: Boxes (per person) are $17.50, $18.50, $19.50 and $21.

Miscellaneous: Box can accommodate two meals and each picnic contains a half-bottle of Ruffino 1997 chianti.

Daily Grill

Address: 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (Also in Encino, Burbank and elsewhere.)

Phone: (818) 769-6336.

Cuisine: American.

Boxes/baskets: Seven boxes (A through G) offer various options, such as main-course salads, a choice of sandwiches, a sliced steak plate, seared ahi tuna, poached salmon, pan-fried chicken or barbecued chicken breast.

Price information: Box A is $16.95; B, $18.95; C, D and G $24.95; E, $16.95; F, $25.95.

Miscellaneous: 24-hour advance order requested.

JoeJoe's

Address: 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks .

Phone: (818) 990-8280.

Cuisine: American.

Boxes/baskets: Six boxes range from a grilled veggie sandwich with salad and dessert to seared rare ahi tuna on a soba noodle cake with greens and dessert.

Price information: Boxes are $15 (one option), $16 (two options), and $17 (three options).

Miscellaneous: Choose any of five desserts per box. Utensils, bread, butter and tapenade in each box. 24-hour advance order required.

Pinot Bistro

Address: 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.

Phone: (818) 990-0500.

Cuisine: French-Californian.

Boxes/baskets: Three boxes (French Horn, Trombone and Trumpet) possess impressive three-course meals with roasted chicken, tri-tip steak or poached salmon.

Price information: Boxes are $22, $24.50 and $26.50 each.

Miscellaneous: There are several extras at additional cost. A picnic wine list is also available.

Pinot Hollywood

Address: 1448 N. Gower St., Hollywood.

Phone: (323) 461-8800.

Cuisine: Californian-French.

Boxes/baskets: Three boxes (Oboe, Recorder and Bassoon) present intriguing three-course combinations.

Price information: Oboe is $22, Recorder $24.50, Bassoon $26.50.

Miscellaneous: 24-hour advance order required. Starters, additional desserts and waters available.
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Date:Jul 4, 1999
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