A Picnic for Every Occasion

Where to picnic in town + what to pack



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With the kids:

Where: Bruce Park and Binney Park are both lovely settings complete with picnic tables, playgrounds and tennis courts — making either of them the perfect spot for a family picnic.

What to pack: Classic picnic fare that you can prepare in advance — sandwiches, pasta salad, potato salad, watermelon, cookies and brownies. Head to the farmer’s market in the morning to stock up on the best local produce and get inspiration for summer salad ideas.  Be sure to bring plenty of drinks — bottled water, iced tea and fresh lemonade for the kids. Don’t forget disposable plates, cups and utensils. Bring along a kite, Frisbee or other outdoor games to keep the fun going (and your kids' attention spans sticking!) long after the food is gone.

On the boat:

Where: Long Island Sound

What to pack: Celebrate summer with a relaxed, yet refined picnic on the boat. Gourmet sandwiches, crudités, salami, cheese and fresh fruit are all uncomplicated to set out and eat, keeping in mind the ocean breeze.  If you are in a rush, head over to Aux Delices to stock up on their delectable selection of pre-made salads and sandwiches that are ready to be served. As for libations — it is officially rosé season! Pack several bottles of good, dry rosé from Provence. Domaines Ott and Miraval will not disappoint.  Also, bring plenty of water to keep you hydrated at sea. If you are planning on being on the boat for long, skip the traditional picnic basket and pack everything in a cooler to keep it chilled.

Romantic:

Where: Greenwich Point — because what is more romantic than a sunset picnic on the beach? Note that in the summer months Greenwich residents need their parking pass and non-residents may purchase a daily beach pass ($6 for adults, free for children) and parking pass ($25) at the Town Hall or Civic Center.

What to pack:  An elegant picnic requires a little extra effort. Create a playlist on your phone in advance to set the mood and be sure to pack portable speakers. Nothing says romance like a nice bottle of champagne and you can never go wrong with Veuve Clicquot. Maintain the elevated mood by using glass or crystal flutes over plastic stemware. Keep the rest simple with foods that are easy to share: a selection of cheeses, prosciutto, French baguette and fresh fruits such as strawberries, grapes and pre-sliced melon. Stop by St. Moritz on the avenue beforehand and get the mini chocolate mousse cakes for dessert.

 

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

    Meet Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese & Take Home a Signed Copy of His New Book! Kevin is a holistic health practitioner,...

  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Aaron Henry Trunk Show & Personal Appearance

    2014.09.26
     @ Richards


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